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December 2019 eBulletin

As we enter the final month of 2019, I see a very different 2020 for the Construction Industry.  Business demand appears to continue down the strong side for the near future.  However, the political landscape has changed quite a bit and it will impact your business – how much will depend on what you are willing to do in the next 90 days.
There are a lot of new faces in the Legislature for 2020 and the fact the Virginia Legislature has turned from Republican to Democrat is important, but not nearly as important as the fact so few members in the Legislature have just more than 10 years’ experience on core issues related to commercial construction.  Over the next 90 days our membership needs to compete with every other organization in getting our message to these newer and newly elected officials on issues important to commercial construction.  Our plan is simple and important.  We have three core areas we want to focus: 
1. Workforce Shortages
2. Statue of Limitations
3. Public Procurement
January 23-26, 2020 at The Greenbrier Resort
Help us kick-off the celebration of the 2020 AGCVA Convention! At AGCVA, we are all about family and what better way to reconnect with your AGCVA family than seeing them at The Greenbrier! With an awesome Keynote Presentation by Mark Eaton the 7′4″ NBA All-Star who played with the Utah Jazz for 12 seasons.  In addition to multiple educational and networking events; you are NOT going to want to miss this convention! Make your reservations with AGCVA and The Greenbrier Resort.  Early Bird Rate Ends December 20th.
 
  
In September the Virginia Department of Professional and Occupational Regulation began sending digital licenses to all regulated professionals, making DPOR licenses more accessible and portable. Licenses are still issued and used in the same way, but now are accessible with a few taps on a phone or web browser. DPOR’s digital licensing is powered by Merit, a service that offers organizations like DPOR a single, secure platform to verify personal and professional qualifications, versus relying on analog siloed systems of paper certificates, ledgers, and plastic ID cards.
In addition to helping organizations securely issue and manage digital credentials, Merit lets private training providers issue merits as well. This means individuals’ continuing education units can be visible right next to professional licenses within Merit, creating a single destination to access, track, and organize individuals’ achievements. Merit is also releasing tools to help professionals share their digital credentials to whoever they would like, either at points of sale to secure industry discounts, or with end customers to verify licenses. 
  
AGC & Sage are conducting a survey on 2020 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook. We encourage members to complete the following survey. AGC and Sage will be working with chief economist, Ken Simonson, to prepare an analysis of the results which will be released to the media and members. It is expected to produce state-specific Outlook results for those states with a large enough survey sample size.  Take 5 minutes ... Help represent the state of Virginia. Participate in the Survey!
Legislative & Legal
New Virginia Supreme Court Case Refocuses Attention on Commonwealth's Immunity from Statutes of Limitation. A recent Supreme Court of Virginia case highlights the need for either: (1) the General Assembly to change a law allowing the Commonwealth to bring stale lawsuits; or (2) general contractors to validly require subcontractors to share the risk of lawsuits brought years after substantial completion by requiring subcontractors to lawfully indemnify general contractors against such old claims.
 
  
Surovell is a state senator who represents parts of Fairfax and Prince William and Stafford counties. He is a Democrat. Thank you for you recent retrospective on the 70th Anniversary of the Mill Mountain Star which has become an important part of Roanoke and is often used to commemorate significant moments in the City’s history. 
   
Scaffolding Solutions, LLC
   
Workforce Development
  
"One size fits all" doesn't work.
The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is partnering with construction technology provider Autodesk to launch a one-time grant program that addresses the need for better-fitting personal protective equipment (PPE) for women who work at heights.
  
