AGC Association News


Automated vehicles, cybersecurity, construction technology developments and more at Highway and Transportation Construction Conference -- Nov. 3-5

AGC SmartBrief | Sep 30, 2016

The Highway and Transportation Construction Conference will feature all the cutting-edge subjects that will impact the highway and transportation market over the next several years. How will automated vehicles impact road construction? What’s the latest in machine guidance systems and other technology developments? Is your company safe from ransomware, hacking and other cyberthreats? Join your fellow highway, transit and bridge contractors and get up to date at the 2016 Highway and Transportation Construction Conference (formerly the Highway Contractors Conference) Nov. 3-5 in Phoenix at the JW Marriott Desert Ridge Resort. Learn more and register.


Construction employment increases in 3/5ths of nation's metro areas between Aug. 2015 & 2016 as industry job openings hit 10-year high

AGC SmartBrief | Sep 30, 2016

Construction employment increased in three-fifths of metro areas between August 2015 and August 2016 -- the smallest share in nearly three and a half years -- as contractors in many areas report difficulty in finding qualified workers, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the new data underscores the need to make it easier for school officials to set up programs that teach skills like construction. "While the number of metro areas with employment increases has been slipping, the number with decreases -- 76 in August -- has held roughly steady," said Ken Simonson, the association's chief economist. "Meanwhile, job openings have been at a 10-year high but hiring has stalled in many parts of the country. Together, these facts make it clear that the slowdown in hiring has more to do with workforce shortages than shortages of work." Read the full news release.


Attend AGC's Contractor Executive Exchange!

AGC SmartBrief | Sep 29, 2016

The Exchange brings purchasing executives from some of the most respected contracting firms in the country together with VPs and national sales managers from innovative product supply and manufacturing companies for two-and-a-half days of one-on-one product vetting, networking and industry intelligence gathering. During two-and-a-half days of meetings, participants will have between 16 and 24 pre-qualified and pre-scheduled one-on-one appointments to customize pricing and product proposals and to explore new arrivals to the market. The proven model offers maximum ROI for both contractor and supplier participants. Packages available for Suppliers/Manufacturers; approved Contractors attend for free! Learn more.


Get social: Follow AGC today and join the conversation

AGC SmartBrief | Sep 29, 2016

Follow AGC on Facebook and Twitter and be the first to know about important news related to construction and AGC. Follow us on both and add to the discussion by visiting Facebook and Twitter. You can also connect with us on LinkedIn and see what we're up to on YouTube and Instagram.


The latest news for your business

AGC SmartBrief | Sep 28, 2016

AGC News, the single source for news and updates relevant to the construction industry, has legislative information, environmental regulations, association education resources, construction economic data, and more, all available in a single spot. Bookmark AGC.org/news, and check often for the latest updates.


FedEx Advantage® Program

AGC SmartBrief | Sep 28, 2016

AGC members receive discounts of up to 29% on select FedEx Express® and FedEx Ground® shipping services, up to 70% on FedEx Freight® shipping services. There are no costs and no minimum shipping, copy or print requirements to take advantage of this great member benefit. Learn more.


Better benefits with AGC’s private insurance exchange -- get a quote!

AGC SmartBrief | Sep 27, 2016

The AGC Alternative can help your company build a better benefits package -- one that benefits you and your employees. Take control of rising health care costs with a defined contribution strategy, and give employees more choice and flexibility. To learn more or to request a quote, visit http://www.agc.org/exchange or call 1-800-210-5290.


AGC’s Data Digest

AGC SmartBrief | Sep 27, 2016

Data DIGest is your source for the latest economic news relevant to the construction industry with commentary and analysis from AGC’s Chief Economist, Ken Simonson. It brings you actionable information to stay ahead of the curve on issues such as materials, prices, construction employment, and state-by-state construction trends. Subscribe here.


There's still time to start an Alliant Build America Awards application

AGC SmartBrief | Sep 23, 2016

It's not too late to begin an application for the Alliant Build America Awards! We strongly encourage AGC member companies in good standing who meet the competition requirements to apply online for some much-deserved recognition for their outstanding projects. As an added bonus, all entry fees are donated to the AGC Education and Research Foundation’s Alliant Build America Scholarship Fund and matched by Alliant to double the impact for young constructors across the country. (Not that you needed another reason to apply, of course!) Apply by Wednesday, Oct. 26, for full consideration. Learn more about AGC of America's awards programs.


