InfrastructureWith elected officials in Washington, D.C., talking a lot about the prospects for an infrastructure package this year, it’s just as critical that America’s workforce stands ready to fill the jobs needed to fix and modernize the nation’s infrastructure. Rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure requires more than investments in bridges, roads, and waterways. It will require the development of a workforce that can design, build, and maintain that infrastructure.

That’s why AEM continues to lead the discussion on workforce development in the nation’s capital. The latest example came this past Thursday on Capitol Hill as AEM joined other experts for a panel discussion hosted by the Congressional Career and Technical Education Caucus titled, “Building a Robust Infrastructure Workforce Through CTE and Apprenticeship.”

AEM Director of Government Relations Kate Fox Wood joined the panel, alongside other infrastructure and workforce development stakeholders, including Dr. Tom Kriger from North America’s Building Trades Union, Jim Young from Associated General Contractors, and Jessie Hogg Leslie from the National Skills Coalition. The panel was moderated by Politico Transportation Reporter Sam Mintz.

“Congress has a golden opportunity to not only increase critically needed investment in U.S. infrastructure, but also recruit and train the next-generation workforce who will plan, design, and build that infrastructure. The two priorities for an intuitive partnership. The investment numbers that lawmakers are considering could mean big things for the workforce needs that all industries connected to infrastructure are experiencing – including equipment manufacturers and distributors,” said Fox Wood during the panel.

For more information about AEM’s efforts to include workforce in an infrastructure package, contact Kate Fox Wood at kfoxwood@aem.org.

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