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U.S. Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta delivered the keynote address at the Associated Builders and Contractors of West Virginia (ABCWV) 22nd Annual Winter Meeting at the Greenbrier Resort and Hotel, Jan. 11-14. “We were certainly excited to hear from the secretary on matters critical to the growth and development of West Virginia’s labor force,” said ABCWV President & CEO Bryan Hoylman. “While our membership is optimistic about the positive news on the economic front of late, our industry continues to face significant challenges when attempting to locate, transition and train a skilled workforce ready to meet the demands of a rebounding economy.” 

Following an introduction from Sen. Shelly Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Secretary Acosta addressed a crowd of over 150 construction industry leaders and professionals on matters such as accelerating apprenticeship training nationwide and a proposal to expand healthcare options for millions of working families through association health care plans.

“His visit was extremely well received by our membership.” Hoylman said. “In both his address to the entire group and our conversations with him throughout the evening, it was apparent that we have an extremely qualified and competent leader in charge of the Labor Department. Having someone who is so dedicated to expanding opportunities for American workers, and doing so fairly and impartially, is not only refreshing, it is paramount to the success of our country.”