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Griffith Davison & Shurtleff, P. C
Wednesday, January 8
Is Your Emergency Action Plan Really Planning for an Emergency?
Time: 11:30am - 1pm (lunch provided)
Location: TEXO's Conference Center - 11111 N Stemmons Frwy, Dallas TX 75229
Cost: Complimentary
THIS Friday, January 10
Kickstart the new year by attending this weeks TEXO/AIA Construction Economic Outlook Forum on Friday, January 10. For more information and to register, click here.
Submit Your Distinguished Building Award Today
The time has come to begin preparing your entries for the 2014 TEXO Distinguished Building Awards. To download the awards application or submit your project, click here. The deadline for submitting a project is January 31 at midnight.
Lane Gorman Trubitt,  L.L.P.

January 16 - Joe T Garcia's, Fort Worth

TEXO IMPACT Meetings are a chance to network and interact with our members. These meetings provide you an opportunity to interact informally, learn, build relationships and socialize. We hope you will join us for our first IMPACT Meeting of 2014! For more information and to register, please click here.


ABC of Texas Report

Some notable things have happened in the last couple of months.  

First, ABC of Texas has finished updating its Strategic Plan.  We set goals for 2017 and then checked our goals for 2015 (which were set in 2011) to ensure those goals would advance us toward the 2017 Goals.  This plan will be reviewed by the Board at its January meeting and will be adopted as is or changed.

The 2017 Goals are:


  • Increase Funding that Allows the State Office to Pursue the Goals
  • Expand Communications with Members
  • Capitalize on the Favorable Business Climate with the Texas Legislature
  • Expand Relationships with Elected Officials
  • Increase the Amount of PAC Money Raised and Distributed

In order to approach those 2017 Goals, our 2015 Goals are:

  • Increase Influence in the Political Arena
  • Increase Awareness of ABC of Texas among ABC Members
  • Develop Relationships, Educate and Influence Selected State Agencies on the Benefits of a Pro-Business Environment
  • Pass some ABC of Texas Bills plus Work with Coalitions on other Industry Legislation
  • Have in place a Method that Fully Funds the Expenses of ABC of Texas in Good and Bad Construction Markets

If you have followed our goals in the past, you will notice the addition of a goal relating to funding ABC of Texas.  That was added because for the last two years we have had to solicit members who believe in our mission to contribute above and beyond their dues.  These "Friends of ABC of Texas" contribute anywhere from $2500 to $250 above their dues payments and receive recognition on our web site, in Texas Merit Shop Journal, and at our Legislative Day.  If you are interested in supporting our mission by becoming a "Friend of ABC of Texas", please contact me at jon@abctexas.org.

Another noteworthy occurrence was the November meeting of the State Board of Education (SBOE) where the SBOE changed the draft rule circulated by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) staff to delete Algebra II as a requirement in all but the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) endorsement.  Efforts to delete this draft requirement were led by Jobs for Texas and Raise Your Hand Texas.  Both ABC of Texas and AGC-TBB are members of Jobs for Texas.

It is important to understanding the structure of HB 5 to understand that school districts can still adopt the Distinguished Path as their default requirement.  That includes Algebra II and some additional science courses not required in the endorsements (very similar to the current 4 X 4).  And, only students who graduate under the Distinguished Path are eligible for the automatic admittance to state universities under the 10% rule.    School districts can also require Algebra II for any of the endorsements they choose, it just would not be required by the state.  In its testimony, ABC of Texas specifically objected to assertions that Algebra II was the only way to teach critical thinking skills.

A lot of the "heavy lifting" at the SBOE was done by Mike Meroney of Jobs for Texas and David Anderson of Raise Your Hand Texas.  Many school superintendents testified supporting maximum flexibility for school districts (eliminating the requirement).  At the request of Jobs for Texas, ABC of Texas provided three witnesses—Katrina Kersch of Marek Brothers, Steve Horton from the Greater Houston Chapter staff, and the ABC of Texas President.  The only other Jobs for Texas member to testify (besides Meroney) was from the Texas Association of Builders.The Texas Association of Business and the Austin Chamber of Commerce testified for leaving Algebra II as a requirement on all endorsements.

And, last but certainly not least, ABC of Texas is participating (along with both AGC-TBB and TCA) in an effort to simplify Texas Lien Laws.  This effort is an attempt to simplify the lien laws in a manner that the entire industry can support.  Some of the brightest legal minds in the business are engaged in this effort.  Hopefully, with all this talent in one room, we can devise a means to allow contractors to preserve lien rights without consulting an attorney even if it takes legal advice to perfect the lien.  We should know more about the possibilities of success this collaborative effort in the spring.

Rental One

2013 National AGC Safety Awards (NASA) Program

The deadline to submit your entries to TEXO is February 7, 2014. The National AGC Safety Awards (NASA) program has been an ongoing effort to offer members an opportunity to evaluate their safety record. NASA compares a member’s safety record with other AGC Chapter members according to the member size and construction type. Additionally, NASA provides a great opportunity for contractor members to compete for nationally recognized awards that have excellent safety records.

Click here to view and print the 2013 National AGC Safety Awards (NASA) Program package.


2014 Safety Training and Evaluation Process—STEP!

Participating in STEP provides you with the opportunity to measure your safety program’s progress from year-to-year and determine how it compares to the programs of other ABC members. There are different levels of participation and all TEXO members are encouraged to participate. Before completing the application, please read the STEP Application Book carefully. Click here to view and complete application. The application is also available electronically at www.abc.org/step.

DEADLINE – March 7, 2014

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