Industry Recovery Panel Perspectives: People-Centered Infrastructure

By Rachel Unruh, June 23, 2021

The need to invest in our nation’s crumbling infrastructure goes back decades. But today, with millions of people unemployed, there is unprecedented momentum to act. Women, immigrants, and people of color are disproportionately represented in these numbers as are young adults. President Joe Biden and Congress are counting on infrastructure investments to spur job creation and an equitable economic recovery. To realize these goals, federal leaders must invest in training and supports to ensure that local workers can access new infrastructure jobs in their communities.

National Skills Coalition (NSC) and Business Leaders United (BLU) convened an Infrastructure Industry Recovery Panel of leading experts working in local communities to learn what an effective, equitable, people-centered infrastructure plan should include. Panelists represent business, labor, education and training organizations, and others working in construction, utilities, transportation, and clean energy fields.

Key recommendations in this brief offered by the Panel to President Biden and Congress include:

  • Include local resident training and employment in plans for federal infrastructure projects
  • Invest in local industry partnerships to develop local workforce solutions
  • Invest in equitable infrastructure career pathways
  • Expand short-term training and flexible apprenticeship
  • Help infrastructure workers and employers adapt to new technologies
  • Support sustainable community outcomes beyond bricks, mortar, and jobs

NSC and BLU’s four Industry Recovery Panels have been sharing their collective recommendations with Congressional Leadership and Administration officials. Visit our Industry Recovery Panels landing page to learn more about each panel.