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Help us generate a comprehensive outlook for 2020 by taking the survey today
 
Each year around this time, AGC asks you – our members – to predict what next year will be like for your business.  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.
  
Construction technology provider and national trade organization launch grant program to help address industry need for better-fitting personal protective equipment (PPE) for women working at heights
 
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls are the leading cause of private sector worker fatalities in the construction industry. Everyone who works at heights, whether it’s on a roof, scaffolding, or the edge of a tall building, should have properly fitting safety harnesses, yet not all contractors have the supply they need to better protect women in construction. To help address this, Autodesk is funding a grant program with one of the largest construction trade organizations – the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) – to supply select, in-need member contractors with fall protection harnesses sized for women who work at heights.
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Check out AGC’s new jobsite tour brochure that will assist you in hosting state and local elected officials on tours of construction jobsites. This brochure provides information on how to successfully plan and execute a successful jobsite visit with an elected official from the invitation to the thank-you notes. As you may know, one of AGC’s advocacy goals this year has been to help member companies host jobsite tours for members of Congress to provide a hands-on learning experience of the construction industry. These events have been successful in discussing workforce development, infrastructure funding, federal regulations, and other issues critical to our members with those who have legislative authority over our industry. While AGC will continue to complete jobsite tours with members of Congress, we hope you will use this resource to host state and local elected officials on your construction jobsites. For more information or additional assistance, please contact Jenni Traver at jennifer.traver@agc.org.
  
 In the latest episode of AGC’s ConstructorCast, we talk with two leading economists covering the construction sector: Ken Simonson, chief economist for AGC, and Kermit Baker, chief economist for the American Institute of Architects. Don’t be put off by their titles, though—these guys speak English! Ken and Kermit provide a fast-paced overview of what to expect in the coming year for different categories of construction spending, labor availability and materials costs. They assess the broader economic environment and how various changes in economic growth or policy could affect contractors.
 
To receive the Data DIGest, Ken’s one-page weekly summary of economic news relevant to construction, email him at ken.simonson@agc.org. Visit AGC’s website at www.agc.org/learn/construction-data for construction-specific data and economic information. Access AIA’s business intelligence resources here: www.aia.org/business-intelligence.
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Trade fights appear to be undermining demand for many types of private-sector projects; Association officials urge the Trump administration to quickly resolve disputes with China, the European Union and other countries
 
Construction employment increased by 10,000 jobs in October and by 148,000, or 2.0 percent, over the past 12 months, while construction spending decreased by 2.0 percent from September 2018 to September 2019, according to an analysis of new government data by AGC of America. Association officials said demand for construction is being undermined by uncertainty and tariffs that are part of a series of trade disputes with China, the European Union and other countries.
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The latest issue of Constructor magazine is dedicated to military personnel past and present, and highlights a handful of veterans who now are serving their country in a slightly different way: by building the bridges, the roadways, the sports stadiums and more that U.S. citizens utilize every single day. The skills these individuals developed and honed during their time in the military appear to be a perfect fit with construction work, especially when it comes to teamwork and leadership.
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Business Tips
  
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is one of the most prevalent innovations in the design and construction industry over the past 20 years. It began as a more efficient production tool for design teams to deliver drawings but has grown to encompass nearly every project team member involved in the design and construction of a project, including the owner. The value of the digital representation of the project can extend far beyond the delivery of the project and into the management of maintenance, available space, inventory and future renovations and expansions.
BY JOSH LEVY, HUSCH BLACKWELL, A MEMBER OF MULTIPLE AGC CHAPTERS
  
Hackers find construction data attractive target
 
There is an old adage concerning timely action about the uselessness of locking the stable after the horse is gone. It is, unfortunately, the story of many construction companies confronting the issue of cybersecurity. They never considered themselves a target until it was too late.
BY STEVEN H. MILLER
  
Contractors gain competitive edge with construction software tools

The flood of software solutions for construction can be overwhelming, and the first inclination might be to look for one software that can handle everything — but it doesn’t exist. Contractors should look at software technology needs holistically.
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Member News
  
New 465,000-square-foot New Jersey hospital highlights increasing demand for innovative construction methods in healthcare delivery
 
On Nov. 8, Skanska USA, a member of multiple AGC chapters, celebrated the grand opening of Inspira Medical Center Mullica Hill in Mullica Hill, New Jersey. The new five-story, 465,000-square-foot inpatient hospital is Gloucester County’s first hospital to open in 45 years and will help meet growing demand in the region. 
  
New center offers comprehensive education, training for students to help meet  the burgeoning demand for health care professionals
 
Tarlton Corp., a member of  multiple AGC chapters, completed the new $39 million Center for Nursing and Health Sciences at St. Louis Community College at Forest Park.
Chapter News
On Oct. 24, Associated General Contractors of Minnesota (AGC) held a recognition evening to honor individuals and companies for their outstanding contributions and commitment to the commercial construction industry.
Industry Events
  

 

 

December 3, 2019
WebEd: Millennials: Winning or Wasting Talent Through Recruiting and Retention?
2 to 3 p.m.

 January 15-17, 2020
AGC Construction Safety & Health Conference
Austin, Texas

 

December 8-11, 2019
Construction Project Manager Course
Dallas, Texas

January 20-24, 2020
AGC’s Project Manager Development Program 2nd Edition
San Antonio, Texas

December 11, 2019
WebEd: Coordinating Unknowns
2 to 3 p.m.

January 27-29, 2020
AGC’s 2020 Conference on Surety Bonding and Construction Risk Management
Bonita Springs, Florida

 

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

January 14, 2020
Hurlburt Field Career Summit + BALANCE Military Spouse Workshop
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET 

January 16, 2020
Eglin Air Force Base Career Summit + BALANCE Military Spouse Workshop
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET