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Two-Day Seminar on Opioids & The Workplace

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January 10-11, 2019 Millennium Student Center University of Missouri-St. Louis

Registration Now Open!  cme.missouri.edu/opioids

Join the discussion Thursday, January 10 & Friday, January 11 on the campus of the University of Missouri — St. Louis, as we bring together people who make policy, people who influence policy, and those affected by these policies. Help us build a better Missouri by developing real-world strategies to combat the problem of opioids in the workplace.

There is a compelling need to change how we look at the opioid problem, specifically its impact on workers and the workforce.

This two-day event will kick off a series of programs around Missouri designed to bring together people who make policy, people who influence policy, and those affected by these policies.

The goal is to develop a realistic action plan, developed by and for the people most involved with the problem.

We invite you to be a part of the discussion, and to help initiate real change in Missouri.

Target Audience:

  • Business leaders who are in position to influence how their business’ employment practices are set.
  • Labor leaders who recruit, train and maintain a large force of ready-trained workers, particularly from organizations that also provide health insurance plans.
  • Health Care professionals interested in looking for alternative treatments and ways to reduce OUD.
  • Community members, those who work directly in the field with OUD sufferers as well as family members of sufferers and others who want to know more about what can be done differently than is being done now.

Objectives/Outcomes

  • Understand how opioids are impacting the workforce
  • Understand how and why the current employment practices dealing with opioids are problematic and likely to get worse
  • Explore new ideas and ways of dealing with pain management, medication, perspectives of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) recovery, as well as return to work policies.
  • Develop changes that could be made concerning employment and the intersection of consequences of the opioid crisis.
  • Learn current information on the opioid crisis
  • Discuss the crisis as well as solutions with individuals from different backgrounds

Topics Include:

  • Defining the opioid use crisis and its impact on the workforce
  • The economic impact of addiction on individuals, businesses and the community
  • Examining what does and doesn’t work in dealing with the crisis
  • Building collaborations
  • Creating realistic strategies

Activity approved for AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)™

The University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing is an approved provider of continuing education by the Midwest Multistate Division, an accredited approver by the American Nurses’ Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.

Midwest Multistate Division Provider Number MO 1019-7

The Missouri Bar has approved this program for 11.4 hours of CLE credit.

Pharmacy: The Continuing Education Committee of the Board of Pharmacy has reviewed and approved the conference for 1 CE(s) per session.  Program number: 2018-11-11

Presented by: Labor Studies Program, UMSL | University of Missouri ExtensionMU Sinclair School of Nursing | MU Center for Continuing Medical Education & Physician Lifelong Learning

Conference information will be added as it becomes available.

Electrical Connection Supports Rural and Urban “Shop with a Cop” Programs

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Donates a Total of $10,000 to St. Francois County And Ferguson Law Enforcement Holiday Giving Programs 

For the 26th year the Electrical Connection is a major supporter of the law enforcement community trust building program “Shop with a Cop.”  The labor-management partnership is contributing $5,000 each to St. Francois County “Shop with a Cop” and Ferguson “Shop with a Cop.” The Electrical Connection is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).  This year’s donation raises the Electrical Connection’s 26-year commitment to “Shop with a Cop” to more than $75,000.

The St. Francois County “Shop with a Cop” program is among the oldest and largest in the nation.  This year, it served more than 500 children on Dec. 18, 2018 when law enforcement throughout the state came to the Farmington, Mo. Wal-Mart to buy children holiday gifts they would not otherwise receive.  The following day, on Dec. 19, 2018, the Ferguson police department hosted its “Shop with a Cop” program at the Ferguson Community Center at 1050 Smith Ave., serving more than 30 children. Gifts at the Ferguson event were purchased at Target. The Electrical Connection has supported the Ferguson “Shop with a Cop” for the past three years.

The Electrical Connection was joined by Saint Louis FC at both “Shop with a Cop” events.

Members of the Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  For more information visit www.electricalconnection.org.

CREW-ST. LOUIS Appoints 2019 Officers & Directors

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The St. Louis chapter of CREW (Commercial Real Estate Women) announced its executive officers and board directors for 2019.

