A lack of racial and gender diversity helps give the construction industry an "old school" mentality and prevent younger people from choosing careers in the trades. That was one take-away from an Associated Builders and Contractors gathering last month in Washington, D.C., to discuss the topic. The government's Bureau of Labor Statistics says the construction workforce in 2015 included 28.5% Hispanic/Latino, 9.3% female, 6% black, and just 1.8% Asian workers. One session during the conference looked at the benefits of joint ventures with Minority Business Enterprise partners. In another, panelists discussed the competitive advantages of having a diverse employee roster. "For me, one of the things that's really important is to understand that our world is changing," said Larry Lopez of Green JobWorks. "People look different and are different. We are a culture of immigrants." Read More