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Celebrate 100 years of construction with AGC of America in New Orleans, Feb. 22-24, 2018. Register by Oct. 31, 2017 and save $300. For the list of featured speakers, click here. The host hotel, the Hyatt Regency New Orleans, offers easy access to the area’s most popular attractions. Hop on the Loyola Avenue Streetcar, or take a walk to the historic French Quarter, Arts District, Audubon Aquarium of the Americas and the scenic Mississippi Riverfront.
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As we continue to learn more about the devastation throughout Puerto Rico, Texas and other states/territories caused by Hurricane Harvey and Maria, 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 these storms. 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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Construction employment increased by 8,000 jobs in September to the highest level since October 2008, amid a tight labor market that may be keeping contractors from hiring as many workers as they need, according to an analysis of new government data by AGC of America. Association officials said construction employment gains would have been higher if more high school students were exposed to construction as a possible career option.
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Most major construction spending categories increased from July to August but activity was mixed compared to spending levels a year earlier, according to an analysis of new government data by AGC of America. Association officials noted that big drops in public investments mean infrastructure will continue to deteriorate and impede economic growth.
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Stephen Sandherr, the chief executive officer of AGC of America, released the following statement in reaction to the Unified Framework released by congressional leaders and the Trump administration: "The tax reform framework is a step in the right direction. At 30.3 percent, the construction industry faces the highest effective tax rate of any industry in America," said Sandherr. "The overwhelming majority of construction firms are pass-through businesses, meaning the owners pay taxes at the individual rates, not the corporate rate. Tax reform that lowers the rates for businesses of all forms and sizes is long overdue, and will provide shot in the arm to the industry, lower the cost of construction projects, and allow construction firms to focus more on their business, and less time with the IRS."
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Advocacy
AGC recently participated in a series of deregulatory events at the White House and federal agencies—including the U.S. Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Transportation—as the administration continues outreach to AGC for guidance on regulatory reforms to undertake. To date, AGC has provided several hundred pages worth of obsolete, over burdensome or duplicative regulations and detailed recommendations for federal agencies to consider in their quest to cut red tape.
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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
BY SHERYL S. JACKSON
CONSTRUCTOR MAGAZINE, SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2017

An increasing amount of construction materials is being shipped via rail, and contractors are using the financial, eco-friendly and safety benefits.
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Member News
Therrien Waddell, Inc., a Maryland AGC member and general contracting and construction management firm based in the Washington, D.C.-Baltimore-Northern Virginia metropolitan region, recently launched its dynamic new corporate website.
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National, innovative contractor unveils first of several Smart Labs for identifying, testing and scaling technologies; mission to revolutionize and disrupt construction industry .
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Construction Protection Systems
Membership
Apply by December 15, 2017
The purpose of the CSEA is to recognize those construction companies who excel at safety performance. CSEA will closely examine each candidate's commitment to safety and occupational health management and risk control. Unlike other safety award program that limits the criteria to frequency rates, the CSEA selection process is considerably more comprehensive.
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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. 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

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

Tuesday, October 24, 2017
2 to 3 p.m.

2 to 3 p.m.
2 to 3 p.m.

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 to Friday, November 3, 2017
Highway, Transportation & Utility Infrastructure Conference
Phoenix, Arizona

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 to Friday, November 3, 2017

Monday, November 6, 2017 to Wednesday, November 8, 2017
BIMForum in conjunction with 2017 BuildCon
Dallas, Texas

Monday, November 6, 2017 to Wednesday, November 8, 2017
Dallas, Texas
2 to 3 p.m.

2 to 3 p.m.

Sunday, November 5, 2017 to Friday, November 10, 2017
Dallas, Texas

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
2 to 3 p.m.
 
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.

Uncasville, CT
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
 
Washington, DC

Atlanta, GA
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Peterson Air Force Base, CO
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
 
November 29, 2017
New Orleans Hiring Fair
Belle Chasse, LA
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
 
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