CREW-St. Louis officers for 2019, including their respective companies, are: 

  • President, Michelle Yates, Lawrence Group
  • President Elect andCREW Network Delegate, Tracy Howren, UMB Bank, n.a.,
  • Immediate Past President, Lynn Goessling, SmithAmundsen LLC
  • CREW Network Delegate, Nancy Petersen, Enterprise Bank & Trust
  • Secretary, Merri Cross, ACI Boland
  • Treasurer, Stacey Kamps, Koch Development Co.

Board directors for 2019, and their respective companies, are: 

  • Christine Beck, Central Bank of St. Louis
  • Kristy Hess, Enterprise Bank & Trust
  • Karen Karwoski, Simmons Bank
  • Amy Mistler, Spencer Fane LLP
  • Rebecca Randolph, Brinkmann Constructors
  • Erin Valentine, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

CREW-St. Louis is one of the largest of CREW Network’s global chapters. Its more than 200 members come from all disciplines in commercial real estate. The mission of CREW-St. Louis is to advance, educate and support women to influence the region’s commercial real estate industry. For more information, visit www.crewstl.org. Follow CREW-St. Louis on Twitter @CREWSTL.

Transit Advisory Working Group Releases 2018 Progress Report, Detailing Work Accomplished To Further Safety And Security Measures On Metrolink

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The Transit Advisory Working Group (TAWG), which is comprised of twelve organizations from around the bi-state area, released its 2018 Progress Report. The purpose of the report is to update elected officials, stakeholders and the public on progress being made to improve safety and security on the MetroLink system – an issue that remains a priority for the St. Louis region. It’s a concern that has united leadership on both sides of the river, and while a lot of work remains, significant and measurable steps have been taken to help improve safety and restore public confidence.

The TAWG was assembled in May 2017 in response to a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that was established and signed by regional elected officials and Bi-State Development representatives to jointly address safety and security on the MetroLink system. The TAWG is comprised of a diverse cross-section of riders, drivers and regional stakeholders that include representatives from Amalgamated Transit Union Local 788, Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT), East-West Gateway Council of Governments,Organization for Black Struggle, Metro Transit, SEIU Local 1, St. Louis Community College, St. Louis Regional Chamber, St. Clair County Transit District, University of Missouri-St. Louis and Washington University, as well as prosecutors and law enforcement officials from the City of St. Louis, St. Louis County and St. Clair County.

According to the TAWG’s 2018 Progress Report, priority has been placed on the completion of several key objectives outlined in the MOU. Accomplishments include the establishment of a headquarters for the MetroLink Police Unit; a security audit of the system; the administration of a pilot access control program, and the development of a “ride and abide” policy to deter riders who have committed certain crimes from entering or remaining within Metro Transit property or territory.

Another accomplishment for the TAWG was the formation of a Joint Task Force to enable law enforcement officers from the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, St. Louis County Police and St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department to collectively and effectively patrol the MetroLink system. The Joint Task Force delineates and educates law enforcement and security staff on the specific responsibilities and duties of each level of public safety, provides greater officer presence to boost public confidence and helps create a secure ridership experience. Captain Scott Melies is the commander of the Bureau of Transit Police. Lt. John Blaskiewicz, of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, coordinates the rail-related safety and contracts security staff from the Metro Public Safety Department, operated by Bi-State Development. There is a total of 67 police officers dedicated specifically to MetroLink security.

A MetroLink Police Unit Headquarters was established in late summer of 2017 at 5977 Delmar Blvd, adjacent to the Delmar MetroLink Station. It continues to be utilized for the daily operations of the Joint Task Force.

St. Louis County Police Officers continued the expansion of their coverage to include MetroLink stations within the boundaries of the City of St. Louis. All of these city and county police officers in Missouri have St. Louis City-County reciprocal authority via current law. The St. Clair County Transit Board also allocated $125,000 to fund the hiring of three additional St. Clair County Sheriff’s deputies to help cover expanded MetroLink patrols to the Missouri side of the river. The St. Louis City Board of Aldermen passed Board Bill #37, authorizing a mutual aid agreement for St. Clair County Sheriff’s deputies to provide law enforcement services on the Missouri side of the MetroLink system, and St. Clair County later passed a companion bill. The Joint Task Force is waiting on final approval from the Missouri Department of Public Safety to expand Illinois patrols to Missouri stations. A police radio channel for all three law enforcement agencies and Metro Transit’s Public Safety Department is currently in development.

