Outreach & Training

Unique networking opportunities are held throughout the year allowing Alliance members to meet with construction industry professionals and decision makers. This networking vehicle facilitates the development of business relationships and a more diverse group of contract bidders. These outreach efforts include career and opportunity fairs, networking activities and advocacy group and educational partnerships.

Through an interactive series of modules, the Alliance administers and designs training institutes to service both businesses and individuals in the construction industry.

These programs are as follows:

Training Programs Outreach Programs
Construction Business Management Institute Small Business Transportation Resource Centers (SBTRC)
Construction Skills Development Institute Sky is the Limit
Alliance Academy The Supplier Diversity Conference
Alliance Golf Challenge


Construction Business Management Institute

“Several of our employees have increased their construction career knowledge base by attending the Alliance Construction Business Management Institute (CBMI). The CBMI provides participants with a wealth of knowledge.”

Michael Russell
HJ Russell & Company

The Construction Business Management Institute (CBMI) is a business-development training tool that has increased the pool of qualified contractors, vendors and suppliers available to participate in the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport’s capital improvement project as well as regional and city projects. By providing educational assistance to these companies, they can become more knowledgeable of the construction industry. This creates a diverse and more competitive bidder market across a multitude of disciplines in the construction industry.

While contracts are in no way guaranteed to students, the CBMI modules are empowering their businesses by providing education and a greater understanding of the construction industry through classroom instruction. The CBMI instructors come from diverse backgrounds and volunteer their expertise in construction, engineering, architecture, design, law, accounting, insurance and communications. Their combined experience brings years of invaluable knowledge to the classroom.

CBMI provides a broad overview of topics such as: safety, scheduling, estimating, contract administration and project management. This is a six-week, eleven-module program. CBMI classes include a diverse cross section of small businesses not just limited to the construction industry.

In cooperation with Atlanta Metropolitan College, Certificates of Completion and Continuing Education Units are awarded to each student completing all sessions.

Construction Skills Development Institute

The Construction Skills Development Institute (CSDI) is designed to recruit, train and retain a workforce from underemployed, unskilled and displaced workers throughout Atlanta. The CSDI provides individuals with the necessary elements to become skilled craftsmen and construction workers. As a training component of the Alliance, the program continues its efforts to increase the city’s construction labor pool while waging a campaign to increase awareness of this critical shortage.

The Alliance, local school systems, Atlanta Technical College and the Construction Education Foundation of Georgia (CEFGA) have partnered to increase awareness and promote careers in construction. The summer internship program places eligible Atlanta Public School students with construction companies in the area for hands-on experience either in the office or on a project site.

High school students ages 16-18 interested in construction, many of whom participate in the school system’s construction based curriculum programs, must be recommended by their instructors, test and interview for the program. Qualified students attend a basic construction training course at Atlanta Technical College before starting their construction internships. After successfully completing the training course, interns are placed with companies specializing in the student’s field of interest (i.e. architecture, drafting, CAD, etc.) The Alliance and participating businesses monitor the intern’s progress and students are encouraged to provide feedback. All parties keep an open line of communication to ensure the most positive working environment and experience for both interns and participating firms.

Companies that offer internship opportunities in the CSDI program range from large and small construction firms to female and minority-owned businesses. These businesses agree to sponsor interns at an hourly rate 40 hours a week during the internship period. Pay rates and schedules are set at the discretion of the company.

Alliance Academy

The Alliance Academy (Academy) is an innovative technical assistance tool developed in the fall of 2002. The mission of the Academy is to promote enhanced business performance by delivering on-going personalized technical development focused on aggressive growth that builds capacity, capability and increases opportunity for participating firms. Participation criteria for students of the Academy are:

  •     • The Bonding criteria is $1 million and above
  •     • Must be from the Atlanta Region
  •     • Must be certified by the City of Atlanta as a Recognized Certified Business
  •     • Must possess three verifiable professional references

The objectives of the Academy are to gather a group of firms that are ready to participate in a “managed growth” strategy with the goal of evolving them from sub-contractors to Prime Contractors.

Each module objective is focused on moving the student closer to increasing his/her organizational capability and capacity. By the end of the course, our objective is to provide students with the knowledge and resources that are required to become a more competitive contractor and participant on major construction projects.


  • Small Business Transportation Resource Centers (SBTRC)

    The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) has developed the Small Business Transportation Resource Centers (SBTRC) in various regions of the country to expand the DOT's outreach efforts. This national program utilizes Cooperative Agreements with chambers of commerce, trade associations, and business-centered, community based entities to establish SBTRCs. read more.

  • Sky is the Limit

    In an effort to recruit female and minority firm participation and leverage capacity, the Alliance sponsors the annual Sky is the Limit Conference.

    The Sky is the Limit is an information forum and networking conference designed to update companies on procurement opportunities in Atlanta and business development strategies for small, female and minority-owned businesses. Attendees participate in contracting opportunities sessions, technical assistance workshops and a power luncheon in which experts discuss best practices for businesses that continue to increase their presence in Atlanta’s construction and transportation industries.

  • The Supplier Diversity Conference

    The Annual Supplier Diversity Conference targets small, female and minority owned businesses with a focus on opportunities to participate in the multi-million dollar transportation industry. The conference addresses training and development strategies and highlights building sound, profitable relationships through networking. It features informative sessions, training and development workshops, networking, an awards celebration and a Construction Expo.

    The conference objectives are to:

    Highlight opportunities for building sound networking relationships for small, female and minority owned businesses.

    Enhance capacity and capability of small, female and minority owned businesses through training and development workshops.

    A key component of the Supplier Diversity Conference is the Diversity Awards ceremony which recognizes the institutions, corporations, small business owners, agencies and advocacy groups that have been on the cutting edge of diversity.

  • Alliance Golf Challenge

    The Golf Challenge was established to bring construction industry professionals and others together to build new relationships and nurture existing ones in an effort to create new partnerships. The “fund and friend raiser” attracts corporate, agency and civic leaders as well as celebrities to Atlanta’s golf courses with proceeds benefiting the Construction Skills Development Institute. The Annual Challenge’s Shotgun Start signals more than 100 golfers to begin a day of friendly competition along 19 holes. The 19th Hole Celebration, which tops the evening off, allows participants to continue to build new relationships while enjoying a buffet, raffle and silent auction.

    Team and individual trophies are awarded to participants who prove masters of the green. Trophies and prizes recognize winners of:

    The Longest Drive
    The Longest Putt
    The Closest to the Pin
    The Straightest Drive
    The Putting Contest Winner