The Problem:


Baby boomers are retiring from the construction industry just as more skilled workers are needed. Minorities and women are under-represented in this workforce.

The Solution:


Community Construction Outreach (CCO). CCO was formed to enhance communities by increasing and sustaining diversity, a skilled workforce and qualified contractor capacity.

Welcome to CCO

CCO’s aim is to establish and then to franchise sustainable contractor and work-force capacity-building efforts in communities throughout the Greater Peoria Area and eventually beyond.
The Vision of this new endeavor is “A Community transformed through leadership, increased economic opportunity, innovative education, and diversity.” Additionally, the Mission Statement is “To enhance communities by increasing and sustaining diversity, a skilled workforce, and qualified contractor capacity.”
Commercial, governmental and residential construction in the Greater Peoria Area are very strong and currently there are shortages of workers in the skilled trades. These shortages will be exacerbated as major construction projects come on-line for OSF Saint Francis Medical Center, Bradley University and Peoria School District 150 to name just a few. Area representatives from the skilled trades unions, construction firms and major employers have been meeting during the past year which has resulted in the formation of the Community Construction Outreach of Peoria.

2010 and Beyond: Partnering to Increase Competition, Diversity, and Economic Stability2010 and Beyond: Partnering to Increase Competition,
Diversity, and Economic Stability

Where some see obstacles, we see opportunity.

Construction projects worth billions are starting or ongoing in the Peoria area. With time, training and dedication, how much could be yours?
As one of our founding partners says, “CCO is committed to opening wide the door to construction careers to more minorities and females. Once we open the door, we are going to pull the hinge pins out and leave the door off.
“What we really need to do is establish a permanent career path for all men and women who want good paying jobs in the construction industry….and we will not be satisfied until that contractor celebrates his or her fifth anniversary in the business, or that worker achieves Journeyman status in his or her respective trade.”