Construction Employment

Construction Employment Increased in 40 States and D.C. During the Past Year

January 27, 2015

Construction firms added jobs in 40 states and the District of Columbia between December 2013 and December 2014 while construction employment increased in 38 states and D.C. between November and December, according to an analysis today of Labor Department data by AGC of America.

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2015
JAN
29

AGC of America has just announced the date and location for the 2015 Contractors Environmental Conference. The 2015 CEC will be held on Sept. 2-3, 2015, in Arlington, Va., at The Westin Crystal City—right across the river from our nation’s capital. Stay tuned for more information and special offers.

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2015
JAN
28

The chief executive officer of AGC of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, released the following statement in response to the release of the Infrastructure 2.0 Act by Maryland Congressman John Delaney: “The Congressman’s proposal puts a lot of good ideas on the table that we hope spur vigorous discussion over how best to use tax reform to finance America’s aging infrastructure. Congressman Delaney is a serious legislator who understands what levers Congress can use to spur economic growth.

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2015
JAN
28

Registration is now open for AGC’s Construction Project Manager Course (PMC) being held March 29th – April 3rd, 2015 at Pacific Palms Resort, which is set against the majestic San Gabriel Valley Mountains and only half an hour from downtown Los Angeles.

PMC participants experience an interactive program that explores the critical areas of project management that seasoned project managers tackle on a daily basis. The course’s curriculum builds on itself throughout the week, starting with the impact planning has on the overall project and moving on to cover scheduling, productivity and subcontractor/vendor management, as well as legal issues and contract clauses, record-keeping and much more.

This program is eligible for up to 40 hours of continuing education credit. In addition to credit hours toward licensing and other professional designations, at the end of the week PMC graduates leave the course with a new arsenal of techniques, an expanded network of professional mentors and colleagues, and the empowerment to bring their very best to their projects, their teams and their customers.

Don’t delay; our last program was a sell-out and there are limited seats available. Register by February 16th and receive $500 off!  All-Inclusive Tuition: Fee includes tuition, hotel accommodations for five nights, catered meals and all course materials. Register Today!

For more information, please contact Sharon Means at sharon.means@agc.org.

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2015
JAN
28

Final WOTUS Rule Expected Spring 2015

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Research and Development released the final version of the much-anticipated report providing the main scientific underpinning for its “Waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) proposed rule.  As AGC expected, the report concludes that streams, wetlands and riparian areas are connected to downstream waters, and that isolated waters influence these waters also (albeit to a sometimes lesser degree).  This final report incorporates feedback from the EPA Science Advisory Board (SAB) panel convened to review the document.

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2015
JAN
27

There are only 50 days left until AGC’s 96th Annual Convention to be held March 18-20 in San Juan, Puerto Rico!  Among the many reasons to attend Convention is the opportunity to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for the 16 professional development sessions. These sessions will offer a total of 24 hours of continuing education from organizations such as International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) and American Institute of Architects (AIA).

One such opportunity is the “Lean Construction for Executives” session with speaker Bill Seed from Walt Disney Imagineering. Bill will be sharing his 30+ years of experience in the construction industry to help fellow executives adopt Lean Construction and transform the industry by developing better ways to manage the overall construction process.

For more information on “Lean Construction for Executives” and all the professional development sessions, including the number of CEUs being offered, please visit the AGC Convention website.

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2015
JAN
27

AGC of America (AGC) is currently an approved provider for several accrediting bodies to offer continuing education. For select educational programs that qualify under the corresponding standards, AGC is able to offer the following types of credit:

In 2014 alone, AGC of America hosted over 35 educational programs-including conferences, courses, and webinars-that offered a variety of continuing education credits and over 400 hours of qualified and supervised instruction.

Looking for professional development opportunities in 2015? Find more information on which of AGC’s national programs offer continuing education at http://www.agc.org/cs/career_development or contact Carly Trout at carly.trout@agc.org.

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2015
JAN
27

Recently, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) posted information on its website alerting contractors that they are no longer required to invite applicants to self-identify with a particular category of protected veterans post-offer.  The posting came in the form of an update to its Frequently Asked Questions page regarding the regulations set to enforce the Vietnam Era Veterans’ Readjustment Assistance Act (VEVRAA).  The regulations went into effect in March of 2014.

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2015
JAN
27

Refresher Training for Renovators May Move to Entirely Online Format

On Jan. 14, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) proposed revisions to the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule that would eliminate the requirement that the renovator refresher training have a hands-on component and extend the recertification deadline for a portion of renovators, so they can take advantage of this change.  The proposal  would also eliminate the need to pay accreditation and certification fees in the multiple states where EPA administers the program for Lead-based Paint (LBP) Activities (abatement, inspection and risk assessment).  In addition, EPA proposes to clarify certain responsibilities for training providers under both the RRP and LBP Activities programs.

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