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January 11, 2012

Guided by our core principles of Skill, Integrity and Responsibility,
Georgia Branch, AGC's mission is ". . . to be the voice of Georgia's construction industry,
provide valuable member services and promote best construction practices."

The Forum is Georgia Branch, AGC's weekly electronic newsletter developed in conjunction with the
Chapter's website to deliver timely industry, member and association news.

In This Issue
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2012 Session of General Assembly Opens; Key Issues Impacting Construction
AGC Build Georgia Awards Program is Open for Nominations
January 27 Deadline to Enter Your Firm's Safety Accomplishments in Awards Program
Ron Amerson Supervisors' Safety Awards Program is Open for Nominations
Gaining Cooperation & Building a Winning Team Seminar
Upcoming Young Leadership Program Networking Event
FMI Hosting Forum for Southeastern Construction Executives; Incredible Topics
Upcoming Construction Workforce Development Alliance Meetings
Leverage Your Marketing Dollars; Secure a Sponsor Package for AGC's 2012 Events
Register Today for CEFGA CareerExpo 2012
OSHA: As of February 1, 2012 Employers Must Post Illness/Injury Summaries
OSHA Aims to Protect Workers during Winter Storms
Ban on Truck Driver Use of Hand Held Mobile Phones
It Ain't Easy Building Green: Sustainable Practices for Sustainable Building
Construction Outlook: Key Trends Shaping the Future of the Design and Construction Industry
Georgia Economic Outlook: December 2011
Are Your Vehicles Ready for Winter?
   

 


 
 
2012 Session of General Assembly Opens; Key Issues Impacting Construction

By Mark S. Woodall; Georgia Branch, AGC’s Director of Governmental Affairs

Published: January 11, 2012

On Monday, January 9, the Georgia General Assembly convened the 2012 Legislative Session, which is in the second year of a two-year legislative cycle. All bills remaining from the 2011 session are immediately eligible for debate, thus the legislative pace will be much faster than last year with over 1,000 bills already in play.

It didn’t take long for a Dust Up to occur in the Senate between Lt. Governor Cagle, Senate President Pro Tem Tommie Williams and Chip Rogers over the body’s leadership. Governor Deal thought he helped broker a resolution on Monday between the parties, only to learn the deal (no pun intended) quickly fell apart on Tuesday. It is within this context that the Georgian Branch, AGC will implement this year’s legislative program.

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Upcoming AGC of America Opportunities
1/25: Moving the Conversation Away From Price
3/13-17: AGC of America's 2012 Annual Convention
4/15-20: AGC's Construction Project Manager Course
Online Course: AGC Lean Construction 101
Upcoming Education & Safety Courses
1/13: Competent Person: Trenching and Excavations
1/17: NPDES Level 1A/1B and Level II Recertification

1/18: EPA's Lead RRP Certified Renovator
1/19: OSHA Crane Standard - Qualified Signal Persons/Riggers (in Albany)
1/23 & 30: OSHA 10 Hour for Construction
1/24-27: OSHA 30 Hour for Construction
2/1-2: FMI Forum for Southeastern Construction Executives
2/2: NASCLA Accredited Contractor Exam Prep
2/7: LEED Green Associate Exam Prep
2/8: Confined Space
2/10: NPDES Level 1A Course and Exam (Blue Card)
2/15: BIM 101: An Introduction to Building Information Modeling
2/17: CPR, First Aid, and Bloodborne Pathogens
2/21: Free OSHA Recordkeeping Class
2/21-22: OSHA 10 Hour for Construction
2/23: EPA's Lead RRP Certified Renovator

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Upcoming Members First Meeting Schedule
1/18: Northeast Georgia (Braselton)
1/19: Southwest Georgia (Albany)
1/24: Central Georgia (Macon)
1/25: East Georgia (Augusta)
1/26: Southeast Georgia (Savannah)
2/1: West Central Georgia (Columbus)

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AGC Build Georgia Awards Program is Open for Nominations

It's that time again!

The Build Georgia Awards began in 1989 when the Georgia Branch, AGC recognized General Contractor members and their construction teams for outstanding performances on some of Georgia's most remarkable projects. Several years later the program began recognizing Specialty Contractors for their projects.

The 2012 Build Georgia Awards Program opened last week for nominations. Winners will be recognized on June 12 at the Chapter's Awards Breakfast during our Annual Convention in Hilton Head, SC.

All projects completed by December 31, 2011 are eligible to compete in the 2012 Build Georgia Awards program.

Entries are due by 2:00 pm on Thursday, February 9, 2012.

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January 27 Deadline to Enter Your Firm's Safety Accomplishments in Awards Program

Nominate Your Firm for a Prestigious Safety Award Today!

Don't miss out on the opportunity to nominate your firm's excellent safety record in the prestigious AGC of America and Georgia Branch, AGC Safety Awards Programs. Deadline to submit your nomination form to Cherri Watson at Georgia Branch, AGC is January 27, 2012.

Note: This is a DIFFERENT awards program from the Ron Amerson Supervisor Safety Award. That program honors individual field supervisors. This program mentioned in this newsletter article recognizes a firm's accomplishments.
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Ron Amerson Supervisors' Safety Awards Program is Open for Nominations

Learn more about nominating your safest field supervisors for the Ron Amerson Supervisors’ Safety Award. Even if your superintendents may be unable to participate in one of the eight award ceremonies located around the state of Georgia, please nominate them for an award. They deserve the recognition!

