A Publication of WTVP

On April 14th at the Industry Institute (Women & Minority Business) Dinner, the Community Construction Outreach of Peoria (CCO) was introduced. The CCO’s aim is to establish and then franchise sustainable contractor and workforce capacity-building efforts in communities throughout the footprint of the OSF Healthcare System and beyond.

The vision of this new endeavor is “a community transformed through leadership, increased economic opportunity, innovative education and diversity.” Additionally, the mission statement is “to enhance communities by increasing and sustaining diversity, a skilled workforce and qualified contractor capacity.”

Commercial, governmental and residential construction in the Greater Peoria Area (as well as many communities throughout the Midwest) is very strong, and currently, there are shortages of workers in the skilled trades. These shortages will be exacerbated as major construction projects come online for OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Bradley University and Peoria Public School District 150, to name just a few. Meetings of area representatives from skilled trade unions, construction firms and major employers have resulted in the formation of the Community Construction Outreach of Peoria.

The participants who assembled for the CCO’s initial strategic planning retreat earlier this year represented a diverse group of experienced stakeholders from the business, industry, government and education arenas:

We, as stakeholders, adopted 10 guiding principles that we feel are very important in setting the foundation as to how we will work together to accomplish our mission. Here are several key principles:

We welcome anyone in the community to participate in this unique community collaborative. Please contact any participants listed above. IBI