The Ohio Valley Construction Employers Council and the Upper Ohio Valley Building & Construction Trades Council joined their resources and collective membership to create Project BEST, a realistic synergistic relationship for labor-management decisions in the late seventies. Their aggregate efforts are aimed at economic growth and increased job opportunities for the construction industry in the Upper Ohio Valley.
The principal activities of the OVCEC are supported by contributions made to the Construction Advancement Program (CAP). The Construction Advancement Program of the Ohio Valley Construction Employers Council, Inc. is created out of a recognition by employers of construction labor of the responsibility of collectively sharing in defraying the cost of conducting, administering, and servicing every phase of Labor/Management relations. The primary CAP function is to provide services which benefit all persons, management and labor alike, who earn their living in union construction working for any of the contributing firms. These services include activities in the fields of Accident Prevention, Education, Apprenticeship, Industry Relations, Legislation, Human Relations and Public Relations. Any building construction employer of bricklayers, carpenters, cement masons, glaziers, ironworkers, laborers, millwrights, operating engineers, painters, pile drivers, plasterers, plumbers and pipefitters, roofers, sheetmetal workers and teamsters, contributes to the CAP Fund according to the number of man-hours worked by these tradespeople. These fund contributions provide the capital with which the staff administers the programs as directed by the CAP Trustees.