Addressing Workforce Challenges: AGC New Mexico Supports Be Pro Be Proud Initiative

In the construction industry, one of our most significant challenges today is the shortage of skilled and available workforce. AGC New Mexico recognizes this pressing issue and proudly stands behind the Be Pro Be Proud initiative, a vital public-private partnership to address this issue head-on.

Our goal is clear: to bridge gaps, expand the labor force, and transform perceptions surrounding the construction industry, making it an attractive career option for all individuals. We firmly believe that Be Pro Be Proud will be pivotal in achieving this objective.

We extend a big thank you to all the partners involved in this initiative. Your dedication and collaboration are invaluable as we work together to tackle this industry-wide challenge.

If your firm is looking to make an impact and collaborate with Be Pro Be Proud, we encourage you to reach out to Rob Leming, Director of Programs, NM Chamber of Commerce.

In a recent video (click here), Be Pro Be Proud New Mexico was officially launched on November 9th, 2023, at Los Lunas High School. The event's highlight was the introduction of the custom-built 78-foot Mobile Workshop, designed to showcase the opportunities available in the construction industry.

The video features interviews with key figures such as New Mexico State Senator George Munoz, META Community Development Manager David Williams, AGC New Mexico CEO Kelly Roepke-Orth, New Mexico Chamber of Commerce Chairman Derrick Jones, New Mexico Chamber of Commerce President Rob Black, New Mexico Department of Workforce Solutions Cabinet Secretary Sarita Nair, and New Mexico State Representative Brian Baca. Additionally, public comments from New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham underscore the importance of this initiative.

The launch event marks an exciting milestone in our efforts to promote workforce development and economic growth in New Mexico. Together, we are paving the way for a brighter future, filled with opportunities for individuals across our state.