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AGC WORKING FOR YOU
AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson to Speak at Construction CEO Forum
June 3-4, 2013 | Scottsdale, Ariz.
 


AGG's Simonson Discuss Conference, Gives Preview of Presentation

AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson will be a keynote speaker, presenting on the state of the economy and an engineering and construction industry outlook, at the inaugural Construction CEO Forum 2013. This exclusive, invitation-only event in Scottsdale, Ariz. brings together construction CEOs and thought leaders to engage in meaningful discussion regarding critical industry issues and trends. The intent is to encourage candid and insightful dialogue among participants, as well as to share ideas in an unbiased and intimate setting. For more information regarding the event, please check out the video above and visit http://constructionceoforum.com/.

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AGC of America is Now on Instagram
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While we’re still in the very early stages, AGC of America has joined Instagram. Many of you may have heard about this new(ish) social media platform, but what you might not know is that it is very applicable to business and association communications. More than that, it can be an extremely useful tool for our association, our industry and your business. So, if you don’t already have a company account, create one today – we look forward to sharing snapshots and much more with you. You can follow AGC of America by searching our username @agcofamerica and should you have any questions, please feel free to contact Maggie Jaus at jausm@agc.org.

AGC IN THE NEWS
President Obama Nominates Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx to head U.S. Department of Transportation
AGC Notes Foxx Will Have Opportunity to Address Funding Shortfalls, Streamline Federal Reviews
 

On April 29, President Obama announced the nomination of Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx to serves as U.S. Secretary of Transportation. The chief executive officer of AGC of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, issued the following statement in response to Mayor Foxx’s nomination: “It is encouraging that President Obama has decided to nominate someone who has first-hand experience with the significant challenges posed by our chronic under-investment in infrastructure and years-long and broken regulatory review process. Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx has a unique opportunity to promote new sources of revenue to address chronic shortfalls in federal funding for our aging network of highways, bridges, airports and transit systems. In addition, he will be well suited to ensure that the Department of Transportation takes the steps required in the most recent surface transportation legislation to significantly reduce the time it takes for federal officials to approve new transportation projects. We will never be able to compete globally if it takes over a decade to approve new ways of moving goods and services from one point to another in this country.” Read the full press release here.

Construction Employment Increases in 30 States Between February and March
Industry Adds Jobs in 31 States and D.C. Over Past Year
 

Construction employment increased in 30 states in March as the industry expanded but at a slower pace than in February, according to an analysis by AGC of America of Labor Department data. Association officials cautioned, however, that many states remain vulnerable to construction cutbacks from newly enacted and proposed decreases in federal funding for infrastructure. “A majority of states are adding jobs month by month and year-over-year,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “The expansion appears poised to continue for residential and private nonresidential construction. But investment in infrastructure and public buildings is still on a downward path. That will keep employment down in states with a large federal presence.” He added that construction employment nationwide rose for the 10th consecutive month in March, by 18,000, following an increase of 49,000 in February. Read the full press release here.

SIMONSON SAYS
Where Are Wages Headed?
 

Construction labor costs are rising, after years of little movement. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today that compensation (wages and salaries, benefits, and required employer payments such as unemployment and worker’s compensation) for all employees in the construction industry increased by an average of 2.0 percent from the first quarter of 2012 to the first quarter of 2013. While mild compared with the 3-6 percent annual gains from 1998 to 2008, it was the fastest annual increase since December 2008. The actual increase for most firms was probably even greater. That is because the largest employment gains in the past year were in residential construction, where the average pay is less than in nonresidential construction. Thus, it is likely that both residential and nonresidential contractors increased their payments for each worker by more than 2 percent, yet the average rose more slowly because a larger share of workers than a year ago was paid less than the previous average. Read more.

Riding the Roller Coaster: Ups and Downs for Construction Spending, Materials and Labor
Leading Industry Economists from AGC, Reed Construction Data, AIA Join Forces for Upcoming Webcast
 

The economy and construction have been on quite a ride for the past few years. While we are still looking at some potential ups, downs and tight turns ahead, the track over the last several quarters has been relatively flat. Will we continue at a crawl or will the next turn take us into a much faster-paced recovery? Chief Economists Bernard Markstein, Ken Simonson and Kermit Baker will share their insight into 2013 construction activity during the webcast. The live webcast airs on May 9, 2013, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m., EDT, with the speakers accepting questions from the online audience in the last half hour. An archived version will be available after the broadcast. Brought to you by InfoTech International, this complimentary webcast is open to everyone. Sign up today to view the live broadcast.