Also in 2017, the East-West Gateway Council of Governments’ Board of Directors approved the use of $3.6 million in federal funding for a comprehensive security audit to examine current security policies on the MetroLink system and implement recommendations for improvements relative to technology, environmental design and human capital deployment. New York-based consulting firm WSP, Inc., was hired to execute the $400,000 MetroLink Security Assessment, which got underway in April2018 and will wrap up this month. A report will be issued to East-West Gateway Council of Governments in early January 2019. The remaining funding will be used for the implementation of some of the recommendations.

A pilot program, called the MetroLink Access Project, was also developed to help improve fare validation and security presence at three highly utilized MetroLink stations. The project was underwritten by CMT for $45,000, and Metro Transit contributed additional funds. Over a four-week duration this fall, contracted security officers, with the support of local law enforcement, monitored and enforced fare validation for 21 hours each day at the Forest Park-DeBaliviere, North Hanley and Fairview Heights MetroLink stations. Evidence-based findings were shared with those administering the MetroLink Security Assessment.

An exclusion policy, commonly referred to as a “Ride and Abide,” was most recently developed by the TAWG with the intent topromote safety by deterring riders who have committed certain crimes from entering or remaining within Metro Transit property or territory. This policy has been sent Bi-State Development. Next steps will be determined based on its adoption by the agency.

“A lot has been accomplished in the last 19 months,” stated Kimberly Cella, executive director of Citizens for Modern Transit and TAWG member. “Educating the public on these efforts is important to us. We want people to know that the region is invested in this issue – safety is a priority, headway is being made and more will be done.”

To learn more about TAWG and the work being completed to further the safety and security of the MetroLink system, visitwww.cmt-stl.org.

 

Southwestern Illinois Region Wins Big with $95.2M in Appropriations for East St. Louis Flood Prevention Project

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The St. Louis Metro East Levee Issues Alliance and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District partnered to host a press conference on December 18 to celebrate the recent news of $95.2M in the FY2019 workplan, which will bring the East St. Louis Flood Prevention project to its anticipated completion in 2022.

“This project is vitally important to East St. Louis and the entire Metro East region,” said Representative Mike Bost (IL-12). “Not only does this infrastructure project set the table for future economic development, it also provides protection from flooding to local residents and businesses. This levee project is truly a win-win.”

The Metro East Levee System, which is 73.7 miles in length, consists of five levee projects located in Madison, St. Clair and Monroe Counties in Illinois. The levees were authorized and constructed to a height equal to 54 feet on the St. Louis gage, with completion of the original construction several decades ago.

Since that time more than $170M in Federal and local funds have been invested in aged levee infrastructure to reduce risk. The work that remains is correction of underseepage issues with the levee system. This is a critical issue that increases risk of failure.

Initial efforts to remedy the underseepage issues, called the 100-year level improvements, are complete with $74M of new construction invested to date, and the remaining underseepage correction projects are now underway.

This $95.2M Federal appropriation, when combined with the local efforts, will complete all remaining underseepage corrections in the East St Louis Levee.

The Metro East Levees protect 288,000 people/employees, 4,000 businesses, over 56,000 jobs, 111,000 acres, and $13.3B in assets. The funds will not only protect but provide opportunities for local people to work as local contractors.

“The St. Louis District is committed to working with our partners and stakeholders in rehabilitating the Metro East Levee System and improving the quality of life of those we serve,” Col. Bryan Sizemore, commander, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District said.

The St. Louis Metro East Levee Issues Alliance, administered by the Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, is the regional coalition that supports the residents and businesses in the American Bottoms whose lives and livelihoods depend on the timely completion of the Metro East levee improvements.

 

IFMA St. Louis Honors Rich Janis with Lifetime Service Award

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The St. Louis Chapter of the International Facility Management Association (IFMA) gave its Lifetime Service Award to Rich Janis. The honor was presented during the chapter’s annual holiday celebration in early December. Janis recently announced his retirement.

Janis has played an active role in IFMA St. Louis for 28 years. His dedication to the facility management organization included tenure on its program and education committee for nearly two decades. During that time, he presented more than 25 educational programs to IFMA St. Louis members. Additionally, he served on its board of directors for six years.

“Rich’s constant focus was to share his knowledge and expertise while presenting quality educational programs to the professional facility managers,” said Jennifer Johnston, president of IFMA St. Louis, when presenting the award.

