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(AUDIO): Columbia construction executive warns about aging workforce of plumbers and electricians in region

The co-owner of Columbia’s C&C Construction says there is no real definition for what affordable housing is in Columbia.

Rhonda Carlson joined host Fred Parry in-studio for the hour Saturday morning on 939 the Eagle’s “CEO Roundtable.”

“You don’t know what it is because the city calls it one thing, we call it another. I mean, the Board of Realtors, it’s the median, anybody that’s building or purchasing a home below what the median house price is,” Carlson says.

Ms. Carlson tells listeners that number was about $286-thousand last month. She also says the hottest part of the Columbia market now is anything under $300,000, existing or new. C&C has been involved in developing several Columbia-area subdivisions over the years, including Seven Oaks, Bedford Walk and Settlers Ridge.

Meantime, Ms. Carlson says it used to take about 120 days to build a new home. She says it now takes about six months.

“Lack of labor force is one of those. I know that almost all of our suppliers, they can’t keep their people, they just have attrition. Nobody is coming into the field,” says Carlson.

You can listen to Fred Parry’s full interview here.

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