Workforce Development to Play Integral Role in the Future of Arizona Construction

Bo CalbertBy Bo Calbert 
President
McCarthy Building Companies
Southwest Division

Nationally, 86 percent of construction firms reported having a difficult time finding qualified workers to fill vacant positions, according to a recent Association of General Contractors (AGC) survey. This survey follows an AGC report earlier this year that predicts a shortage of 2.5 million construction workers. The lack of workers is having a negative impact on the industry and impeding the economic recovery, particularly in Arizona.

“This problem is even more staggering in states like Arizona where construction is a major economic engine and fuels numerous other industries,” said Justin Kelton, executive vice Continue reading

Kids Chance of Arizona defrays school costs for children of injured workers

anniv Jean Gage 09By Jean Gage
CopperPoint Legal Services Manager

The effects of a serious industrial injury on a family can be financially devastating. For this reason, CopperPoint Insurance Companies is a proud sponsor of Kids Chance of Arizona.

Kids Chance of Arizona is a 501(3)(C) nonprofit that provides scholarships to the children of injured or fallen workers in Arizona. Its mission is to fulfill the dreams of children who cannot reach their potential without help.

The scholarships include payment for tuition, books and/or living expenses for undergraduate degree or vocational programs. The children must apply each semester, and there is an expectation that they will maintain a 3.0 grade point average.

Consideration is given to other aid the child may be awarded from other grants or scholarships.

To date, Kids Chance of Arizona has awarded 251 scholarships totaling nearly $600,000.

Kids Chance of Arizona conducts various activities throughout the year to raise funds for these scholarships. These include 5K runs, a bowl-a-thon and a gala.

To learn more about these events and how you can help sponsor these activities, please visit azkidschance.org. Also, if you would like to get involved or contribute to this worthwhile organization, please visit the website.

Finally, if you know of a child who may benefit from this program, have him or her submit an application through the website. An investment in our children, is an investment in our future!

ASBA kicks off series with ‘2016 Point of View for Small Business’

The Arizona Small Business Association (ASBA) kicked off its newest series, Arizona Speaks, with a bang on Feb. 11.

The first session, “A 2016 Point of View for Small Business,” presented a high-level view of the key issues facing small business today. All five sessions of the series will include panel discussions with industry leaders, giving business owners and managers, ideas and strategies that will keep them relevant in this new economy. Continue reading