Two-hundred fifty million dollars to Northgate Constructors, in Irving, Texas; $189 million to Kiewet Pacific Co., in Santa Fe Springs, Calif; $80 million to Richard E. Pierson Construction, in Camden, N.J.
That’s just some of the money going to local contractors under the federal highway stimulus program, and those are just some of the companies that will be hiring so0n to fulfill those contracts. “More than 1,900 companies or branches of companies have been awarded stimulus transportation contracts around the country, with many more projects yet to be awarded,” according to Pro Publica, a journalism site that champions government oversight. And many jobs yet to be filled.
Those jobs aren’t limited to skilled labor and construction jobs. There will be thousands of construction manager, engineering, marketing and finance positions, even sales, technology and law jobs required to do the work.
Construction and civil engineering professionals should be alert to opportunities with companies receiving these contracts. Pro Publica published a database of the original $19 billion in awarded contracts intended to track and monitor the flow of money and eliminate fraud and manipulation of contract bidding. Search by contractor, state, county or congressional district to find funded projects and employers.
Businesses that received federal contracts from stimulus spending have already reported creating or saving about 30,000 jobs, according to the Washington Post.
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