Help predict future of construction; enter to win Apple Watch by completing survey

AGC SmartBrief | Sep 22, 2016

As AGC of America approaches its Centennial Year in 2018, we are taking steps now to make sure the association continues to meet the present and future needs of the industry. As part of that effort, we are asking for your help in gaining a better understanding of how the construction industry is and will continue to evolve and the steps we need to make to ensure we continue to help member firms thrive. Please take a few moments to complete a relatively brief survey we have prepared, and we will gladly enter you into a drawing for an Apple Watch.

If you have any questions regarding the survey, please contact Brian Turmail, senior executive director of public affairs, at turmailb@agc.org or 703-459-0238.

We thank you for your participation and look forward to your feedback.


New ConstructorCast episode explores cybersecurity

AGC SmartBrief | Sep 22, 2016

Listen to the latest ConstructorCast for an in-depth discussion of the cybersecurity risks facing the construction industry, how hackers target firms, and what you can do to protect yourself and your company. For this episode, we sit down with Joe Oleksak, an IT leader with Plante Moran, and Fara Francis, AGC's chief information officer, for the full story on how cybersecurity is a new frontier in risk management. Stream or download the full episode.


Construction employment rises in 36 states between Aug. 2015, 2016; only 24 states add jobs last month as firms struggle to find workers

AGC SmartBrief | Sep 21, 2016

Thirty-six states added construction jobs between August 2015 and August 2016, while construction employment increased in only 24 states between July and August, according to analysis of Labor Department data released by AGC. Association officials said demand for construction appears to be cooling in some markets but added that many firms report they would be expanding their head count if they could find qualified workers to hire. "The construction market has cooled off in recent months but continues to outperform the overall economy in most states, with solid year-over-year job gains," said Ken Simonson, chief economist for the association. "Despite some slowing in public construction, apartments and manufacturing projects, contractors in many states say they would be hiring more employees if they could find enough qualified workers." Read the full press release.


Better benefits with AGC's private insurance exchange -- get a quote!

AGC SmartBrief | Sep 20, 2016

The AGC Alternative can help your company build a better benefits package -- one that benefits you and your employees. Take control of rising health care costs with a defined contribution strategy, and give employees more choice and flexibility. To learn more or to request a quote, visit http://www.agc.org/exchange or call 1-800-210-5290.


AGC's Construction Project Manager Course

AGC SmartBrief | Sep 16, 2016

AGC's Construction Project Manager Course (PMC) provides you and your project managers the chance to hone the skills necessary to work more efficiently, increase productivity and propel your construction business to the next level. PMC participants experience an interactive program that explores the critical areas of project management that seasoned project managers tackle on a daily basis. Learn more and get the dates.


AGC Members get big incentives on Ford Commercial Fleet Vehicles

AGC SmartBrief | Sep 16, 2016

As a qualified Association Member with an active Ford Commercial Fleet Identification Number, AGC Members have the opportunity to receive significant discounts on new Ford fleet vehicle purchases. Combined with Ford’s National Commercial Fleet Incentive Program (56M), qualifying AGC Members can save as much as $2,000+ off select vehicles. Learn more and save on your fleet purchase.


Register today for AGC's 2016 Contractors Environmental Conference

AGC SmartBrief | Sep 15, 2016

AGC’s annual Contractors Environmental Conference is coming to the nation's capital this fall. Environmental compliance and sustainability professionals in the construction industry will come together on Oct. 5-6, in Washington, D.C., at the Hyatt Regency Washington Capitol Hill. If you're still making up your mind whether to attend, take a look at the schedule of events and register today.


AGC members -- A private offer from GM

AGC SmartBrief | Sep 14, 2016

When it comes time to buy a new vehicle, your AGC membership pays. We know how hard you work, so we're going to help you lighten your load. AGC members save up to $1,000 off the purchase or lease of most new GM vehicles. Learn more.


