Southern California Partnership for Jobs (SCPFJ) last month accepted an invitation to join the Los Angeles County Infrastructure Development/Construction working group that will report to the county’s new Economic Resiliency Task Force.

ECA is a founding member of SCPFJ and is actively involved in the new county-wide effort to get our economic engine restarted. Supervisor Kathryn Barger chaired the new group’s first meeting May 8th. Other county leaders involved in the Economic Task Force are Supervisor Hilda Solis (vice-chair) and Supervisors Mark Ridley-Thomas, Shelia Kuehl and Janice Hahn.

In addition to the supervisors, the task force consists of 13 leaders representing the business; labor; infrastructure; food industry; arts and culture; digital media; non-profit; sports; faithbased; and education sectors, all of whom suffered impacts from the COVID-19 public health crisis. 

“We are honored to be joining the Economic Resiliency Task Force,” said Dave Garbarino, vice president of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 12. “We realize that as we pivot to economic recovery in Los Angeles County, it is vital that construction has an important voice in this process.”

The task force is already at work. Their efforts include crafting plans for economic recovery, identifying strategies that will help engage the private sector and formulating policies to revitalize industries and communities.

“The Partnership is privileged to be selected to participate in this prestigious Los Angeles County task force,” said John Hakel, executive director for SCPFJ. “Given the Partnership’s resources of 2,750 contractors and 90,000 union workers, we think sharing their wealth of knowledge will be truly powerful.”


About Southern California Partnership For Jobs

SCPFJ works with elected officials in Southern California to emphasize the continued need for improved infrastructure funding. It supports rail, water, port, airport and road projects while enhancing the regions’ workforce development and creating career construction jobs

SCPFJ represents members of construction trades and contractor associations including Associated General Contractors of California (AGC), Associated General Contractors of San Diego (AGC San Diego), Building Industry Association of Southern California (BIASC), Engineering Contractors’ Association (ECA), International Union of Operating Engineers Local 12 (IUOE), Southern California Contractors Association (SCCA), Southern California District Council of Laborers (LIUNA), Southwest Regional Council of Carpenters, and United Contractors (UC).

To learn more about SCPFJ visit .


By Dave Sorem, P.E. ECA Government Affairs Chairman email: [email protected]