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Infrastructure Industry Recovery Panel

National Skills Coalition (NSC) and Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships (BLU) has convened an Infrastructure Industry Recovery Panel of industry leaders to share recommendations on the Biden Administration’s Build Back Better initiative and other major infrastructure proposals through meetings with White House advisors, the Departments of Energy and Transportation, and Congressional leadership.

Consistent with our Inclusive Economic Recovery framework, we want to ensure these initiatives help address: the disproportionate impact of the economic crisis on workers of color, immigrants, and workers with a high school diploma or less; the essential role of businesses who hire locally and invest in their people but need policymakers to be their partner; and the moral and economic imperative to dismantle structural racism within workforce education and training. Skills training alone will not ensure an inclusive recovery, but it must be part of our nation’s federal policy response.

Infrastructure Panel Participants

Robin Arredondo-Savage, Councilmember, City of Tempe, AZ

Kim Becicka, Vice President, Continuing Education & Training Services, Kirkwood Community College

Earl Buford, CEO, CAEL

Juliet Ellis, Chair, Water Agencies Leaders Alliance

Jamal Jessie, Workforce Development Manager, Georgia Power

Victoria Johnson, Senior Consultant, Economic and Equity, Jacobs Engineering

Mark Kessenich, CEO, AGC of Greater Milwaukee

Kelly Kupcak, Executive Director, Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc

Clyde McQueen, CEO, Full Employment Council

Daniel Mosser, President, West Virginia Northern Community College

Ali O’Neill, Secretary-Treasurer/Project Manager, O'Neill Construction Group

Michelle Rafferty, Chief Strategy Officer, Detroit at Work

Beverly Scott, Founder/Chair, Introducing Youth to American Infrastructure, Inc.

Traci Scott, Vice President of Workforce Development, National Urban League

Grant Shmelzer, Executive Director, Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Chesapeake Chapter

Sue Griffith Smith, Vice President of Advanced Manufacturing, Engineering and Applied Science, Ivy Tech

Elizabeth Toups, Director of Utilities Training Programs, Jewish Vocational Service

Jason Walsh, Executive Director, Blue Green Alliance

Portia Wu, Managing Director of U.S. Public Policy, Microsoft

Jim Young, Senior Director for Congressional Relations, HR, Labor and Safety, Association of General Contractors of America

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Skills for an Inclusive Economic Recovery

A call to action that will drive our organization’s work over the next two years, Skills for an Inclusive Economic Recovery is a set of generation-defining investments in inclusive skills policy that contribute to addressing the disproportionate impact of the economic crisis on communities who have long suffered inequities.

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Release: NSC and BLU convening workforce advisory panels

A group of nearly 60 national business leaders, labor leaders, community college leaders, industry training providers, and others will serve on four industry recovery panels that will advise the Biden administration and Congress on federal recovery policies in the coming months.

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