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Rick Scott, Titus O’Neil to join area students at construction job fair

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Gov. Rick Scott and WWE wrestler Titus O’Neil will be the top-billed guests at the second annual Build Tampa Bay Tradeshow and Job Fair at the Port of Tampa Thursday.

In addition to Scott and O’Neil, organizers expect other state leaders and 900 students from across the Tampa Bay region to come to the event promoting careers in the area’s construction industry. The job fair is scheduled to go from 9 am to 1 pm at the port’s cruise terminal.

“Build Tampa Bay is proud to host the second annual event to educate area county students about the many professional opportunities available in the construction industry,” said Associated Builders and Contractors CEO Steve Cona. “As the Tampa Bay area is primed for tremendous growth with many development projects taking place across the region, students have a unique opportunity to put their stamp on this community by pursuing an enriching career in the building sector.”

The Gulf Coast chapter of ABC teamed up with Hillsborough County Public Schools, Pasco County Schools and the School District of Manatee County to put on the event, which will give students the chance to network with more than 50 employers in the Tampa Bay region.

The first Build Tampa Bay brought in about 700 students and had 40 employers on-site, alongside Tampa Bay Lighting owner Jeff Vinik and Mayor Bob Buckhorn who encouraged students to pursue trade careers.

ABC said it’s putting on the event to help curb the deficit in trade workers. The group said four out of five of its member companies are not bringing in enough skilled workers despite an annual investment of $1.1 billion in apprenticeships and workforce training.

Bureau of Labor Statistics numbers show the skilled worker shortage in the construction industry is expected to grow to 1.6 million workers by 2022.

Drew Wilson covers legislative campaigns and fundraising for SaintPetersBlog and While at the University of Florida, Wilson was an editor at The Independent Florida Alligator and after graduation, he moved to Los Angeles to cover business deals for The Hollywood Reporter. Before joining Extensive Enterprises, Wilson covered the state economy and Legislature for LobbyTools.

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