The Little Rock Workforce Development Board (LRWDB) is conducting site visits at multiple locations in Little Rock to exchange information with community partners. As part of the On-Site On-Target Workshop Series, these community visits represent critical input for the LRWDB’s Local Transitional Plan under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunities Act (WIOA).
On May 12, LRWDB members toured the project to renovate the Robinson Auditorium and Performing Arts Center. The tour and demonstration of the BIM (Building Information Modeling) used to coordinate the work, conducted by CDI Contractors, provided insight into what the future looks like for the construction industry in Central Arkansas and which occupations will be in demand. The LRWDB’s Executive Director, W. J. Monagle, noted that the “project showcases the advanced architectural and engineering technology required to renovate a Little Rock landmark that will continue to serve as an asset to this community for decades to come.” Mr. Monagle also observed that upcoming retirement of “highly skilled tradespeople” represents a talent gap for the metropolitan area.
The next community visit and reciprocal tour will be held at the Arkansas Lighthouse for the Blind on August 18.
These workshops will continue to take place at various locations of interest in-between the regular quarterly meetings of the board, with the stated desire to keep board members involved, excited, and engaged in the strategic planning process.