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Top News
Construction employment in July climbed to the highest level since February 2009, while the number of unemployed workers with construction experience shrank to a 14-year low, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials cautioned that the diminishing pool of available qualified labor may be having an impact on the industry’s ability to meet growing demand. Learn More...
Construction spending in June recorded the highest year-over-year growth rate since 2006, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials cautioned, however, that those spending gains could be at risk unless all levels of government strengthen programs to develop the construction workforce. Learn More...
AGC chapters and members are using the August recess to meet with and send advocacy correspondence to their House members urging them to follow the lead of the Senate and complete action on a six-year highway and transit bill when they return in September. Nothing has more impact on elected officials than meeting face to face with constituents. If you have not yet done so please contact your representative’s office and set up a meeting. Site visits, meetings at contractor offices and meetings at chapter offices are all very effective. Resources to help you schedule a meeting can be found on the Hardhats for Highway "Meet with Congress" page. Learn More...
Business Tips
In the July/August issue of Constructor you'll find the 2015 Regional Resource Guide, a special section containing detailed information about companies that provide products and services to your business. Organized by region, it will place you in contact with industry professionals in your geographic area from numerous categories – everything from acoustical and drywall to windows – quickly, so you can get the materials or the help you need to get the job done right. Check it out today and utilize it throughout the year. Learn More...
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Chapter News
The AGC Oregon-Columbia Chapter and SAIF Corporation announced recently a $7,966,561 retrospective return for the 661 companies who participated in the AGC/SAIF group workers’ compensation program during 2013–2014. This represents a 26.6 percent return of paid premiums during the policy year. When combined with the phenomenal 14 percent upfront premium discount savings, the total combined savings this year exceeds 40 percent. A retro return has been paid out to AGC members 22 of the past 23 years. These are amazing results, especially in the construction industry, where increasing activity and a shortage of qualified workers present unique challenges. Learn More...
CAWP, in conjunction with the Laborers' District Council of Western PA, has launched another fun and addictive gaming app to promote careers in the highway construction trades. Reinforcers introduces players to the world of concrete and rebar. During the game, players learn and practice the basic methods for three different types of rebar ties. As players advance through the game, structures come together as they tie more rebar. Efficiency is important and so is speed.

The Reinforcers App is available now for Android and Apple devices.
Member News
Campanelli Construction, a full‐service construction management firm and an AGC of Massachusetts member, has completed a 63,000-sq-ft renovation of the formerly vacant Cranberry Specialty/St. Luke’s Hospital into a state‐of‐the‐art psychiatric hospital for High Point Treatment Center. It will be known as High Point Hospital. Learn More...
Commodore Builders, a Newton-based commercial construction management firm and an AGC of Massachusetts member, announced recently that it has been recognized as a 2015 "Best Place to Work" by the Boston Business Journal (BBJ). Learn More...
Hargrove Engineers + Constructors, an Alabama AGC member, is teaming with Evonik Industries in Theodore, Alabama, to execute a $100-million expansion project, a grassroots new production facility for an Agrochemical Intermediate. Learn More...
Construction estimating software developer HCSS, a member of multiple AGC chapters, has launched its Construction Intern Awards, in which it will be awarding a total of $22,000 in college scholarships to students in construction-related fields. The top winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship, and four additional finalists will each get a $3,000 scholarship, along with the chance to win other prizes. Learn More...
Gilbane Building Company, a member of multiple AGC chapters, announced recently that Michael McKelvy will assume the position of president and chief executive officer effective Jan. 1, 2016. McKelvy currently serves as president and chief operating officer. He will succeed Thomas F. Gilbane, Jr., present chairman and chief executive officer, who will remain as chairman of Gilbane Building Company and the chairman and chief executive officer of Gilbane, Inc., a holding company with two principal subsidiaries, Gilbane Building Company and Gilbane Development Company. Learn More...
Representatives of PC Construction, an AGC of Vermont member, recently joined a host of federal, state and city of Burlington officials at a groundbreaking ceremony for the new $7.7 million, 10,250-sq-ft Chittenden County Transit Authority (CCTA) Downtown Transit Center intended to support growing ridership, transform customer experiences, and promote economic development in Burlington and beyond. Learn More...
Tocci Building Companies , a Boston-area construction management company and an AGC of Massachusetts member, is proud to have supported Lila Tocci, director of company life + charitable giving, and Amy Thompson West, director of strategic support, on their volunteer trip to Nicaragua. Amy and Lila traveled to assist Boy With a Ball (BWAB), a non-profit organization that improves communities by teaching young people to achieve educational goals and in turn reach out and transform their communities. Learn More...
The Weitz Company, a national full-service construction firm and a Florida East Coast Chapter member, is proud to announce its client, Broken Sound Club, in Boca Raton, Florida, has been awarded LEED® Certification for New Construction for the recent expansion of the club’s Spa and Fitness Center. Broken Sound Club is one of the first private clubs in the United States to receive this prestigious recognition. The LEED certification was established by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and verified by the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI). Learn More...
Industry Events
August 25, 2015 
WEBINAR: Industry Application of Paul Akers Book 2 Second Lean™: How to Grow People and Build a Lean Culture 
2 - 3 p.m. 

