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Please join AGC of America, and its partners on the Construction Industry Safety Coalition, in planning to participate in the COVID-19 Vaccine Awareness Week in Construction, April 19-23. The goal of the campaign is to raise awareness of the safety, effectiveness, and benefits of COVID-19 vaccination among construction workers. AGC encourages members to take time to share important information with their staff, trade contractors, subcontractors, and partners about the benefits of vaccination and encourage them to register to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
 
Click HERE to access resources to help you get started on planning your activities. In addition, please let us know if you are planning to participate by completing a brief survey HERE. For more information or if you have any questions, please contact AGC of America's Senior Director of Safety & Health Services, Kevin Cannon, at kevin.cannon@agc.org or 703-837-5410.
  
National Work Zone Awareness Week (NWZAW) is an annual spring campaign held at the start of construction season encouraging safe driving through highway work zones. The key message is for drivers to use extra caution in work zones. NWZAW will be held April 26-30 this year and be hosted by the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT). Learn all about this year's events and what the theme "Drive Safe. Work Safe. Save Lives." means.
  
Please join with AGC of America in planning to participate in this year’s Construction Safety Week, May 3-7. The theme is Holistic Safety: Be Present. Be Focused. Be Safe. Our commitment to staying safe and focused on the job is a point of pride and strength that runs across our entire industry. In order to ensure holistic safety, we must strive to create both a physically and mentally safe environment and make every aspect of our wellbeing part of our safety culture and programs. We must prioritize both physical and psychological safety in the workplace, and how together, they play an important role in our relationships with our team members and with our ability to bring our safest, most productive, best selves to work every day.
 
We encourage member firms to get involved in and celebrate our shared commitment to safety. Click HERE to access and download all of the tools and resources to get started on planning your activities, including tips, best practices and all of the Safety Week branded materials you’ll need to support your events and communication. In addition, let us know if you are planning to participate by completing a brief survey HERE. You can also access AGC’s events and resources for safety week HERE. For more information or to find out how you can get involved in the 2021 Construction Safety Week, please contact AGC of America's Senior Director of Safety & Health Services, Kevin Cannon, at kevin.cannon@agc.org or 703-837-5410.
  
On this episode, President and CEO at Gilbane Building Company Mike McKelvy covers everything you need to know about Construction Safety Week 2021 – happening May 3rd through May 7th. Mike shares his excitement to be the chairman of this year’s event and his passion behind the “Holistic Safety” theme; walks through the wealth of planning resources and communication tools that firms can use to participate; and talks about lessons learned, future goals, and how he keeps him team engaged in safety initiatives. Also hear from some Construction Safety Week partners who are offering free training and resources. Kevin Cannon, head of AGC’s safety and health services, ties it all together with what you need to know about OSHA’s National Safety Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction, which is happening the same week.
  
The eighth annual National Stand-Down to Prevent Falls in Construction is scheduled for May 3-7, 2021. OSHA encourages construction employers and other stakeholders to join the event to promote awareness and training to address one of the industry’s most serious dangers. OSHA’s Fall Prevention Stand-Down webpage offers a wide range of compliance resources in many languages, including Spanish, Polish, Russian and Portuguese. OSHA encourages everyone to use #StandDown4Safety to promote the event on social media, and to share feedback after their events and obtain a personalized certificate of participation.
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An unprecedented leap in the price of goods used in construction and supply-chain disruptions are wreaking hardships on contractors and slowing projects, according to an analysis by AGC of America of government data released recently. The association posted a Construction Inflation Alert  to update contractors and their clients about the latest developments. Association officials urged the Biden administration to end a variety of tariffs and quotas on imported construction inputs and to help ease domestic supply-chain problems.
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We are proud to report that we have had a strong year in 2020 as the contents of our Annual Report - The Power of Engagement - make clear. In our catalogue of some of the association’s most significant accomplishments, you will see how we work to support the entire construction industry as The Construction Association. As you will see, we continued to successfully advocate on behalf of the industry and keep construction essential; provide high-quality virtual programs and connect members with the officials and resources they need to be successful. As important, our two philanthropic organizations continue to make significant investments in the future of our industry and improving local communities, thanks to generous contributions from our members.
  
