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News for contractors and the construction industry | March 21, 2013

  Introduction 
  • AGC's 94th Annual Convention an overwhelming success
    AGC's 94th Annual Convention was a power-packed event that featured appearances by Peter Diamandis, founder of the X Prize Foundation, and Michael Hayden, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency.

    Sessions on technology, industry updates and development offered attendees excellent insight on what to expect in these challenging times and how to plan and adapt. Viewpoints from experts and leaders from across the industry made the AGC 2013 Annual Convention a more-than-worthwhile event.

    Take a look at AGC's photos from the Convention.

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  From AGCofA 
  • Paul Diederich to be next president of AGCofA
      
    Paul Diederich
    Paul Diederich of West Fargo, N.D.-based Industrial Builders will serve as the next president of the Associated General Contractors of America. In a recent Constructor magazine column, Diederich wrote, "As your incoming president of AGC of America, I encourage each and everyone of you to continue to build knowledge." Build the knowledge to improve industry stereotypes, contract language and legislation to enhance the national economy and its productivity, he added. "And -- most importantly -- build your knowledge to ensure your future successes and the success of our industry." Constructor magazine (3/2013) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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  Event Highlights 
  • Widening of Huey P. Long Bridge earns Alliant recognition
    Working as a joint venture, the contractors Massman Construction, Traylor Bros. and IHI have won one of this year's 17 Alliant Build America Awards for their project widening the Huey P. Long Bridge. The JV won the top award, was first in the Highway and Transportation Renovation category and was cited in particular for its innovative method of lifting upstream and downstream widening trusses, allowing for safer work and minimal traffic interruption. New Orleans CityBusiness (3/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 2 Utah projects garner Alliant awards
    The outstanding renovation of the Ogden High School auditorium in Utah has earned Salt Lake-based Hugest General Contractors an Alliant Build America Award. Separately, the Associated General Contractors of America recognized Omaha-based Kiewit with the Liberty Mutual Marvin M. Black Excellence in Partnering Award for work on Utah’s State Route 114 Geneva Road project in Orem. The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (3/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Industry News 
  • AGC to help Congress understand benefits of investing in infrastructure
    Representatives from nearly 900 companies attended AGC's Annual Convention in March. Attendance was up 25% from last year, something that many see as a positive sign in a hurting industry. Paul Diederich, elected to become the 2013 president of the organization said, "My first order of business is to capitalize on the fact that our economy is coming back." He said AGC would work with Congress to help lawmakers see the benefits of investing in infrastructure. Engineering News-Record (3/13) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Bill allowing P3s passes N.M. House
    State Rep. Larry Larranaga, R-N.M., argues that the only solution to his state's "dismal" economy is small business and job creation. He introduced a bill that passed the House that would allow for public-private partnerships in the state. "Public-private partnerships provide a voluntary financing mechanism for public agencies to meet public purposes more quickly and efficiently while creating new jobs for hard working men and women across our state," Larranaga writes. "Additionally, this legislation can help to instigate new projects and increase the tax base, bringing in greater revenue to the state." Albuquerque Journal (N.M.) (subscription required) (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
 
  • Nevada's doing better, but its construction sector isn't
    Nevada's unemployment rate is no longer the nation's lowest. "Most economic and labor market barometers are pointing in a positive direction, so we maintain an outlook of improvement in the job market in 2013," the state's chief economist said. However, the construction sector is not sharing in that positive direction, having lost yet more jobs between December and January. Bloomberg Businessweek/The Associated Press (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Building Connections 
  • Leaders must help build connections
    A good leader is a creator and not just a critic, Mike Figliuolo writes. This means not stopping simply with your opinion. "Give people the coaching, feedback, and resources to improve their average pieces of junk," he writes. "Identify opportunities to connect ideas and people so they can build something greater. Be part of the solution rather than simply pointing out the problem." ThoughtLeaders blog (3/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 5 simple tips for improving company culture
    "[T]here are adoptable practices to turn a halfhearted team into one that's resilient and devoted," writes Tom Gimbel, founder and CEO of LaSalle Network. "It's as easy as celebrating and investing in your employees." Gimbel's tips include making a team out of people who don't normally socialize together, embracing cultural events such as March Madness, involving employees in big decisions, setting aside a regular time to meet with each staff member and offering workshops and additional training. Fox Business Small Business Center (3/14) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Master the art of the follow-up
    Your follow-up notes to new contacts should reference specific details about your initial conversation and make clear that you want to continue with the relationship, Matthew Toren writes. It's also a good idea to compliment them and invite them to have coffee with you, he writes. YoungEntrepreneur.com (3/6) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Upcoming Events 
  • 2013 Federal Contractors Conference
    April 23 to 25 || Washington, D.C.
    The AGC Federal Contractors Conference is the only national event where AGC contractors and federal agency personnel can meet in a collaborative forum to review federal construction contracting issues from around the United States. This conference is designed to allow open dialogue between contractors and the federal agencies to discuss contracting issues critical to the construction industry. Top decision makers from the federal agencies with large construction programs will be in attendance. These insightful and highly productive exchanges have solidified the need for both Federal construction contractors and the Federal construction agencies to share information on a wide variety of issues, and foster better communication and real solutions. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Miami BIMForum: The Human Side of BIM
    April 24 to 25 || Miami
    How many times have you heard someone start a presentation, conversation, or article with "BIM is 10 percent technology, 90 percent sociology?" (Source: Scott Simpson, FAIA, KlingStubbins) It may be becoming trite, but it is also very true. Learn more and attend the BIM Forum in Miami. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AGC Health and Safety Conference
    July 10 to 12 || Denver
    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 national and local levels, 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, and register. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AGC Constructor Expo
    March 4 to 8, 2014 || Las Vegas
    AGC is proud to once again co-sponsor CONEXPO-CON/AGG. Featuring over 2.1 million square feet of indoor and outdoor exhibit space, CONEXPO-CON/AGG is the place to find the latest equipment, products, services, and technologies. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Resources 
  • Sequestration: What construction contractors should know
    On March 1, congressional leaders and President Barack Obama failed to reach a deal to avert the $85 billion in automatic and indiscriminate budget cuts, called sequestration. Consequently, the president signed an order initiating the spending cuts late Friday evening. ENR Engineering News-Record recently reported that the cuts will exceed $4 billion in federal construction funding, as AGC previously forecasted in its sequestration report. Cuts will be made during the next seven months of fiscal year 2013. The White House issued a statement on Friday saying they hope to continue working to find a replacement for the sequester. However, any potential deal reached will likely be months away. Read more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • AGC's Action Center
    AGC is committed to addressing the legislative priorities facing the commercial construction industry and growing the construction economy. AGC’s Legislative Action Committee sets the association's legislative priorities and serves as its regulatory clearinghouse while ensuring that AGC members have a voice in drafting AGC’s policy agenda. In order to get broad feedback, we survey thousands of AGC members and use the Legislative Action Committee to prioritize feedback and solve the most vexing legislative problems facing the industry. Learn more. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  

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