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December 12, 2012News for contractors and the construction industry

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  Economic Update 
  • Study: Chicago needs to spend $2B annually on transit
    Spending $2 billion annually on Chicago's mass transit system is necessary to avoid further deterioration of the network, according to a study by DePaul University. "Investment in infrastructure is a must if we’re going to grow the economy in Illinois," said State Rep. Elaine Nekritz. WBBM-TV (Chicago) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How BIM is transforming the construction industry
    The role of building information modeling in design and construction projects is evolving from an efficient project delivery tool into a "disruptive" kind of technology, writes John Tobin, director of architecture for EYP Architecture & Engineering. "Our best strategy is to embrace the full power of BIM, to recognize its disruptive potential, and to explore its power to address many of the issues we currently face as we attempt to re-imagine design and construction," Tobin writes. Building Design + Construction (free registration) (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Debate arises in Senate over $60B Sandy relief aid
    Legislation that would set aside $60 billion for superstorm Sandy relief efforts is in danger of stalling in the Senate, as Republican leaders on Tuesday expressed opposition to the bill. "Sixty billion dollars at this time when we’re trying to solve the deficit problem ... That’s an awful big bite to swallow," said Sen. Jon Kyl, the Republican whip. The bill is included in a list of items that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., hopes to pass by the end of the year. The Wall Street Journal/Metropolis blog (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Final call for presentations for AGC’s 2013 Environmental Contractors Conference
    The deadline for submissions is this Saturday, Dec. 15. If your Chapter has had a good experience with a speaker on environmental issues, please let them know about AGC’s 2013 Contractors Environmental Conference: Compliant. Competitive. Cost-Effective. AGC will hold this second national conference June 13-14, 2013, in Arlington, Va. We invite presentation proposals for compelling educational sessions on environmental issues geared towards construction professionals. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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    Construction safety and health is vital for the success of the industry. Join more than 150 industry professionals and participate in the development of regulatory and legislative activity on both a national and a local level, assist in the development and creation of new safety training programs and products and hear the latest initiatives from OSHA and other industry experts. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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