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I am honored to serve and look forward to serving as your 2021 AGCVA Chairman. In my years of being involved with AGCVA I have become a grateful member for all our association does. I am always humbled by the talent that exists in our AGCVA members and our staff. Working side by side through the challenges we face in the industry allows us to achieve great things together, and it is also personally inspiring. There is great strength in our differences, that collectively, help to protect and promote our interests in the construction industry.
  
Hear from some of those who attended the 2021 AGCVA Virtual Convention, which included keynote speakers, edible edification sessions, breakout sessions, virtual happy hour and the 2021 District Construction Trivia Competition. And, of course, opportunities to engage with fellow AGCVA members!
See photos from the 2021 AGCVA Virtual Convention! 
 
   
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Industry News
  

Most contractors expect demand for many types of construction to shrink in 2021 even as the pandemic is prompting many owners to delay or cancel already-planned projects, meaning few firms will hire new workers, according to survey results released today by the Associated General Contractors of America and Sage Construction and Real Estate. The findings are detailed in The Pandemic’s Growing Impacts on the Construction Industry: The 2021 Construction Hiring and Business Outlook Report.

Click here to see the Smithson’s latest forecast, along with some U.S. and Va. survey results, Va. employment graphs, and maps of change by state in construction employment and population.

Click here to see the percentage distribution of answers to all questions, including the "States" tab that shows answers from Va. contractors next to the U.S. percentages.

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What’s in store for the construction industry? How will OEMs and rental companies adapt to better serve their customers? How are customer needs changing? And in the face of a global pandemic – what does recovery look like? Who will emerge stronger, and how will they do it? Global telematics provider ZTR predicts that connectivity and technology adoption will play a key role. However, no one predicted the onset of COVID-19 and the degree to which the pandemic would impact the industry. But in many ways, it catapulted us forward. See what is predicted for 2021.
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Workforce Development
  
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The coronavirus pandemic and its accompanying economic uncertainty have hit the construction industry hard. The effects are apparent, with reports of losing one million jobs in just one month and a smaller number of cranes in top United States cities for the first time since 2017. With COVID-19 cases continuing to increase, construction companies are likely to encounter continuing struggles with material and labor shortages and possibly the need to shut down jobsites.
Safety
  
Creating a conscious and robust safety culture is essential to the bottom line. A history of, and reputation for, stringent safety protocols will help contractors win more bids and reduce potential exposure to costly fines. According to OSHA, one out of every five worker deaths is construction-related. Non-fatal construction-related injuries are rising. Now is not the time to be complacent, even for contractors with a clean, or relatively clean, safety record. Situations are changing and, in some cases, better, safer and more efficient options are becoming available. There are three areas of concern that deserve construction executives’ close attention.
  
Companies always hope that their employees never get injured on the job, but the reality is that workplace accidents do happen, particularly in the construction space. In fact, OSHA reports that the construction industry is responsible for more workers’ compensation claims on an annual basis than any other industry in the United States. 
Legislative & Legal
  
While general or prime contractors have always faced the risk of liability for the actions or inactions of their subcontractors, an increase risk of state statutory liability for certain actions and inactions of subcontractors may be on the horizon. Employees of subcontractors have brought claims against general contractors alleging liability for harassment, discrimination, wages, safety violations, injuries, and so on. 
  
2021 will certainly be an interesting year in commercial construction as trends that had been on the horizon meet the impact of the pandemic. That also means it will be even more important for architects, contractors, engineers and owners to frequently revisit plans as the industry adapts to ongoing changes so that they can better reduce their likelihood of facing litigation. See below for some trends and topics that could have the greatest impact on commercial construction in 2021.
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Achieving a high-quality product, delivered safely, on time, and within budget is the goal of both the contractor and the government. This certification helps you to accomplish that goal, as well as meet the requirement specified in most Corps and NAVFAC construction contracts. Once you’ve earned the certification, it is good for 5 years and applies to both Army and Navy projects. Join us February 16.
 
The 2021 AEC Virginia Spring Symposium will be hosted virtually by the Virginia chapters of the American Council of Engineering Companies, the American Institute of Architects, and the Associated General Contractors on March 17-19. Its vision is to bridge together architecture, engineering, and construction professionals to collaborate, create, and build for the future. The symposium will give participants a preview of the 2022 in-person conference being planned for Virginia Beach. Click below to learn more and to register.