Project Build Minnesota is excited to continue our efforts to make construction the first choice for hard working youth. As we move through our second year, we wanted to share our progress. Want to get our newsletter in your inbox? Sign Up Now!

President’s Perspective

Construction Season Heats Up

Statewide, the 2019 construction season is off to a fast start. The skyline is dotted with commercial construction cranes, road and infrastructure crews are busy, homebuyers are boosting residential construction and the remodeling industry is driving significant growth.

Project Build Minnesota is also busy with a number of initiatives aimed directly at amplifying the message that a lifelong career in the building industry is a very positive step towards a stable future.

However, labor shortages continue as the pace of construction grows. Craft workers are needed in all construction professions. There is a clear demand for more workers.

Recently, Project Build Minnesota ramped-up its efforts to promote construction careers by hiring a talented social media consultant to expand effectiveness of the www.projectbuildmn.org website, improve delivery of communications and publications, target tech-savvy youth with strategic social media, and expand one-on-one contacts with government and education leaders.

Here’s where you can help. Watch your mail for the upcoming Project Build Minnesota fundraiser mailing and respond with a contribution to support the important work of Project Build Minnesota. Thanks for your support!

Tom Getzke, 2019 President, Project Build Minnesota

Community Outreach

Career Fairs

On April 24, 2019 PBM had a booth at St. Louis Park High School’s Career Day. Over 500 students attended the event and PBM interacted with most of them to discuss the career opportunities in the construction trades. The students were able to take some marketing brochures with them that gave them more information and directed them to the Project Build Minnesota website for more information about the construction industry. PBM has been invited back for the 2020 Career Day.

Conferences

On April 28 & 29, 2019 PBM had a booth at the Minnesota School Counselors Association Annual Conference where the theme was Collaborative Strength. Over 560 school counselors from all over Minnesota attended the event. The counselors who visited our booth were given a school counselors kit that contained a welcome letter from Dennis Medo, Executive Director of PBM, two posters about PBM and construction trades to hang in the school, some marketing brochures about PBM and the trades, some window clings to hang in the school and some coasters to use in their office. Good dialogue was had with the counselors about the great careers that can be had in the construction trades for their students. We have requested to be a presenter at the 2020 Conference.

Training

Bunk House Project

On May 1, 2019 the Explorer Scouts of the St. Cloud Area met for their fourth class in building the bunk house that will, when completed, be moved to their Parker Camp in the Brainerd area. This program is being managed by Horizon Roofing and Central Minnesota Builders Association. 10 students participate in the instruction program. The plan will be to complete the project around September and then move the bunk house to its permanent location.

Core Construction Training Program (CCTP)

We continue to plan to hold three CCTP classes throughout the state in 2019. Three of our trainers have just completed the train the trainer course and are now ready to teach these classes. Watch for information on our website on the dates and how to enroll. We expect we will have about 15 students in each class. If you are interested in interviewing these students when they complete their training, please contact Dennis Medo at dennis@projectbuildmn.org and he will take your information and discuss the interview process.

Fundraising

PBM will be kicking off a fundraising campaign in May for 90 days and our goal will be to raise $100,000 from 200 contributors in those 90 days. The campaign will be called The Big Fish. Where does the money go? It helps fund conducting training programs, attending career fairs, attending and participating in professional conferences, classroom visits with students, core construction training program, tour and learn visits, the website, social media, parent education programs, lunches with students, tradeshow marketing, creative services, advertising & marketing, direct mail programs about careers in the trades, and brochures and marketing literature to name a few. When you receive the literature in the mail, please take the time to read it and, more importantly, take the time to donate the $500 and be a Big Fish. Remember Project Build Minnesota is a 501c3 which means your contribution is tax deductible and every dollar you contribute to PBM goes to fund initiatives designed and inspire a new generation of young Minnesotans to join the construction industry.

Upcoming Events

1st Annual Golf Outing

The 1st Annual PBM Golf Outing will be held Tuesday September 10, 2019 at Willingers Golf Club, 6797 Canby Trail, Northfield, MN 55057. Sign up for golfers and sponsors will be on our website soon. On September 10th registration will begin at 11:00 along with a bloody mary bar and a buffet lunch. The shotgun start will be at 12:30 followed by cocktails at 5:00 and dinner and awards at 6:00. In addition, there will be some games on the course and a great opportunity to network and help the construction industry solve the workforce shortage.

County Fairs

Watch for Project Build Minnesota at the following County Fairs:

· Crow Wing – August 3 (Tentative)

· Stearns – August 2 (Tentative)

· Dakota – August 6 & 9

· Stevens – August 9

· Steele – August 16

· Itasca – August 16 (Tentative)

· Carlton – August 17 (Tentative)

See you there!

Job Postings

Please remember on the PBM website projectbuildmn.org there is a job posting board where any contractor or supplier can post a job opportunity for free. Just go to the website and click on the career tab and you can post the job(s).

Volunteers

If you are interested in volunteering to help at various events or for one of the PBM Committees, please email Dennis Medo at dennis@projectbuildmn.org or call at 612-221-9849 and he will discuss the various opportunities that are available.