August 27, 2015 
WEBINAR: Understanding the Fine Print: Contract Clauses Contractors Must Know (and Revise) 
2 - 3 p.m. 

September 2-3, 2015
Contractors Environmental Conference
Arlington, Virginia

September 15, 2015 
WEBINAR: Hiring and Retaining the Right People 
2 - 3 p.m.

September 17, 2015 
WEBINAR: Differing Site Conditions: Who Pays for Undisclosed & Unforeseen Risk 
2 - 3:30 p.m.

September 17-19, 2015 
CLC Leadership Development Conference 
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 

September 23-24, 2015 
Offsite Construction Expo 
Washington, D.C.

September 24, 2015 
WEBINAR: What Owners Really Want (from your Model)
2 - 3 p.m. 

September 29 - October 1, 2015 
Utility Infrastructure Conference 
Louisville, Kentucky
Hiring Fairs 
August 20, 2015 
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Detroit Hiring Expo with the Detroit Tigers 
Detroit, MI 

August 25, 2015 
9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
San Francisco Hiring Expo with the San Francisco Giants 
San Francisco, CA 

August 26-27, 2015 
3 p.m. August 26 to 4 p.m. August 27 
Fort Drum Transition Summit 
Fort Drum, NY 

August 26, 2015
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 
Fort Polk Military Spouse Networking Reception
Fort Polk, LA

August 27, 2015
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Tucson, AZ

August 27, 2015
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Fort Polk Military Spouse Hiring Fair
Fort Polk, LA

Arlington, VA

August 31 - September 1, 2015 
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Baltimore Transition & Benefits Career Fair Part of 97th Annual American Legion National Convention 
Baltimore, MD 

September 3, 2015 
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
DC Hiring Expo with Washington Nationals 
Washington, D.C. 

September 10, 2015 
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
New York City Hiring Fair 
New York, NY 

September 10, 2015 
11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 
Military Spouse Virtual Fair 

September 12, 2015 
9 a.m. to 12 p.m. 
Lansing Hiring Fair 
Lansing, MI 

September 14, 2015 
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. 
Jacksonville Military Spouse Networking Reception
Jacksonville, FL

September 15, 2015 
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Jacksonville Hiring Fair 
Jacksonville, FL

September 15, 2015 
8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. 
Fort Carson Wounded Veteran & Caregiver Employment Conference 
Fort Carson, CO 

September 16, 2015 
8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
Pittsburgh Expo with Pittsburgh Pirates 
Pittsburgh, PA 

September 16-17, 2015 
5:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. 
Camp Pendleton Transition Summit
Camp Pendleton, CA 

September 17, 2015 
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. 
Philadelphia Hiring Fair 
Philadelphia, PA

September 17, 2015 
8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Las Vegas Hiring Fair 
Las Vegas, NV 

September 22-24, 2015 
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Washington State Service Member for Life Transition Summit 
Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA 

September 23, 2015 
7 to 9 p.m. 
San Antonio Military Spouse Networking Reception 
San Antonio, TX 

September 24, 2015 
10 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
San Antonio Military Spouse Hiring Fair 
JBSA-Fort Sam Houston, TX 

September 24, 2015 
4 to 6 p.m. 
Transitioning Senior Military Leadership Networking Reception 
Arlington, VA 
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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