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Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America, says he is "nervously optimistic" about the construction industry's prospects for 2022, citing an upswing in nonresidential construction and an improved outlook for material prices marked by price volatility instead of a steadily upward trend. Simonson is more concerned about contractors' ability to combat an endemic labor shortage amid a shifting vaccine mandate landscape. (Construction Dive)
  
ABC reports today that its Construction Backlog Indicator fell to 8.2 months in December, according to an ABC member survey conducted from Dec. 16 to Jan. 4. The reading is down 0.2 months from November 2021, but up 0.9 months from December 2020. ABC’s Construction Confidence Index readings for sales, profit margins and staffing levels increased in December. All three indices stand above the threshold of 50, indicating expectations of growth over the next six months. (ABC.org)
  
Twenty years of upgrades valued at $2 billion are on the way for San Antonio International Airport under a strategic development plan approved by the City Council in November. The plan reflects growing travel demand in central Texas and parallels major expansion plans announced earlier for Austin-Bergstrom International Airport in Austin. (Community Impact)
   
Harrison Steck, P.C.
      
Griffith Davison, P. C.
      
Peckar & Abramson
   
   
Slates Harwell LLP
      
Reliable Paving, Inc.
      
Old Republic Surety Company
   
What's Happening at TEXOWhat's Happening at TEXO
  
Everyone related to the construction process has an incentive to get the project done faster and at a lower cost. Lean Construction is based on the holistic pursuit of continuous improvements aimed at minimizing costs and maximizing value on a construction project. This highly interactive, virtual program provides 35-hours of instruction, one day a week (for two-plus hours a day) and training to provide construction industry professionals at all levels with the knowledge and skills to take advantage of the benefits of Lean Construction. 
 
WHEN: Jan. 10 - April 18
WHERE: Virtual Course
  
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.
 
WHEN: Friday, Jan. 14 | 8 a.m. - noon
WHERE: TEXO Dallas Conference Center
  
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.
 
WHEN: Monday, Jan. 17 - Thursday, Jan. 20 | 7 a.m. - 3:45 p.m.
WHERE: TEXO Dallas Conference Center | 11111 N Stemmons Fwy, Dallas, TX 75229
  
A world-class development program for TEXO women leaders, this program design embeds nine sessions (one per month) covering three proven themes for successful leaders: Leading Self, Leading Others and Leading Performance and Change. In addition, this program will provide self-assessment results and feedback from an executive coach, as well as intersession activities to ensure practical application of learnings.
 
WHEN: Jan. 19 - Sept. 21
WHERE: TEXO Dallas Conference Center
  
Submit your best projects completed in 2021 for one of our region's most prestigious awards! Please review project entry requirements before starting application and be sure to pay entry fee online before submission is complete. 
 
DUE: Friday, Jan. 28 @ 5 p.m. CST
 
Contact Emily Baker at emily@texoassociation.org with any questions.
  
You're invited to join us as TEXO & AIA Dallas host always-popular speaker Anirban Basu, chief economist for ABC National, to present a national economic overview for 2022. Networking to follow!
 
WHEN: Thursday, Jan. 27 | 4:30-7 p.m.
WHERE: Frontiers of Flight Museum | 6911 Lemmon Ave, Dallas, TX 75209
  
Mark your calendars for the TEXO Foundation & Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) Region 5 Student Competition, where teams of students from the Region 5 schools will compete against each other using member companies' construction projects to show their skills and interest in careers in construction. This is your chance to get in front of the best and the brightest college students and future recruits!
 
WHEN: Monday, Feb. 21 | 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.
WHERE: Irving Convention Center | 500 West Las Colinas Boulevard, Irving, TX 75039
Member Discount ProgramsMember Discount Programs
TEXO members receive 22% off monthly access calling plan fees, unlimited VZemail for $20 per month, 35% off eligible Verizon accessories and for a limited time receive a $100 bill credit.
By joining TEXO Members 401(k) Plan, you can provide an outstanding plan, save money, and spend less time administering it. TEXO Members 401(k) Plan, from a government reporting standpoint, is treated like one large plan. The end result for you is a 401(k) plan with competitive investments, outstanding service, and someone else doing a majority of the plan maintenance legwork.
ResourcesResources
Want to see what's coming up next year in Q1 & Q2? Click below to check out our 2022 Event Calendar for the highlights.
If you'd like to check out an overview of what all we accomplished as an association this year, click below to view our 2021 Year In Review infographic.
Missed our Legislative Recap event? Want to know about new laws passed by the 87th Texas Legislature? Check out these recap notes from our very own Jack Baxley, Vice President of Governmental Affairs.
 
Feel free to reach out to Jack Baxley with any questions at jack@texoassociation.org.