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November 9, 2017
8:30 am – 4:30 pm

Portland Community College
Cascade Campus
705 N Killingsworth
Portland, OR 97217


8:30 am-9:00 am

9:00 am-9:30 am

9:30 am-10:45 am
Collaborative Keynote:
Past, Present, and Future Approaches to Workforce Diversity

10:45 am-11:00 am

11:00 am-12:00 pm
Workshop Panels:
• Past Efforts to Increase Workforce Diversity
• A Business Case for Workforce Diversity
• Best Practices for Training a Diverse Workforce
• Forging Ahead: Metro Property and Environmental Services

12:00 pm – 1:00 pm

1:00 pm-2:40 pm
Interactive Sector Workgroups:
• Private owners, contractors, construction companies
• Public owners and agencies
• Worker training programs

2:40 pm- 3:00 pm
Sector and Individual Commitments

3:00 pm – 3:15 pm
Next Steps

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm
Evaluation and Closing


Jobs on construction projects are a critical component to providing increased economic opportunities to all members of our community. In creating those opportunities and focusing on workforce, we provide an equitable chance for diverse workers to find work on public projects, provide a vehicle for workers to increase their skills and grow their leadership which ultimately leads to the future creation of state certified MWESB contractors.

By offering this Summit, we create an opportunity to bring key stakeholders together, share efforts towards workforce diversity to date, provide tools for implementing strong workforce programs, and work toward a regional approach to workforce equity.


The 2017 Diversity in Construction Trades Summit will provide valuable information and an opportunity for dialogue for procurement staff, project managers, general contractors, and others who are involved in developing and implementing workforce diversity in contracting.

2016 SUMMIT:

For information on our 2016 Diversity in Construction Trades Summit, please visit our Archive Page for the Diversity in the Construction Trades Summit.

3934 NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. #101  |  Portland, Oregon 97212  |   phone: 503.335.8200  |  fax: 503.249.0445

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