The Construction Workforce Ordinance, codified 4/26/07 and effective 7/1/07, establishes a program that tracks utilization of minority, women, and resident workers on construction projects. Construction projects more than $300,000 and requiring 800 or more construction labor hours funded or administered by the City fall within the purview of this regulation. The ordinance itself can be found in the KCMO municipal code, section 38.83-01 through 38.83-13.
The Construction Workforce Reports outline our endeavors to fulfill the purpose of the ordinance and summarize the data we have captured in an attempt to evaluate current utilization of these groups in the local construction industry. There are two parts to our published report. The first is the narrative, which is a summary by the director of the Human Relations Department of both the statistics presented in the overall report as well as any outreach initiatives and other projects conducted by the workforce staff. The second is the report itself, which breaks down through several sheets how contractors and subcontractors are doing both company-wide and on City-funded projects.
Due to the time involved in capturing and analyzing the data, as well as submitting it for approval at the monthly workforce board meetings, the most recent publishable reports will be two months behind the current date. We will have the current report available by the fourth Monday of the month.
Our staff is working hard to both monitor the data submitted by the contractors, as well as conduct random on-site inspections to help verify the accuracy of this information.
Additionally, our goals include:
Developing methods to increase recruitment, training and retention of residents, minorities and women on City Construction Contracts throughout the Kansas City MSA; and
Promotion of Workforce Preparedness Programs and Apprenticeship Programs to increase the number of skilled minority and women employees in the construction trades; and
Promotion of mentoring programs to assist such workers; and
Establishing goals to encourage City Contractors to retain such workers.
In addition, the City will be actively working with the community to establish and develop construction recruitment, training and retention programs. The section will assist contractors and employees in increasing awareness for job opportunities and recruitment sources.