The Minnesota construction sector was among the industries that suffered the most during the recession, losing thousands of jobs when the housing sector collapsed. But the industry has shown remarkable resiliency in recent years, especially in the past 12 months, when it added 6,500 jobs statewide, a healthy 7.5 percent growth rate that easily outpaced the 2.2 percent growth rate nationally during that period.
Where does the industry go from here? That is among the topics that will be explored during the
Minnesota Construction Industry Conference
on Thursday, Feb. 6, at the Ramada Inn Mall of America in Bloomington. DEED is sponsoring the first-time event with the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry and other state agencies and industry partners.
The conference will feature educational and networking opportunities, general sessions and sector-specific workshops for professionals in residential, commercial, or highway and heavy construction. Workshop topics include business development tools and programs offered by DEED, licensing, new residential and energy codes, how to bid on state work, effective safety and health management practices, strategies for attracting top talent and more.
The opening general session, “Hard Hats and Hammers,” will take an overall look at the Minnesota construction industry and where it’s headed.
A luncheon session will feature a panel discussion with four state commissioners: Katie Clark Sieben of DEED, Spencer Cronk of the Department of Administration, Kevin Lindsey of the Department of Human Rights and Ken Peterson of the Department of Labor and Industry.
Go here for registration information and other details about the conference. The registration deadline is Jan. 29.