WHEREAS, the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), founded in 1953, started as a local support network for the few women in the construction industry at the time; and
WHEREAS, in 1955, the National Association of Women in Construction became nationally chartered, and today provides its members with opportunities for professional development, education, networking, leadership training, public service, and more; and
WHEREAS, the Richmond Chapter 141 has distinguished itself for 51 years as the voice of women in construction in the Southeast Region; and
WHEREAS, the Richmond Chapter has unceasingly promoted the employment and advance of women in the construction industry; and
WHEREAS, the construction community has been a driving force behind community development through renovation and beautification projects, promotion of skilled trades, and a positive vision of the future; and
WHEREAS, Women in Construction Week is a wonderful opportunity to recognize the many dedicated workers and their steadfast support of women in construction;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize March 4-10, 2018, as WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION WEEK in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.