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January 22, 2013News for contractors and the construction industry

  Top Story 
  • 3 contractors bid to work on $975M Minn. Vikings stadium
    The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority received three bids to build the Minnesota Vikings football stadium. New York's Skanska AB, Arizona-based Hunt Construction Group and Mortenson Construction of Minneapolis each submitted a bid. Cost, experience and "meeting workforce goals" will all be considered by the authority, which plans to interview the firms this week. A choice is expected during the first week in February. Minnesota Public Radio/The Associated Press (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Infrastructure & Project Focus 
  • $402M fourth bore of Caldecott Tunnel to open by year's end
    Crews are putting the finishing touches on the $402 million fourth bore of the Caldecott Tunnel in California, and the new two-lane tunnel is expected to open to traffic late this year. "You [will] see a big transformation in the fourth bore in the last half [of the] year," Contra Costa Transportation Authority Executive Director Randy Iwasaki said. Already, concrete is being poured almost daily, although the concrete Art Deco walls at the tunnel's entrance have yet to be formed. Contra Costa Times (Walnut Creek, Calif.) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economic Update 
  • Middle class must benefit from economic growth, Obama says
    President Barack Obama said in his inaugural address that the government must do more to make sure that when the economy expands, the middle class isn't left behind. Unlike his first inaugural speech, in which Obama focused on dealing with the aftermath of the financial crisis, this time the president said the U.S. must deal with long-term economic problems. The Washington Post (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Policy Watch 
  • Labor board backs workers who talk shop on social media
    The National Labor Relations Board, in a series of rulings and public statements, has defended the right of employees to discuss work on social media, such as Facebook and Twitter. The U.S. agency says employer policy restricting social media use is illegal if it bars workers from communicating with one another for the purpose of getting better wages, benefits or working conditions. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/21) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • Construction employment increased in 30 states and D.C. between November and December
    Construction employment expanded in two-thirds of all states in December and in half the nation last year as the industry showed signs of emerging from a six-year slump, according to an analysis by AGC of America of Labor Department data. Association officials noted that contractors responding to a recent survey expect to add more workers in 2013. "These results show that contractors are finding work in more parts of the country than they have for many months," said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. "Further gains appear likely but could be derailed if lawmakers do not keep debt markets operating normally." Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Better manage your prequalification data and process with new iSqFt prequalification tool
    Working in conjunction with AGC of America, iSqFt has introduced a free online prequalification management application to all AGC members. Through this online application, you will be able to send prequalification requests to vendors in your database, allow vendors to send information back to you via the online form, and track and manage responses. Learn more about this great new tool by signing up for one of two informational webinars being held on Friday, Jan. 25 at 3:00 p.m. ET and Friday, Feb. 1 at 10:00 a.m. ET. Register today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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