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October 2019 eBulletin

  
MEB Contractors has been accepted into the Virginia BEST Level 1. As a Virginia BEST Level 1 company, they have demonstrated effective safety and health management systems that meet or exceed performance-based criteria.
Virginia Best is one of several OSHA cooperative programs that encourage private and public sector efforts to improve safety and health in the commercial construction industry. Through Virginia BEST, OSHA recognizes workplaces with excellent safety and health management systems and promotes them as model workplaces.
L-R: Trip Smith (MEB) Vice Chairman Elect; Gordon Dixon (AGCVA CEO); Bruce Tibbetts (EMC) Chairman; and Kirk Adams (Riddleberger) Vice Chairman
 
Leadership from chapters across the country met in Washington, D.C., for AGC’s annual National and Chapter Leadership Conference (NCLC). Members convened to learn how they can best serve their chapters and to discuss the importance of continuing their leadership roles in AGC of America. Members attended breakout sessions, received a legislative and regulatory update, and heard from U.S. Congressman Rick Allen, a former AGC chapter president, on the importance of seeking leadership roles within the organization and how to best engage lawmakers on industry related issues. Chapter leaders took to Capitol Hill to meet with their state’s lawmakers to advocate for AGC’s priority federal issues: workforce development, infrastructure investment, and immigration reform.
 
  
ACE has engaged various local governments from around the Commonwealth.
On September 24th, ACE had its third Joint Owner Forum of 2019, sixth overall, in Arlington. This year, we have engaged various local governments from around the Commonwealth. Forum Panel Reps: City of Alexandria; Arlington Public Schools; Counties of Prince William; Fairfax and Loudoun.
The next forum will take place on Wednesday, November 13 in Roanoke with Southwest Virginia area local governments.
  
Young Construction Leaders understand the importance of their involvement in our workforce efforts.
The inaugural AGCVA Young Construction Leaders Conference began on Friday, September 20, 2019. Gordon Dixon, AGCVA CEO welcomed the attendees, followed by the groups self-introductions.
The group networked learned about personalities and how to manage them on the jobsite and got a peak into the future of the construction industry.
  
The Roanoke District participated in the Virginia Career Works, CAREER QUEST, a first time event for 5,000 7th graders.  They got to visit with over 40 businesses in 16 different career paths. 
It was a wonderful opportunity for us, AGCVA/BYF (Build Your Future) to showcase some of the trades in our industry.  We partnered up with F & S Building Innovations to have a joint experience for these students.  Rob Leonard (F & S Building Innovations) is our Workforce Chairman.  He came up with 3 super hands on activities that allowed us to talk about some of the industry trades.  It was a real learning experience and valuable exposure.  In one activity that Rob Leonard assisted in was the students could choose their hardware to hammer into a large block of wood another Courtney Baker (AGCVA Workforce Manager) assisted with a measuring game where lengths were pre-measured and marked.   Watch Video
  
This is the first in what is expected to be an annual series of special Constructor issues looking at how the industry is evolving and sharing what contractors need to know to keep pace with those changes. The transformations coming to our industry will be sweeping, and we want to make sure that member firms understand what is happening and how to benefit from those changes.
   
Scaffolding Solutions, LLC
   
Legislative & Legal
  
Monday, October 7, 2019 
Country Club of Virginia (Tuckahoe Creek Course) 
Registration Opens:  10:00 AM 
Shotgun Start:  11:00 AM
Lunch Provided (pick up lunch ticket at registration desk) 
Social will follow the event with cocktails and dinner 
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AGC has criticized the federal overreach in the 2015 WOTUS rule, which treated many traditionally state waters as federal -- triggering federal approvals and permits for projects.
  
Here’s something every voter should know: There’s a massive disconnect between politics and policy. Campaigns are about show business. Governing is the real business, and often the two have nothing to do with one another. Remember whatever silly issues dominated the 2017 governor’s race? Probably not. Then again, you probably don’t hear about the issues that really take up the governor’s time.
Gov. Ralph Northam has an embarked on eight-stop “listening tour” across Virginia “to hear from Virginians about the needs of workers and employers.” This sounds perfectly boring, which is probably why there was only one member of the news media present at the first of those stops last week at Virginia Western Community College.
Workforce Development
  
Build Your Future our workforce solutions platform, requested and was granted a Certificate of Recognition from Governor Ralph Northam that proclaims October 2019 as Careers in Construction Month - and we are going to celebrate all month long.
Check out the full proclamation here and then decide how your company can celebrate with us! We have a few suggestions for you below:
  
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Rockingham County Fair Grounds
4808 S Valley Pike
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
The purpose of the event is to introduce 7th grade students from our area to the "Worlds of Work" that exist after high school - careers they might never have thought about before but that they might love!
  
October 23-24, 2019
Richmond Raceway
Mission Tomorrow is the Richmond region’s interactive career exploration event for students. Through an interactive series of activities and discussions with employers, Mission Tomorrow will encourage students to explore career interests and in-demand jobs from over 140 businesses in our region.
  
October 29 & October 30, 2019
DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Charlottesville
At the Expo, 2,000 local high school students: Explore a wide range of career opportunities through 40-50 interactive local employer exhibits; Learn about the financial consequences of future job choices (labor market demand and salary ranges); Understand how education and training, career choice, and student loans impact personal finances; Meet higher education and training reps
  
Stephen Moret is preparing the Virginia Economic Development Partnership to create a “world-class, turnkey, customized workforce recruitment and training incentive program” based on similar Georgia and Louisiana initiatives.
   
The Law Office of Christopher G Hill PC
   
Safety
  
Fire Prevention Week is October 6-12, 2019. 
Make a plan and Practice your plan at least twice a year!
TIPS:  Map it Out - Smoke Alarms - Meeting Place - Call 911
Calendar & Events
  
October 9, 2019, 8:00 AM
October 10, 2019, 5:00 PM
Greater Richmond Convention Center
403 N 3rd St, Richmond, VA 23219
SWaMfest is the premier networking, educational and professional development event for small, women and minority-owned businesses where you can explore the latest products and services from hundreds of SWaM businesses.
  
October 17-18, 2019
TIME:  8:00 am to 5:00 pm
AGCVA Headquarters
COST Per Person:     AGCVA Member: $350    /    Non Member: $550
This course will assist early-career project managers to distinguish between leading and managing, develop techniques for motivating and negotiating solutions, managing change, and broaden their awareness ethical standards and professional responsibilities.
  
October 25-26, 2019
The Hotel Roanoke
Rooming block for single/double $179 per night.
The block rate expires on October 18, 2019.
Reservations: The Hotel Roanoke 866.594.4722
Primary attendee registration $125
Guest of primary registrant $25 (1 guest per primary registrant)
Member News
  
Peninsula residents’ perceptions of job prestige affects their support of their children pursuing vocational training and related jobs, according to a recent survey.
That reveals a cultural challenge as leaders on the national, state and regional level are encouraging skills-based training that may not require four-year degrees but leads to good-paying jobs in high demand fields.