Save on fuel -- AGC BP discount programs

AGC SmartBrief | Sep 13, 2016

AGC members can save up to 6 cents on every gallon. With special tiered rebates on purchases at BP and a 1.5-cent rebate on all gasoline and diesel purchases at other brands, you'll save with every fill up. Last year, AGC members saved $1.1 million on over 25 million gallons of fuel. Don't miss out -- learn more and join in on the savings.


AGC members -- A special offer on Chrysler®, Jeep®, Dodge® and Ram® vehicles

AGC SmartBrief | Sep 13, 2016

AGC members receive $500 off the lowest negotiated price on the purchase or lease of many of the most popular vehicles in the Chrysler lineup. Among the Chrysler®, Jeep®, Dodge® and Ram® lineup and the FIAT® 500L, there's something for everyone. AGC members are also eligible to choose from one of four On The Job program benefits, including commercial upfit, graphic allowance, maintenance package and a Bosch toolkit. Learn more.


Your AGC Membership Pays

AGC SmartBrief | Sep 12, 2016

AGC members are eligible to participate in more than 20 discount programs specially designed to meet the needs of contractors. Whether you are looking to purchase a new vehicle for your fleet or for ways to cut costs on fuel and shipping, AGC programs can save you money. Enroll and maximize the value of your membership. Learn more at www.agc.org/Save


Constructor Marketplace: Search for contractor services and construction supplies in one place

AGC SmartBrief | Sep 09, 2016

Need a vendor? Reach thousands of suppliers and service providers in one place: AGC's official purchasing directory, Constructor Marketplace. This site places you in contact with vendors from more than 50 categories -- everything from acoustical and drywall to windows -- quickly, so you can get the materials or the help you need to get the job done right. Use Constructor Marketplace's free Request for Proposal (RFP) Automator to request custom project bids from multiple Marketplace vendors with just a few clicks. Advertising is available: Place your products or services in front of thousands of contractors per month, one-third of whom are repeat visitors. For more information about advertising, email Jamie Williams at jwilliams@naylor.com. To add your basic listing or update a listing, email Tracy Venzen at tvenzen@naylor.com. This Buyers' Guide is not the AGC Online Member Directory. To access the AGC Member Directory, please visit www.agc.org.


Construction State Law Matrix

AGC SmartBrief | Sep 09, 2016

The Construction State Law Matrix is the most comprehensive, definitive and concise publication available, covering all aspects of state laws that may affect your public or private construction project. This essential resource, for use before completing any construction contract in the United States, District of Columbia or Puerto Rico, ensures compliance and enforceability under state law. To find out more about the State Law Matrix or to review a free sample, go to www.agc.org.


AGC/FMI risk management survey reveals changing environment

AGC SmartBrief | Sep 08, 2016

In conjunction with FMI, AGC's Surety Bonding and Risk Management Forum recently completed a survey of the risks that AGC contractors are perceiving and how AGC contractors are managing these risks. The 83 responses that AGC and FMI received from 83 best-in-class companies that collectively perform approximately $50 billion of construction each year suggest the following:

  • Today's construction risk environment is drastically different than it was five years ago.
  • Skilled craft labor shortages, contract language and subcontractor default are top risks in today's construction industry.
  • Construction firms are managing risk differently today.
  • Risk management effectiveness varies.
  • Mitigating and managing risk has become a strategic priority.
For a full analysis of the survey's results, simply look here. For more information on AGC's Surety Bonding and Risk Management Forum, contact Michael Kennedy at AGC of America at kennedym@agc.org.


AGC's Data DIGest

AGC SmartBrief | Sep 06, 2016

Data DIGest is your source for the latest economic news relevant to the construction industry with commentary and analysis from AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson. It brings you actionable information to stay ahead of the curve on issues such as materials, prices, construction employment, and state-by-state construction trends. Subscribe here.


AGC offers health insurance via private insurance exchange -- Request a quote!

AGC SmartBrief | Sep 02, 2016

AGC of America and Willis North America are proud to offer a dynamic and cost-effective way for AGC member firms to offer quality health insurance and other employee benefits. The AGC Alternative is a private insurance exchange built exclusively for AGC members. Learn more and get a quote. Visit www.agc.org/exchange or call Willis at 1-800-210-5290.




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