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Please help the next generation of AGC and industry leaders succeed in their efforts to improve their community. AGC Charities' Autodesk Operation Opening Doors program is working with the Colorado Emerging Leaders Council, the young professionals group of the Colorado Contractors Association, to renovate a playground operated by a Colorado Springs group that provides early childhood learning opportunities for impoverished families. The group, the CPCD Giving Children a Head Start, works with three to five-year old children to give them a needed academic boost before they enroll in full-time school programs. A large part of this early learning is done through directed play on playground equipment. But one of the playgrounds the group operates in Colorado Springs is too small and physically constrained to be fully effective. 
  
Webinar Will Focus on Steps Firms Can Take During the Week of May 6 to Support National Construction Safety Week’s Goal of Making Our Industry Even Safer
 
AGC of America is hosting a free webinar on Wednesday, April 17 to provide information and suggestions for how firms and chapters can get involved in this year’s National Construction Safety Week. Click here for more information about the webinar and to sign up to participate. The webinar begins at 2 p.m. eastern and will last one hour. AGC of America is the first-ever Signature Sponsor for National Construction Safety Week, the annual industry-led event designed to highlight steps construction firms are taking to improve jobsite health and safety.
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Error in 2017 Legislation Set Timeline at 39 Years, Forcing Many Property Owners to Delay or Reconsider Planned Improvements and Putting Future Demand for Construction At Risk
 
The chief executive officer of AGC of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, released the following statement in support of the new, bipartisan, Restoring Investment in Improvements Act that is designed to fix a drafting error in the 2017 tax law that set the depreciation schedule for commercial property improvements at 39 years instead of 15.
Construction Official Urges Congress to Act on Proposed New Legislation Introduced by Congressmen Francis Rooney & Lloyd Smucker that Will Establish First-Ever Temporary Visa Program for Construction
 
The chief executive officer of AGC of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, urged Congress to act quickly on the Workforce for an Expanding Economy Act that was introduced recently by Pennsylvania Congressmen Lloyd Smucker. The measure would establish the only federal temporary visa program for construction, among other industries covered by the measure. The association is urging members of Congress to support the measure.
Construction Economic News
Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale and Chico, Calif. Have Largest Gains While San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif. and Danville, Ill. Have Biggest Losses; Association Calls for Expanded Career Training Programs
 
Construction employment grew in 275, or 76 percent, out of 358 metro areas between January 2018 and January 2019, declined in 39 (11 percent) and was unchanged in 44, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released recently by AGC of America. Association officials said demand for construction in most parts of the country appears to be outstripping the supply of qualified workers to hire.
Northwestern University: McCormick School of Engineering
Precast concrete pushing the design aesthetic envelope
Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute
Folded or flat? The Universal Alloy light press plant demonstrates how an innovative designer can create a beautiful design using a precast concrete building solution. Alternating shaded and light panels give the impression an accordion-like façade. The panels are insulated and load-bearing, making the onsite installation of this awe-inspiring structure quicker, and avoiding costly weather delays.
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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
  
With a 2019 theme that focuses on education and a philosophy deeply rooted in collaboration, AGC’s new president is taking the membership to school. Meet Dirk Elsperman in the latest issue of Constructor magazine.
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Member News
  
TEXO honored TDIndustries (TD) with two 2019 Distinguished Building Awards, one for TD’s work on Frost Tower in Fort Worth and the second for Texas Scottish Rite for Children Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Center in Frisco.
  
Master Builders of Iowa presented Mike Tousley, executive vice president and general manager of The Weitz Company, with its Build Iowa Award recently during the 2019 MBI Annual Winter Conference
  
C.W. Driver Companies, an AGC of California and San Diego Chapter member, recently announced the completion of the Braille Institute Anaheim Center, a 14,700-square-foot building on the institute’s existing campus. The new state-of-the-art building replaces the institute’s former multi-structure facility and provides a larger unified space optimized to serve more visually impaired children, adults and seniors from Orange, Los Angeles and Riverside counties.
Western Specialty Contractors, a member of multiple AGC chapters, has acquired the assets of full-service, commercial roofing and sheet metal contractor Great Plains Roofing and Sheet Metal of Kansas City, Kansas. The acquisition will expand Western’s existing roofing business in the Kansas City area and provide Western’s customers with a more comprehensive range of roofing, concrete, masonry and waterproofing services.
Industry Events

For details on any event, please visit the Hiring Our Heroes Calendar.
 

March 19, 2019 
Minnesota Hiring Expo
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. CT
Xcel Energy Center
April 03, 2019
Kaiserslautern Military Spouse Career Symposium
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CET
Armstrong’s Club

March 19, 2019
Joint Base Lewis-McChord Military Spouse 
Hiring Event

March 20, 2019
American Lake Conference Center

April 03, 2019 
New Orleans Hiring Expo
10 a.m. – 3 p.m. CT
Smoothie King Center
March 21-22, 2019
AMPLIFY Fort Leavenworth
AMPLIFY is an exclusive two-day event that
leads a cadre of 45 military spouses through intensive career preparation, professional development, and networking. Applications are required as cadre size is limited.
April 09, 2019
Cleveland Hiring Expo
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. ET
Quicken Loans Arena
March 27, 2019
Chicago Hiring Expo
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. CT
United Center
April 16, 2019 
Camp Pendleton Military Spouse Hiring Event
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. PT
Camp Pendleton
March 28, 2019
Vicenza Military Spouse Career Symposium
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. CET
Golden Lion Conference Center
April 18-19, 2019
AMPLIFY Fort Bragg
AMPLIFY is an exclusive two-day event that
leads a cadre of 45 military spouses through
intensive career preparation, professional development, and networking. Applications are required as cadre size is limited.
March 28, 2019 
Carlisle Barracks Military Community and Spouse Hiring Fair
9 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET
Carlisle Expo Center
April 18, 2019
Fort Bragg Military Spouse Networking Reception
5 – 7 p.m. ET
March 28 - April 4, 2019
European Theater Career Summits
Europe, Multiple Locations
April 23, 2019
Los Angeles, CA Military Hiring Fair
8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. PT
American Legion Hollywood Post #43
March 29, 2019
North Florida Veterans Career Connection
9 a.m. – 3 p.m. ET
University Center Club
April 25-26, 2019
AMPLIFY Phoenix
AMPLIFY is an exclusive two-day event that
leads a cadre of 45 military spouses through
intensive career preparation, professional development, and networking. Applications are required as cadre size is limited.
April 01, 2019
Bavaria Military Spouse Career Symposium
8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. CET
Rose Barracks
April 25, 2019
Phoenix Military Spouse Networking Reception
5:30 – 7:30 p.m. MT