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BIMForum Launches First-Ever News Aggregator
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AGC has helped launch the BIMForum SmartBrief – a news aggregator for the virtual design and construction industry and the first of its kind. The BIMForum - an AGC of America initiative - has partnered with SmartBrief to produce a weekly e-mail newsletter, BIMForum SmartBrief. Today and every Tuesday moving forward, BIMForum SmartBrief will bring the most important and timely news stories about building information modeling and virtual design directly to subscribers’ in-boxes free of charge. If you did not receive the first issue, you can check it out here. Be sure to subscribe today. Please contact Maggie Jaus at jausm@agc.org with any questions.

Construction Employment Gains Remain Spotty in July
More States Show Year-Over-Year Pickup but Most States Post Decreases from June

Construction employment continued its spotty improvement in July, as more states posted year-over-year gains but most states posted decreases compared with June, according to an analysis by AGC of America of Labor Department data. Association officials said the steady improvement in employment in many states was welcome news, but cautioned that the industry's recovery was still fragile. "Today's report shows the fragile and fragmentary nature of the industry's recovery," said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist. "Construction employment increased in 37 states during the past 12 months—the largest number with gains since early last year—but only two states have surpassed their pre-recession peaks, and barely a third of states added construction jobs between June and July." Read the full press release here.

AGC Urges Administration to Reconsider Unnecessary Employment Rules for Federal Contractors
Association Officials Cite Economic, Enforcement Data Showing No Justification for Costly New Regulations

The Obama administration should reconsider its proposal to impose oppressive new regulations governing the employment of veterans and people with disabilities on federal contractors, officials with AGC of America argued earlier this month during a meeting with the administration. Association officials said federal employment and compliance enforcement data indicate there is no justification for the costly new rules. “As the data makes clear, veterans and the disabled are already extremely well represented in the construction industry,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer, following a meeting today with the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA). “These new rules offer a very costly fix for a problem that, according to the government’s own data, doesn’t appear to exist.” Read the full press release here.

Coming Soon to a Chapter Near You

Over the next few months, AGC’s Chief Economist Ken Simonson will be traveling across the country to speak to AGC chapters and other organizations about the current conditions of the national and local construction market and the industry’s economic outlook. To learn more and see a full list of events by state and date, click here.

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 Action Center. For more information, please contact Jim Young at (202) 547-0133 or youngj@agc.org.

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 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. For more information, please contact Jimmy Christianson at (703)-837-5325 or christiansonj@agc.org.

AGC Student Chapter Promotes Construction, Building Your Future
Cane Ridge High School Academy of Architecture and Construction

Students enrolled at Cane Ridge High School’s Academy of Architecture and Construction in Nashville, Tenn. filmed the short YouTube video above to promote the Academy and its mission. The mission of the Cane Ridge Academy of Architecture and Construction is to develop and equip students with specialized skills that empower them to make academic, professional, and career connections through an authentic and project-based learning environment. Academy goals include: providing students with work-based learning opportunities, assisting students with earning industry recognized certifications, creating post-secondary opportunities for all students, and developing students professional and leadership skills. Learn more about the Academy here and be sure to watch their great video.

AGC of South Dakota Building Chapter Renovates Home of Disabled Veteran
Chapter Completes Inspiring Operation Opening Doors Project

The AGC of South Dakota Building Chapter completed another local Operation Opening Doors project and this time, the organization was able to renovate and remodel the home of disabled veteran Staff Sergeant Sean Johnson, injured in Iraq in 2006 and recipient of the Purple Heart. Read more about this inspiring story and learn how you can help with future projects here.

Webinar: Management by Values – Developing a Lean Culture
Aug. 22, 2013 | 2:00– 3:30 p.m. EDT

This Thursday, Mark Federle, McShane chair in Construction Engineering and Management at Marquette University, will moderate the webinar which features speakers Larry Rubrich, president of WCM Associates LLC and George Van Der Linden, executive vice president, Faith Technologies. During the webinar the speakers will discuss and explain ‘Management by Values’ as being the first step in developing a lean cultural foundation throughout an organization. Actual company examples will be used during the webinar and you will learn how to begin implementing a lean culture within your organization. The ‘Management by Values’ step is the foundation needed to support the implementation of future lean components including lean planning, lean concepts, lean tools and finally a lean culture.  For more information and to register, click here.

Attend the Upcoming AGC Building Contractors Conference
Oct. 16-19, 2013 | Colorado Springs, Colo.

The theme of this year’s AGC Building Contractors Conference is “Increasing Your Firm’s Productivity Through Industry Innovations”. The program this year is full of sessions that will teach contractors how to increase the efficiency and bottom line for their companies.  Keynote speaker, Dan Woolridge, strategic leadership advisor of APi Group, Inc., will lead a session titled: The Innovation Imperative.  By attending this session you will learn how to embed innovation into your business. No strategy or business model lasts forever. A "mind-shift" must occur to take you from a traditional focus on productivity and efficiency to innovation. We must innovate or face extinction. Our thinking, leadership, culture, and business models must innovate in order to secure a viable future. Innovation must move from serendipity to a business discipline. Register today to learn and participate in this important industry event where you will have the ability to share best practices, learn from each other’s experiences, and explore challenges and solutions.

ConsensusDocs Releases a New Joint Venture Line Item Agreement
First Standard Joint Venture Agreement Allocating Responsibility by Specific Work

ConsensusDocs recently released a new ConsensusDocs 297 Joint Venture Line Item Agreement. The agreement is the first standard line item venture agreement that accommodates joint ventures between contractors, construction managers, design-builders, design professionals and other parties. ConsensusDocs is the only publisher of standards construction documents that accommodates a number of formations of joint venture arrangements, which have become increasingly important in today’s design and construction industry. The line item version is a significant addition because many joint ventures divide joint venture responsibilities by specific work order tasks rather than a general percentage of responsibility. “This agreement makes it easier for multiple parties to combine efforts, expertise and resources, share project risks, and meet socio-economic goals of federal programs,” states Kory D. George, partner at Woods & Aitken LLP and chair of the ConsensusDocs joint venture working group. Read more.

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