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Tallahassee has highest percentage of women in construction. For Cascades VP, it’s a dream job

from Tallahassee Democrat

Cascades Project Construction October 2020

TaMaryn Waters
Tallahassee Democrat

Lindsey Magura grew up spending her nights and weekends sweeping slabs and doing homework on picnic tables where her parents built custom homes for clients. 

Construction was always intriguing. Meticulous planning, coupled with the satisfaction of finishing a job, fed her interest and a career spanning nearly two decades. 

“I feel like my family did have a huge influence on me, and I’m thankful for that,” Magura said. “I was able to find my passion.”

Second-in-command, Magura is working her dream job as vice president of development for the Florida division of North American Properties, the Cincinnati-based developer backing the Cascades Project.

She’s part of a growing trend of women working in the male-dominated construction industry. In Tallahassee, 30.8% of all construction workers are women, according to a report by Construction Coverage, an industry research website.

Out of all midsize U.S. cities, it said Tallahassee has the highest percentage of women employed in the construction industry.

‘In my blood’

Magura grew up in High Springs, just outside of Gainesville. 

In 2003, she graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in economics and worked for a financial planning firm for a year. It wasn’t the right fit, prompting her to obtain her construction license and revert to her roots. 

“It was kind of in my blood, and I missed it,” Magura said.

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