The year has come and gone, but before we welcome the new year, let’s take some time to reflect on 2022. Overall, we are proud of all that was accomplished. The Ohio construction industry and its supporters paved the way to Ohio construction’s future success in more ways than one.
In the literal sense, our industry successfully completed many projects on our roadways.
The Ohio Department of Transportation reported that Ohio invested nearly $2 billion on 829 projects. Most of the work improved existing infrastructure, including bridges and pavement, with more than 200 projects dedicated to roadway safety. A few of these projects include Veterans’ Glass City Skywalk resurfacing in Lucas County, U.S. 35/Smithville Road interchange improvements in Montgomery County and Village of Brewster safe routes to school in Stark County.
Next year, we will strive to stay on the path to progress and will continue to prioritize safety.
We also laid the groundwork for a stronger workforce.
Like years prior, the Ohio construction industry faced a labor shortage in 2022. And while there are certainly many challenges that come with this, opportunities abounded. Too often, though, talented individuals are unaware of the possibilities. To combat this, I Build America partnered with our state’s schools, businesses and more. Throughout the state, there were countless job openings for those actively working in the industry as well as career fairs to excite the next generation to take a construction career path.
Next year, we aim to completely fill the gap in our workforce by educating on the opportunities and generating pride and respect in the work.
Lastly, the industry came together as a community for a range of annual holidays, observances and awareness days.
Honorary months and weeks gave us the opportunity to unite for our shared cause.
- We celebrated all of those who make a difference in our industry this fall for Construction Appreciation Week, Careers in Construction Month and National Apprenticeship Week.
- We proved our commitment to safety in April for National Work Zone Awareness Week and May for Construction Safety Week.
- We expanded our reach to inspire a more diverse workforce while celebrating Women in Construction Week in March and Construction Inclusion Week in October.
Next year, we will continue to show our support alongside the entire industry.
If you are interested in getting involved with the I Build America Movement in the new year, contact us.