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October 19, 2018
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Infrastructure issues to monitor at midterm elections
Infrastructure issues to monitor at midterm elections
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The results of 2018 midterm elections could have a significant impact on the construction industry as debates over infrastructure ensue. Issues to keep an eye on are potential construction of a border wall, the California bullet train, the San Joaquin Delta project, the battle between environmentalism and new construction, and whether to raise the federal gas tax to finance infrastructure.
Construction Dive (10/18) 
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Roads, Tunnels & Bridges
What will infrastructure look like in the future?
Climate change and the rise of autonomous vehicles could modify the way we think about infrastructure, and a team of researchers at five universities will envision its future. Thanks to a one-year, $100,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, the researchers will investigate sensor technology for roads, ways to cut vehicle emissions and more.
University of Kansas (10/16) 
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China to open world's longest sea bridge
China to open world's longest sea bridge
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The roughly 34-mile Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge in China is expected to open next week. The sea bridge, believed to be the world's longest, has been lauded as an engineering marvel.
Asia Times (10/18),  USA Online Casino (10/19) 
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Gov. Cuomo repeats his call for US money for Hudson River rail tunnel
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo made a video at the Hudson River rail tunnel explaining to President Donald Trump the importance of getting substantial federal funding to replace the deteriorating structure. Estimates place the cost of repairs to the old tunnel and to dig a new tunnel at $12.7 billion.
The Wall Street Journal (tiered subscription model) (10/18) 
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Waterways, Canals & Ports
Port planned in St. Louis on Mississippi River
Construction is expected to begin within a year on a port along the Mississippi River in St. Louis. The multibillion-dollar project will convert 6,500 acres of farmland into a hub for ships, trucks and rail.
KMOV-TV (St. Louis) (10/17) 
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Power Plants & Transmission Lines
JupiterMLP secures financing for Permian-to-Gulf Coast pipeline
A capital commitment from Charon System Advisors gives JupiterMLP sufficient funding to construct a crude oil pipeline from the Permian Basin to Brownsville, Texas. The pipeline will be able to ship one million oil barrels per day to Brownsville, where JupiterMLP is building more than 2.8 million barrels of storage and has secured government approval to load and unload vessels of up to 65,000 deadweight tons.
Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (10/18) 
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Mass Transit, Rails & Airports
$1.4B rail line proposed to transport oil out of Utah
A $1.4 billion, 150-mile railroad has been proposed to ship oil from the Uinta Basin in Utah to Colorado. Proponents say the price tag pales in comparison to previously suggested and rejected plans.
The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) (10/18) 
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$3B Calif. airport project attracts scrutiny
$3B Calif. airport project attracts scrutiny
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Environmental concerns related to increased congestion are being raised about a $3 billion expansion and upgrade of San Diego International Airport. The scrutiny could cause a slight rewrite of the project's environmental impact report, which officials say is no longer on track to be completed by the end of 2018.
The San Diego Union-Tribune (tiered subscription model) (10/15) 
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Wastewater & Sanitation
Wastewater discharge into streams, rivers could be allowed by EPA
The Environmental Protection Agency is holding consultations to determine whether to allow oil and natural gas drillers to dump wastewater into rivers and streams by amending federal water standards, said Lee Forsgren, deputy assistant administrator at EPA's Office of Water. Treating drilling wastewater to discharge it into bodies of water is uneconomical with current technology and regulations, industry experts say.
Houston Chronicle (tiered subscription model) (10/17) 
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Levees, Dams & Hurricane Protection
Plan would protect Boston Harbor from rising sea levels
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh has released a potentially $1 billion Resilient Boston Harbor plan to help guard the city's waterfront against rising sea levels. It entails restoring 122 acres of marshes, creating 67 acres of open space and elevating certain areas of the shoreline susceptible to flooding.
WHDH-TV (Boston)/The Associated Press (10/17) 
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Association News
New AGC Business Development Best Practice: 5 Ways to Engage Your Organization to Improve Win Rate
The AGC Business Development Best Practices are an ongoing effort of the AGC Business Development Forum Steering Committee to bring more BD resources and best practices to the AGC membership. This month, the Business Development Forum Steering Committee highlights:

  • Business Development leaders are responsible for identifying and vetting opportunities that are good for business. The steps taken can be the difference between winning and losing. So where do you start? In our latest Business Development Best Practice, Tim Ashmore, Charter Contracting Company, discusses “5 Ways to Engage Your Organization to Improve Win Rate.”

Interested in contributing a Best Practice article or presenting in a Business Development WebEd? As a volunteer, you and your company will be prominently featured to the largest and foremost audience in the construction industry! The Forum Steering Committee will also provide you with the necessary direction and support to make the process as easy as possible. If you are interested in getting involved, please contact paige.packard@agc.org. AGC Members can join the Business Development Forum by visiting our Forum website and clicking "Join the Forum."
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AGC joins Capital One, Microsoft, Starbucks, Target and others to promote voter participation in this year's elections
The association, along with leading brands and organizations, is partnering in the TurboVote Challenge to help America reach 80% voter turnout. The construction industry and the millions of workers it employs have much at stake this November. At a time when the industry is rebounding from the longest and deepest slump of any sector, it is especially important to elect local, state, and federal leaders willing to work for common-sense solutions to the challenges facing the construction industry and its workforce. Help make the construction industry's voice heard loudly and clearly in this year's elections! Get registered. Get informed. Vote! Read more.
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