Competitive Edge was created and designed to develop, foster, and grow one of the company’s core beliefs – a solid commitment to enriching the economic stability of the communities in which we work throughs service, education, and mentorship.
Through community involvement, the money allocated for JBM’s projects is invested back into the local surrounding communities. Subcontractors are required to utilize available local workforce, suppliers, and contractors. Competitive Edge community enrichment plan allows economical improvement as a result of project dollars being reinvested back into local regions.
JBM utilizes many different sources to obtain information about potential contractors/suppliers for projects. Resources allowing of gathered information on minority and women-owned suppliers /contractors in the state through local organizations /unions, community gatherings, state programs. Due to constant community outreach, the industry has flourished with a diversified base of contractors and suppliers to provide services.
Competitive Edge has an established division whose sole purpose is to ensure that the Outreach Program is successful. Without close dedicated attention, programs often end up being neglected or dissolved. Competitive Edge has its own staff dedicated to ensure the highest level of community outreach success possible.
All subcontractors are required to hire and recruit available graduating union classes of local apprentices that Competitive Edge provides in a monthly list. Local members of the community gain working experience through the program while project dollars remain vested in the local community.
Competitive Edge assists in SBE/MBE/WBE businesses in the areas of job site safety, project document controls, cost estimating, project scheduling, and workforce utilization. Also, the program guides in obtaining construction insurance, financial assistance, and bonding support to help promote company success.
Competitive Edge is committed to obtaining contracts for small local, minority, and women-own businesses to distribute large sections of work into smaller parts to allow the local companies to participate in projects. Also, the program has helped build relationships with local unions to help best navigate businesses towards union training programs.
Employees are assigned to monitor the outreach program by gathering, tracking, and reporting on the local workforce. Also, the participation of SBE/MBE/WBE contractors is monitored regularly to evaluate progress.
With the help of the community and district leaders, the program will identify residents in the neighborhood that are willing to train with a JBM mentor to gain construction experience while collecting a competitive salary. While on the job, the mentor will concentrate on the resident’s passions and strengths that will benefit their future career while working in the construction industry.