Reading this on a mobile device? Try our optimized mobile version here:

February 6, 2013News for contractors and the construction industry

  Top Story 

Get a better handle on project documents and leave no details overlooked with the ability to tag, index and track entire email threads with Construction Imaging's Microsoft Outlook plug-in. Check out our informative whitepaper to learn more about this important application.
  Infrastructure & Project Focus 
  • First $5.4B in Sandy recovery aid going to 5 states
    The first $5.4 billion tranche in funding for states affected by damage from Superstorm Sandy is ready to be distributed. New York will get $3.5 billion, and $1.9 billion will be divided among New Jersey, Maryland, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Each state and New York City will need to send the Department of Housing and Urban Development plans about how they want to use the money. Courier-Post (Camden-Cherry Hill, N.J.) (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • NYC's Union Square gets 2 new hotels
    The hotel capacity in New York's Union Square area is set to double when the Jade Hotel and the Hyatt Union Square open this spring. Damage caused by Hurricane Sandy last year forced the launch of the two properties to be postponed. Meanwhile, the W New York-Union Square has started on a $15 million "gut renovation." Crain's New York Business (2/4) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economic Update 
  Innovation & Green Building 
  • 3-D printing tested as way to build Moon station
    There are many building materials on Earth, but the moon only offers fine-grained lunar soil. However, that might be perfect for a 3-D printing process to build lunar habitats. Enrico Dini, inventor of the large-format 3-D printer D-Shape, is working with the European Space Agency and Foster + Partners using a simulated lunar soil to test the concept. "Our current printer builds at a rate of around two meters per hour. Our next-generation design should attain 3.5 meters per hour, completing an entire building in a week," Dini said. FastCoDesign (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Obama calls for short-term budget deal
    President Barack Obama is urging Congress to pass a package of stopgap tax increases and spending cuts to avert deep across-the-board reductions in military and domestic spending set to take effect March 1. He said the action would give lawmakers time to work out a comprehensive deficit-reduction plan that would put automatic sequestration of funds to rest permanently. Obama said there is no need to endanger "the jobs of thousands of Americans." The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (2/5), Reuters (2/5), Bloomberg (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • States eye other revenue sources for infrastructure repairs
    U.S. governors are trying to increase revenues to help pay for infrastructure repairs as they find their main revenue sources aren't enough. Under consideration are gasoline and state sales tax increases and a mileage-based fee for drivers. In Pennsylvania, for instance, Gov. Tom Corbett proposed a plan to raise about $5.4 billion within five years by raising the tax that wholesale gasoline dealers pay. "Governors are struggling all across the country with transportation," said Joe Henchman of the Tax Foundation. The Wall Street Journal (2/5) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • 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
Learn more
about AGC ->
Pressroom  |  Join AGC  |  Legislative Action  |  Bookstore  |  Construction Economics

I've learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
--Maya Angelou,
American author and poet

LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

Subscriber Tools
Print friendly format | Web version | Search past news | Archive | Privacy policy

Associate Publisher:  Kathy Dowdy 469-305-7122
A powerful website for SmartBrief readers including:
 Recent AGC SmartBrief Issues:   Lead Editor:  Jennifer Hicks
Mailing Address:
SmartBrief, Inc.®, 555 11th ST NW, Suite 600, Washington, DC 20004
© 1999-2013 SmartBrief, Inc.® Legal Information