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MEMBER NEWS
  
The AGCVA world is buzzing with activity. Our annual convention was only a month ago but AGCVA leaders and staff are charging forward with the pillars of our strategic plan and are already making big strides. AGCVA is advocating – and should be the “first call” for members, legislators, regulators, and other stakeholders on issues related to construction. In support of this, AGCVA staff is working hard to develop a comprehensive PR strategy meant to complement our overall advocacy efforts. 
Brown Edwards & Company
Scaffolding Solutions, LLC
CEO's Corner
  
Family- or partner-owned construction and engineering (C&E) companies aren’t just laying foundations for their clients. Many are active participants in this decade’s trend of using employee stock ownership plans, or ESOPs, to build employee loyalty and retirement assets while increasing their founders’ wealth transfer options.
  
ThinkWhy’s LaborIQ hiring study predicts 1 in 4 hires this year will be in four major metros, and outlines the 10 markets where overall job growth as a percentage of population will be highest. Forecasted for 2022, are almost 240,000 jobs gained in Construction and Extraction occupations – 3.9% growth. Labor supply is the one major factor that could hinder job growth in all industries.
INDUSTRY NEWS
  
Prices of construction materials jumped more than 20% from January 2021 to January 2022, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) of government data. The association recently posted a new edition of its Construction Inflation Alert, a report to inform project owners, officials, and others about the challenges volatile materials costs, supply chain disruptions, and labor shortages posed for construction firms.

Reconnect with your industry peers and forge new relationships at the most influential industry event in Virginia — the AEC Virginia Spring Conference.

This one-of-a-kind event bridges together the architecture, engineering, and construction communities. Join us for the opportunity to:
Collaborate and explore trending topics in roundtable discussions moderated by subject-matter experts.
Share solutions to common challenges with industry professionals and decision-makers from across Virginia.
Obtain the tools needed for growth in the AEC industry.
Hear actionable updates on the economic and political landscapes in Virginia.
Return to your firm with new relationships and a fresh perspective.

Register today to gain access to the incredible content and new connections that may even lead to your next project or partnership. Sponsor today to gain visibility across the architecture, engineering, and construction communities.

LEGISLATIVE & LEGAL
  
DOL's hiring push for wage and hour investigators, along with its promise of "significantly more hiring" to come, signals the agency's focus on employers' violations of wage and hour laws. The move aligns with the Biden administration's interest in workers' rights, including the selection of former union official Marty Walsh as Secretary of Labor and an executive order that required a minimum wage of $15 per hour for federal contractors.
  
With increased labor shortages, supply chain delays and COVID-19 restrictions, the pandemic has amplified common sources of conflict in construction, like changes in project scope, unforeseen physical conditions and poor project management. However, experts say that the pandemic has also accelerated technological advancements in the industry that can help mitigate them. 
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT
  

Click link below to learn more about five great upcoming events, including why you should attend and how to register.  

• Academies of Hampton: Portrait of a Graduate Senior Conference

• LifeReady Career Rodeo Skills Challenge

• Central District CTE Counselors Corner

• Mock Interviews with CTE Students

• Piedmont Virginia Community College 10th Grade Career Expo

SAFETY
  
The National AGC Safety Awards (NASA) program has been an ongoing effort since 1991, offering AGC members the opportunity to evaluate their safety record and compare it with other AGC members according to member size and construction type. The NASA program also provides a great opportunity to recognize, at a national level, members who have excellent safety records.

Click here for the 2021 NASA Member Packet.

Click here for the Supplemental Data Form.
  
Taking advantage of teachable moments and harboring a safe environment to discuss dangers are key to avoiding preventable loss. "If we don't understand why an incident happened, we have no chance of preventing recurrence, and that's really what we're trying to do," said Rob Dahl, risk and safety specialist at CSDZ.
CALENDAR & EVENTS
10
Mar 2022
 
This session will show you how project estimates are compiled, how to compare actual project costs with those estimated and how to control costs to meet the estimate. You will also learn how productivity is measured, how the supervisor plays a major role in increasing jobsite productivity and how a small increase in productivity can have a significant impact on the time and cost of your project.
10
Mar 2022
 
Deadline to register: March 4 at 5:00 p.m.
11
Mar 2022
 
This session will show you how project estimates are compiled, how to compare actual project costs with those estimated and how to control costs to meet the estimate. You will also learn how productivity is measured, how the supervisor plays a major role in increasing jobsite productivity and how a small increase in productivity can have a significant impact on the time and cost of your project.
17
Mar 2022
 
Deadline to reserve hotel rooms: March 2
Deadline to register: March 11

Register and/or sponsor today to gain access to the incredible content and new connections that may even lead to your next project or partnership.
17
Mar 2022
 
Join the Tidewater District for our Annual March Madness Event at Chick's Oyster Bar in Virginia Beach from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Check your brackets and network with fellow members over an orange crush.
17
Mar 2022
 
Enjoy watching the college basketball games, participating in our very own shootout, a smoked chicken dinner, beverages, and bridge the gap between the young leaders and those who have worked in our industry longer!
17
Mar 2022
 
Join us for an evening of basketball, connecting with other AGCVA members from the Roanoke District and support a good cause!

A portion of your registration fee will be donated to a charity.
24
Mar 2022
 
In this session, you will learn the roles and responsibilities of a construction supervisor in accident prevention and loss control.
24
Mar 2022
 
Join the Richmond District for an evening of shared good times and games with a modern twist. Take part in things like Extreme Duckpin, Superskee, and Ultimate Bocce. If you are up for a challenge and like a little friendly competition, make sure you register today!
25
Mar 2022
 
In this session, you will learn the roles and responsibilities of a construction supervisor in accident prevention and loss control.
29
Mar 2022
 
March 29, 2022 - May 19, 2022
Tuesdays & Thursdays | 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Registration is through AGC of America. Please indicate your affiliation with AGCVA when prompted to do so in the registration process.
30
Mar 2022
 
Building a talent pipeline starts with relationships.

By joining us for this event, you'll connect with AGCVA Central District members, Career & Technical Education (CTE) professionals from Lynchburg and surrounding areas, school & career counselors, instructors, school principals, and school superintendents.