Gary Schaaf on Labor Shortages and Construction Contract Needs

Gary Schaaf on Labor Shortages and Construction Contract Needs

If you’re a fan of real estate development, now is a great time to be living, working and playing in Tampa.

Between the skyline-altering Water Street Tampa project, and two other multi-billion dollar projects underway at Tampa International Airport and Port Tampa Bay, construction cranes dominate the city’s horizon.

But, in keeping with the law of unintended consequences, the current construction boom, together with the effects of two consecutive years of major hurricanes hitting Florida, the recent crackdown on immigration, flight by skilled workers from the construction industry during the economic downturn, retirement of many skilled workers and a lack of sufficient incentive for younger workers to enter a field which requires hard, physical work, particularly out in the Florida sun, have conspired to present Tampa with a serious construction labor shortage.

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