One of the real joys this holiday season is to say thank you and to wish you the very best for the New Year.
The AGC Houston staff joins me in wishing you a joyous holiday season and a New Year filled with peace and happiness!
Jerry Nevlud, AGC Houston
Stephen E. Sandherr, CEO of AGC of America released a statement December 1, 2017 in connection with the proposed Senate Tax Reform measure: "The association has long advocated for comprehensive tax reform, especially considering that construction employers pay the highest effective rate of any industry at 30.3 percent. The Senate tax reform bill has been substantially improved over the course of the past few days and we support its passage.
"It is important to note that most construction firms are organized as pass-through entities, such as S corporations and partnerships that are taxed at personal rather than corporate tax rates. While the Senate proposal has wisely increased the pass-through deduction from 17.4 percent to 23 percent, the fact that the cut is temporary is concerning. We also remain disappointed that infrastructure was largely overlooked in the tax reform process. This is a missed opportunity."
Over the next 10 years, most baby boomers will have retired, and
that means it's imperative to recruit new blood into the industry. With the
younger generation more concerned with making a difference in an organization
than in salary, mentor programs may be a key recruiting tool, because
mentorships are more customized to the individual.
Overall construction spending reached a record high in October, although public-sector investments in infrastructure continued to lag earlier levels, according to an analysis of new government data by the AGC of America. Association officials said federal, state and local officials should address the growing shortfall in transportation, water and wastewater infrastructure in the interests of economic growth and public health and safety.
Construction spending in October totaled $1.241 trillion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, an increase of 1.4 percent from the September total. Public construction spending jumped 3.9 percent, led by a rise of 10.9 percent in educational construction. Private nonresidential spending rose 0.9 percent for the month, while private residential spending increased 0.4 percent.
AGC's CSEA recognizes companies that have developed and implemented premier safety and loss prevention programs.
Don't miss this opportunity to showcase your company's safety program!
Celebrating 100 Years of Construction!
February 26-28, 2018 | New Orleans, LA
Celebrate the 100th anniversary at the Boogie Woogie Bugle Bash
, benefiting the Education & Research Foundation. February 25, 2018, 6:30 - 10:30 p.m. at the National WWII Museum.
for all the conference and gala details.
AGC Houston is pleased to announce that applications for the Patrick J. Kiley Excellence In Leadership Scholarship are now being accepted through January 31, 2018. We're excited to announce that a new streamlined scholarship application process is being implemented this year.
For specific information related to the application process, please click here
Each year around this time, AGC asks you -- our members -- to predict what next year will be like for your business. This year AGC has partnered with Sage to prepare questions that focus on expectations for market performance, hiring, labor market conditions, etc. Please take a moment to complete the survey at 2018 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook.
BIM & Site Logistic Models
December 7, 2017 | 1:00 p.m. - 2:00pm - Free
This webinar will be a panel discussion with VDC directors of leading GC firms. We will be discussing the best practices of using BIM with pre-construction planning and site logistics models. How firms are using the new BIMForum LOD Specification will be included in the discussion along with how best to include trades in site logistic modeling.
For this month’s episode of the ConstructorCast, AGC of America sat down with Leah Pilconis, AGC’s Senior Counsel of Environmental Law, to talk about the complex world of environmental permitting and what AGC is doing to try to make it easier for construction companies. The discussion examines the breadth of requirements, the opportunities to streamline regulations and make environmental protection more efficient, and where environmental regulations might be headed in the coming years.
Search for the ConstructorCast
in your podcasts app to subscribe.
Slack & Co. Contracting, Inc. announced the promotion of Samara Subia to Heavy Equipment Manager. Subia, who joined the company in 2016, was Heavy Equipment Dispatcher. Her new role includes planning, coordinating and directing operations to ensure the company’s fleet of more than 100 pieces of heavy equipment is properly maintained and delivered to jobsites.
Subia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Houston and an Associate of Arts from College of the Mainland.
This holiday season the Gilbane Building Co.'s Houston office organized a toy drive for Child Advocates of Houston. This program provides Christmas gifts for children who have been victims of abuse or neglect and have been placed in protective custody. The goal is to brighten the holidays for these children who might otherwise go without presents. Congratulations on the Gilbane team for coming together and donating toys, clothing and other items to help brighten the Christmas season for these children.
To learn more about Child Advocates of Houston and to sponsor a child, click here
AGC members are eligible to participate in more than 20 discount programs specially designed to meet the needs of contractors. Whether you are looking to purchase a new vehicle for your fleet or for ways to cut costs on fuel and shipping, AGC programs can save you money. Enroll and maximize the value of your membership. Discover more.
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Hot off the press! The 2018 Resource & Membership Directory has been published. Our membership represents the full spectrum of the construction industry from small, local businesses to some of the country’s largest construction companies.
On Tuesday, November 28, AGC Houston held its second technology conference, specifically designed for the commercial construction industry, at the Marriott Marquis Hotel. The all-day event kicked off with live product demonstrations from PlanGrid and Assemble Systems and featured keynote speaker Robert Capps, Head of Editorial and Partner at Godfrey Dadich Partners and former Head of Editorial at WIRED. The late morning and afternoon featured a variety of panel discussions and case studies related to the use of technological applications in the A/E/C industry.
For more information about the event, including sponsors, exhibitors, please click here.
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