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January 10, 2013News for contractors and the construction industry

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  Infrastructure & Project Focus 

  • Work continues on $14B Ga. plant expansion despite layoffs
    The Shaw Group, contractor for the $14 billion expansion of Plant Vogtle in Georgia, started laying off workers "to adjust the project staff to better align with our current scope of operation," said Gentry Brann, the company's vice president of investor relations and corporate communications. However, work continues on the turbine, cooling towers and other aspects of the project. A 50-hour, continuous pour of "nuclear concrete" for the basemat foundation is expected sometime this quarter. The Augusta Chronicle (Ga.) (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • $800M Calif. resort-casino project tops out
    The Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria marked a milestone Tuesday in the construction of the $800 million Graton Resort and Casino in Rohnert Park, Calif., when the final steel beam was put in place. "We'll be ready later this year to open the doors and say hello to thousands and thousands of guests," said Joe Hasson, general manager of the facility. The Press Democrat (Santa Rosa, Calif.) (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economic Update 
  • Wage inflation might prompt Fed action
    As U.S. wages begin to rise, it could cause prices to tick upward and prompt the Federal Reserve to boost interest rates sooner than expected, experts say. Hourly wages for the second consecutive month rose 0.3% in December, and experts say wage inflation might continue. CNNMoney/Fortune/Term Sheet blog (1/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Innovation & Green Building 
  • N.Y. governor unveils plan for $1B "green" bank
    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, during his State of the State address on Wednesday, unveiled a plan to create a $1 billion "green" bank to harness private investments for clean-technology development in the state. The bank will be funded partly by money from the state energy efficiency and renewable portfolio programs, Cuomo said. Greentech Media (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Policy Watch 
  • Lawmaker seeks to cut size of Sandy-relief proposal
    Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., says he will introduce amendments that would reduce the $50.7 billion relief bill for states hit by Hurricane Sandy, and that he thinks other lawmakers also will propose such amendments. "These disaster bills are becoming pork spending. There's lots of spending in these bills that has nothing to do with the disaster," McClintock said. The Hill/Floor Action Blog (1/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Association News 
  • AGC to host webinar on the Affordable Care Act
    HR professionals cannot make tough company decisions regarding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) alone. As a result, many are guiding construction company owners and executives through the decision-making process to minimize the impact of the ACA on business operations. AGC's upcoming webinar series, The Affordable Care Act: The Impact of Health Care Reform on Your Construction Business, will provide those with a seat at the table the information necessary to make critical business decisions that will affect the company for years to come. The webinars will be held on Feb. 5, 7 and 12. Each webinar will be held from 2-3:30 p.m. ET. Registration for all three days is just $99 for AGC members. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • January/February issue of Constructor magazine now available
    Be sure to check out the digital edition today
    The new year brings a fantastic new issue of Constructor magazine -- it's packed full of great content, including a feature article on women in construction who are quickly changing the face of the industry, as well as an industry outlook for 2013, an article on top business trends for the new year, and a lot of buzz about building information modeling (BIM). This issue really has something for everyone. You can read Constructor on your desktop, tablet or smartphone and stay in the know. The digital edition contains the same articles, images and ads as the printed copy in a convenient format that mimics the print version. To stay up to speed on industry and association news, be sure to follow Constructor on Twitter and subscribe to Constructor Monthly. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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