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By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:

Careers in Construction Month

WHEREAS, the construction industry is one of our nation’s largest industries, employing more than 5 million individuals in the United States; and

WHEREAS, the construction industry needs more than 258,000 new craft professionals through 2026 in the Commonwealth of Virginia; and

WHEREAS, The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) was created by the construction industry to standardize training and enhance the industry image by promoting the hard work and dedication of our nation’s craft professionals; and

WHEREAS, the mission of NCCER’s Build Your Future initiative is to narrow the skills gap by guiding America’s youth and displaced workers into opportunities that lead to long-term rewarding careers in construction; and

WHEREAS, the goal of the Build Your Future initiative is to positively influence the public’s perception about careers in the construction industry and provide a path for individuals to become craft professionals; and

WHEREAS, Careers in Construction Month is an annual month designated to increase public awareness and appreciation of construction craft professionals and the entire construction workforce; and

WHEREAS, during this month, employers, associations, and schools are encouraged to conduct job fairs, panel discussions, and local community events to inform students of the vast employment opportunities in construction; and

WHEREAS, we are pleased to honor the construction craft professional and the critical role they play in the development of the Commonwealth of Virginia;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize October 2023, as CAREERS IN CONSTRUCTION MONTH in the COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.