Growing the Infrastructure Workforce Through Federal Investments
Date: May 1, 2023
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
Location: Ironworkers Local 512 Hall
851 Pierce Butler Route
851 Pierce Butler Route
Saint Paul, MN 55104
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Join us for lunch and an engaging discussion to learn about how the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act and other federal investments will impact our local workforce. A panel of industry experts will share their insights:
Moderator: Ling Becker, Director at Ramsey County Workforce Solutions.
- John Thorson, Legislative Director and Political Coordinator at LIUNA.
- Holly Stanton, Sr. Manager, Strategic Workforce Planning at Xcel Energy.
- Pete Wyckoff, Assistant Commissioner of State and Federal Energy Initiatives at MN Department of Commerce.
- Adrienne Bond, Business & Program Development Manager at MnDOT Office of Civil Rights.
- Cyrenthia Jordan, Director of Equity and Equal Opportunity at Metropolitan Council.
- There is unprecedented potential for growing the infrastructure workforce through new federal investments.
- The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) also known as the bipartisan infrastructure law, will invest $1.2 trillion to rebuild crumbling roads, bridges, airports, and public transportation systems; support advanced energy technologies and clean water infrastructure; close the digital divide; and modernize the electric grid, among other improvements.
- In addition, these investments will create and sustain hundreds of thousands of jobs and incentivize cities and states to adopt policies to ensure that they deliver quality jobs for local residents from all walks of life and provide good value for the public’s investment.
- Overall, the IIJA offers state and local leaders a high level of discretion on whether and how they incorporate workforce development activities into infrastructure investments.
- The IIJA offers expansive flexibility to hire, train, and retain workers in executing infrastructure projects, and there is no single program that explicitly focuses on workforce development. Instead, the onus is on state and local leaders to understand where this funding is available and harness it for these purposes.
Lunch provided complements of the Workforce Innovation Board of Ramsey County.