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Join Julie Shaffer, CPSM, a 20-year A/E/C marketer and Adobe Certified Expert in InDesign (she’s one of only four in Texas!) for an in-depth InDesign Workshop.
Julie will lead registrants through time-saving techniques to create A/E/C proposals faster and more efficiently, and how to improve resumes, org charts and other common industry-required proposal components. This course is intended for INTERMEDIATE LEVEL users and will not cover InDesign basics, as users should already be comfortable using the program. Similar online courses that are NOT catered to the A/E/C industry go for TRIPLE the cost. This workshop is relevant and specifically geared toward our industry.
WHEN: Wed., Jan. 22 | 1 – 5 p.m.
WHERE: The Worthington Renaissance Hotel | 200 Main St, Fort Worth, TX 76102
Last week, corporate leaders and business owners breathed a collective sigh of relief as 2019 ended with no sign of the economic slowdown that was predicted to hit the U.S. last year. As 2020 begins, the new year looks strong for the commercial building industry, according to Anirban Basu, chief economist of the Associated Builders and Contractors. ​He indicated that the sector's strong average backlog — nine months as of August — "seems consistent with the notion that America’s economic expansion, now in its 11th year, is not on the verge of ending anytime soon."
The Arlington, Texas, city council voted to continue its partnership with the MLB's Texas Rangers, Loews Hotels & Co, a wholly owned subsidiary of Loews Corp., and The Cordish Cos., and is moving forward with an $810 million expansion of Arlington's Entertainment District. Total investment in the district so far is $2.2 billion, which includes the Texas Live! development, the $1.1 billion Globe Life Field, which is still under construction, and other projects. Ultimately, according to Cordish, investment in the district could rise to $4 billion. 
Harrison Steck, P.C.
Griffith Davison, P. C.
Peckar & Abramson
What's Happening at TEXOWhat's Happening at TEXO
Please join us Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 11:30 a.m. for the first Safety Superintendent's Forum of 2020. Forums play an integral role in bringing TEXO members together to discuss common issues, learn new solutions, explore new opportunities, share best practices, networking and relationship building.
This is an instructor-led course that teaches students critical skills needed to respond to and manage an emergency until emergency medical services arrives. Skills covered in this course include first aid for sudden illnesses, injuries and protection from blood-borne pathogens; choking relief and sudden cardiac arrest for adults.  This course is for anyone with limited or no medical training who needs a course completion card in CPR and AED use to meet job, regulatory, or other requirements.
OSHA 30-Hour Construction safety course is intended for supervisors or for workers with some safety responsibility. It provides a greater depth and variety of training on an expanded list of topics associated with workplace hazards than the TEXO Safety First class. Topics include recognition, avoidance, abatement, and prevention of safety and health hazards found in the workplace.
Discover how to mine the gold you already own — your experience, background and personality — to become your "best self" during any leadership role. Use proven techniques to channel the nervous energy of old fears into exceptional presentation skills. Since 1997, this proven program has met the professional development needs of over 11,750 project managers, owners, business developers, superintendents and suppliers. A uniquely effective program addressing two of the biggest challenges in our industry: communicating and dealing with people.
The TEXO Board of Directors created a committee dedicated to developing contract assessment tools. Last year, the GC/Owner Assessment Tool was rolled out, and on Jan. 21, we will roll out the GC/Specialty tool. This assessment tool is strictly intended to help identify potential risks with contracts.
Panelists include:
• Clay Harrison – President, Skiles Group
• Jeff Forbes – Regional Director, The Beck Group
• Dale Payne – President, Prism Electric
• Doug Combes – Executive Vice President, Chamberlin Roofing & Waterproofing
This complimentary event is open to TEXO Members ONLY. 
The program will present a custom program of study examining the key factors influencing leadership effectiveness and development for participants. It is ideal for experienced construction leaders making transitions to increased responsibility. It has been designed in the spirit of practicality and utility, and places great emphasis on the immediate applicability of the knowledge to the participant’s work effort. Successful completion of the program will give each participant the awareness and ability to be critically self-reflective and make an honest appraisal of their effectiveness. Additionally, participants will be able to devise strategies to positively influence their work groups and constituencies.
Fastenal Co.
Reliable Paving, Inc.
TEXO Challenge CupTEXO Challenge Cup
Registration for annual sponsorships for our 2020 Challenge Cup series will be opening soon. Keep an eye on your inbox and/or check out our next Onsite eNews for more information.
Member Discount ProgramsMember Discount Programs

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CompGroup AGC is a registered safety group formed to administer the workers' compensation program underwritten by Texas Mutual for building construction contractors that are members of the AGC. They offer expert claim oversight, specialized loss prevention services, including extensive practical safety information, workshops and special educational events. Call Julie Schatz @ 972-770-4444 or email the CompGroupAGC@RobertsandCrow.com to get information on how your agent can access this competitive program.

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