NC Construction Outlook Bullish for 2013
North Carolina’s construction outlook is improving as a result of proposed legislation before the North Carolina General Assembly, ranging from improving underground safety and damage prevention to more funding for construction and design. That was the message delivered to industry insiders at a recent annual meeting of the United Minority Contractors of North Carolina.
Governor Pat McCrory’s proposed budget includes $300 million for repairs and renovations involving state agencies and the University of North Carolina (UNC) system. In addition, legislation has been introduced that would provide funding for about $480 million for UNC construction projects. Also on the table are public schools needs across North Carolina—including $900 million in a possible bond referendum for the Wake County schools, the largest school system in the Carolinas—that would help stimulate construction work and boost the economy.
The proposed legislation comes as good news for graduates of Goodwill’s Construction Skills Training program. This five-week program, in partnership with Central Piedmont Community College, assists individuals in quickly developing the basic knowledge and skills necessary to obtain an entry level position or better in the construction industry. The classes at Goodwill, taught by National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) certified instructors, also provide OSHA-10 safety cards and offer additional forklift training and certification.
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