Every week brings new reports of materials costs hitting record highs, while lead times lengthen or become ever more uncertain. AGC of America recently released a Construction Inflation Alert. This document is intended to help chapters and members explain to owners, government officials, and others, what is happening and what all parties can do to minimize the damage.
  
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Industry Events

Webinar: COVID-19 Vaccines and Construction: Key Things to Know
Wed., April 21, 2021 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EDT)

 

WebEd: The $1.9 Trillion COVID-Relief Law: What Construction Firms Need to Know
Wed., April 21, 2021 | 2 to 3 p.m.

 

WebEd: Non-invasive Excavation Alternatives to Reduce Project Budget
Sponsored by AQUALIS
Thurs., April 22, 2021 | 2 to 3 p.m.

 

WebEd: Student Chapter Virtual Summit
Sponsored by HCSS
Fri., April 23, 2021 | 4 to 6 p.m.

 

WebEd: Fall Protection Compliance
Mon., May 3, 2021 | 2 to 3 p.m.

 

WebEd: The PRO Act: The Greatest Threat to Union & Open-Shop Construction
Tues., May 4, 2021 | 2 to 3 p.m.

 

WebEd: OSHA/AGC National Falls Stand-Down Event
Wed., May 5, 2021 | 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.

 

WebEd: Total Worker Health - Real-World Culture Building to Improve Worker Safety and Health
Thurs., May 6, 2021 | 2 to 3 p.m.

 

WebEd: 2021 HR & Safety Update: OSHA Employer Responsibilities
Sponsored by ARCORO
Thurs., May 13, 2021 | 2 to 3 p.m.

 

Workshop: A Subcontractors' Guide to Lean Construction
Wed., May 12, 2021 to Thurs., May 14, 2021 | 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

 

WebEd: Holy Smokes We Had an Incident, What Do I Do Now
Sponsored by Construction Risk Partners
Tues., May 18, 2021 | 2 to 3 p.m.

 

WebEd: Laying the Right Foundation for Profitability
Sponsored by Sikich
Thurs., May 20, 2021 | 2 to 3 p.m.

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

April 20, 2021
Entrepreneurship Webinar: US Small Business Administration’s Office of Veteran Business Development
4 – 5 p.m. ET
Join us for an incredible resource sharing session with the SBA’s OVBD which is the liaison with veteran and military spouse business community. It provides policy analysis and reporting and acts as an Ombudsman for veteran and military spouse entrepreneurs..

April 22, 2021
Virtual Hiring Fair: Remote & Part-Time Work
1 – 3 p.m. ET

April 23, 2021
Military Spouse Fellowship Program Information Session
1 – 2 p.m.

April 27 and 28, 2021
AMPLIFY Hawaii
All Day
AMPLIFY is an exclusive two-day in person 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 27, 2021
Corporate Fellowship Information Session
7 – 8 p.m. 

April 29, 2021
Hurlburt Field Career Summit
9 a.m. – 4 p.m. ET
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May 6, 2021
Virtual Hiring Fair: Healthcare
1 – 3 p.m.

May 11, 2021
Corporate Fellowship Information Session
7 – 8 p.m. ET

May 12, 2021
5th Annual Military Spouse Employment Summit
12 – 1:30 p.m. ET
Hiring Our Heroes is pleased to present the fifth annual Military Spouse Employment Summit. During this virtual event, we will celebrate the progress that community and corporate leaders have made in elevating the conversation around military spouse employment and keeping it in the forefront. 
 May 18, 2021
Entrepreneurship Webinar: How to Prepare for and Earn Money Through Pitch Contests
4 – 5 p.m. ET
Pitch Contests are a great way for entrepreneurs and small businesses to raise capital for their venture. It is a way to get your ideas and business plan in front of venture capitalists, investors and other financial leaders. This course will go into details on how to successfully find and navigate these opportunities.

May 20, 2021
Virtual Hiring Fair: Law Enforcement, Emergency Services, and Security
1 – 3 p.m. ET

May 25-26, 2021
Virtual 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.

 May 25, 2021
Corporate Fellowship Information Session
7 – 8 p.m. ET
May 28, 2021
Military Spouse Fellowship Program Information Session
1 – 2 p.m. ET