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Gaining Cooperation & Building a Winning Team Seminar

January 31, 2012
11:30 am to 1:30 pm
Georgia Branch, AGC Training Center

Members of the Young Leadership Program (YLP) invite representatives of all Chapter firms to participate in their Roundtable Discussion featuring a valuable leadership topic. It is everyone’s responsibility to help inspire those they work with, leading to greater cooperation by all parties and a rewarding team experience. As an integral part in your firm’s success, what are you doing to move new ideas forward, build consensus and serve as a problem solver through a positive, proactive approach?
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Upcoming Young Leadership Program Networking Event

January 25, 2012
4:30 - 6:30 pm
Whirly Ball Atlanta - Roswell

Have Fun Playing Whirlyball & Get in the Fundraising Spirit!

YLP Council members ask all Program members to attend this upcoming networking event to kick-off the fundraising campaign for the annual golf & tennis tournament. During the networking program, YLP members are assigned to fundraising groups and asked to support the Charitable Works Fund by raising $1,200 in tournament registrations or sponsorship contributions.
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FMI Hosting Forum for Southeastern Construction Executives; Incredible Topics

February 1-2, 2012
Atlanta, GA

Highly respected construction industry management, FMI has teamed up with Georgia Branch, AGC for a two-day workshop called the Southeast Construction Executives Forum which is designed specifically for top-level executives. Participants will gain an increased awareness of industry trends and engage in this thought-leadership setting.
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Upcoming Construction Workforce Development Alliance Meetings

Mark your calendar and attend an upcoming Construction Workforce Development Alliance Meeting offered in a region near you!
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Leverage Your Marketing Dollars; Secure a Sponsor Package for AGC's 2012 Events

A message from the President:

Thank you for your membership in Georgia Branch, AGC. I’d like to encourage you to learn more about the Chapter’s 2012 Sponsorship Program.

Your membership in the Chapter provides an abundance of excellent business opportunities for you and your team to take advantage of in the coming year. As you know, Georgia Branch, AGC offers construction executives and industry professionals from across the state a forum to meet, exchange ideas and discuss present and future industry issues. Make the most of these opportunities by leveraging your marketing dollars and maximizing your marketing effectiveness as a 2012 sponsor of Georgia Branch, AGC events and programs.
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Register Today for CEFGA CareerExpo 2012

March 15-16, 2012
Georgia International Convention Center
Atlanta, GA

CEFGA is building a talent pipeline for the construction industry and building careers for students.

Even in this economy, you have an eye on the future, wondering where you will find skilled workers once it improves. You are the construction industry. You don’t like to TALK about problems. You like to DO something about them.

Join CEFGA as they present the construction industry in a fun, hands-on way to thousands of young Georgians from across the state.
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OSHA: As of February 1, 2012 Employers Must Post Illness/Injury Summaries

Please remember to post your OSHA Form 300 A – Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses – in your office and on each jobsite from February 1 to April 30, 2012.
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OSHA Aims to Protect Workers during Winter Storms
The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has created a web page to help protect workers from hazards they may face during winter storm response and recovery operations.
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Ban on Truck Driver Use of Hand Held Mobile Phones

US DOT recently issued a final rule restricting the use of hand-held mobile telephones by interstate commercial motor vehicle drivers (CMV) and interstate hazmat drivers. The rule went into effect January 3, 2012. It does not restrict or prohibit the use of hands free devices. It also does not currently apply to CMV drivers that do not cross state lines; however, states are required to adopt the requirements within three years as a condition for continuing to receive Federal Motor Carrier Safety Assistance grants.
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It Ain't Easy Building Green: Sustainable Practices for Sustainable Building

CFMA Building Profits
November/December 2011
By Steven D. Ginsburg & Antony L. Sanacory



A number of state and municipal governments (and in some cases, even the federal government) have incorporated – to varying extents – requirements that new construction meet green building or LEED certification requirements. However, a recent lawsuit filed in the U.S. district court for the Southern District of New York has opened the door for a number of challenges to the way green building is approached.
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Construction Outlook: Key Trends Shaping the Future of the Design and Construction Industry

Thursday, January 19, 2012
6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Atlanta, GA

A talk by Harvey M. Bernstein, Vice President of Industry Insights and Alliances, McGraw-Hill Construction

Attendees will have an opportunity to hear about key trends and shifts in the marketplace that have seen buoyant activity despite the global economic downturn. These trends drawn from extensive market research data, and McGraw-Hill Construction Dodge data are already showing shifts that will affect the future of construction when the economy picks up and construction activity increases again.
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Georgia Economic Outlook: December 2011
Georgia Repositions Its Economy for a New Century
Mark Vitner, Sr. Economist and Joe Seydl, Economic Analyst
Wells Fargo Securities, LLC Economic Group
Published December 21, 2011


Georgia’s painstakingly slow recovery continues to show few signs of shifting into higher gear, at least if you look at the most recent economic data. Georgia’s unemployment rate has stubbornly remained near 1o percent through much of 2011, and the latest nonfarm employment numbers show payrolls declining 0.5 percent over the past year, producing a net loss of nearly 20,000 jobs. Long-running problems in the housing market and the financial services sector continue to weigh on the state’s overall economic performance.
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Are Your Vehicles Ready for Winter?

By Carol Nagle, Enterprise Fleet Management

No matter how we may long for the warm days of summer, winter has arrived.  Whether its snow, sleet, ice or rain, you don’t want to be caught unprepared when it comes to your vehicles. A little effort on your fleet now can save you a lot of time and money down the road. Even in areas where the climate does not fluctuate very much, it is still a good idea to take advantage of seasonal changes to keep the company fleet in good shape.


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