BCTD Secretary Treasurer Brent Booker speaks at today's press conference.
The agreement will provide opportunities for small and disadvantaged business enterprises, as well as providing significant skilled craft apprenticeship opportunities for DC residents. In fact, a benchmark of 60% of all apprentice hours being worked by DC residents on this project has been incorporated into the PLA.
There is also a "Helmets to Hardhats" provision contained in the agreement, whereby contributions will be forthcoming to this worthwhile program that assists military veterans with jobs and career training in the construction industry.
"Today's announcement," said Secretary Treasurer Booker in a statement released at today's press conference, "illustrates the forward looking vision by DC United and the District of Columbia government that not only attends to the team's concerns about quality, on-time and on-budget construction results, but also projects a commitment to providing a respectable standard of living to DC construction workers and affording structured career training opportunities for other DC residents."