A registered professional engineer and architect, Janis spent more than 40 years in consulting. A LEED accredited professional (Building Design + Construction), he has been involved in research, evaluation, and design of building environmental systems and sustainable energy technology.

Janis has served on the board of the United States Green Building Council’s regional chapter. He was the engineer-of-record and LEED AP for numerous LEED-certified buildings including the first LEED Gold data center in the St. Louis area. Janis has also taught building technology and sustainable design courses in the Schools of Engineering and of Architecture at Washington University.

Janis earned master’s degrees in mechanical engineering and architecture from Washington University, and a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Missouri-Rolla, now called the Missouri University of Science & Technology.

IFMA St. Louis offers its members a learning and networking environment among its diverse membership and supplies its members with the tools to achieve their professional goals. Started in 1985, IFMA St. Louis has more than 250 members representing small and Fortune 500 companies throughout the region. For more information, visit www.ifma.org.

Photo Above: Jennifer Johnston, chapter president, presented the IFMA St. Louis Lifetime Service Award to Rich Janis.

 

 

Photo Caption: Jennifer Johnston, chapter president, presented the IFMA St. Louis Lifetime Service Award to Rich Janis.

USACE Predicts Peak of 1,300 Tradespersons On-Site Daily as Agency’s Headquarters is Built

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By KERRY SMITH, EDITOR, ST. LOUIS CONSTRUCTION NEWS AND REVIEW MAGAZINE

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ Agency’s labor force projections for constructing its $1.75 billion St. Louis headquarters call for a peak of as many as 1,300 workers on-site daily during the project’s midway point in 2022.

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Next NGA West (N2W) Program Manager Stephanie Hall said that while the exact number of required trades will be determined by the construction joint venture when the winning entity is awarded the contract in March, the USACE is estimating that on average more than 500 workers per day will be at the 97-acre site at North Jefferson and Cass Avenues in St. Louis during year 2020, at least 1,000 workers daily on site from 2021 through 2023, an average of 500 trades workers on site in 2024 and 100 per day working as the project wraps up during 2025.

The USACE projects an average daily peak of 800 workers during 2020, 1,200 to 1,300 daily on site from 2021 through 2023, a peak of 900 tradespersons working on site daily in 2024 and up to 300 per day as the project nears its anticipated completion in 2025.

“Whoever gets awarded the (construction) contract will have their own means and methods of projecting the size and composition of the construction workforce,” said Hall. “This is the federal government’s idea of what it might take.”

Assumed trades required to build the more than 850,000-square-foot project, according to the USACE, are: carpenters, laborers, electricians, iron workers, elevator constructors, cement masons, bricklayers, operating engineers, teamsters, roofers, sheet metal workers, sprinkler fitters, plumbers, pipefitters, insulators, plasterers, glaziers and tile-marble setters.

The three finalist joint venture entities – one of which will be awarded the project in approximately 90 days – are: Clark-JE Dunn N2W, McCarthy HITT and Mortenson-Alberici.

The land upon which the new headquarters will be located represents the largest investment ever made by the federal government within the City of St. Louis. The USACE will coordinate construction of the project on behalf of the NGA.

Graphic Above courtesy of the US Army Corps of Engineers

Electrical Connection Energizes U.S. Probation Officers Holiday Gift Giving Program for Families in the Justice System

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IBEW/NECA Partnership Donates $2,500 to Children’s Holiday Event 

A program to help rehabilitate inmates and ex-offenders in the justice system is being energized by the Electrical Connection through its support of a holiday gift giving program.  In the process, the Electrical Connection is also introducing construction careers to ex-offenders in the justice system.  On December 12, 2018, the Electrical Connection presented a check for $2,500 to support a children’s holiday event, which is co-sponsored by the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church in partnership with the U.S Probation Office.  The money supported holiday gift giving to families served by theUnited States District Court Eastern District of Missouri, Probation Division.  The Electrical Connection is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).

On December 12, 2018, children gathered with families at a holiday party the St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church gym at 4967 Forest Park Ave in the Central West.  They were given winter coats, Christmas gifts and celebrated the holiday season with festive activities. Up to 250 children were served in the program.  At a separate event, children of inmates in the federal system were able to visit with their mothers via a teleconference.

