Construction Initiative

Making Connections in the Construction Industry

Since 2018 we have been working in partnership with the City School District of Albany’s to develop the Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprise (MWBE)-Workforce Development program. The Construction Initiative is dedicated to educating the community about career and business opportunities in the construction and design industry, with a specific focus on connecting career candidates to employment opportunities and small construction companies with subcontracting opportunities on the Albany High Schooll renovation project.

Focus Areas

Minority and Women Owned Business Enterprises (MWBE)

We work with construction companies that are MWBE’s to help them learn about the certification process, provide information about subcontracting opportunities and connect company representatives with certification specialists who help with the completion of the MWBE certification.


  • We educate members of the community about the career opportunities within the construction industry, about the apprenticeship enrollment and direct hire processes and serve as a liasion between the trade unions and career candidates. As the liasion we communicate with union representatives to recommend career candidates then follow-up until individuals secure employment on a construction site.

Community Engagement

We welcome members of the community to invite us into their businesses and organizations to provide information about this program, the renovation of Albany High School, and the apprenticeship and direct hire process. We also invite members of the community to join us at the community updates to hear about the challenges and successes with this program and progression of the Albany High School construction project.

Contact us today at 518-207-0209 to schedule a presentation.

Career Fairs

Multiple times per year we coordinate a construction industry information session and career fair. During this event individuals learn more about the process of securing employment in the construction industry, the benefits and make connections with union representatives.

Networking Mixers

The networking mixers are designed to connect tradesmen/women and union represnetatives. This is a more relaxed environment that allows the career candidates and union represetatives to foster a relationship.

Community Updates

Four times per year we host a community update to inform members of the community about the progress of the Albany High School construction project. We welcome all members of the community to attend this event to stay abreast to the renovations and safety of the students and staff.


Thank You To Our Partner

Contact Us

To learn more about the Construction Initiative, contact a member of the team.

James Mitchell, AAS
Construction Initiative Manaer
O: 518-207-0209
C: 518-831-0992

Jennifer Danaher, MSW
Construction Initiative Assistant
O: 518-207-0209



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