Video: Young father with troubled past finds new life through construction career

We continue our construction careers program video series today with the story of Eric Barnes, a laborer for Skanska-Traylor-Shea, the contractor building Metro’s Purple Line Extension project. Eric had a troubled past, but a new job in construction helped him turn his life around and set an example for his kids.

The video series features construction workers and small business owners whose lives have been positively impacted by working on Metro projects through the agency’s Project Labor Agreement/Construction Careers Policy (PLA/CCP) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise/Small Business Enterprise (DBE/SBE) program.

We already posted the story of Katherine Norve, a single mom working on the Regional Connector project through Metro’s contractor Regional Connector Constructors.

The agency hopes the programs have provided people with the opportunity to use their own hard work to build a better future for themselves, their families and their communities.

A little more background on the two programs from Metro’s Diversity and Economic Opportunity Department (DEOD):

Project Labor Agreement (PLA) & Construction Career Policy (CCP)

Metro adopted the CCP in conjunction with the PLA to encourage construction employment and training opportunities to those who reside in economically disadvantaged areas on Metro construction projects. The agreement applies to certain local (non-federally) funded and federally funded construction projects with a construction value greater than $2.5 million. The PLA is unique in that Metro is the first transit agency in the nation to adopt such an agreement with national targeted hiring goals for federally funded projects with FTA approval. Metro’s new “Pilot Local Hire Initiative” enables Metro to implement local hiring requirements on both Federal Transit Administration (FTA) and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) contract opportunities advertised before March 6, 2017. 

For more information on the program, click here.

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DVBE) / Small Business Enterprise (SBE) programs

Metro’s DBE and SBE/DVBE programs ensures that disadvantaged, small and disabled veteran businesses have an equal opportunity to receive and participate in Metro contracting.  The programs are to create a level playing field for which DBE and SBE/DVBE firms can compete fairly on both federal and or non-federally-funded contracts.  For more information on Metro’s small business programs and learn to how to get certified as an DBE, SBE or DVBEclick here.

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  1. You know what this a good way to put a face to measure M, but i’m still almost 99.99% opposed to it because you put a funding timetable with no end. No thanks