Pine Bluff Construction & Trade Alliance

 “Building Capacity” Among Local Subcontractors


East Harding Construction was a founding corporate partner of the Pine Bluff Construction & Trade Alliance in March 2017.  The mission of the Construction & Trade Alliance is to increase the number of qualified subcontractors capable of successfully bidding construction contracts within the city of Pine Bluff and other public and private projects throughout Arkansas.  In the wake of the $31 million dollar “Go Forward Pine Bluff” initiative and the $20 million private contribution plan, Alliance members are winning contracts, completing projects safely and effectively, and keeping local Pine Bluff tax dollars in the local Pine Bluff economy.  Since 2016, East Harding Construction has awarded, on average, more than 55% of all subcontracts in Pine Bluff to local subcontractors in a competitively bid process that ensures the best value to our client.

The Alliance has also facilitated formal mentoring relationships between Alliance members and established General Contractors and subcontractors who provide administrative and professional development and training as needed. The Alliance seeks to improve subcontractor’s management, organization, and construction job site skills by instructing on best practices that will spur their business growth.

Real time training also takes place during the bidding process and project execution. The training includes:

Educating new and emerging contractors about surety bonds and assisting them in becoming bondable;

  • Identifying resources available for obtaining a first bond through federal, state and local programs;
  • Providing assistance and referrals for obtaining appropriate accounting, project management, and financial expertise;
  • Consulting on insurance requirements; and
  • Other networking, outreach, advocacy, policy development, and administrative assistance.

The intent is to help Alliance members “build capacity” in their business so that will foster healthy independence while also bettering the community.


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