Over the past few years, Detroit has seen a building boom in an effort to rebuild the city to its former glory. In November; Bedrock, Barton Malow Company and Turner Construction hosted the Ready.Set.Build! Construction Career Expo at Detroit’s Cobo Center. Types of trades at the expo included plumbers, pipefitters, electricians, welders, and many more. The Ready. Set. Build! expo gave job seekers hands-on approaches to learning trades with virtual simulators and participation in live demonstrations. The expo was held in an effort to get more Detroit natives involved in trade skills to help build a workforce for upcoming projects.
Detroit has an executive order that requires 51 percent of working hours on publicly funded construction projects to be worked by Detroit residents, otherwise the contractors will be fined. After the construction of Little Caesars Arena last year, it was noted that only 25 percent of Detroit residents worked on the job. This was the result of the lack of skilled laborers throughout the Detroit area. Therefore, skilled-trade workers are needed to complete upcoming projects in Detroit and Wayne County. These upcoming projects include Bedrock’s $1 billion redevelopment of the Hudson’s site, $533 million for the Wayne County Criminal Justice Center and $830 million Monroe Blocks Development. The projects have been initiated all thanks to Dan Gilbert’s effort to rebuild Detroit.