Allied Construction Industries (ACI) is a not-for-profit trade association comprised of approximately 580 member companies who employ more than 30,000 individuals throughout the Greater Cincinnati area. Established in 1929, ACI’s membership includes general contractors, subcontractors, architects, engineers, developers, material suppliers, and service providers to the commercial construction industry. Members may be either union or open shop companies who are engaged in commercial, industrial, and public construction. ACI serves as an umbrella to twelve partnership associations, including the Cincinnati Division of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Ohio. ACI’s mission is to expand opportunities for ACI members to be stronger construction companies by: Advocacy, Education, Networking and Safety.

ACI’s Scholarship Program was established by a simple act of generosity and a desire to give back to the construction community. In 2000, an ACI instructor refused to accept payment for instructing an education class, suggesting that ACI give it to a student who wanted to pursue a career in the construction industry and needed financial assistance. In response to this random act of kindness, the ACI Board voted to formalize scholarship efforts and to honor ACI’s longest leading Executive Director by creating the Howard Knauf Scholarship Program. To date ACI has awarded approximately $107,100 to deserving students pursuing a degree in construction in programs such as construction management, civil engineering, architecture, or other related areas.

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