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December 11, 2012News for contractors and the construction industry

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  • Obama seeks $60.4B in aid for Sandy-hit states
    Congress has been asked by President Barack Obama to provide $60.4 billion in assistance for states recovering from Hurricane Sandy. Many officials from affected states said they are pleased with the request and urged Congress to approve the funding. "It's not everything we wanted, but it's close enough," said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. U.S. News & World Report/The Associated Press (12/8) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
Making the Most of Parcel Boundary Data
For a growing list of industries, the importance and widening use of parcel boundary and property data continues to grow. Thankfully, alternatives to traditional parcel acquisition efforts are now available through cost-effective and ready to use solutions. Read our guide to smart decision-making using parcel boundary data
  Infrastructure & Project Focus 
  • Over $7B in midstream shale fuel projects under way in Ohio
    The Ohio construction industry is being kept busy with major projects because of the shale gas and oil boom as energy companies prepare to ramp up production in 2013. More than $7 billion in work is under way on seven processing-separation facilities and four pipelines, with $5 billion in new pipelines in the offing in the coming years. Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio) (12/9) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Work on $1.6B toll road in Fla. could begin in February
    Work on the $1.6 billion Wekiva Parkway tollway project across three counties in Florida could start in February, but only if crews can relocate the gopher tortoises found in Lake County. The 25-mile road will be completed in pieces and should be finished in 2021. One of the first projects is a 3.1-mile stretch, a design-build project costing $23 million. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (12/7) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Mass. breaks ground on $1.1B Green Line extension project
    Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick will lead the groundbreaking for the $1.1B Green Line extension to be held today. The ceremony moves forward even though the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority is still in the process of finding a construction manager/general contractor to handle the project. The project will add six new stops to the public transit line. Wicked Local (12/10), WBZ-TV (Boston) (12/11) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • $1B "All Aboard Florida" rail service to start in 2015
    Construction of Florida East Coast Industries' $1 billion "All Aboard Florida" passenger rail service between Miami and Orlando is scheduled begin next year and take two years to complete, according to the company. An estimated 1,200 construction jobs will be created by the project, which will be funded by private dollars, FECI said. "We wouldn't be doing this if we didn't think it was viable," said Husein Cumber, FECI executive vice president of corporate development. Orlando Sentinel (Fla.) (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Economic Update 
  • "Fiscal cliff" is already affecting construction jobs
    In November, the construction industry shed 20,000 jobs and its unemployment rate reached 12.2%, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Such data might indicate the threat posed by the "fiscal cliff," which has contractors laying off workers and reducing hiring. "As disappointing as these numbers are, they will only get worse if Congress and the White House allow huge tax increases and spending cuts to occur," AGC Chief Economist Ken Simonson said. American City Business Journals/Albuquerque, N.M./Morning Edition blog (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Innovation & Green Building 
  • Energy-efficient Minneapolis cultural center to achieve LEED Gold
    A new wing of the American Swedish Institute in Minneapolis was designed with sustainability in mind. Topped with green and white roofs, the Nelson Cultural Center has 90 geothermal wells that provide heating and cooling, as well as other sustainable features that are expected to cut energy use by 30%. Inhabitat (12/10) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • 2013 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook
    AGC of America and Computer Guidance are once again getting ready to begin preparing the 2013 Construction Industry Hiring and Business Outlook. A key component of that outlet is the information we hope to gather from members like you. Please take a few minutes to complete this survey. And because we know your time is valuable and your input is crucial, everyone that completes a survey will be automatically entered into a raffle to give away two $100 gift cards. Our plan is to spend late November and early December compiling survey responses.  We will then work with our chief economist, Ken Simonson, other AGC staff and the Computer Guidance team to prepare an analysis of the results, which we will release to the media and members as early as the second half of December. We appreciate your support. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Submit a proposal for the 2013 AGC Contractors Environmental Conference
    The Associated General Contractors of America will hold its second national "Contractors Environmental Conference: Compliant. Competitive. Cost-Effective." in early June 2013, in Crystal City, Va., right outside of Washington, D.C. We invite presentation proposals for compelling educational sessions on environmental issues geared towards construction professionals. The deadline for proposals is Dec. 15. Learn more and submit your proposal today. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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