A New Professional Women’s Group for Women in ConstructionMar 29, 2023 09:15AM ● By Randee Brown
The Builders Association of the Blue Ridge Mountains, formerly Asheville Home Builders Association, is the result of a merger combining Buncombe, Madison, Henderson, and Transylvania Counties.
The Builders Association of the Blue Ridge Mountains is working to start an arm of Professional Women in Building. Sarah Cosgrove of Grove Manor Flooring, upcoming Board member of the Builders’ Association of the Blue Ridge Mountains said that the recent meeting held to determine interest in participation was very well attended.
Cosgrove said that she understands the impact of the construction industry on the economy of Western North Carolina. “We know that building is a huge factor in our local economy because so many folks want to live in the beautiful WNC mountains,” Cosgrove said. “Whether that’s with multi-built homes or custom, it is our goal to hold up professionalism and excellence within the building industry.”
There are many careers in the construction industry, education is available, and scholarships are awarded through the Association.
“The HBA of the Blue Ridge wants to be active in changing the conversation for women in the trades,” Cosgrove said. “On the state level there are many efforts coming along including new interactive trailers and much excitement to advocate, particularly in our area. Building industry jobs are shown to offer high returns for little upfront costs, and can help young adults avoid the debt that comes with the traditional college path. The programs being developed are stellar for young folks.”
While the meeting schedule is still being determined, Cosgrove said that she is looking forward to the opportunities that this group will present. “Personally, I am so proud to be surrounded by excellence in the building industry, and welcomed and valued as a woman-owned business,” she said.