The City of Philadelphia’s Office of Economic Opportunity and Turner Celebrate Graduation of the Latest Turner School of Cons
Philadelphia, PA May 21, 2014 – On Thursday, May 1st the Turner School of Construction Management graduated 28 participants in a ceremony attended by family, friends, instructors, and partners of the program. The ceremony was held in Turner Construction Company’s 1500 Spring Garden Street office.
Sponsored by Turner in partnership with the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Economic Opportunity (OEO), the Turner School of Construction Management provided eight weeks of educational sessions designed to help the owners of new and existing businesses learn how to do business with Turner and enhance their profitability in the marketplace.
On hand to address the graduates was Mrs. Angela Dowd-Burton, Executive Director of the OEO, who on behalf of Mayor Michael Nutter congratulated the attendees for, “showing an interest in building [their] business savvy, showing [their] commitment to do business with companies like Turner Construction as well as doing business with each other.” Mrs. Dowd-Burton went on to say, “You recognize that education is only part of a successful business formation. Collaboration, discipline, and the consistent delivery of quality services in a safe working environment are all essential to achieving your goals as accomplished entrepreneurs.” The OEO worked closely with Turner to provide a classroom space and support the program.
Following Mrs. Dowd-Burton’s address Mrs. Kariema Q. Milligan (of Milligan Group LLC) delivered the class greeting and was followed by class testaments delivered by fellow graduates. A common note was struck by all of the graduates, thanking Turner Construction Company for offering this free program and for allowing participants to be introduced to – and hear presentations from – several key construction industry stakeholders who were invited to speak at the beginning of each of class. The graduates’ remarks also included statements referring to how their business model and professional confidence have changed as a result of the program. In the words of graduate Amy Lounsberry, “You have exposed our class to several of the major players in Philadelphia construction and real estate, and given us the knowledge to start an educated conversation with them or other potential clients. Hats off to Turner, to you, Dexter, and to all the many people who have contributed to this class and the ongoing efforts toward diversity and inclusion!”
Turner’s Senior Vice President for Community Affairs, Mr. Hilton Smith, who was one of the founders of the Turner School in 1969, was also on-hand and delivered an inspiring speech as he urged graduates to work together to forge partnerships for the benefit of all. Drawing on more than 40 years of experience, he reminded the graduates that, “adversity can engulf the individual, but it cannot engulf the group.”
Dexter Hendricks, Turner’s Regional Community Affairs Director, organized and managed the program. Mr. Hendricks, who has conducted several Turner School programs up and down the east coast of the U.S. stated during the graduation, “I am here because I truly believe in the program, the results of the program, Turner Construction, and the communities in which we build – and of course each of you here tonight.” The ceremony concluded with a networking event where the attendees could strengthen the relationships they forged during the program with each other and with Turner Construction Company personnel.
Founded in 1969, the Turner School of Construction Management has worked to provide the leaders of historically disadvantaged businesses with the skills they need to successfully pursue work with Turner and other large construction firms. Since its inception the program has graduated more than 30,000 people in over 100 cities across the U.S.
About the City of Philadelphia’s Office of Economic Opportunity
The Office of Economic Opportunity promotes the economic development of Minority- Women- and Disabled-owned business enterprises through its OEO Registry, bid/RFP participation targets and contract compliance activities. In addition, OEO has ongoing interaction with other City departments, quasi-public agencies and the private and non-profit sectors. For details visit the OEO website at www.phila.gov/oeo or call 215-683-2057.
About Turner Construction Company
Turner is a North America-based, international construction services company. Founded in 1902, Turner first made its mark on the industry pioneering the use of steel-reinforced concrete for general building, which enabled the company to deliver safer, stronger, and more efficient buildings to clients. The company continues to embrace emerging technologies and offers an increasingly diverse set of services.
With an annual construction volume of $9 billion, Turner is the largest builder in the United States, ranking first in the major market segments of the building construction field, including healthcare, education, sports, commercial, and green building. The firm is a subsidiary of HOCHTIEF, a publicly traded company, and one of the world’s leading international construction service providers. For more information please visit www.turnerconstruction.com.
HOCHTIEF is one of the most international construction groups worldwide. The company delivers complex infrastructure projects, in some cases on the basis of concession models. The Group operates in the transportation infrastructure, energy infrastructure and social/urban infrastructure segments as well as in the contract mining business. With nearly 81,000 employees and a sales volume of more than EUR 25 billion in FY 2013, HOCHTIEF is represented in all the world’s major markets. With its subsidiary Leighton, the Group is market leader in Australia. In the USA, the biggest construction market in the world, HOCHTIEF is the No. 1 general builder via its subsidiary Turner and, with Group company Flatiron, ranks among the most important players in the field of transportation infrastructure construction. Because of its engagement for sustainability, HOCHTIEF has been listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Indexes since 2006. Further information is available at www.hochtief.com/press.
Source: City of Philadelphia and Turner Construction Company