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AGC Pushes Back Against Fiscal Cliff
Illustrates Damaging Effects Fiscal Cliff Will Have on the Construction Industry

Incoming AGC of Washington President Butch Brooks warns Seattle-area media 
of the Fiscal Cliff's tax increases and spending cuts' effect on industry jobs.

AGC released two new reports last week detailing the threat of the fiscal cliff to the industry. First, AGC of America, working closely with the AGC of Washington and member firm Atkinson, held a Dec. 5 media event in Seattle, Wash. on the threat of the "Fiscal Cliff." While announcing that the metro area added more new construction jobs during the past year than most cities, AGC released a new report detailing how construction firms would be hurt by the fiscal cliff. On Dec. 7, AGC also released an analysis of federal data indicating that construction employment declined by 20,000 jobs in November while the industry’s unemployment rate hit 12.2 percent. The construction employment figures likely reflect the fact many contractors have already cut staff and delayed hiring new employees because of the threat of the “fiscal cliff,” according to results of a survey of member firms released by the association. “It is discouraging that construction employment is still struggling after more three years of expansion in the overall economy,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “As disappointing as these numbers are, they will only get worse if Congress and the White House allow huge tax increases and spending cuts to occur on January 1.” Alongside the Dec. 7 release, AGC CEO Stephen Sandherr sent a letter to all members of Congress and to the president, urging them to enact legislation to avert the fiscal cliff.

AGC's Constructor Magazine Team Launches Constructor Marketplace

AGC of America’s Constructor magazine team, headed by Naylor, LLC, has launched its Constructor Marketplace. The marketplace is an online buyers’ guide for information about construction vendors, products and services.  Information on AGC service and supply firms are listed by category – in order to make sure your listing is accurate and up to date, please take a few seconds to review your listing at http://agc.officialbuyersguide.net. Should you need to update your company’s information, please contact Pam Dissel at PamD@naylor.com. Constructor’s Online Buyer’s Guide (Constructor Marketplace) is brought to you by Constructor, the magazine of The Associated General Contractors of America. This Buyers’ Guide is not the AGC Online Member Directory. To access the AGC Member Directory, please visit www.agc.org.

We Need Your Help: Craft AGC’s 2013 Outlook and Get a Chance to Win $100

Thank you to the many members that have already completed AGC and Computer Guidance’s 2013 Construction Hiring and Business Outlook survey. And if you haven’t yet completed the survey, please take a few minutes to complete the brief survey. Your answers will help us craft a legislative, policy and education program bettered tailored to meet the needs of your firms. And because we know your time is valuable and your input is crucial, everyone that completes a survey will have the opportunity to enter to win a $100 Amazon gift card. We plan to compile survey responses and, with the help of our chief economist, Ken Simonson, other AGC staff and the Computer Guidance team, prepare an analysis of the results to be released to the media and members later this month. Take the survey now.

Construction Spending Rises for Seventh Straight Month to 37-Month High in October
All Major Categories Show Solid Improvement for Month but Fiscal Cliff Could Undo Gains

All major segments of construction spending increased in October, bringing total spending to a 37-month high at an annualized rate of $872 billion, according to an analysis of new federal data released by AGC of America. Association officials warned, however, that the fiscal cliff imperils future improvement in both public and private spending. “Widespread gains in spending in October, along with hefty upward revisions to estimates for the previous two months, show that construction has finally come out of its long slump,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “Although all major spending categories are far below pre-recession highs, they are well above their recent low points.” Read the full press release here.

Lean Construction Unit 3: Lean Workstructuring Now Available!
Instructor Orientation Webinar on Tuesday, Dec. 18

Unit 3: Lean Workstructuring, in AGC’s Lean Construction Education Program is now available! Lean Workstructuring is a four-hour course that will be offered locally at AGC Chapters across the country. Lean Workstructuring is the third course in the Lean Construction Education Program’s credentialing program. Unit 1: Variation in Production Systems and Unit 2: Pull in Production were released in early 2012. Learn more and register for the Instructor Orientation webinar here.

Final Call for Presentations for AGC’s 2013 Environmental Contractors Conference
Deadline for Submissions is December 15

If your Chapter has had a good experience with a speaker on environmental issues, please let them know about AGC’s 2013 Contractors Environmental Conference: Compliant. Competitive. Cost-Effective.  AGC will hold this second national conference June 13-14, 2013, in Arlington, Va. We invite presentation proposals for compelling educational sessions on environmental issues geared towards construction professionals. Read more.

HR and TED Conferences Raise the Bar for Attendees

AGC’s 2012 HR Professionals and Training, Education & Development Conferences (TED) wrapped up Oct. 18, after three and a half days of education, sharing of best practices and networking in San Antonio, Texas.  The conferences, which ran back-to-back, continue to be a must-attend event for HR and training professionals in the construction industry. AGC’s Davis-Bacon Compliance Manual for Federal and Federally Assisted Construction – Fourth Edition was unveiled during the closing session by the author and speaker, Deborah Wilder. Planning for the 2013 conferences is under way, so stay tuned for more details. Read more on this year’s conferences here.

AGC Georgia CEO Mike Dunham Featured in Connections Magazine
Extreme Makeover: Association Edition

Mike Dunham, chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of Georgia, spoke to Connections magazine, the official magazine of the Georgia Society of Association Executives, on governance trends and reinvigorating his association. In this feature article, Dunham discusses the transformation of AGC Georgia’s bylaws and brand, and the necessary steps taken by the organization to make it happen. Read the full article here.

AGC Webinars to Cover Davis-Bacon Pitfalls & Hot Topics
Two-Part Series on Dec. 11 and 13, 2012 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET

AGC of America will provide its latest training on federal prevailing wage laws in a two-part webinar series on Dec. 11 and 13, 2012, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. ET.  The format is different from previous years, offering new information for everyone involved in compliance with the Davis-Bacon and Related Acts (DBRA) on federal and federally assisted construction projects.  The first session will address the Top 10 (or so) Pitfalls in Contractor Compliance.  Leading attorney and prevailing wage consultant Deborah Wilder will talk from her experience as president of Contractor Compliance & Monitoring, Inc. about the common problems plaguing construction contractors in compliance with the DBRA and how to avoid them.  In the second session, Ask the Experts, a panel of authorities will briefly talk about the latest developments and hottest topics in federal prevailing wage law for construction and then devote the remainder of the session to answering audience questions.  Learn more and find out how to register here.

Webinar: Stormwater Compliance Documentation
Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2012 | 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. ET

Get prepared now!  Any construction company that wants to stay in compliance with the myriad of new and forthcoming stormwater runoff requirements needs an effective document management system. Sign up for AGC’s Dec. 18 stormwater compliance webinar and learn how to use brand new “template” documents – created by US EPA with assistance from AGC contractors – designed to keep projects in compliance. Read more and register here.

ConsensusDocs to Offer Package of Select Contract Documents for Free
Prequalification Forms Package Available Free of Charge

ConsensusDocs is making available a new free package of standard contract documents to make the design and construction bidding process easier for all involved parties.  The contract document coalition is making its Prequalification Forms Package available for free so firms can bid on projects that require ConsensusDocs contracts without having to pay for the prequalification documents. “Making these documents available for free is the best way to ensure the broadest number of firms bid on projects using ConsensusDocs,” said Brian Perlberg, ConsensusDocs executive director and counsel.  “Bidding on a ConsensusDocs project should be as easy as working on a ConsensusDocs project.” Read more.

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