The New I-64: Workforce Development

MoDOT was committed to increasing the number of minority, female and economically disadvantaged individuals working on the I-64 project. The Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission pledged up to $2.5 million towards training programs and contractor incentives in St. Louis.

The New I-64 project employed 80 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) subcontracting companies. To see the complete list of companies, please click here

In May 2006, the I-64 Workforce Utilization Plan Partnering Agreement was signed by MoDOT, local contractors and union representatives, minority contractors and community groups. All pledged to work together to increase the number of trained workers for the I-64 project. They also agreed to create an I-64 Workforce Advisory Committee to identify pre-apprenticeship training programs, recommend these programs for funding and monitor them for accountability and producing trainees ready for heavy highway construction apprenticeships.

On June 12, 2009 MoDOT held a Community Workforce Roundtable to share the progress in diversity and workforce on-the-job trainees on the New I-64 project.

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I-64 Workforce Advisory Committee Members:

  • Rev. Tommie Pierson, Metropolitan Congregations United (Chairman)
  • Patricia Blackwell, St. Louis Lambert Airport Authority (MHR)
  • John Gaal, Carpenters’ District Council of Greater Saint Louis and Vicinity (Vice Chairman)
  • Len Toenjes, Associated General Contractors of St. Louis
  • Kevin Triggs, East West Gateway Council of Governments
  • Teresa Willis, Missouri Women in Trades (MOWIT)
  • Kevin Potter, Conference of Minority Transportation Officials - St. Louis Chapter President & CEO NewPots Solutions
  • Michael Holms, St. Louis Agency on Training and Employment (S.L.A.T.E.)