“The Electrical Connection has built a reputation for supporting the St. Louis community and we greatly appreciate its support of our gift giving program to strengthen families served by our justice system,” said Scott A. AndersChief U.S. Probation Officer.  “The Electrical Connection is adding even greater value by introducing a solid career path in the electrical industry to those we rehabilitate.”

In many ways, the U.S. Probation Officers Children’s Holiday Event is much like the “Shop with a Cop” program long supported by the Electrical Connection.  The law enforcement community trust-building program provides holiday gifts to children that they would not otherwise receive.  The Electrical Connection supports “Shop with a Cop” programs in Ferguson, Mo. and in St. Francois County, Mo.

“We are greatly impressed by the U.S. Probation Office’s Project Re-Direct and the support it provides to inmates and ex-offenders,” said Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection.  “Its creative approach to rehabilitation, which the holiday giving event is part of, goes a long way to stabilizing lives and families while strengthening our community.”

Project Re-Direct is led by Clark E. Porter, MSW, an ex-felon himself, who is now a program support specialist for United States District Court Eastern District of Missouri.  It is an intense seven-month program that consists of substance abuse treatment, community service, employment assistance, and support for ex-offenders to reduce recidivism and reorient their lives to give greater purpose beneficial to society.  Learn more about Porter and Project Re-Direct in this video.

Members of the Electrical Connection provide safe and reliable electrical construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  For more information visit www.electricalconnection.org.

M Property Services, NorthSide Regeneration Challenging St. Louis City High School Students to Design Interactive Urban Park

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Deadline for team registration is Jan. 18, 2019

For the fifth straight year, St. Louis area developer Paul McKee, Jr. of M Property Services, LLC (MPS), along with NorthSide Regeneration, is challenging St. Louis City high school students to an urban design challenge.

For the 2019 challenge, students will explore the conceptual design of an interactive urban park within NorthSide Regeneration – an urban, mixed-use community being developed by McKee that encompasses over 1,500 acres in North St. Louis City. Utilizing the existing city street network and the designated park area within the development’s proposed Innovation District and HealthWorks Village, students will be challenged to design a park that incorporates landscape features, amenities, attractions and structures suitable for creating a branded experience and regional attraction. The main element of the design must include a passive solar concession building, park elements and several varieties of sundials.

“We believe it is important to expose more youth to the fields of architecture, engineering and construction through involvement in our city-wide, high school Project Design Challenge,” said McKee. “Year after year, the students surpass our expectations, coming up with innovative ideas and uses for new products and technology in their plans. We would love to see more teams participate.”

The design challenge is open to any student attending high school within St. Louis City, including public, charter, private and parochial schools. Teams, which can include up to six students, are required to register for the challenge by Jan. 18, 2019. MPS will try to assign a mentor to each team/teacher – a professional in the field of architecture or engineering who will help guide them through the creative and design process.

Participating teams will be required to submit a project description between 300-500 words explaining their design theory and solution by the April 5, 2019 submission deadline. Each team must also submit no more than three poster boards showing an aerial location for the park, a site plan, enlarged details/and or elevations and an optional perspective drawing. A 3-D model of each team’s design will also be required.

On April 13, 2019, each team will orally present their project, then answer questions to a jury which will be comprised of individuals in the architecture and engineering fields, plus neighborhood liaisons and representatives of NorthSide Regeneration.

The jury will choose Gold, Silver and Bronze winners, with all other teams earning an Honorable Mention. The winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on April 29, 2019 at the Engineers’ Club of St. Louis.

The challenge is coordinated each year by Karen Bahr, Executive Assistant at M Property Services. Over the past five years, approximately 285 students from 55 teams representing nine schools (including CCC, Roosevelt, St. Mary’s, Metro, Gateway, McKinley, Vashon, Cleveland and Carnahan) and 34 mentors have participated in the Project Design Challenge. Past challenges have included, “Planning for the Autonomous Vehicle”, “Neighborhood Entry Marker”, “Urban Park”, “Neighborhood Streetscape” and “Parking Lot of the 21st Century”.

For more information about the design challenge, contact Karen Bahr at 636-561-9337 or email KBahr@mps-stl.com.