The state board that oversees community colleges will explore what on-campus or nearby student housing could look like at the system’s 23 schools. “Northern Virginia is missing out in thousands, potentially millions, from international students,” said Chancellor Glenn DuBois.  
Members of the Virginia Community College System State Board unanimously voted to allow the facilities department to issue a request for statements of interest and qualifications from companies that could design, build and manage student housing.
Celebrating 68 years!
Perry Engineering Co Inc
With 68 years of experience, we at Perry Engineering Company Inc. have dedicated our efforts to satisfying the needs of our customers! We offer complete site delvelopement for industrial, commercial, residential , and civil public works!
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Calendar & Events
  
FREE WEBINAR presented by Thryv with Google & AGCVA 
Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM 
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The AGCVA Tidewater executive committee would like to take moment to say THANK YOU for your support during 2019. They have worked hard along with the membership committee and Young Leaders group to make 2019 a year to remember. As a token of their appreciation of the sponsors support they will be publishing a full-page ad in Inside Business on December 2, 2019.
Member News
  
Congratulations to Berton Austin on his promotion to Vice President, Business Operations for Branch Builds. In this newly created role, Berton will partner with President Craig Floyd and Business Unit Leaders to develop and implement company policies, procedures, strategies, and business plans. He will also manage Branch Builds’ corporate support team and be the point of contact for The Branch Group shared services leaders. 
Berton is active in the AGCVA Young Construction Leaders group and attend the 1st Young Construction Leaders Conference held in September. 
  
RyanSharkey LLP, an accounting and consulting firm in Vienna, will become part of Charlotte, North Carolina-based Dixon Hughes Goodman LLP (DHG) as of Dec. 1. DHG is one of the top 20 public accounting firms in the nation.
  
Tidewater had a “Roc Solid” turn out for the 5th annual Roc Solid playground build. The Roc Solid Foundation’s mission is to build hope for kids fighting cancer by offering them opportunities to do what they do best- PLAY. 
 
 

Welcome New Members

 
New Contractor Member
Roanoke District
F.A.C.T. Construction LLC
1807 Murry Road Suite G
Roanoke, VA 24018
Phone: (540) 400-5555
Contact: Curtis Witt
Specialty: Concrete Contractors  

New Contractor Member
Roanoke District
Leading-Edge Services, Inc.
19348 Main Street
Buchanan, VA 24066
Phone: (540) 525-4592
Contact: Richard Reiter
Specialty: Electrical Contractors (Main); Civil Contractor; Construction & Renovation: Commercial; Excavating Contractors; Wireless Voice & Data Communications
Certifications: Class A Contractor; Micro SWaM; SWaM; VOSB
Recruited by: Will Vagts
http://leading-edgeservices.com 


New Supplier/Service Member

Tidewater District
Crane Tech Solutions, LLC
2030 Ponderosa Street
Portsmouth, VA 23701
Phone: (757) 405-0311
Contact: Robert Kohler
Specialty: Cranes
https://cranetechsolutions.com/ 


New Supplier/Service Member

Piedmont District
Gropen Inc
1766 Scottsville Rd #A
Charlottesville, VA 22902
Phone: (434) 295-1924
Fax: (434) 295-1926
Contact:  T J Ronayne
Specialty: Building Materials, Exhibits, Furniture & Equipment: Institutional, Printing: Digital & Offset,
Signs & Graphics, Wallcoverings & Coatings 
Certifications: SWaM; Class A Contractor
Recruited by: Matt Frazer
http://www.gropen.com 


New Supplier/Service Member

Roanoke District
Safety United
102 South First Street
Suite 301
Charlottesville, VA 22905
Phone: (540) 353-5206
Contact: Josh Oliver
Specialty: Occupational Safety Consultants (Main); Safety Consultants: Inspections-Training
Recruited by: Anthony Smith
https://SafetyUnited.com 


New Supplier/Service Member 

Tidewater District
Norfolk Wire & Electronics
5301 Cleveland St
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
Phone: (757) 499-1100
Contact: Jason McEwen
Specialty: Structured Cabling: Voice-Data-Fiber Optics (Main); Biometric Technology; CCTV Systems; Fire Detection Equipment; Security & Access Control; Wireless Voice & Data Communications
Certifications: SWaM
Recruited by: Bryan Hitt
http://www.norfolkwire.com