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  • March 19, 2018 2:28 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Many of you already know AGC of America's philanthropic arm, AGC Charities Inc., is undertaking its most ambitious Autodesk Operation Opening Doors project yet.  In honor of the association's Centennial Year, AGC Charities is renovating an historic dairy barn to serve as the new national headquarters of the Warrior Canine Connection, a group that works with veterans with invisible wounds to have them train service dogs to help other veterans in need.  The process of training the service dogs provides incredible therapeutic value for the veterans with invisible wounds, as this video makes clear.

    Anyone can contribute to the project by clicking here and selecting the "Operation Opening Doors – Warrior Canine Connection" option.  You can also mail a check, payable to AGC Charities Inc., to:

    AGC Charities
    2300 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 300
    Arlington, VA 22201

    And of course, please feel free to contact Brian Turmail at 703-459-0238 or with any questions, to request additional information about the effort or to find out how your firm can be further involved in helping AGC Charities make history this year.

    Michael Anderson, Chair
    AGC Charities, Inc

  • March 12, 2018 11:32 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AGC members and chapters now have access to Amazon Business! Receive 20% off select Amazon items up to $500, plus other business-only prices and more. These special offers are only valid for a limited time, so create your free Amazon account now and also receive: FREE Two-Day shipping, multi-user accounts, and business analytics. Learn more at


  • March 12, 2018 11:30 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    For the latest episode of the ConstructorCast, we sit down with Jimmy Christianson, AGC of America’s Vice President of Government Relations, to talk about the President’s new infrastructure plan. We discuss what is in the plan, what the process will be like to get the plan put into action, and how you can help AGC get your legislators to pass an infrastructure bill to make the industry’s goals for infrastructure funding a reality.


  • March 12, 2018 11:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The AGC Education and Research Foundation is committed to taking steps to ensure students have the technical skills needed to immediately enter into the commercial construction workforce. They offer Workforce Development Scholarships to students enrolled in accredited technical schools or craft training programs in any discipline of commercial construction. Students in technical or approved craft training programs will have until June 1st to apply for $1,000 scholarships (renewal for up to two years) from the AGC Education and Research Foundation.

    To review the complete list of criteria click here. Students can click here to apply.

  • February 22, 2018 2:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Tell Congress to Invest in Infrastructure NOW

    AGC applauded President Trump for releasing his $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan on February 12 and backs his reported endorsement of a 25 cent federal gas tax increase to help make the Highway Trust Fund solvent. Click on the links to view the one-page summaries of the administration’s infrastructure funding, environmental streamlining and workforce development proposals. With action on an infrastructure bill moving to Congress, the construction industry needs to tell Congress that the time for infrastructure investment is now!

    Contact your U.S. representative and U.S. senators so that they understand that investing in and improving our nation’s infrastructure helps America prosper.
    Congressional committees in the House and Senate will commence hearings on the president’s plan in early March. Given election year realities and Congress’s knack for only passing major legislation when it must, AGC is eyeing March 23—when government funding runs out, again—and the ensuing government funding bill as a prime vehicle for moving the construction industry’s infrastructure priorities.

  • February 14, 2018 11:54 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    AGC, ABC and TCC react to President Trump's proposed infrastructure plan and call on Congress to take fast action. 

    After the White House released President Trump's $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan earlier this week, many construction associations applauded it as a step in the right direction. Now, associations are calling on Congress to act quickly to pass new infrastructure legislation.

    “The President has outlined a needed and thought-provoking proposal to rebuild and improve the nation’s aging and over-burdened public infrastructure. The details of this proposal are important and many, including this association, will seek changes to further improve upon the President’s concept," said Stephen E. Sandherr, chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America. "Yet the most significant aspect of today’s release is that it signals the start of what should be a timely, bipartisan and bicameral process to identify the best ways to fund and finance desperately needed improvements to our public infrastructure.

    “This process should build on the many positive aspects of the President’s infrastructure proposal. These include increasing direct federal funding for public works by at least $200 billion over the next 10 years; making improvements to the federal permitting process that maintain strong environmental protections while significantly accelerating project reviews; and finding innovative new ways to use federal funds to leverage additional state, local and private-sector funding for infrastructure.

    “At the same time, as the President’s own proposal makes clear, Congress must identify ways to address chronic funding shortfalls affecting the federal Highway Trust Fund that have put needed highway, bridge and transit improvements at risk too many times during the past decade. And Congress must also identify effective and long-term ways to fund other infrastructure improvements that are just as vital to our continued economic success as is the surface transportation program.

    “Moving forward, this association will work vigorously to ensure Congress passes a significant, new, long-term infrastructure funding package as quickly as possible," Sandherr said. "Our goal will be to make sure every member of Congress appreciates that our economy will not be able to grow if we continue to allow our infrastructure to deteriorate.”

    Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) President and CEO Michael D. Bellaman echoed that sentiment.

    “ABC applauds the president for sending Congress a plan to rebuild America’s infrastructure. It is now time for lawmakers to develop legislation and policy to efficiently modernize America’s infrastructure and drive economic growth and prosperity for all Americans,“ Bellaman said.

    "ABC is pleased that the president’s plan mirrors many of the key principles ABC believes will deliver the most value to taxpayers. For example, addressing regulatory burdens, such as streamlining the federal infrastructure permitting process, will reduce costs and increase the speed of project approval and completion. And expanding efforts to train the next generation of skilled workers will give more Americans the chance to take advantage of the jobs created by these infrastructure projects and help reduce the construction industry’s workforce shortage.

    “We look forward to working with the White House and Congress as the infrastructure plan moves through the legislative process."

    The Transportation Construction Coalition released the following statement following the release of the Legislative Outline for Rebuilding Infrastructure in America and FY2019 Budget request:

    "The 31 national associations and trade union members that make up the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) are pleased to see the arrival of President Trump’s long-awaited infrastructure package and budget proposal put forward today. The Administration is wisely seeking to change the dialogue that has been largely absent in Washington for more than a decade and proposing something extra to current programs that aims to improve highway and transit infrastructure performance rather than the focus continuing on just maintaining current conditions. The TCC also supports the President’s outlined efforts to identify procedural changes to accelerate the delivery of infrastructure projects as well as the expansion of programs to enhance state, local and private sector investment.   

    “At the same time the Administration seems to be taking two steps forward, it also takes one, or more, steps back. We oppose the simultaneous call for eliminating transit capital and other transportation construction grant programs put forward in the President’s FY 2019 budget. The same budget points out the need for a permanent resolution to the Highway Trust Fund’s fiscal instability, but falls short of proposing any meaningful solutions.   

    “All eyes are now on Congress to send to the President for his signature an infrastructure package, before the August recess, that both provides additional resources to help improve, not just maintain, our nation’s infrastructure. There is no better way to do just that than by passing a package that includes a permanent, growing, user-based Highway Trust Fund revenue solution. The TCC looks forward to working with Members of Congress in the coming weeks to help them do exactly that.”

    For Construction
  • December 20, 2017 4:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congress passed comprehensive tax reform legislation that will lower rates, spur economic growth and impact your construction business for years to come. However, this process did not start as well as it ended for the construction industry (see chart linked here for details on the final bill).

    Initially, the tax reform bill provided little relief for many construction firms organized as pass-throughs, such as S-corps, limited liability corporations and partnerships; eliminated Private Activity Bonds, essential to the financing of transportation infrastructure, low-income housing and other public construction and public-private partnership projects; and repealed the Historic Tax Credit, critical to the private construction market for the rehabilitation and renovation of historic buildings. 

    Whereas other construction groups endorsed that version of tax reform, AGC did not and continued to fight for a better outcome for our industry. By undertaking a rigorous direct lobbying campaign, connecting construction company CFOs and CPAs with tax writers, and generating thousands of pro-construction messages from members—like you—to key legislators, AGC helped ensure Congress understood the importance of:

    •          Reducing the corporate rate by 14 points;
    •          Lowering individual and pass through rates;
    •          Doubling the estate and gift tax exclusion to $11 million;
    •          Ensuring the tax-exempt status of Private Activity Bonds remained untouched; and
    •          Preventing full repeal of the Historic Tax Credit.

    That stated, there is still much work to be done in our nation's capital in the New Year. Though Congress missed an opportunity to address the long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund, we remain focused on ensuring that this administration keeps its promise to rebuild the nation's infrastructure. And, we are committed to efforts to modernize multiemployer pension plans for the future, among other priorities for this industry.

    We look forward to providing educational resources and opportunities soon via webinars and in-person conferences—like the AGC Convention—to help you and your construction business plan for future growth under this new tax law.

    Happy Holidays and Happy New Year,

    Stephen E. Sandherr

  • November 21, 2017 12:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Did you know business owners could be eligible for up to a total of $510,000 in tax deductions when they purchase qualifying vehicles for their business prior to 12/31/2017? Adding the AGC GM Private Offer, Business Choice and other small business incentives nets businesses an even bigger haul.


  • November 21, 2017 11:55 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Willis Towers Watson-AGC Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA) is the industry’s elite safety excellence awards program for contractors of all types and sizes. So, make sure your members don’t miss the opportunity to get recognized for their best-in-class safety program! The Thanksgiving holiday may even be the perfect time to work on an application, somewhere between the pie and the football tripleheader.

    For more information on the Willis-AGC CSEA program, please visit The deadline for submitting applications is Friday, December 15, 2017.


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