Founded in 1990, M Property Services, LLC (MPS) is a full-service real estate development, property management and brokerage firm based in O’Fallon, MO. At the core of every MPS development is the concept of LifeWorks® – the creation of master-planned environments that are attuned to the needs and aspirations of the total person, providing opportunities for individuals to live, learn, work, play and pray. For more information about M Property Services, visit www.mps-stl.com or call 636-561-9300.

Electrical Connection Details Readiness for Rapid Changes In Energy Technology

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Smart infrastructure, including smart roads, and innovations in energy storage and micro grid technology are coming to Missouri, but will the state have the skilled workforce needed to build it?  Jim Curran, executive vice president, Electrical Connection, gave a resounding yes. Curran was among the speakers and moderators at the third conference this year in the Midwest Energy Policy Series (MEPS) presented by the Missouri Energy Initiative (MEI). The Electrical Connection represents a partnership that develops and trains the vast majority of highly skilled electricians and communication technicians that serve the state’s technology and energy needs.  The day-long MEPS conference was held on Dec. 5, 2018 at the Sheet Metal Workers Local 36 hall and training center.

The Electrical Connection is a partnership of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 1 and the St. Louis Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association. Curran spoke on workforce and Electric Vehicles as well as moderated the panel discussion on Future Technology Pushing Today’s Economy.  It featured Tim Arbeiter, director of broadband for the State of Missouri, Tim Sylvester, CEO, Integrated Roadways, and Tim McMahon, senior vice president of advocacy and government relations, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)

“It is time for the Show Me State to stop having the world show us and time we started showing the world what Missouri does,” said Curran. He noted that under leadership of Director Dennis Gralike, the staff of the IBEW/NECA Electrical Industry Training Center in St. Louis helped develop the national curriculum for fixed electrical vehicle charging stations. Working with OEMs, Gralike’s staff developed the first-ever Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Training Program (EVITP) launched in 2011 and now the standard for supporting EV infrastructure.  “For the EV market to be successful, there had to be assurances of reliable fixed charging stations,” noted Curran.  “Having quality, licensed contractors and a skilled and safe workforce to install charging stations was critical for the EV consumer experience, if the market was to expand.”

Curran added that Gralike’s team is now engaged in training for energy storage and micro grid certification, partnering with Penn State nationally.  “We have talent, skilled resources based here now in Missouri to not only be competitive but to lead the way worldwide in new technology development, installation and acceptance,” noted Curran.  IBEW/NECA invests more than $3 million annually in training.  For more than 75 years, its training has been free of charge and at no taxpayer expense and allows apprentices to earn a living with benefits while they take the 78-course curriculum at the training center. It also offers continuing education for journey workers.

John McClain

Echoing Curran comments on workforce readiness was John McClain executive consultant with Cornerstone Consulting.  McClain, who has more than 45 years of experience in the manufacturing industry, served on the Energy, Economic Development and Missouri panel discussion.  He presented a case study in Kentucky, a right-to-work state, where a manufacturer was having issues with power supply and distribution until McClain brought in the Electrical Connection partnership to fix the problems.

“No state should have policies in place that suppress skilled workforce development,” noted McClain. “The Electrical Connection’s industry-funded training program is the standard for pace-setting skills and safety serving Missouri’s energy and technology needs.  It’s a great asset to Missouri and is exported to other states whose policies have led to skilled training atrophy.”

Joining McClain on his panel discussion were Byron DeLear, regional executive, Ygrene Energy Fund and Randy Moore, CEO, ZAF Energy Systems.

The other panel discussions were Energy Providers Spurring Economic Development featuring Mike Kearney, vice president, economic development, Ameren, and Drew Robinson, manager of renewables KCP&L, Spire, Inc. There was also a 2019 Legislative Outlook featuring Missouri Senator Ed Emery and Representative Rocky Miller.

The Missouri Energy Initiative is a nonpartisan, nonprofit association of public and private-sector entities working together to increase energy economic development, innovation, and education throughout the state. MEI serves as an independent public policy group on emerging energy issues and focuses on being a trusted source of energy information for Missouri and the Midwest. The organization encourages creative collaborations and promotes affordable, reliable and sustainable energy efforts.

For more than 100 years, the Electrical Connection IBEW/NECA has been the “go to” resource for safe and reliable electrical and communications construction, maintenance, repair and replacement services across Missouri, the nation and the world.  For more information, visit www.electricalconnection.org

 

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