Trade Talks USA Grant for Skilled Trades Education

The Marcus Foundation has awarded Trade Talks USA a $250,000 grant to continue its efforts in helping address the critical shortage of skilled trade workers.

The Home Depot's Path to Pro has provided statistics around skilled trade workers- see below.

  •  300k+ jobs were available in 2021

  • 10x more trade jobs available in seven years

  • 3M jobs available by 2028

  • 40% of construction workers to retire by 2031

  • Median wage of carpenter helpers is 7%+ the national average

  • US skilled workers under 25 decreased by 4% between 2018-2019

  • 94% of contractors are struggling to find skilled workers

The 14th Annual 2024 Hybrid Summit will be held January 2024, Date & Location TBD.

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January 26th, 2023
The 13th Annual Hybrid Summit was held on January 26th, 2023 Noon to 4 PM EST.

Virtual Women in Construction: Building Connections was held on December 14th, 2022, 1 PM to 2 PM EST via a Zoom. 2023 Virtual Women in Construction TBD.

2023 Virtual Men’s Round Tables

2023 Men’s Round Table #1 will be held Q3, 2023

2023 Virtual Women’s Round Tables

2023 Women’s Round Table #1 will be held Q2, 2023


Nordstrom sees growth potential in off-price stores

Nordstrom plans to open 20 off-price Nordstrom Rack stores this year and aims to grow the chain further in the coming years, betting that a renewed focus on stocking the stores with recognizable brands will be key to future growth. Rack stores have proven instrumental

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