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Seventy-nine percent of construction firms plan to expand their payrolls in 2019 but an almost equal percentage are worried about their ability to locate and hire qualified workers, according to survey results released by AGC of America and Sage Construction and Real Estate. The findings are detailed in Contractors Remain Confident About Demand, Worried About Labor Supply: The 2019 Construction Hiring and Business Outlook Report. 
And, don't miss out on AGC's one-hour WebEd, Plenty of Projects But Hiring Headaches Ahead: The 2019 Hiring and Business Outlook, on Jan. 22, 2019, where you'll hear from AGC CEO Steve Sandherr, Chief Economist Ken Simonson, and Sage VP Dustin Anderson, and learn what market segments will be hot in 2019, the status of the worker shortage, and how contractors are turning to training and technology to cope. 
Join leading contractors from across the country for the 2019 AGC Annual Convention happening April 1-4, 2019 in Denver. The AGC Convention is where successful general and specialty contractors develop the business intelligence, industry insights and key connections to help their companies thrive.
Construction employment increased by 38,000 jobs in December and by 280,000 jobs, or 4.0 percent, over the past year, while the industry’s average pay accelerated and unemployment decreased to a historic low, according to an analysis of new government data by AGC of America. Association officials added that most contractors report they plan to continue hiring in 2019, according to the association’s annual outlook that was released earlier this month.
AGC recently submitted official comments on a Department of Labor (DOL) proposed rulemaking intended to make it easier for smaller businesses to band together and offer retirement plans to employees. As outlined in the response, AGC appreciates the DOL’s efforts to increase retirement coverage through expanding access to Multiple Employer Plans (MEPs) for small businesses (which describes the vast majority of firms in the construction industry) and recommends that the Department further reduce barriers and liabilities of participating in a MEP, such as the joint liability for the qualification failures of every other employer in the MEP (known as the “one bad apple rule”).
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is more than just a software program. It is a new way of building – a virtual environment that promotes collaboration and changes the relationship between the team members, as compared to traditional construction. AGC recognized the rising importance of BIM a decade ago and began creating its BIM education program in 2008. The full program and credential – Certificate of Management-Building Information Modeling (CM-BIM) – debuted in 2010. Nearly 850 certificate holders have graduated from it in the United States and Canada, where BIM is increasingly becoming a requirement for larger projects.
The January/February issue of Constructor Magazine is now available in a new mobile-optimized reading view that automatically adjust for your reading pleasure. Check out some of this issue's features, including: Election Dissection: What Does a Divided Government Really Mean?Women in the Workforce2019 Service & Supply Buyers’ Guide and more.
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Member News
Graycor Construction Company, a member of  Chicagoland AGC, has announced the opening of a new office in Boston, Mass., one of the oldest cities in the United States, to provide construction services for projects throughout the Northeast. The new office is located at The District Burlington, 1500 District Ave, Burlington, Mass. Graycor Construction Company also maintains offices in Chicago, Illinois; San Jose, California; Bakersfield (Los Angeles Area), California; Charlotte, North Carolina; Phoenix, Arizona; and Atlanta, Georgia.
The year 2019 will mark 100 years in business for Rosendin Electric, a member of multiple AGC chapters. With revenues upwards of $2 billion, Rosendin has grown dramatically over the last century with 6,000 employees across 15 regional offices nationwide, each of which offers an increasing number of services.
Swinerton, a member of multiple AGC chapters, ended 2018 by adding several landmark projects in Los Angeles to its portfolio of iconic buildings. The community-building projects aim to improve the city and county by addressing homelessness and providing services for those in need.
Industry Events
All events are scheduled in Eastern Standard Time

January 17, 2019
WebEd: BIM vs. VDC: What's the Difference?
2 to 3 p.m.

January 16-18, 2019
Safety & Health Winter Conference
Miami, Florida

January 22, 2019
WebEd: Plenty of Projects But Hiring Headaches Ahead: The 2019 Hiring and Business Outlook
2 - 3 p.m.

January 28-30, 2019
Surety Bonding and Construction Risk Management Conference
Bonita Springs, Florida

January 30, 2019
WebEd: Construction Supervision Fundamentals Instructor Webinar
2 – 3 p.m.

January 31, 2019
WebEd: Getting BIM Data Right: The Foundation for Successful BIM Execution Plans
2 – 3 p.m.

February 11-13, 2019
Safety Management Training Course
Omaha, Nebraska

February 20, 2019
In-House Environmental Managers Meeting
8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Arlington, Virginia

February 21, 2019
WebEd: Track and Manage Your Workforce More Efficiently: An Introduction to ExakTime’s Digital Time and Labor Tracking Solution
2 – 3 p.m.

February 27, 2019
WebEd: OSHA’s Final Rule to Protect Workers from Exposure to Respirable Crystalline Silica
2 to 3 p.m.


January 24, 2019
Oklahoma City Hiring Expo
9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Chesapeake Energy Arena

January 28, 2019
AMPLIFY Fort Bliss
January 29, 2019

January 29, 2019
Fort Bliss Military Spouse Networking Reception
5 – 7 p.m.

January 30, 2019
Shaw Air Force Base Career Summit
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Carolina Skies Club & Conference Center

January 30, 2019
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base Military Spouse Hiring Event
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Hope Hotel & Richard C. Holbrooke Conference Center

February 6-7, 2019
Fort Bragg Military Spouse Hiring Event
Iron Mike Conference Center

February 11-12, 2019
AMPLIFY Joint Base Lewis-McChord

February 13-14, 2019
Joint Base Lewis-McChord Military Spouse Hiring Event
American Lakes Conference Center

February 21, 2019 
Tampa Hiring Expo
9:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Amalie Arena

February 21-22, 2019
USS Midway Career Summit
USS Midway Museum

February 21, 2019
San Diego Networking Reception
USS Midway Museum
6  – 8 p.m.

February 22, 2019
Washington Military Hiring Fair
The Washington Hilton
8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

February 25-28, 2019
Japan Career Summits
Okinawa: 2/25 - 2/26 | Yokosuka: 2/27 - 2/28

February 28, 2019
Houston Hiring Expo
Toyota Center
9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. 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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