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Top News
Happening April 1-4, 2019, in Denver, Colorado, the AGC Annual Convention provides a showcase into all of the ways that AGC can support your business and is working to expand opportunities in the industry. Find your place at the table, get involved and build better.
AGC of America has become the first-ever signature sponsor of National Construction Safety Week, the annual industry-led event designed to highlight steps construction firms are taking to improve jobsite health and safety. As part of this new partnership, the association is encouraging all member firms to get involved with the 2019 National Construction Safety Week, which takes place from May 6-10.
Government Data on Construction Spending, Association Survey Find Demand for All Project Types; Officials Call for More Funds for Training and Education, Immigration Reform to Keep Work on Track 
Construction employment increased by 52,000 jobs in January and by 338,000 jobs, or 4.7 percent, over the past year, while the latest reading on construction spending showed moderate increases in all major categories, according to an analysis of new government data by AGC of America. Association officials urged government officials to strengthen career and technical education programs and facilitate immigration for workers with construction skills before a worker shortage stalls completion of needed infrastructure.
AGC-Led Coalition Letter Introduced at Hearing 
On Feb. 7, the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee held its first hearing of the new Congress entitled, “The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investing in Our Nation's Infrastructure Cannot Wait.” Witnesses included: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood; and Minnesota Governor Tim Walz. The hearing focused on drawing attention to the needs of our nation’s infrastructure and solutions on how to address those needs – including fixing the Highway Trust Fund, increasing the Passenger Facility Charge, and providing more resources for clean and drinking water. At the beginning of the hearing, new committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.) submitted for the record an AGC and National Association Manufacturers-led letter to congressional leaders asking them to act on a bipartisan infrastructure bill. Chairman Defazio highlighted the fact that the letter was signed by 150 groups including traditional and non-traditional infrastructure stakeholders. AGC will continue to work with Congress in moving a robust and broad infrastructure package. For more information, contact Sean O’Neill at
Break Down of What’s in the Compromise Bill 
On Feb. 14, the House and Senate voted to approve a spending bill, avoiding another partial government shutdown. While the legislation did not meet the president's demand for border wall funding, he signed the compromise legislation and then took executive action in order to obtain the money the administration wants for border barriers.
Northwestern University: McCormick School of Engineering
Awareness of Detail Levels Leads to More Accurate Bids and Better Use of Resources 
The key to a successful construction project is clear communication from the initial design by the architect, through completion by the contractors. While Building Information Modeling (BIM) can serve as the communication tool between the different parties involved in a project, the transfer of information via BIM is not always seamless.
Business Tips
Business Development Best Practices Series
With the stress of billable targets, endless client meetings, project deadlines, and business development goals, it’s hard enough to find time together in the office, much less focus on a tailored business development strategy. How can marketing work with seller-doers to overcome these challenges and move in a targeted direction of success?
Chapter News
Benjamin Connors and Lance Claiborne, both with the General Building Contractors Association, are being honored by Association Trends with 2018 All Media awards. Connors has been named a young and aspiring professional, while Claiborne made the leading association lobbyists list. Now celebrating its 40th anniversary, the All Media awards program honors the brightest stars of the association community and their commitment to excellence. Congrats to both GBCA staffers!
AGC of Massachusetts (AGC MA) convened a summit on Jan. 23, 2019, at the Westin Copley Hotel in Boston, for a ground-breaking panel presentation and discussion to address the devastating impact of the opioid crisis on the commercial construction industry and how the industry can join forces to more effectively address the issue and seek help for affected employees.
Member News
Halff Associates, Inc., a leading engineering/architecture consulting firm and an AGC of Texas Highway, Heavy, Utilities & Industrial Branch member, has announced the acquisition of Tampa-based GGI, LLC and its construction engineering and inspection company, Genesis CE&I Services, LLC. Genesis will do business as Genesis Halff, and Genesis CEI will do business as Genesis Halff CEI.
An international food ingredients producer has selected  The Austin Company, an AGC of Ohio member, as its engineering, procurement and construction (EPC)/design-build partner for the delivery of a new plant-based protein isolates manufacturing plant investment. The plant is part of an investment program by the producer to advance core strategic high-growth and high-value product platforms.
Slayden Constructors, Inc., a division of MWH Constructors, Inc. and a member of multiple AGC chapters, has been selected by the City of Salem, Oregon to provide turnkey construction services for the $13 million Willow Lake Cogeneration Facility Upgrade project. Construction on the project is slated to begin in February 2019 with completion by mid-summer 2020.
Industry Events
All events are scheduled in Eastern Standard Time

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 26, 2019
WebEd: Dealing with Frivolous Underground Utility Damage Claims and Collections
2 to 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.

March 6, 2019
WebEd: Reinforcing Worksite Productivity Through HR Management: An Introduction into InfinityHR’s Workforce Management Platform
2 to 3 p.m.

March 3-8, 2019
Construction Project Manager Course
Atlanta, Georgia

March 26, 2019
WebEd: Construction Technology and Business Development: How Technology Can Improve Your Pre-construction Process and Help You Win Work
2 to 3 p.m.

April 1-4, 2019
100th Annual AGC Convention
Denver, Colorado


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

March 05, 2019
Dallas Hiring Expo
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
American Airlines Center

March 06, 2019
Naval Submarine Base New London Military Spouse Hiring Fair
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
USS Nautilus Museum

March 7-8, 2019
AMPLIFY Joint Base Lewis-McChord
All Day
AMPLIFY is an exclusive two-day 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.

March 09, 2019
Detroit Military Hiring Fair
9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Detroit VA Medical Center

March 19, 2019
Minneapolis Hiring Expo
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Xcel Energy Center

March 19-20, 2019
Joint Base Lewis-McChord Military Spouse Hiring Event
American Lakes Conference Center

March 20, 2019
Fort Leavenworth Military Spouse Networking Reception
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
JW Crancers

March 21-22, 2019
AMPLIFY Fort Leavenworth
All Day
AMPLIFY is an exclusive two-day 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.

March 27, 2019
Chicago Hiring Expo
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
United Center

March 28, 2019
Vicenza Military Spouse Career Symposium
8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

March 28, 2019
Carlisle Barracks Military Spouse Hiring Fair
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Carlisle Expo Center

March 28 - April 4, 2019 
European Theater Career Summits
Europe, Multiple Locations

Associated General Contractors of America
2300 Wilson Blvd, Suite 300
Arlington, VA, USA
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