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When it comes to AGC’s work with Bridges to Prosperity, an enterprise aimed toward ending the poverty caused by rural isolation, it’s literal, it’s figurative and it’s impactful. Read about this impressive organization and how some AGC members stepped forward to help and in doing so gained unforgettable and rewarding life experiences. This story and more, including Construction Outlook 2021, Site Security, Boosting the Built Environment can be found in the latest issue of Constructor magazine.
  
Few construction firms will add workers in 2021 as industry struggles with declining demand, growing number of project delays and cancellations
 
Most contractors expect demand for many types of construction to shrink in 2021 even as the pandemic is prompting many owners to delay or cancel already-planned projects, meaning few firms will hire new workers, according to survey results released recently by AGC of America and Sage Construction and Real Estate. The findings are detailed in The Pandemic’s Growing Impacts on the Construction Industry: The 2021 Construction Hiring and Business Outlook Report.
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Advocacy
In addition to $46 billion for highway and transit programs under FAST Act
 
AGC helped secure $10 billion for state departments of transportation to help offset lost transportation revenues threatening bid lettings and project cancelations as part of the year-end COVID-relief and government funding bill enacted on December 27, 2020. AGC members generated more than 50,000 messages to their members of Congress and President Trump in support of this request, in addition to many phone calls and contacts by AGC Chapters. In addition, the legislation includes a full year’s funding for the federal-aid highway and transit program, amounting to approximately $46 billion. For a detailed analysis of what was included in the year-end bill from a construction industry perspective, click here.
Construction Economic News
Few construction firms expect the industry to recover to pre-pandemic levels anytime soon, while demand for most types of projects is likely to fall amid growing project delays and cancellations
 
Construction employment increased by 51,000 jobs in December, with gains for nonresidential as well as residential contractors, according to an analysis by AGC of America of government data released recently. Association officials cautioned, however, that its latest survey shows widespread pessimism among contractors about the volume of work available in 2021, and they urged lawmakers to focus on measures designed to rebuild the economy and demand for construction.
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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
  
The construction industry has long issued paper purchase orders (POs), which, in theory, flow from a buyer to a material supplier to confirm orders for construction materials. They also routinely use manual, paper-based processes to track tickets generated as materials move from plant to jobsite.
BY DEXTER BACHELDER, VICE PRESIDENT, COMMAND ALKON
A MEMBER OF MULTIPLE AGC CHAPTERS
  
COVID-19 has led construction companies to adopt new digital check-in apps that keep employees safe and jobsites symptom-free from the virus. Employers are discovering additional benefits with the use of these apps – benefits that may protect them from potential lawsuits.
BY BRIAN JUNGINGER, CONSTRUCTION LITIGATION ATTORNEY
MCINERNEY & DILLON, AN AGC OF CALIFORNIA MEMBER
Business Tips
  
Since the pandemic struck in March, construction teams have had to pivot from in-person project interviews for new work to the virtual environment. As this is new to everyone, I developed the cheat sheet for my Texas teams at Rosendin to help in our preparation to get in the correct head space for the new virtual environment. It is intended to provide comic relief but serve as reminders to everyone involved what to do and what not to do. Hope these tricks help your teams succeed in the new normal for project interviewing.
BY JOLSNA THOMAS, ESQ., BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT MANAGER, ROSENDIN
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Chapter News
The late, great NC Senate leader Marc Basnight had a special fondness for bridges. “Bridges bring people together. They never divide,” he wrote for a dedication in 2019 of a 2.8-mile, $254 million bridge over Oregon Inlet named for him. Sen. Basnight, who died last month after a long battle with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s disease), was a big believer in infrastructure funding, particularly in connecting remote parts of his state with urban centers. In much the same way, CAGC continues our focus on helping our members and the construction industry in the Carolinas bridge our challenges.
BY DAVE SIMPSON
THE CONSTRUCTION ERP BUILT FOR GROWTH & PROFITABILITY
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Industry Events

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

January 19, 2021
Texas GROW & Hiring Fair
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. CT
 

January 26, 2021
Employer Panel: Careers in STEM
1 – 2 p.m. ET
Learn about opportunities and hiring processes in the science, technology, engineering, and math industries in this virtual informational interview-style webinar.

February 11, 2021
Virginia GROW & Hiring Fair
10 a.m. – 1 p.m. ET

January 19, 2021
Employer Connection: HCA Healthcare
1 – 2 p.m. ET

January 26, 2021
Employer Connection: Capital One
4 – 5 p.m. ET
This virtual informational interview-style webinar gives you an opportunity to learn about STEM career opportunities and hiring processes at Capital One.

February 11, 2021
Virtual Hiring Fair: Government Contracting & Consulting
1 – 3 p.m. ET

January 19, 2021
Employer Panel: Healthcare Industry
4 – 5 p.m. ET

January 27, 2021
Employer Connection: Microsoft
1 – 2 p.m. ET

February 25, 2021 – February 26, 2021

AMPLIFY
All Day
AMPLIFY is an exclusive two-day virtual 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.

January 21, 2021
Virtual Hiring Fair: Healthcare
1 – 3 p.m. ET

January 28-29, 2021
AMPLIFY
Virtual, All-Day
AMPLIFY is an exclusive two-day virtual 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

February 25, 2021
Virtual Hiring Fair: Transportation, Supply Chain & Logistics
1 – 3 p.m. ET

January 22, 2021
Military Spouse Fellowship Program Information Session
1 – 2 p.m. ET

January 28, 2021
Virtual Hiring Fair: Careers in STEM
1 – 3 p.m. ET

February 26, 2021
Military Spouse Fellowship Program Information Session
1 – 2 p.m. ET

January 25, 2021
Steps for Transitioning to a Career in Tech Webinar
1 – 2 p.m. ET
Join Hiring Our Heroes and Eleven Fifty Academy to hear from veterans who upskilled or reskilled into technology careers -- and learn about the programs that can help you successfully transition into a career in technology.

February 04, 2021
Reclaiming a Sense of Self through Employment: Survey Results Release
1 – 2 p.m. ET