Lee Building Industry Association and School District of Lee County Announce Build My Future Lee County

Career Day Trade Show Proceeds to Fund Construction Curriculum in Lee County Schools

Submitted By: Savannah Phillips

FORT MYERS, Fla. – The Lee Building Industry Association (Lee BIA) and School District of Lee County (LCSD) will host the 2nd Annual Build My Future Lee County on October 23 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Lee Civic Center. The career day trade show will help address the skilled workforce shortage within the building industry and all proceeds will aid in funding construction curriculum in Lee County Schools.

This career day trade show will feature companies from all aspects of the construction industry, from foundation to roof. Over 700 district students will get a hands-on introduction to various building trades. The Lee BIA is seeking construction companies and trade contractors to exhibit in and sponsor this event. Current participating sponsors of this event include, Advanced Solar and Spa, Fallsafe Walls and Ceilings, Argos, Target Roofing and Sheet Metal, B&I Contractors, D.R. Horton, Grabber Construction Products, HONC Industries, All Star Equipment, ABC Florida Gulf Coast and Service Contracting Solutions.
“Build My Future Lee County is so important to the future of our industry and the students of Lee County” said Phillip Ford, executive vice president of the Lee BIA. “Our goal is to ensure that students are aware that there are viable career opportunities within the construction industry that don’t require a college degree, all while addressing the workforce shortage in our industry.”

“As a builder, our industry currently has a shortage of qualified workers, which hinders our ability to meet the demand for housing, thereby driving up the cost of homes” said Frank R. Jenkins, president of Frank R. Jenkins Custom Homes, LLC and the Lee BIA. “I think it is essential that we change the narrative that you are only successful if you have a college degree and this event is a great way to start that conversation.”

“We are very excited for our Career and Technical Education students to have the opportunity to experience a diverse set of career options in the Construction industry” said Rita Davis, director of adult & career education. “There are so many possibilities in this field and we want our students to have direct access to them.”

Anyone that is interested in participating can find event information at www.BIA.net or call the Lee BIA at (239) 936-5525.

About Lee Building Industry Association

The Lee Building Industry Association (Lee BIA), a not for profit organization representing Lee, Hendry and Glades counties, is a powerful voice for the building industry in the regulatory arena. The Lee BIA is chartered by the National Association of Home Builders and is an affiliate of the Florida Home Builders Association, giving members three memberships in one. It is comprised of over 380 companies involved in every aspect of building and creating a thriving community for a growing Southwest Florida.

The mission of the Lee BIA is to promote, protect and preserve homeownership, private property rights and affordable housing by advocating for balanced laws, regulation and fees through member education and outreach. The Lee BIA is headquartered at 6835 International Center Blvd., #4 in Fort Myers. For more information on membership and its various programs, please visit www.BIA.net or call 239-936-5525.

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