San Antonio AGC president says he plans to “double down” on solving skilled worker shortage

Updated Jan 16, 2014

worker increaseDuring a banquet Tuesday, the newly-installed 2014 president of the Assocaited General Contractors of America’s San Antonio chapter said the main focus of his action plan will be workforce development.

According to a report from San Antonio Business Journal, AGC San Antonio president Sam Nunnelly said programs like the Architectural Construction Engineering Mentor Program, the Construction Careers Academy and the Construction Sciences program at the University of Texas at San Antonio are great examples of workforce development programs that have already produced results for the area.

“We are going to double down on our support of successful workforce development programs,” Nunnelly stated. “By building on some of the outstanding work done by past chapter presidents.”

From November 2012 to November 2013, the San Antonio area only added 700 construction employees, according to AGC data.

AGC Executive Vice President Doug McMurry said the U.S. industry’s skilled labor shortage “gone from a low-grade headache, to a full-blown migraine.”