By September 2022, there will be more than 155,000 vacant construction industry jobs in Arizona. In a 2016 HomeAdvisor survey, 93% of industry respondents said the labor shortage is preventing their businesses from growing over the next year. This struggle to find qualified employees has significant economic consequences for not only construction firms, but their customers and vendors as well. Talent gaps delay construction projects, meaning slower economic growth for Arizona.

It’s time to attract the talent that’s going to help build Arizona’s future.

The Construction Workforce Collaborative—including commercial and residential contractors and
subcontractors— is focused on attracting opportunity youth, women, veterans and other individuals to launch high-potential careers and pursue opportunities to earn while they learn.

Led by industry, the Greater Phoenix Chamber Foundation takes a multi-layered approach to strengthen the construction workforce pipeline:

Current Focus: Increasing career awareness via the Build Your Future (BYF) Arizona campaign

In order to effectively attract and retain new talent, it’s time to change the conversation and show people that construction and is a pathway to success and fulfillment. Guided by industry priorities, the Foundation is launching a construction career awareness initiative called BYF Arizona to illustrate the diverse career pathways available, and inspire the next generation of craft professionals.

When: BYF Arizona will launch on October 16, 2019, and will be a 3-year campaign.

How: Showcase the stories of dedicated, hard-working individuals building a life for themselves while also contributing to their local economy, provide information on specific skilled-trade careers, and highlight entry points to training, education, and job opportunities.


We are building Arizona’s underground infrastructure
– Marcia Veidmark, SSC Underground

Marcia Veidmark (left, President and CEO) and Arvid Veidmark III (Executive Vice President), December 13, 2016, at a SSC Global job site near 50th Street and Washington Ave., Phoenix, Arizona.

I am building an innovative team to pioneer the revolution of residential construction.”
– Rich Gallagher, Erickson Companies


Industry association? Become a partner today!

Have questions or would like to get involved in BYF Arizona?

Contact Josh Umar, Project Manager:

602.495.6489 |