Happy New Year! January 2019
Governor allocates $5 million investment of federal workforce funds to redesign career pathways to place skills training at forefront
At an event held at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College, Governor Ralph Northam announced a collaborative effort to transform workforce programs offered through the Virginia Community College System (VCCS). Currently, many programs intended to train students with applied skills require them to take general education courses before advancing to essential skills-based courses. To best prepare students with the skills needed for high-demand, well-paying jobs, VCCS will work to redesign career pathways so that skills training begins at the start of each program.
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AGCVA ANNUAL CONVENTION
January 24-27, 2019
300 W Main Street
White Sulphur Springs, WV
Come and spend time with fellow AGC members
AGCVA Announces 2019 Strategic Plan
This plan is a living document that encourages strategic thinking, creative, and careful consideration of the future. This document culminates the dynamic process of aligning AGCVA for the future. It gives overall guidance and direction on agreed upon goals, yet charges the volunteer and management staff to deal with unknown or uncertain situations and issues. The AGCVA Board of Directors will review the strategic plan throughout the year and will incorporate changes as new opportunities present themselves. We encourage you to read and think about the goals and how your firm and you as an individual can help us achieve the desired outcomes.
Background: The AGCVA Board of Directors identified several board members to help convene several conversations in 2018 from all the Districts. In addition, the District Council Presidents helped identify various representatives: Contractors, Subcontractors and Supplier/Associate members to provide their perspective. We welcome your feedback.
Goal 1: Validate and communicate the value of membership. Building better communities – better buildings, better schools, better training, better people
Champion: Robert Lee of English Construction.
Staff support: Missy Gupton
Goal 2: Invigorate proactive engagement of AGC staff with existing and prospective members. Become a resource of choice in the commercial construction industry.
Champion: Lee White of Draper Aden.
Staff support: Jenny Stadheim & Rachel Reim
|Goal 3: Increase AGCVA exposure in non-building associations/ agencies. Leverage our networks to help build sustainable communities.
Champion: Sharon Rheinhart of WM Jordan.
Staff support: Jennifer Boniface & Rachel Reim
Goal 4: Become a fact-based and data driven organization to better serve our members. Develop a dashboard of key indicators that help our members and organization understand the current environment and position themselves for future opportunities.
Champion: Trip Smith of MEB Contracting.
Staff support: Courtney Baker
If you have questions or suggestions to enhance our goals, please contact:
Gordon Dixon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AGC of America CEO, Stephen E. Sandherr, issued the following statement in reaction to the release of the new clean water rule by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers:
A new measure announced today by the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will provide the kind of clarity needed to ensure that the waters of the U.S. continue to become even cleaner. The newly proposed clean water rule outlines clear and specific guidelines as to which sites require a federal water permit in addition to state and local water permits, and what needs to be done to protect federally permitted waters. As a result, the new measure will enable contractors for all types of construction projects, from schools to local roadways and other infrastructure, to understand which permits they need and proceed without substantial regulatory delay and additional cost.
The partial government shutdown that began on December 22nd has entered its 13th day (the longest was the 21-day shutdown in 1995–96). The dispute over funding for the southern border wall remains the roadblock preventing Democrats and Republicans from funding many government agencies. While several of the major federal construction agencies are funded, you may have members who work for those agencies that are partially shutdown. In addition, because the Department of Homeland Security lacks funding and operates E-Verify, the system is unavailable (see details here
Congress has funded about 75 percent of the government through fiscal year (FY) 2019. These funded agencies include: the departments of Defense, Labor, Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs. For the remaining 25 percent of federal agencies, roughly 380,000 federal employees have been furloughed (placed on unpaid leave), and 420,000 agency employees have been kept on as essential (working without pay).
The Supervisory Training Program is 4 weeks away, and we only have a few available spots left for this 2019 program. This comprehensive 6-course program focuses on the knowledge and skills that every supervisor must have to be an effective manager of people, time, equipment, and materials.
Classes kick-off on February 5th. You do not want to miss out on this 2019 Training Opportunity.
With a whirring trio of reciprocating saws, Virginia elected officials and Hampton Roads education leaders cut the ribbon on a $1.2 million training center for welders, pipe fitters and other trades workers. Tidewater Community College unveiled the new Skilled Trades Academy in Portsmouth in a Dec. 10 dedication ceremony.
Democratic Congressmen Tim Kaine and Bobby Scott also used the occasion to talk about fighting for community college tuition help in Washington, D.C. They spoke with instructors and students in fields like carpentry, electrical work, plumbing, roofing and forklift-driving.
Pictured: Tom Hitt (Hitt Contracting) with Congressman Tim Kaine
National AGC Safety Awards (NASA) program has been an ongoing effort since 1991 to offer AGC members an opportunity to evaluate their safety record. NASA compares an AGC member’s safety record with other AGC members according to the member size and construction type. Additionally, NASA provides a great opportunity for members who have excellent safety records to compete for nationally recognized awards. The deadline for submission is February 7, 2019.
Supervisory Training Program (STP)
February - July 2019 Unit 1 - Unit 6 (Pick One or All)
CQM Construction Quality Management
• Tuesday, February 5, 2019 - Norfolk, VA
• Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - Hilton Garden Inn (Williamsburg)
• Tuesday, August 6, 2019 - Norfolk, VA
• Tuesday, November 5, 2019 - Hilton Garden Inn (Williamsburg)
LEAN Construction Education Program
• Monday, March 11 to Friday, March 15, 2019
• Monday, October 7 to Friday, October 11, 2019
Young Construction Leaders Program
May – October 2019 - AGCVA Headquarters
Project Management Program PMDP (Module 1 -5)
June – October 2019 (Pick One or All) - AGCVA Headquarters
Friday, April 12, 2019 - Friday, July 31, 2019 - Friday, November 1, 2019
Karen Stemland joins the Woods Rogers Construction and Litigation practice.
Sara Cline of G L Cline & Sons inc. recently passed away. She was active in the AGCVA and a Tidewater District President in the 90s.
Sara is survived by her husband of 56 years, a daughter, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, brothers and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 4811 High Street West, Portsmouth, Virginia.
After acquiring a Newport News practice in October, Roanoke-based accounting firm Brown Edwards & Co. is growing again. Harrisonburg firm Yancey & Bowman merged with Brown Edwards on Dec. 1. The two partners and four staff from Yancey & Bowman will join Brown Edwards' existing Harrisonburg office, which now has about 40 people, according to a company spokeswoman.
On November 21, 2018 - Blueridge General, Inc. (BGI) and Heartland Construction Inc. announced that they will be merging effective immediately. The companies will be operating out of one location in Chesapeake, VA.
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS
New Contractor Member
Essential Contractors LLC
646 Independence Parkway, Suite 100
Chesapeake, VA 23320
Contact: Derrick Carpinelli
Specialty: Construction & Renovation: Commercial, Construction & Renovation: Government, Construction & Renovation: Restaurants, Electrical Contractors, HVAC Contractors
New Service/Supplier Member
Valley District Racey Engineering, PLLC
312 West Main Street
PO Box 387
Luray, VA 22835
Phone: (540) 743-9227
Fax: (540) 743-9227
Contact: Joshua Turner Specialty: Engineering Consultants, Surveyors http://www.raceyengineering.com/