NWCOC was founded by four trade industry partners who recognized the workforce shortage was a challenge bigger than one company or one association could tackle on its own. By combining our efforts and resources, we can recruit and train the next generation of contractors.


We work with many organizations in achieving our goal of educating the future generations of construction craft professionals.

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) Pacific Northwest Chapter

A national association representing 23,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms in 79 chapters across the United States. ABC’s membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors of the industry.

  • ABC is the construction industry’s voice with the legislative, executive and judicial branches of the federal government and with state and local governments, as well as with the news media.
  • ABC’s mission is the advancement of the merit shop construction philosophy, which encourages open competition and a free-enterprise approach that awards contracts based solely on merit, regardless of labor affiliation.
  • Through its national office and chapters, ABC’s objective is to provide its members with an organization to deal with issues on an industry-wide basis.
  • ABC’s activities include government representation, legal advocacy, education, workforce development, communications, technology, recognition through national and chapter awards programs, employee benefits, information on best practices and business development through an online contractor search directory.

ABC was founded in 1950 when seven contractors gathered in Baltimore, Maryland. to create an association based on the shared belief that construction projects should be awarded on merit to the most qualified and responsible low bidders. Their courage and dedication to the merit shop philosophy spread rapidly, and within time, ABC became the fastest-growing association in the United States.

Associated General Contractors (AGC)

Oregon-Columbia Chapter, is a full-service construction trade association serving Oregon and Southwest Washington since 1920.

  • AGC provides services to open shop and union contractors, specialty contractors, and professional and industry associates.
  • The local chapter has approximately 1,200 members; the national chapter has over 32,000 members, including 8,000 general contractors.
  • The local chapter has the third largest number of members of the 101 AGC chapters nationwide.

The Oregon-Columbia Chapter of AGC is committed to providing quality products and services to its members, as well as leadership on issues affecting the region.

  • Services provided to members include innovative insurance programs, an award-winning safety and loss control program, and legislative and communication efforts on behalf of the industry.
  • The Oregon-Columbia chapter provides educational opportunities, including management classes, supervisory training, craft (Operating Engineers, Laborers, Carpenters, Roofers and Painters) apprenticeship programs, and vocational education.
  • AGC is the voice of construction concerning all phases of the industry, including support for minority and women-owned business enterprises, total quality management in construction, education and training, and opening public works projects to more private contracting.

Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland (HBA)

Since 1942, the HBA has promoted the home building industry by providing services, networking opportunities and government representation to builders, sub-contractors, suppliers and industry service providers in the Portland area. Over 1,470 members strong, the HBA represents all aspects of the home building industry. HBA members have access to a strong list of benefits including:

  • Group Health Insurance
  • Member to member discount programs
  • Contractor Liability Insurance
  • Government Representation
  • Education and Certification Programs
  • Networking Opportunities

Membership in the HBA also includes a membership with the 4,000 Member Oregon Home Builders Association and the 200,000 Member National Association of Home Builders. These organizations provide valuable education opportunities, research, and representation before state and federal governments. 

The Home Builders Foundation(HBF) harnesses home building industry resources to create opportunities for the home building community to use their unique skills to improve the Portland community. Through our shelter development and workforce development programs, the HBF is building hope and home…rebuilding lives.