Builders discuss ways to confront labor shortage | La. domed stadium roof cleans itself | L.A. undergoes biggest construction boom in nearly 100 years
January 13, 2017
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Builders discuss ways to confront labor shortage
Almost 70% of contractors are having a hard time filling skilled positions, according to an AGC survey. This article looks at what some builders and associations are doing to increase the pipeline of future workers and retain current ones.
Construction Dive (1/12) 
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News & Trends
La. domed stadium roof cleans itself
The Cajundome in Lafayette, La., received a special chemical compound coating that works to clean the surface. GAF Coatings' Kymax came with a 20-year clean warranty to ward off black streaks and spots by not allowing fungus and algae to form on the roof.
The Advertiser (Lafayette, La.) (1/12) 
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L.A. undergoes biggest construction boom in nearly 100 years
L.A. undergoes biggest construction boom in nearly 100 years
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Los Angeles has completed 42 large construction projects since 2010, and 37 more major projects being built, many of which are outlined here. It's the most construction activity the city has seen since the 1920s.
Los Angeles Times (tiered subscription model) (1/8) 
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Complicated issues accompany NYC construction boom
New York City is amid a construction boom, and this story highlights seven issues that will dominate the construction industry in 2017. They include major rezoning proposals and remodeling of historic structures.
Curbed/New York (1/5) 
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Energy & the Environment
Construction industry in Vegas pushed to include renewable energy
Las Vegas pushes for renewable energy construction
(Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
Las Vegas leads the country in renewable energy construction and will soon push for casinos to add rooftop solar panels. The effort is the next part of a program to make renewable energy a vital part of energy production in the city, now that the entire city government is at 100% renewable.
Construction Global online (1/11) 
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In the Office
6 ways to seek meaning in your work
There are certain steps you can take to feel more fulfilled at work, whether that means customizing your work, recognizing your accomplishments or seeking further development, writes Naphtali Hoff. "Never underestimate yourself and your capabilities," he writes.
SmartBrief/Leadership (1/11) 
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Culture's role in professional relationships
Business networks and personal relationships are considerably different from country to country, writes Michael Landers. Recognize your personal preferences for networking and social interaction, understand that other people have different preferences and embrace that you won't always be in your comfort zone. (1/10) 
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Government & Regulatory
Coalition asks Trump to repeal labor mandate
President Barack Obama issued an executive order that mandated use of project labor agreements on large-scale federal projects, but a coalition of several trade groups, including the Associated General Contractors of America, have asked President-elect Donald Trump to rescind the order. The groups estimate that the mandate would add between 12% and 18% to construction costs.
Construction Dive (1/11) 
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Senate makes first move at ACA repeal during "vote-a-rama"
Senate makes first move at ACA repeal during "vote-a-rama
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
During a late-night "vote-a-rama" session Wednesday, the Senate voted to approve a measure that will eliminate several important elements of the Affordable Care Act. President-elect Donald Trump has promised that Congress will not repeal the health care act without having a plan to replace it.
National Public Radio (1/12),  The Washington Times (1/12) 
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Check out Professional Roofing's January Details!
Professional Roofing profiles NRCA member Joe Guido in the January Details section. Each month in the Details section, Professional Roofing asks an NRCA member a variety of questions so readers can learn more about the individuals who are members of their association. Find more information and view Professional Roofing's January Details here.
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NRCA issues Action Alert regarding legislation to reduce regulatory burdens
Are you tired of dealing with ever-increasing and burdensome government regulations affecting your business? NRCA recognizes roofing contractors face an unprecedented array of federal regulations and is working to advance the Regulatory Accountability Act (H.R. 5) as a solution to this problem. NRCA has posted an Action Alert asking members to contact their representatives in Congress now and urge them to support this critical legislation. View the Action Alert here.
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Visit NRCA at the CRCA trade show!
NRCA will be exhibiting at the Chicago Roofing Contractors Association's (CRCA's) 34th Annual Trade Show & Seminars, "Roofing Week in Chicago -- Weighing the Facts," Jan. 19-20 at Drury Lane Conference Center in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. Be sure to visit NRCA's booth in the lobby! Find more information here.
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