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Towne Insurance was ranked 59th by Business Insurance magazine amongst the Top 100 Largest Brokers of U.S. Business in the July 2017 issue. The agency climbed nine spots from the 2016 ranking, and continues to maintain its position in the top 1% of more than 45,000 independent insurance firms in the nation for the fifth consecutive year. This ranking was based on 2016 brokerage revenue, where Towne Insurance showed a 14.6% increase over the previous year.

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Provided by: - August 7, 2017 
S.B. Ballard is working on the Housing Resource Facility project on Witchduck Road targeted for completion in June of 2018. 

Other Tidewater members like Pace Collaborative are involved as well. 

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Central’s Annual NITE AT THE BALLPARK didn’t disappoint!  We had a huge crowd with almost 400 attendees, the weather held out for us again although the day didn’t look promising.  We were in a new location in the park which seemed to be a “HIT.”  If you missed out make plans to attend next year it is a really fun time with co-workers, bosses and families – a nice way to mingle and get to know our AGCVA CENTRAL DISTRICT FAMILY!  Don’t forget to register for our next event BBQ & Cornhole on the James, Thursday September 14th.


New General Contractor Member
Richmond District
Mark Turner Construction LLC
10474 Cobbs Rd
Glen Allen, VA 23059
(804) 998-0068
Fax:  (804) 998-0025  
Contact:  Franklin Bowser
Specialty:  Construction & Renovation: Commercial, Construction Management Administration, Design/Build


New Subcontractor Member
Tidewater District  
AIM Services, Inc.
4801 W. Military Hwy
Chesapeake, VA 23321
(757) 558-9300
Fax:  (757) 558-1904
Contact:  Clark Scharman
Specialty:  Demolition, Asbestos Abatement & Encapsulation, Lead Abatement & Encapsulation, Mold Remediation


New Subcontractor Member
Tidewater District 
B & H Concrete Construction Corp
101 Aragona Blvd
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 431-1000
Fax:  (757) 431-2965
Contact:  Tim Houck
Specialty:  Concrete Contractors, Concrete: Foundations 


New Subcontractor Member
Tidewater District
Design Systems & Services Corporation
PO Box 5757
Virginia Beach, VA 23471
(757) 286-8651
Fax: (757) 722-0397
Contact:  Scott Moore
Specialty:  Composite Wall & Rainscreen Systems, Roofing Contractors, Sheet Metal Contractors


New Subcontractor Member
Tidewater District
LCC Enterprises LLC
1740 Country Club Rd
Harrisonburg, VA 22802
(540) 289-5260
Fax:  (540) 289-5261
Contact:  Chad Wilcher
Specialty:  Glass & Glazing Contractors


New Service/Supplier Member
Peninsula District
VIMS Foundation
PO Box 1346
Gloucester Pt, VA 23062
Contact:  Karen Hargrave
Specialty:  Education & Training


New Service/Supplier Member
Tidewater District
Core Assurance Partners
1207 Laskin Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
(757) 965-8904
Contact:  Will Russell
Specialty:  Insurance  


New Service/Supplier Member
Tidewater District
GET Solutions Inc
204 Grayson Rd
Virginia Beach, VA 23462
(757) 518-1703
Fax: (757) 518-1704
Contact:  Cindy Nash
Specialty:  Engineering Consultants, Environmental Consultants, Testing: Construction Materials


New Educational Member
Tidewater District
Tidewater Community College
Green District Admin Bldg
121 College Place, 623Q
Norfolk, VA 23510
(757) 822-1784
Fax:  (757) 822-1160
Contact:  Todd Estes
Specialty:  Education & Training, Workforce Development  

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From AGC of America:

AGC Members: 
As we continue to learn more about the devastation throughout Texas and other states caused by Hurricane Harvey, we wanted to let you know that the charitable arm of AGC of America, AGC Charities Inc., will be supporting members of the AGC family and their communities affected by this storm. You can support this effort by making a contribution to AGC Charities.

AGC of America worked closely with our chapters in the wake of Hurricane Katrina to provide significant assistance for member firms’ employees, their families and their communities affected by that storm and the subsequent flooding.  We plan to work closely with AGC chapters in the affected areas to do the same in response to Hurricane Harvey.

Please consider supporting AGC Charities as we help members of our AGC family whose lives have been disrupted by this historic storm.  You can make your financial contribution today by visiting and selecting the “Donate Now” option on the home screen.  Thank you in advance for your help and support.

Art Daniel, 2017 AGC president, and Michael Anderson, chair, AGC Charities

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Published by:  AGC of America – August 30, 2017
Dive Brief:

  • Seven in 10 construction companies say they're having difficulty finding enough skilled hourly workers, according to a survey by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) and Autodesk.
  • Shortages were most common in the West (75%) and least common in the Northeast (63%). Companies are addressing the issue through in-house training (46%), more overtime (47%), increased use of subcontractors (41%), labor-saving equipment (22%), offsite prefabrication (11%) and virtual construction tools.
  • Increased construction demand was reflected in hiring growth from July 2016 to July 2017 in 258 of the 358 markets tracked. Of those surveyed, 67% said it will be more difficult to meet their labor demands this year.

