Practical applications and proven strategies will be the focus of a “Summit on Diversity in Construction” presented by the Massachusetts Gaming Commission on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at Smith College in Northampton.

The Massachusetts Gaming Commission oversaw two major construction projects that launched the careers of hundreds of minority tradespeople and tradeswomen statewide. One of the projects had the most tradeswomen on a single construction project in U.S. history. These projects also greatly expanded opportunities for workers of color, veterans, and MBE, WBE and VBE businesses and suppliers.

Construction remains an industry under-accessed by women and people of color, particularly in central and western Massachusetts. Summit attendees can learn from the successes of other institutions, including casinos, several local colleges, public construction projects, and nonprofit organizations. Presentations will include best practices from the Northeast Center for Tradeswomen’s Equity.

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito will give the keynote address at the summit, which will begin at 12:30 p.m.

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