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AGC of America launches radio and media campaign to urge summer travel motorists to slow down and be alert amid growing concerns with highway work zone crashes and fatalities
 
Sixty-seven percent of highway contractors report that motor vehicles had crashed into their construction work zones during the past year, according to the results of a new highway work zone study conducted by AGC of America.  In response, association officials have launched a new radio and media campaign urging drivers to slow down and remain alert in highway work zones.
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AGC CEO says Senate must pass immigration measure that avoids significant disruptions to construction projects in regions with big TPS & dreamer populations 
 
The chief executive officer of AGC of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, released the following statement in response to the passage recently in the U.S. House of Representatives of the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019, a measure to offer conditional green cards and extend work authorizations to individuals who are in the United States under the Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Deferred Action for Children Arrivals (“Dreamers”) programs.
Construction Economic News
Average hourly earnings in construction top private sector average by 10 percent; association officials call for doubling career and technical education funding, immigration relief to attract needed workers
 
Construction employment increased by 4,000 jobs in May and by 215,000, or 3.0 percent, over the past 12 months, while the number of unemployed jobseekers with construction experience fell to a record low, according to an analysis of new government data by AGC of America. Association officials said that an extremely tight job market, rather than softening demand for projects, probably explains the modest employment increase in May.
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New this year, Future Focus is a supplemental issue of Constructor magazine to be published in the fall, that will hone in on game-changing construction technologies and provide members the resources they need to implement these technological advances. Constructor is currently seeking member sources, willing to speak about the advancements they’ve made, how technology has changed the way they do business and how and why others should follow. If interested, please contact Jeanie Clapp, editor-in-chief, at (352) 333-3453 or jclapp@naylor.com.
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With the popularity and complexity of drone technologies, storing and analyzing the data can create challenges for contractors. Members and vendors have taken different approaches to turning that data into useful images and models.
BY DEBRA WOOD
  
Construction is risky business. According to OSHA, one in every five private sector worker deaths in 2017 (the latest year recorded) was in construction. That’s 971 fatalities. A dedicated wellness program, with an emphasis on physiologically informed safety knowledge, is a smart effort for any construction organization. It helps with injury prevention and differentiating that company as an attractive employer.
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Prior to joining the A/E/C industries, Katrina Spinner-Wilson was a sports reporter for a local newspaper where she covered field hockey, wrestling and soccer. Following each game (and on a tight deadline!), she interviewed coaches and players to capture one team’s victory, and, subsequently, another team’s loss. Fast-forward to today — she's a marketer in the A/E/C industries, and still gets to interview people daily to discover how they take a project to the next level.
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Member News
  
Lauring Construction, a third-generation general contracting and construction management firm and AGC of Massachusetts member, is performing work at Nichols College, a private business school in Dudley, Mass., to renovate Shamie Residence Hall and Lombard Dining Hall. Lauring has worked with Nichols since 2006 and completed over 20 projects on the 200-acre campus.
  
TTWiiN Investment Partners, the innovation investment arm of Thornton Tomasetti, a General Building Contractors Association member, has recently invested in XtreeE, a Paris-based technology company focusing on large-scale 3D-printing solutions for the architecture, engineering and construction industry. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
Chapter News
On Saturday, June 8, AGC Georgia Chapter President Kevin Kuntz honored Mike Kenig, vice chair of Holder Construction with the 2019 AGC Georgia SIR Award. The award recognizes Mr. Kenig's outstanding service, leadership and involvement in the construction industry during his distinguished career. This award is the highest honor given to a deserving individual each year at the Annual Convention in June. 
Industry Events
  

 

June 25, 2019
WebEd: Implied Contractual Risk
2 to 3 p.m.

July 23-25, 2019
Construction Safety, Health and Environmental Conference
Seattle, Washington

 

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

June 19-20, 2019
Fort Gordon Career Summit
Gordon's Conference and Catering Building
 June 19, 2019
Pathways to Prosperity
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET
U.S. Chamber of Commerce

June 20, 2019
2019 Military Spouse Employment Summit
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. ET
U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The third annual Military Spouse Employment Summit will focus on the ever-changing nature of today’s military community and the importance of creating strong community bonds to help enrich and empower military spouses. Strong communities not only provide a network of support for military families, they are essential in creating the environment for military spouses to thrive and succeed in their pursuit of the economic dream #MSES2019 will examine the patterns of military communities both inside and outside of the gates and how those connection points relate to military spouse employment. In particular, we will look at how we define and interact with those communities; how we contribute and collaborate to make communities stronger; and how we leverage them to help meet the needs of military families and, specifically, military spouse employment.

 

July 23, 2019
Central Virginia Military Spouse Economic Empowerment Zone Launch
9:30 – 11:30 a.m. ET
Virginia State Capitol

July 25, 2019
Fort Polk Military Community and Spouse Hiring Fair
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. CT
Fort Polk, Louisiana

 

July 25-26, 2019
Joint Base San Antonio Career Summit
San Antonio, Texas