FEDERAL CONTRACTING
FedCon Attendees Storm Capitol Hill
AGC Members Present Information on Range of Industry Issues to Elected Officials
 


Army Corps of Engineers' Lt. Gen. Thomas Bostick Addresses FedCon Attendees

AGC Federal & Heavy Construction Division and Highway & Transportation Division members launched an all-out offensive on the legislative front during last week’s Federal Contractors Conference in Washington, D.C. As part of a series of organized Capitol Hill visits, AGC members provided their federal elected officials with information on a range of issues, including immigration, Water Resources Development Act reauthorization, the prevention of government-mandated Project Labor Agreements, and implementation the transportation reauthorization law, MAP-21, among others. In total, AGC coordinated several dozen meetings with U.S. Representatives and U.S. Senators from both sides of the aisle to discuss these important issues. According to the Congressional Management Foundation, in-person constituent meetings with elected officials are considered the most persuasive tactic of communicating with Congress. AGC will continue to facilitate these essential meetings for its members to further the construction industry’s federal legislative agenda. For more information, please contact Jimmy Christianson at (703) 837-5325 or christiansonj@agc.org.

ENVIRONMENT
AGC Questions Lack of Lead-Paint Data for Public, Commercial Buildings
Unless EPA Shows Hazard and Causal Linkage to Renovation Work, Additional Rules Unwarranted
 

AGC and its partners in the “Commercial Properties Coalition” recently filed a 61-page response to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) latest request for data and information on renovation and remodeling activities in public and commercial buildings and potential lead-based paint hazards therein.  EPA plans to use this to implement future regulatory determinations.  By July 1, 2015, EPA must decide whether or not it will propose new nationwide certification, training and lead-safe work practice requirements, all of which would apply to contractors who work in public and commercial buildings. Read more.

EPA Proposes To Withdraw Numeric Limit from Construction Stormwater Rule
Submit Comments by May 31
 

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently published a proposed rule to withdraw the nationwide numeric discharge limit from its 2009 Construction and Development Effluent Limitations Guidelines rule (C&D ELG), along with revising some of the rule’s non-numeric requirements.  If faced with a numeric limit, contractors would have been required to monitor the turbidity levels in the stormwater running off their construction jobsites, implement extremely costly advanced treatment controls to try to meet EPA’s potentially unachievable legal limit and publicly report any exceedances of the limit.  We urge you to submit any comments to EPA – they are due May 31, 2013. Read more.

EVENTS
Transportation Construction Coalition Fly-In: Room Block Expires This Friday
June 4-5, 2013 | Washington, D.C.
 

AGC and the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) scored a major victory last year when the “Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act” (MAP- 21) became law. The legislation provided a two-year authorization through the end of FY 2014 and sufficient revenue to support current funding levels. With this major victory behind us, remember that lack of action by Congress to address Highway Trust Fund (HTF) solvency before September 30, 2014, could lead to significantly reduced highway and transit funding in future fiscal years. Many members of the House and Senate are not convinced that this is a problem. They seem to think that states will make up whatever decline there is in Federal funding. Now is the time to address the long term viability of the HTF by providing the revenue necessary to fix the nation’s current and growing transportation investment deficit. As Congress continues to debate the budget, deficit spending and revenue, it is important that transportation investment be central to the discussions. Learn more and register here.

ACC/ACI-NA/AGC Airport Project Delivery Summit
June 12-13, 2013 | Fort Worth, Texas
 

AGC is cosponsoring the eighth annual Airport Project Delivery Summit.  This event offers peer-to-peer, owner-oriented interaction through airport owner discussion on the most pressing project delivery and construction issues.  The Summit helps owners learn from each other’s experience.  Panels feature airport owners, contractors and consultants who share lessons learned through a moderated panel discussion and vibrant Q&A dialogue.  A tour of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport will kick off the program the morning of June 12.   For more information and to register, click here.

CONSENSUSDOCS
ConsensusDocs Releases New Owner & Consultant Agreement
 

The new ConsensusDocs 247 Owner & Consultant Agreement was published today.  The agreement provides an industry standard contract for an owner who wants to retain a consultant on a construction project.  The agreement was crafted to provide a good contractual base for a variety of consulting arrangements, including interior design, inspection, industrial hygiene, retrofits, procurement and many others. “This new document between owner and consultant fills the need for a fair and balanced, industry-standard contract that protects owners and consultants alike in helping to ensure both parties understand their roles and responsibilities,” states, Phil E. Beck, Esq., Partner at Smith Currie & Hancock LLP. As with all ConsensusDocs contract documents, the new agreement uses a plain English writing style that facilitates contract interpretation and administration. This agreement takes a project-first approach and promotes collaboration, communication and integration, which inhibits contractual silos that impede efficiency. Read more.

Informational Webinar: Better Manage Your Prequalification Data and Process
Friday, May 17 | Tuesday, May 21
 

Make your subcontractor prequalification process more efficient and help mitigate the risk of subcontractor default with an industry-standard online prequalification tool. Registration is free for AGC Members. Informational webinars will be held on Friday, May 17 and Tuesday, May 21. Learn more at www.isqft.com/agc-prequalification/AGC.

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