Hockey Fundraiser Generates Over $7,500 for Construction Workforce Development

Team Sweden, sponsored by LONG Building Technologies, won the 2019 AGC of Colorado Hockey Fundraising Tournament that raised over $7,500 for workforce development.

Participants of the Associated General Contractors of Colorado’s (AGC/C) annual Hockey Fundraiser Tournament raised more than $7,500 for construction workforce development, an issue still affecting the entire construction industry. AGC/C hosted the hockey fundraiser June 28 at the Ice Centre at the Promenade in Westminster, with seventy-two players on eight teams in this tournament style, single-elimination event.

The 2019 AGC/C Hockey Fundraising Tournament brought together players representing a cross-section of the Colorado architecture, engineering and construction (A/E/C) industry with each team sponsored by an AGC/C member firm. The following construction industry firms served as sponsors: GH Phipps Construction Companies (Team Germany), Haselden Construction (Team USA), Heartland Acoustics & Interiors, Inc. (Team Czech Republic), LONG Building Technologies (Team Sweden), McCarthy Building Companies (Team Russia),  Mortenson Construction (Team Canada), Swinerton Builders (Team Finland) and Turner Construction Company (Team Switzerland). In addition, Adolfson and Peterson Construction served as the Zamboni sponsor. The players for LONG Building Technologies (Team Sweden) took home the trophy as the tournament champions.

“Lack of skilled workers in the trades has been an issue at the forefront of almost all construction firms here in Colorado,” commented Kurt Klanderud, chairman of the AGC of Colorado Board of Directors, and president at GH Phipps Construction. “This fundraiser, and other workforce sponsored programs hosted by AGC/C throughout the year, help augment the costs placed on individual firms, and unite us all in the cause to develop a better workforce in construction.”

This hockey fundraiser was initiated to help support the Construction Education Foundation (CEF), which was established in 2001. The foundation was reorganized and repurposed this year to support a variety of construction workforce development programs. According to the 2019 Construction Outlook Survey by the Associated General Contractors of America, 71 percent of Colorado construction firms indicated that they will increase their firm’s investment in workforce development and training. AGC of Colorado is dedicated to supporting the needs of their members, especially the endorsement of workforce development, which bolsters the entire construction industry.

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