For many young Black and Brown men and women, the history of America’s infrastructure is their story—their heritage. This is especially true for DeAngelo Moaning, an IT Administrator and Operations Manager for Raimore Construction and third-generation Portlander. DeAngelo’s family has worked in this community for generations.
“We have to be willing to support each other and realize that this moment can transform our community, whether you decide to start as a pre-apprentice or begin a new business after years of working for somebody else,” said Moaning. “We need people who look like us to carry the torch. The future of our workforce, our heritage really, is in the hands of the younger generation.”
The I-5 Rose Quarter Improvement Project is taking strides toward restoring lost opportunities for generational wealth, through construction and beyond. With Raimore at the decision-making table, contractors of color will finally be given an equal playing field when bidding on projects.
“The project is a four- to five-year project that will create opportunities for our community to actually build and understand what these trades can do for us—make a living-wage, create our own infrastructure, start a business, and then pass the knowledge on to those after us,” said Moaning.