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February 12, 2013News for contractors and the construction industry

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  Economic Update 
  • Debt-reduction effort is almost finished, White House says
    The Obama administration is signaling to Congress that it doesn't plan to launch another initiative to cut the national debt. The White House is telling policymakers that if a deal can be reached to head off across-the-board cuts, President Barack Obama will have achieved his goal of curbing the acceleration of government borrowing. The Washington Post (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • State of the Union address will pledge a focus on jobs
    President Barack Obama reportedly has promised Democratic lawmakers that he will use his State of the Union address to present issues such as immigration and education reform as means to boost employment. Tuesday's speech could be a defining moment for Obama, giving him the chance to set out his vision at a time when he has significant political capital. "He's never really had an opportunity like this -- and he probably won't have one again," write Sean Sullivan and Aaron Blake. USA Today/The Oval blog (2/8), The Washington Post/The Fix blog (2/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Innovation & Green Building 
  • Slideshow: How to build the world’s longest floating bridge
    The longest floating bridge in the world, Seattle’s Route 520 bridge that spans Lake Washington, is being rebuilt. This slideshow aims to demonstrate how "advanced construction methods and new technologies, including electrified rebar and hundreds of moisture sensors, will play prominent roles in building the 116-foot-wide, 20-foot-high, six-lane structure." Wired.com (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Fla. DOT proposes $8.5B budget for 2013
    Florida Transportation Secretary Ananth Prasad has unveiled a final 2013 budget proposal of $8.5 billion, the state's biggest nonstimulus plan ever. "We need to continue to make the case that infrastructure and investment in transportation is more than road builders and engineers ... it is what drives the economy," Prasad said. Sunshine State News (Fla.) (2/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • American Legion Post reopens after renovation by AGC Charities and volunteers
    Construction charity organization AGC Charities, Inc., completed renovations to an American Legion Post on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., to make the facility more handicap accessible. Dozens of local contractors donated their time, expertise and money to make a series of improvements to the Kenneth H. Nash Post 8 building. "We are honored to have this opportunity to give back to the men and women that have sacrificed so much for our great country and the freedoms we all enjoy," said Joseph H. Jarboe, senior vice president of Clark Construction Group and the president of Associated General Contractors of America. "We hope that with these new renovations the Post will be able to better serve these honorable service men and women and provide the best accommodations possible." Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2013 AGC’s 94th Annual Convention and Constructor Expo
    March 6-9 || Palm Springs, Calif.
    Growing your business can be a difficult endeavor ... even in a strong economy. In today’s construction marketplace, with fewer projects to bid on, increased competition from out of market firms, lower margins and higher materials prices, the average contractor faces nightmarish conditions in which to try to keep their businesses afloat, much less thriving. Very often, the line between success and failure comes down to simply who you know. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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