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MEMBER NEWS
  
This week, your organization's primary contact received an email to renew your company's AGCVA membership. This is a significant change from the paper invoice your company has received in the past, and it will simplify your membership renewal process considerably. AGCVA has a long history of leading Virginia's construction industry, but there are big things in store as we look toward celebrating our 100th year in 2024. We want you to be a part of it all.
  
The construction industry is growing and the need for qualified and trained professionals is booming right along with it. Ahead of Tuesday evening's Connecting for Success event, AGCVA member Mike Cagle and Build Smart Institute's Rob Leonard sat down with WFXR in Roanoke to discuss both organizations' efforts to educate, train, and help people advance within the construction industry.
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CEO's Corner
  
Construction workers were among the first groups eligible to receive the vaccine, and industry associations have encouraged voluntary COVID-19 vaccination for their members and employees from the start. The Associated General Contractors of America and Associated Builders and Contractors say a mandate could put a strain on the industry, as well as the country’s infrastructure needs.
  
A recently released study shows a marked uptick in construction leaders’ optimism and outlook compared to the same study conducted the previous year during the heart of the coronavirus crisis. The second annual Marcum National Construction Survey, conducted in Spring 2021, saw growing optimism among respondents as the economic outlook continued to improve and prospects for long-term growth increased.
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INDUSTRY NEWS
  
While other industries face a “Great Resignation,” in which discontented employees are quitting at an elevated rate, workers in the skilled construction trades report high levels of job satisfaction, according to the second annual Skilled Trades in America report by Angi, formerly known as Angie’s List. According to Angi’s second annual Skilled Trades in America report, high job satisfaction presents an opportunity to combat the labor shortage.
  
Amid unprecedented challenges with the cost and availability of construction materials, firms locked into contracts based on last year's prices are feeling the heat. At conventions, on Zoom calls and in casual conversation, it's the only thing contractors talk about anymore. Everyone wants to know how everyone else is dealing with the rapid escalation of material prices, a crisis that revved up last spring and shows no signs of slowing down for at least another year.
LEGISLATIVE & LEGAL
  
Data breaches in construction increased 800% from 2019 to 2020, according to a recent study. A cyber security expert talks about how construction contractors can keep their companies safe from data breaches. The construction industry was, at one time, fairly immune to security breaches. But in recent years, there’s been an influx of new technologies and new connections on jobsites that can make companies vulnerable to cyberattacks. 
  
Rising materials prices make it more important than ever for contractors to limit risk in their agreements with owners. As supply chain disruptions and material pricing volatility continue to rattle the construction industry, the timeline for when contractors might see a return to normalcy has only grown murkier.
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
  
Labor force statistics from the 2019 American Community Survey show that more young people are entering the construction trades. According to a recent Eye On Housing blog post by Na Zhao, the share of workers younger than 25 reached 10.8% in 2019, compared with 9.7% in 2015. The median age of the construction workforce was 41 in 2019, a year younger than in 2018. Zhao says this is good news for the long-run objective of bringing in a new generation of skilled labor, but more can be done to recruit and retain younger generations.
  
Construction has a long way to go to move the needle on diversity and inclusion in its ranks. While the industry’s numbers, compared to the nation’s overall workforce, skew heavily white and male, companies are making efforts to change that. 
SAFETY
  
In December 2004, Rich McElhaney and his co-workers were learning how to use a water lance – a piece of equipment that uses 20,000 pounds per square inch of pressure to cut through concrete and steel. They were in such a hurry to get through the training that day that they didn’t perform their usual Job Safety Analysis. If they had, they likely would have learned that the person operating the water lance was planning to use it on full power. And that the equipment was set up for a right-handed operator instead of the left-handed worker who was at the controls.
  
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has announced its preliminary top 10 most frequently cited workplace safety standards for fiscal year 2021. The list was presented virtually at the NSC Safety Congress & Expo on Oct. 12.
2022 Annual Convention
CALENDAR & EVENTS
3
Nov 2021
 
It is often said that we should begin with the end in mind. In the case of the construction project, perhaps we should begin with the end user in mind. We can help you do just that. Join the Richmond District Young Leaders for this conversation that can transform your approach to your next project.
4
Nov 2021
 
Join the Tidewater District for a Social at the Cavalier Beach Club in Virginia Beach from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Registration for this networking event includes hors d'ouevres and beverages.
4
Nov 2021
 
Deadline to register: Friday, October 29 at 5:00 p.m.

Your ticket includes steamed oysters, delicious pork, sides, beverages, and a great time to connect with other AGCVA members. We're counting the days and hope to see you there!
11
Nov 2021
 
Join the Piedmont District for this workforce-centered discussion to inform and inspire your next steps in closing the skills gap. You will learn about the current landscape of the Virginia workforce and explore the various resources your company can utilize to grow your talent pipeline.
11
Nov 2021
 
Come join your Roanoke District colleagues for an evening of networking while supporting and celebrating our country's veterans and thanking them for their service.

Your registration includes two drink tickets. All registration proceeds will be donated to the Wounded Warrior Project.
11
Nov 2021
 
Supervisory skill – or the lack of it – directly affects every company's bottom line. Money is made in the field, and STP can help you improve not only your bottom line, but the entire construction process. In this six-session course, you will gain the knowledge and skills that every supervisor must have.
15
Nov 2021
 
Regardless of your experience level, you will learn the building blocks necessary to transform your projects - and company - into a lean operating system. Once you have completed all units, you are eligible to sit for the Lean Certification exam.
16
Nov 2021
 
Did you know that successful completion of CQM-C course by QC managers and their alternates is required by both USACE and NAVFAC construction contract specifications? If you are an owner, A/E, inspector, construction manager, or facility engineer, particularly if you are doing public sector construction, this program could be of huge benefit to you.