Dive Insight:
The reality of the labor shortage is especially daunting as the country gears up for a potentially massive infrastructure program. That has left some contractors wondering how they're supposed to participate when they are finding it difficult to meet current demand.

In June, the president signed an executive order that authorized the diversion of $200 million in Department of Labor job training funds toward apprenticeships. The president expressed a desire to create 5 million apprenticeships in the next five years. Yet Trump's 2018 budget request cuts DOL training and employment service funding by 21% and eliminates $1 million in women's training programs. The president said those cuts would be made up for through the apprenticeship initiative.

Trump also wants to give the private sector more control over apprenticeships and not require them to register their programs with the DOL. Critics have said that could result in low-quality training.

Recommended Reading:  Associated General Contractors of America Seventy-percent of contractors have had a hard find finding qualified craft workers to hire amid growing construction demand


Provided by DailyPress  - August 12, 2017  
When school starts Sept. 5, Hampton teenagers will enter newly revamped freshman classes that will ask them to start making decisions that could impact the rest of their working lives.

This fall, every freshman in Hampton will enter into freshmen academies, described by school officials as small learning communities focused on groups of students and teacher teams. Each freshman will take Success 101, an elective designed to help him or her devise a 10-year career plan while exploring possibilities after high school.

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Mission Tomorrow is the Richmond region's interactive career exploration event for students. The event will be held November 1 -2, 2017, at Richmond International Raceway.

Through an interactive series of activities and discussions with employers, Mission Tomorrow will encourage over 12,000 attending 8th graders to explore career interests and in-demand jobs from over 100 businesses in our region. 

Your company can be an exhibitor for FREE if you bring an interactive activity with you! 
Sign-up for the FREE exhibitor space by September 8, 2017

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September 25-29, 2017
Employee Voter Registration Week (EVRW) is less than one month away. Are you ready to get your employees engaged and prepared for their 2017 general elections and upcoming 2018 primaries?

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The Peninsula District hosted a Lunch & Learn on August 9th at the Kiln Creek Club.  The luncheon was about the Virginia BEST Program and was presented by Scott Sutton - Director of Safety for W M Jordan Co.  

AGC members learned how the process is going & what the challenges are.  Members now have a better understanding of how they can benefit from this program.

Scott Sutton Group at Virginia BEST Luncheon


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Provided by:  VCU NEWS – June 16, 2017 
Larry Little, vice president of support services and planning for VCU Health System, said the program is helping fill a need for construction workers while also helping Richmond residents.

“This training program has provided access for future employees who will help build our great city,” he said. “Training is often unavailable or difficult to obtain. It is our desire to develop and provide opportunities to the citizens of Richmond.”

Associated General Contractors of Virginia also contributed to the program. "Contractors need qualified workers to complete jobs on time and keep projects under budget at VCU, said Gordon Dixon, CEO of the organization. "This pilot program is a great opportunity to introduce construction careers to Richmond residents ready and willing to learn a valuable skill that lasts a lifetime."

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Provided by:  OSHA – August 21, 2017
OSHA warns of off-gassing - flooring product - Flak Jacket, which contains formaldehyde, is being applied to floor joist to slow the burning process should a house catch on fire. The coating mixture was recently modified by the manufacturer; as a result, the finished product is off gassing formaldehyde and creating issues in some 2200 homes in 4-5 different States. Although Colorado may have the majority of the homes.

It’s unknown whether other regions have been affected so this message is to make you all aware of the issue.  The Directorate of Construction has shared information about this new hazard with construction trade associations (e.g., ABC, AGC, NAHB, NARI) and DCSP has been notified to share with the states and consultation services. 


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Calendar & Events

Wednesday, September 6, 2017
TIME: 10:00 am to Noon
AGCVA Headquarters (Glen Allen, VA) 
NO COST to ATTEND ... While the construction industry has enjoyed significant growth following the recession we continue to face a great number of challenges in this new, growing economy. Finding ways to address those issues is critical to our sustained growth and success.

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Thursday, October 5 – Friday, October 6, 2017
TIME: 8:30 am to 4:00 pm
AGCVA Headquarters (Glen Allen, VA)
AGCVA Member: $495  /  Non Member: $795

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Both the Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Navy require that CQC personnel pass this training program as part of the certification process. AGC has worked with these groups over the past eighteen years to provide this training on a convenient, reasonably-priced basis.

A registration fee of $200/member rate and $250/non-member rate will be charged per attendee to cover the cost of the meeting facility, lunch, handout materials and refreshments.

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Friday September 15, 2017    
11:00 AM – 3:00 PM 
SW Funk Industrial Contractors, Inc.
1710 W Hundred Rd.
Chester, VA 23836
food, drinks, networking, seminars, exhibitors and more

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