The Builders’ Association Receives Community Labor Partner Award From the Boy Scouts


The Heart of America Council’s Community Labor Partner Award is presented annually to organizations that have provided significant contributions to local Scouting programs. These organizations, along with their employees, believe in making our community a better place in which to live, work and raise our children.

Alise Martiny, Business Manager, Greater Kansas City Building and Construction Trades Council, presented the award, stating, “The Heart of America Council and the AFL-CIO are proud to present this award to The Builders’ Association for their dedication and service to the Scouting community. They have awarded scholarships totaling $850,000 to our students including numerous Scouts and Eagle Scouts. They’ve opened the doors at their Advancement Center to countless Scout Troops and Packs to earn merit badges and provide hands-on exploration of the skilled-trades field. In addition, their registered apprenticeship programs have provided thousands of hours of labor to support annual workdays at the H. Roe Bartle and Theodore Naish Scout Reservations. We are honored by The Builders’ Association’s service to our camps, communities and Scouting.”

Accepting the award on behalf of The Builders’ Association was Don Greenwell, President. After thanking the representatives of the Boy Scouts Heart of America Council and the AFL-CIO, Don stated, “We are proud to be part of a mission that we share with all of our labor partners, and that is to do our best, to do our duty, to be prepared to help other people at all times, and to do a good turn daily.” Romond Holt, the Association’s Outreach Manager, added, “We would like to thank the apprenticeship instructors and coordinators, and our contractors, for making our construction mentoring programs a success. Just remember: Together Everybody Achieves More.”

Kansas Governor Laura Kelly, the featured speaker, stated, “We all have cause to salute tonight’s award recipients. This year’s George Meany Labor Recognition Dinner has an outstanding list of winners who help teach valuable lessons and skills relevant in today’s fast-changing global economy ranging from STEM programs to building construction trades. These ventures have helped build a pipeline of talent for the future, and as Kansas Governor I thank you for that.”

The event was held at the Argosy Casino Ballroom in Riverside, Missouri.

The Builders’ Association is a forward-looking trade group advancing commercial construction throughout the heartland region. The Association represents about 750 general contractor, subcontractor, supplier, and service provider member companies employing about 25,000 people.

The Association promotes and delivers safety and professional/workforce training and consultation; provides business development platforms and web applications for construction plans; and delivers labor and government relations services. Brick and mortar locations include service centers in Kansas City, Jefferson City and Springfield, as well as the 100,000+ square foot Builders’ Training Center in North Kansas City. The Association’s sister organization, an AGC Chapter currently representing 120 firms, is part of the AGC of America, the largest and oldest national construction trade association in the United States.

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