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  • July 18, 2017 10:17 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Stay plugged in to everything going on at the
    2017 Summer Safety & Health Conference

    How to Download:

         1.) Search "AGC Mobile" in your android or apple store
         2.) Download the app with the picture matching the icon
              on the right

         3.) Install the app
         4.) Open the app, login, and select "Events"
         5.) Select the "2017 Summer Safety & Health Conference"

    Don't Miss The Safety & Health Conference!
    Join Us in Denver, CO July 19-21, 2017

    More Info

  • July 10, 2017 4:12 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Please join us at 2 PM ET on July 19th for a chapter-only webinar, The 411 on the AGC BIM Education Program Third Edition & Revised CM-BIM Exam. The focus of this session is to provide chapters information on the newly released AGC Building information Modeling Education Program Third Edition and revised CM-BIM exam. The program is now available for chapters to hold courses.  We will discuss:
    • A description of updates made to the program
    • Pricing for participant’s manuals
    • Instructor Guide discounts – and provide the discount code
    • The instructor approval process
    • Revised exam pricing and requirements
    We will describe how you can bring these courses to your chapter so your members can join the seven hundred construction professionals who have earned AGC’s CM-BIM credential.

    Register Now

  • July 10, 2017 4:09 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We continue to hear from many of you that the labor market remains tight. While it is clear that worker shortages are, in some cases, a significant problem for many contractors, we feel it is important to continue our efforts to better quantify where these shortages are taking place, how severe they are, and what steps firms are taking to both cope with tight labor markets and improve the supply of new, qualified workers. That is why we will be asking members to take a few minutes to complete the following workforce survey that we have prepared. The more people understand the scope, and consequences, of a tight construction labor market, the more likely they are to act on the measures we identify in our Workforce Development Plan that are designed to make it easier for school systems, local associations and private firms to establish career and technical education and training programs. We invite you to share this survey with your members so that we can hear from as many voices as possible. Thank you for your help in getting the word out.


  • July 10, 2017 4:00 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Construction Sector Adds 16K Jobs in June Following Three-Month Lull as Industry Unemployment Rate Drops to Lowest Level in Series History

    Contractors Struggle to Fill Jobs despite Hourly Earnings 10 Percent Higher than Private-Sector Average; Association Officials Call for Measures to Make it Easier to Set Up Construction Training Programs

    Construction employment increased by 16,000 jobs in June to the highest level since October 2008, signaling a new burst of hiring after three months of pause, according to an analysis of new government data by AGC of America. Association officials urged federal, state and local lawmakers to enact measures to make it easier for school officials, local associations and construction firms to set up construction training programs.

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  • July 10, 2017 3:58 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Construction Employment Increases in 245 out of 358 Metro Areas Between May 2016 and 2017 Even as Many Firms Struggle to Find Qualified Workers

    Riverside-San Bernardino-Ontario, Calif. and Lake Charles, La. Have Largest Year-over-Year Gains; Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas and Danville, Ill. Experience Biggest Declines for the Year

    Construction employment increased in 245 out of 358 metro areas between May 2016 and May 2017, declined in 59 and stagnated in 54, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released in June by AGC of America. Association officials noted that construction employment gains in many parts of the country are occurring even as most firms report having a hard time finding qualified workers to hire.

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  • July 10, 2017 3:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Federal Contractor Report

    Announces Intent to Review Controversial Recordkeeping Rule Covering Drug Testing

    On June 28, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) formally proposed a rule to extend the original deadline for contractors to electronically submit their 2016 injury and illness data (Form 300A) from July 1 to December 1, 2017. OSHA now expects to launch the electronic data collection system by August 1, allowing contractors four months to familiarize themselves with the new system. AGC will submit comments in favor of the extension.

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  • July 10, 2017 3:52 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Federal Contractor ReportBill Encourages Agency Change Order Accountability

    On June 15, the House Small Business Committee passed, by a bipartisan vote of 21-0, the AGC-supported " Small Business Payment for Performance Act of 2017." The bill will ensure small business federal contractors get paid sooner for change orders. Specifically, the legislation requires a federal agency that receives a request for equitable adjustment (REA) to pay 50% of the billed change order work amount in a timely manner to offset extra costs. This practice is common in the private industry, including in ConsensusDocs Contract Documents, but absent in federal contracts. Last month, AGC members Ed DeLisle and Andy Brown testified before the House Small Business Committee on change order delays and the impacts these have on federal construction contractors. Many House Small Business Committee members referenced the hearing as a motivating factor for their support of H.R. 2594 and accompanying amendments.

    Learn More...

  • June 28, 2017 9:58 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Source:  AGC SmartBrief  

    The construction sector could save $127.3 billion annually by making more use of drones in site planning, project updates, and safety enhancements, according to PwC. Among companies developing drones specific to the industry is Autodesk, who is working with a drone company to develop drone technology that can geotag photos, push data to the cloud and create orthomosaic image files.

    Full Story

  • May 26, 2017 9:43 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The 2017 AGC Convention Education Pack, featuring more than 20 education breakout sessions, each 60-minute education session includes a split screen feed of speaker/panelists synced with a feed of their live presentation, plus contact information for the presenters should you have questions or need additional information.

    Covering a range of topics critical to contractor success such as construction risk management, talent development and recruitment, executive and financial management, project delivery and technology.

    All recordings are accessible through AGC’s Learning Management System and can be viewed anytime from your web browser.

  • May 19, 2017 9:41 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Construction Spending Hits Record Levels for Second Month in a Row, Is Up by 4.9 Percent for the First Three Months of the Year

    Construction spending is at record levels for the second straight month in March and is up 4.9 percent for the first three months of year compared to the same period in 2016, despite dipping slightly compared to February, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America.  Association officials said many firms are eager to see details of the President's pending infrastructure plan, which should boost construction demand. "Construction spending totals during the past two months are at the highest levels we have ever seen," said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association's chief executive officer. "If the winter weather hadn't been so mild in much of the country, we would have seen less growth in February and a higher rate of growth in March, but overall demand remains quite robust."

    Read full news release here

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