Construction Workforce in the Spotlight:
Bay Area Gears Up for Pivotal Conference Featuring Oakland and Berkeley Mayors
Media Contact: Elizabet Wendt 510-560-3082 email@example.com
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Oakland, CA, — As the Bay Area’s economic activity recovers from pandemic-related shutdowns, the 2023 Bay Area Construction Workforce Conference, taking place on November 15, 2023 from 9:00am - 3:30pm at the Cypress Mandela Training Center, is a one-day conference set to delve deep into the latest construction workforce trends in Oakland, Alameda County, and the broader East Bay. This event, held during National Apprenticeship Week, promises to be a significant gathering of construction industry leaders and advocates that seek to promote high-road policies and family sustaining careers for local residents.
Spearheaded by local community partners — Construction Trades Workforce Initiative (CTWI), Cypress Mandela Training Center, Oakland Unified School District (OUSD), and Webcor Builders — the conference centers East Bay development and will feature engaging plenary sessions, inspiring speakers, and informative workshops, finishing the day off with a networking mixer and tour of the Training Center.
Notable speakers and presenters include:
- Mayor Sheng Thao, City of Oakland
- Mayor Jesse Arreguin, City of Berkeley
- Councilmember Kevin Jenkins, City of Oakland
- Director Sam Davis, Oakland Unified School District, District 1
- Andreas Cluver, Building & Construction Trades Council of Alameda County
- Michael Ghielmetti, Signature Development Group
- Sharla Sullivan, WebCor Builders
- Jessie HF Hammerling, UC Berkeley Labor Center
Alongside these keynotes, local thought leaders from across the sector, including public agencies, industry professionals, and labor advocates, will gather to discuss the region’s evolving dynamics that include strategies to meet workforce and industry demands and the importance of using policy to create high-road careers.
This conference is our collective step towards better understanding the landscape of our workforce to meet the construction demands in the Bay Area. More importantly, it’s about holding space to have proactive dialogue amongst labor leaders, employers, local leaders and workforce advocates, around the role high-road policies can play in simultaneously creating family sustaining careers and developing a skilled, local and diverse workforce,” says Beli Acharya, Executive Director of CTWI, one of the event’s lead orchestrators.
"As Mayor of Oakland, I am committed to forging strong partnerships and advancing effective labor policies that will help revitalize our local economy and reduce crime through investment in workforce development,” says Mayor Sheng Thao. “Together, we can build a safer, more prosperous Oakland for all our residents."
Councilmember Kevin Jenkins, who represents District 6, where the event will be held, emphasizes, "As we generate employment prospects and channel our resources into workforce development, we're tackling the underlying factors contributing to crime and offering individuals a pathway into a brighter future. Right here, in Oakland, we can cultivate a resilient workforce, equipping our residents with the expertise necessary to thrive."
Date: November 15, 2023, 9:00 am to 3:30 pm
Location: Cypress Mandela Training Center, 977 66th Ave, Oakland, CA 94621
Those interested in additional event information can contact Juan Calderon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ABOUT CTWI: Construction Trades Workforce Initiative (CTWI) serves as the East Bay’s regional leader in the construction industry, working to advance economic and social justice by strengthening pathways to family sustaining union construction careers for low income communities, BIPOC, women, youth and the formerly incarcerated, achieved through workforce policies, pre-apprenticeship programs, and regional partnerships. Learn more at ctwi-btca.org.
ABOUT CYPRESS MANDELA: The Cypress Mandela Training Center is a community based organization dedicated to improving the lives of the people it serves by providing pre-apprentice construction and life skills training along with employment assistance. Learn more at cypressmandela.org.
ABOUT OUSD: Oakland Unified School District (OUSD) is a full-service K-12 Community District focused on high academic achievement while serving the whole child, eliminating inequities, and providing each child with excellent teachers, every day. Learn more at ousd.org.
ABOUT WEBCOR: Building in California since the 1970's, Webcor specializes in Project & Construction Management to build flagship structures, infrastructure projects, luxury residential buildings, luxury hotels, as well as healthcare and higher education campuses. Learn more at webcor.com.
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