To strengthen contracting, education, and employment opportunities among minorities and women in construction. CAA was reorganized from the 1970 -80’s Cleveland Contractors Association as a Construction Employers Association (CEA) affiliate in 2008. There are currently nearly 30 CEA contractors involved in diversity & inclusion efforts. CEA hosts quarterly programs with owners to provide insights and further the opportunities for diversity and inclusion in local construction projects.
- Ariane Kirkpatrick, AKA Team - President, Chair of CAA Contracting committee and member of CEA Board of Directors
- Kyle Jones, KBJ Construction - Vice President and Chair of CAA Education committee
- Greg Consolo, Donley's Inc. - Secretary
- Grant Raymond, Dunlop & Johnston, Treasurer
Contracting -CAA developed and supports CEA's Mentor Protégé Program and is working to continually improve the program as well as its standards and outcomes. Current efforts include development of a Pre-qualification program in conjunction with local construction management firms and general contractors.
Education - CAA formed and played in integral role in the Construction Management Academy Program (CMAP), designed to promote diversity in the construction professional workforce by exposing underrepresented young men and women to industry before they make life-long career decisions. CMAP was then aligned with the ACE Mentor Cleveland program, working with Cleveland Metropolitan Schools.
Employment - CAA supports equal opportunity in construction and seeks to increase local residency employment and diversity in the construction workforce through collaboration with the construction trades, city and county governments, and community organizations. Current efforts include outreach for trade apprenticeships, career awareness presentations with schools/community organizations such as the Urban League-Cleveland, Northeast Ohio, El Barrio, Spanish American Committee, Cuyahoga Community College, Hard Hatted Women and NAWIC others.