Since skilled workers left the industry in droves, unable to find work during the Great Recession, the resultant labor shortage has continued to add friction to the industry's recovery and growth trajectory.

In 2018, nearly a decade after the recession was declared, 80% of the 2,500 contractors surveyed by the Associated General Contractors of America and Autodesk said they're struggling to fill hourly craft positions. The majority also responded that this will either continue to be difficult or grow more difficult going forward. To seize on opportunities at the state level, leaders are having to think more innovatively about challenges that blanket the whole industry, including this shortage of workers, low labor productivity, under-digitization and more.

In this series, Construction Dive reaches out to these leaders to learn about what's next for their state and to take a page out of their book when it comes to fresh recruitment strategies, technology implementation and out-of-the-box thinking.