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Late Saturday evening the Senate voted 56-40 in favor of the $1.1 trillion cromnibus bill that had the House in turmoil earlier in the week. Dubbed cromnibus because it's part omnibus and part continuing resolution, the nine-month spending bill now awaits the president's signature. It funds federal agencies through the end of the fiscal year with the exception of the Department of Homeland Security which is funded only through Feb. 27, 2015. A series of association-backed multi-employer pension reforms, designed to allow employers and employees the opportunity to protect and improve retirement programs, is included in the Consolidated and Further Continuing Act of 2015. Steve Sandherr, AGC of America's chief executive officer, released the following statement after the House passed the omnibus bill last week. "The most important aspect of these new reform measures is that they finally provide employers and employees with the flexibility to voluntarily act to shore up multi-employer retirement plans. Without these new measures, thousands of retirees would likely have been forced to accept the savage cuts to their retirement benefits that come when the Pension Benefit Guarantee Corporation is forced to step in. This is the culmination of three years of joint labor and management cooperation to shore up troubled plans."
Steve Sanderr, AGC's chief executive officer, urges swift enactment of measures to protect retirees and allow employers to remain competitive and ensure economy benefits from billions in pension investments. Learn More...
AGC is still asking you – our members – to predict what next year will be like for your business. The answers to the 2015 AGC Business Outlook survey will help us craft a full analysis and outlook for the construction industry in the New Year.  Questions focus on expectations for market performance, hiring, labor market conditions, plans to acquire equipment, etc.  Please take a moment to complete the survey here at After we receive a sufficient amount of survey responses, we will work with AGC’s chief economist Ken Simonson to analyze the results, which will be released in early January to the media and members. As in the past, we will also prepare state-specific outlooks for every state where we have a sufficiently robust response.  Thanks in advance for all your help and support, and please contact Brian Turmail at with any questions.
The Grand Rapids metro area added construction jobs during the past year at a faster rate than most other metro areas as employment in the local industry hit a four-year high, according to an analysis released by AGC of America on Dec. 2, 2014. As local construction firms expand their payrolls, the national association and its local building chapter, AGC of Michigan, are taking steps to prepare the next generation of construction workers, amid growing reports of construction worker shortages. Learn More...
Construction industry employment hit a new five-year high in November as the sector added 20,000 jobs and its unemployment rate fell to 7.5 percent, the lowest rate for November in seven years, according to an analysis by AGC. Association officials cautioned, however, that the latest figures include signs that demand for public-sector and non-residential construction may be weakening. Learn More...
Business Tips
The wildfires across the West earlier in the year should be a reality check for businesses all over America. They underscore the need for appropriate insurance coverage and limits, and for having a basic disaster recovery plan. Learn More...
Member News
BOND, a leading 107-year-old construction management firm and an AGC of Connecticut and AGC of Massachusetts member, recently got back into the giving spirit this holiday season by hosting the firm’s 3rd annual Thanksgiving Food Drive, which included the participation of BOND’s entire Boston-based office, to benefit the Everett Food Pantry in Everett, Massachusetts. Learn More...
A long-standing tradition of giving back to the community played out within the office walls of one downtown San Diego-based company last week. For the 15th year in a row, the employees of Cavignac & Associates, a San Diego chapter member, pooled their funds to help those less fortunate, donating a combined $16,500 to 17 San Diego nonprofit organizations as part of the company’s annual "Charity Fund" employee gift-giving program. Learn More...
On Tuesday, Dec. 2, PC Construction was honored with a Best Builders Award by the Associated General Contractors of Vermont for the construction of the $31.3 million Vermont Public Health Laboratory. Learn More...
Tarlton Corp., a St. Louis-based general contracting and construction management firm and a member of multiple AGC chapters,hired Mitch Snyder as project engineer. Learn More...
Tocci Building Companies, a Boston-area construction manager and an AGC of Masschusetts member, announced recently that it has broken ground on Station Landing Apartments, an upscale residential development located at 431 River Street in Waltham, Massachusetts. With a project cost totaling $8,500,000, the 60,850 sq-ft community will feature 34 two-bedroom apartment homes on floors two through five and will be situated atop 9,000 square feet of ground-level retail and restaurant space. The development is owned by Charles River Place, LLC and the project team includes Costa Architects and Cowen Associates. Learn More...
Industry Events
Join us in San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 18-20, 2015, and gain a comprehensive view of where you are, where you are going and where you need to be to strengthen the educated decisions construction professionals have to make everyday. Learn More...
Dec 16, 2014 
2 - 3:30 p.m. ET
Webinar: Winning Work: Proposals That Sell 

Dec 18, 2014 
2 - 3:30 ET
Webinar: An Insider's Look at the LOD Specification 

Jan 8-9, 2015 
AGC Financial Issues Forum 
Longboat Key, FL 

Jan 14-16, 2015 
AGC Safety and Health Committee Conference 
San Diego, CA 

Jan 25, 2015 - Jan 30, 2015 
Construction Project Manager Course
Dallas, TX

Jan 28, 2015 
2 - 3:30 ET
Webinar: Lean Construction in the Cloud: Maximizing Value, Minimizing Cost 

Feb 1, 2015 - Feb 3, 2015 
2015 Surety Bonding & Construction Risk Management Conference 
Naples, FL 

Feb 23, 2015 - Feb 25, 2015 
2015 Public Private Partnership Conference & Expo 
Dallas, TX
Hiring Fairs 
Jan 8, 2015 
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
Charleston, NC 

Jan 8, 2015 
11 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
Military Spouse Virtual Job Fair 

Jan 9, 2015 
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
NBC4 DC Health and Fitness Expo 
Washington, DC 

Jan 13, 2015 
 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. 
Camp Pendleton Recovering r & Caregiver Employment Conference 

Jan 13, 2015 
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
Tempe, AZ

Jan 14, 2015 
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. 
Fairfield, CT 
Associated General Contractors of America
2300 Wilson Blvd, Suite 300
Arlington, VA, USA
Ph: 703-548-3118 Fax: 703-837-5402


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