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Seventy-three percent of construction firms plan to expand their payrolls in 2017 as contractors expect private and public sector demand to grow in all market segments, according to survey results released recently by AGC of America and Sage Construction and Real Estate. Despite the general optimism outlined in Expecting a Post-Election Bump: The 2017 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook, many firms report they remain worried about the availability of qualified workers and rising health and regulatory costs.

While overall economic conditions indicate 2017 should continue to be positive for the construction industry, association officials added that it appears the Outlook responses are based as much in high expectations for the incoming administration and the President-elect’s commitment to investing in infrastructure, improving federal health care laws and reducing regulatory burdens.

The association has crafted two plans to help guide the administration and Congress and ensure they act quickly to deliver on their election pledges. The first plan is the association’s Agenda to Rebuild Infrastructure and the Construction Workforce, which outlines a series of steps federal officials should take to finance and fund new infrastructure investments and accelerate federal reviews. The second plan identifies regulations and executive orders that new administration should cancel, improve or reconsider.

The Outlook was based on survey results from nearly 1,300 construction firms from 49 states and the District of Columbia. Varying numbers responded to each question. Contractors of every size answered over 30 questions about their hiring, workforce, business and information technology plans. Click here for Expecting a Post-Election Bump: The 2017 Construction Hiring and Business Outlook report. Click here for the survey results.
Make your plans to attend the <strong>98th Annual AGC Convention</strong> and seize your opportunity to cultivate new ideas and partners, see and hear about the latest in construction innovation, and leave with the tools to accelerate your business to the next level. The 2017 Convention features a packed program focused on sharing solutions from experienced contractors and industry experts on key construction issues, networking events structured so you can make valuable new connections, and opportunities to shape the future of the construction industry and the association. The AGC Annual Convention is your best opportunity to enhance your business and advance your career.
Here we are again - at the beginning of a new year. Time to flush the negative from the previous year, evaluate the areas you wish to improve and begin preparing for the opportunities ahead. With a new (and unexpected) administration in place, no one knows what lies ahead. And, while the industry’s crystal ball may be murky, AGC, as always, stands at the side of the regulatory road and is already preparing for possible rule and executive order changes once President-elect Trump takes office. Industry experts talked with Constructor about what they predict members might see in the next few years. This, and so much more, can be found in the January/February issue.

We are now accepting space reservations for the May/June issue! Content will include:
Cover Story: Workforce Development
Special Section: 2017 Equipment Guide
Feature and Infographic: Equipment 
Convention Wrap Up
2017 Alliant Build America Award Winners
2017 Alliant Build America Grand Award winning project
Willis Towers Watson Construction Safety Excellence Grand Award winner
Feature: Excavation and Foundation

Target the nation’s top contractors and brand your company to the growing multi-billion dollar construction industry. To get involved, contact Jamie Williams at or 352-333-3493. You can download the 2017 Constructor media planner here.  If you would like to make an editorial contribution to an issue, please contact Jeanie Clapp, editor-in-chief, at or 352-333-3453. 
American Rental Association
The president signed into law the AGC-supported Federal Assets Sale and Transfer Act (H.R. 4465). This bipartisan bill will shrink the federal footprint and streamline the disposal of excess or underutilized federal buildings. AGC has long been involved in pushing for federal real property reform as it supported these efforts through the House and Senate in this Congress and previous ones. Learn More...
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Propane Education & Research Council
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Business Tips
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Member News
BOND, a member of multiple AGC chapters, announced the completion of Boston College’s Thomas More Apartments Residence Hall. The new 245,000 sq-ft building is located at 2150 Commonwealth Avenue. The three-wing building accommodates 490 students with a mix of apartment-style suites. It features a southwest-facing, multi-tiered courtyard with ample outdoor and recreational space. Learn More...
Brasfield & Gorrie, a member of multiple AGC chapters, recently completed a master-planned vertical expansion project at Medical City Dallas as well as extensive renovations to the hospital. In addition, the company recently began a 161,500-sq-ft vertical expansion of Tower D to house Medical City’s new Women’s Hospital. Learn More...
In cooperation with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT), Michael Baker International, a member of multiple AGC chapters, is playing a critical role in the improvement of Freedom Road, a major roadway that connects Cranberry Township and the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh, Interstate 79 and the Pennsylvania Turnpike to State Route 65 (SR 65) and also Beaver County. PennDOT recently awarded the company a $4.9 million contract to provide construction management and inspection services for phases one and two of the multi-year project. Learn More...
Skanska USA, a member of multiple AGC chapters, celebrated the completion of the 2016 Pittsburgh Construction Management Building Blocks (CMBB) program at the University of Pittsburgh (Pitt). Offered in partnership with Pitt, the free, seven-week program was designed to give minority and women-owned business enterprises (MWBE) the tools and knowledge needed to expand their operations and secure larger contracts. Learn More...
Slayden Constructors, Inc., an Oregon-Columbia Chapter member, has been awarded a $25 million construction manager/general contractor (CM/GC) contract by the Joint Water Commission (JWC) for the Water Treatment Plant Expansion Project in Forest Grove, Oregon. Preconstruction services began in August with construction scheduled to begin in February 2017, and substantial completion is slated for May 2019. Learn More...
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Industry Events
All events are scheduled in Eastern Standard Time

January 19, 2017 
WebEd: Practical Uses of Reality Capture in Construction
2 to 3 p.m.

January 19, 2017 
WebEd:The 2017 Regulatory Road Ahead: What Construction Contractors Need to Know 
3:30 to 5 p.m.

January 25-27, 2017 
AGC's Safety & Health Conference
Fort Lauderdale, Florida

January 26, 2017 
WebEd: Managing Jobsite Quality and Safety 
2 to 3 p.m.

January 29-February 3, 2017 
Construction Project Manager Course
Atlanta, Georgia

January 30-February 1, 2017 
2017 Conference on Surety Bonding and Construction Risk Management
Naples, Florida

January 31, 2017 
WebEd: Lean Construction in the Horizontal Industry
2 to 3 p.m.

February 7-10, 2017 
AGC BIM Education Program: Brand New Edition Field Test 
Tempe, Arizona

March 7-9, 2017 
AGC's 98th Annual Convention
Las Vegas, Nevada

March 9, 2017 
AGC to Host Roundtable Discussion for In-House Environmental Managers
Bellagio Hotel and Casino 
Las Vegas, Nevada
January 19 
Cleveland, OH
9:30 am to 2:00 pm
Austin, TX
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
St. Petersburg, FL
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Dallas, TX
9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Fort Bragg, NC

Los Angeles, CA
9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Joint Base Lewis-McChord, WA

Washington , DC
8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Paul, MN
9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Montgomery, AL
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