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As we continue to learn more about the devastation throughout Texas and other states caused by Hurricane Harvey, we wanted to let you know that the charitable arm of AGC of America, AGC Charities Inc., will be supporting members of the AGC family and their communities affected by this storm. You can support this effort by making a contribution to AGC Charities.

AGC of America worked closely with our chapters in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to provide significant assistance for member firms’ employees, their families and their communities affected by that storm and the subsequent flooding. We plan to work closely with AGC chapters in the affected areas to do the same in response to Hurricane Harvey.

Please consider supporting AGC Charities as we help members of our AGC family whose lives have been disrupted by this historic storm. Thank you in advance for your help and support.
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Seventy percent of construction firms report they are having a hard time filling hourly craft positions that represent the bulk of the construction workforce, according to the results of an industry-wide survey released recently by Autodesk and AGC of America. Association officials said that many firms are changing the way they operate, recruit and compensate, but cautioned that chronic labor shortages could have significant economic impacts absent greater investments in career and technical education.
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Smart phones, smart TVs, smart homes and now smart buildings. This rapidly expanding trend changes the way builders construct and owners manage their buildings. Get smart and start reading the next issue of Constructor today.
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Construction employment increased by 28,000 jobs in August, following a dip in hiring and spending in July, but contractors face a lack of experienced workers, according to an analysis of new government data and a new workforce survey by AGC of America. Association officials said construction job growth would have been even higher but a majority of firms report having a hard time finding qualified workers.
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An editorial in The Wall Street Journal earlier this week cited AGC of America's Workforce Shortage survey data, making a strong argument for the type of immigration reform the association has been calling for in its Workforce Development Plan.
SOURCE: THE WALL STREET JOURNAL
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Drones in the Drilling Industry
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Drones are quickly changing the way construction companies do business, offering solutions to many complex construction and safety challenges. John Babel, of XL Catlin and Michael Blanchard, Manager of Hayward Baker Inc., address regulatory, safety and insurance issues every contractor needs to consider before launching a drone on the jobsite.
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The tech boom has influenced more than cell phones and ride sharing. Big tech brands are bringing out the best in construction companies with their desire for bigger, cooler and technologically advanced buildings. As innovative structures push the construction industry forward, contractors show how creative they can be.
BY JAKE MORIN, PROSIGHT SPECIALTY INSURANCE
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Member News

BOND, a member of multiple AGC chapters, recently announced the completion of 20,000 square feet of the newly renovated expansion space at Lynn Community Health Center (LCHC) located at 269 Union Street in Lynn, Massachusetts.
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Brasfield & Gorrie, an AGC member in multiple locations, is the general contractor on a 15-story, 304-guestroom luxury hotel that blends Asian and Texas authenticity.
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Oldcastle Precast, a member of multiple AGC chapters, manufactured more than 250 precast cells for the Sullivan County Sheriff's Office Complex. Construction started last October and is currently on time and on budget.
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In 2018, AGC of America will celebrate 100 years of serving the construction industry. While we celebrate the past and the present, we are also looking forward, hoping to address the issues currently affecting the industry, in order to ensure a bright future for construction. In this spirit, AGC is introducing the Innovation Award to provide incentive to encourage free-thinkers within the field to provide pioneering solutions to a challenge faced daily by its members. Examples of issues needing innovative solutions include, but are not limited to:

• Workforce shortage and lack of diversity
• Technology advancements
• Jobsite safety
• Sustainability
• Project complexity

The deadline to apply is Oct. 30, 2017.
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Apply by Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017

The 2018 Build America Awards competition is now accepting applications. For 30 plus years, the Build America Awards have been given in recognition of excellence in the construction industry. These prestigious and highly coveted awards are given to the nation's most impressive projects ranging across the building, highway and transportation, utility infrastructure, and federal and heavy divisions. Build America winners excel in the areas of:
  • State-of-the-art advancement
  • Excellence in project management
  • Innovation in construction or use of materials
  • Contribution to the community
  • Superiority in client service
  • Rising to the challenge of a difficult job
  • Sensitive treatment of the environment and surroundings
  • Partnering excellence
The 2018 Build America Awards will recognize general and specialty contractors working as prime contractors for projects completed between Nov. 1, 2016 and Nov. 1, 2017. All submitting companies, including all parties of a joint venture, must be AGC member firms. Membership with the local AGC chapter in the area of the project is highly valued and may merit extra consideration during the judging process.

All entries must be submitted at www.agc.org/awards no later than Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017.
 
Industry Events
All events are scheduled in Eastern Standard Time

Monday, September 18, 2017 
2 to 3:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 21, 2017
2 to 3 p.m.

Monday, October 2, 2017 to Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Arlington, Virginia

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 to Thursday, October 5, 2017
Louisville, Kentucky

Thursday, October 12, 2017
2 to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017 to Friday, October 13, 2017

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
2 to 3 p.m.

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
2 to 3 p.m.
 
Web.com Group, Inc.
September 20-21, 2017
JBSA Fort Sam Houston, TX

September 25, 2017
Philadelphia Hiring Fair
9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA

October 3-4, 2017
Camp Lejeune, NC

October 11-12, 2017
Schofield Barracks, HI

October 12-13, 2017
Austin, TX

October 12, 2017
Rochester, MI
8:30 am to 1:30 pm

October 17, 2017
Fort Jackson, SC
8:30 am to 1:30 pm

October 20, 2017
Warwick, RI
8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

October 26, 2017
El Paso, TX
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

October 26, 2017
Fort Hood, TX
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

October 26, 2017
Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
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