CONSTRUCTION WOES: Is the workforce diminishing?


valley-partnership-restaurant-driven-development-serving-up-growthValley Partnership panel discusses availability of labor in Metro Phoenix

Phoenix, AZ – Valley Partnership has announced the topic for its upcoming monthly breakfast on Friday, Feb. 26. This month’s program examines the availability of construction labor in Metro Phoenix.

The panel will feature Jerry Barnier, Founder, Suntec Concrete; Jeff Eschliman, Vice President of Operations, Maracay Homes; Fred Ingersoll, Director of Apprenticeship & Training, Arizona Builders Alliance; and Brad Nelson, Project Superintendent – Construction, Hensel Phelps. Moderating the panel will be John DiVall, Senior VP and City Manager, Liberty Property Trust.

“National reports indicate a lack of qualified construction workers in the Valley,” said Cheryl Lombard, CEO and President of Valley Partnership. “This is profoundly affecting developers and their new projects, as well as residential homebuilders.”

Breakfast speakers represent the largest skilled labor force in the state, as well as regional pipelines for training of multiple trades in the industry. Panelists have a deep understanding of local markets across residential and commercial sectors. Discussion will include national perspectives and possible solutions to meet the needs of a rebounding industry.

Registration begins at 7 a.m.; program begins at 7:45 a.m. To register, please visit and click on the “Monthly Breakfast” tab. For more information, please contact Cecilia Riviere at 602.266.7844 or