Action Needed: Support Immigration Reform
After more than a
decade of debate, Congress is a critical phase for comprehensive immigrate
reform In order for the construction industry priorities to be included,
contractors must contact
their Members of Congress immediately.
AGC has provided
several options for members to engage with their elected representative during
the August congressional recess. We encourage you to complete as many of the
following grassroots activities your schedule allows during the month of
August: visit your member of congress’ local office; write to your member of
congress; invite your member of congress to your business or a local employer group
meeting; or speak out at a town hall meeting. You can also make the case for
immigration reform in the media by writing an op-ed piece, a letter to the
editor, or calling into a talk radio show.
The battle for
immigration reform is not a spectator sport. In order to enact reform,
supporters must stand up and vocalize the need for reform. To get more involved,
contact AGC or visit our Legislative
information, please contact Jim Young at (202) 547-0133 or email@example.com.
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GSA Launches Online Reverse Auction Platform for All Federal Agencies, Includes Construction Services
AGC Urges Removal of Construction Services Procurement Option
On Aug. 13, AGC sent a letter to the
U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) strongly urging the federal agency
to remove from its reverse auction (RA) platform the construction services
options. GSA recently launched a reverse auction platform that
enables any federal agency to conduct the procurement of certain construction
services and materials through an online reverse auction.
AGC strongly advocates against the use of reverse auction
procurement for construction services. In its letter to GSA, AGC notes that the
complexities of these processes simply do not compare to the purchase of an
off-the-shelf commercial item. The reverse auction process ignores the unique
nature of construction. General contractors, specialty contractors, subcontractors
and suppliers offer and provide a mix of services, materials and systems. They
do not “manufacture” buildings, highways, or other facilities.
To supplement its arguments, AGC shared its position paper on reverse auctions
for construction services procurement and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ reverse
auction report, which highlights why it abandoned the use of reverse
auctions for procuring construction services nearly ten years ago. AGC also recently testified against the use
of reverse auction procurement for construction services before the House Small
Business Committee. AGC-backed legislation prohibiting
the practice was recently introduced this Congress.
For more information, please contact Jimmy
Christianson at (703)-837-5325 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Last Chance to Tell Us About the Current Supply of Skilled Workers in Your Area
Is Your Construction Company Facing Worker Shortages?
Over the past several months, we have received a number of
reports, most of which were anecdotal, about sporadic shortages of skilled
construction workers in certain parts of the country. At the same time,
overall construction employment, while rising steadily, remains well below peak
employment levels. As a result, we are having a hard time gauging the
extent of worker shortages and if and where those shortages may be impacting
construction projects. Please take a few brief minutes to complete
the following survey so we can conduct a more complete and accurate
assessment of if, where and to what extent there are actual shortages of
skilled craft workers and/or qualified construction professionals. Your
input will help us correctly calibrate our messaging to elected officials and
the media and will also guide our efforts to support workforce development.
Thank you to all who have already completed this survey – if you have not,
please take a few minutes and complete
For more information, please contact Nahee Rosso at (703) 837-5348 or email@example.com.
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Early Bird Deadline Fast Approaching for AGCís Construction Financial Management Conference
Oct. 23-25, 2013 | Las Vegas, Nev.
Jointly sponsored by AGC and the
Construction Financial Management Association (CFMA), the 17th Annual AGC/CFMA Construction Financial Management Conference offers programs and workshops designed specifically
for financial professionals in the construction industry.
Register by Friday, Sept. 6 for special “Early Bird”
discounts. Additional discounts are available for subsequent
registrations from the same firm. Register now and save up to $210 – or
25 percent – off the standard registration fee.
The three-day conference features 36 interactive sessions
covering the latest industry issues and their financial implications. Participants
may earn up to 19.5 continuing professional education (CPE) credits.
Owners, chief financial officers, controllers, treasurers,
certified public accountants, auditors, consultants, bankers, sureties, and
others interested in the construction financial management will greatly benefit
from this conference.
For more information and to register online, please visit www.agc.org/AGC_CFMA.
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Donít Miss Out on the Highway and Utilities Contractors Issues Conference
The 2013 Highway and Utilities Contractors Issues Conference
will be held Nov. 7-9, 2013, at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix, Ariz. Industry professionals from companies involved
in building highway, bridge, utility and underground construction, transit,
airport runway and rail projects will benefit from this conference. Presentation and discussions on major trends
in highway and utility construction will be featured, including:
Update - Outlook for highway, transit, water and infrastructure funding. Tax
and immigration reform, sequestration - will these changes happen and how
will they impact your business?
Trust Fund & Water Trust Fund Innovative Financing
Technology Developments: BIM, CIM & Intelligent Compaction
Environment, Work Force and Other Regulations
To register for the conference, please visit www.agc.org/highway_utilities.
For more information, please contact Brian Deery at (703) 837-5319 or firstname.lastname@example.org or
Scott Berry at (703) 837-5321 or email@example.com.
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