AGC

Located in the Metropolitan Washington, DC area, The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is the leading association for the construction industry. Operating in partnership with its nationwide network of Chapters, AGC provides a full range of services satisfying the needs and concerns of its members, thereby improving the quality of construction and protecting the public interest.

Contact:

Associated General Contractors of America
2300 Wilson Blvd., Suite 400
Arlington, VA 22201

Phone:(703) 548-3118 - Local
      (800) 242-1767 - Publications

Fax: (703) 548-3119

   http://www.agc.org/

    Register for First Ever AGC Utility Infrastructure Conference at ICUEE

    AGC will be hosting its first ever Utility Infrastructure Conference (link is external), Sept. 29–Oct. 1 in Louisville, Kentucky. Join other contractors, owners and key industry constituents involved in every aspect of utility infrastructure construction for high-quality education sessions, the premier utility construction equipment expo, and networking opportunities

    House Committee Passes Bill Restricting EPA Clean Water Act Rule

    By a vote of 36-22, the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee approved legislation that would send the administration’s proposed rule redefining federal jurisdiction under the Clean Water Act back to the drawing board.

    AGC Provides Construction Industry Insight to Tax Reformers

    On Wednesday, AGC submitted three formal comment letters to the Business Income Tax Working Group, Savings & Investment Working Group, and theCommunity Development & Infrastructure Working Group in response to the Senate Finance Committee’s request for input from stakeholders on how to revamp the tax code. Submissions from stakeholders will be reviewed by the working groups and ideas can be incorporated into the each working group’s final recommendations.

    Five Reasons to Attend AGC’s 2015 Contractors Environmental Conference Sept. 2-3

    If you’re interested in any aspect of environmental compliance or sustainability on a construction jobsite, this is the conference for you. Learn from industry experts and your peers at AGC’s 2015 Contractors Environmental Conference on September 2-3 in Arlington, Virginia. It’s only six weeks away, so click here(link is external) to reserve your spot today.

    CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT DECLINES IN HALF OF THE STATES BETWEEN MAY AND JUNE AS CONGRESS SEEKS NEW WAY TO PAY FOR NEEDED TRANSPORTATION UPGRADES

    Construction employment declined in 25 states between May and June even as 39 states and the District of Columbia added construction jobs between June 2014 and June 2015, according to an analysis today of Labor Department data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials noted that the monthly construction employment declines come as Congress continues to search for ways to pay for new highway and transit investments

    Construction HR & Training Professionals Conference Offers Continuing Education Credits

    At AGC of America, we know how important maintaining professional credentials are to those who hold such designations. Therefore, AGC’s Construction HR & Training Professionals Conference will offer opportunities for HR, training and workforce development professionals to earn recertification credits from the HR Certification Institute (HRCI). 

    EPA Revises Permit for Stormwater Discharges from Industrial Activities

    On June 4, 2015, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) reissued its Multi-Sector General Permit (link is external) (MSGP) pursuant to the Clean Water Act (CWA) for stormwater discharges associated with industrial activity, replacing the 2008 MSGP. The new MSGP is effective immediately and serves as a national model. EPA will hold a webinar (link is external) on July 8 to provide training on the new electronic reporting requirements in the 2015 MSGP.

    Current Developments Regarding Hydraulic Fracturing Impacts and Regulations

    On June 4, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released for public comment and peer review a draft of its highly anticipated assessment of the potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing (or fracking) on drinking water, Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking Water Resources (Draft Assessment). EPA did find instances where hydraulic fracturing activities have the potential to impact drinking water resources, but it also found that such cases were relatively rare, and not “widespread” or “systemic.”

    CBO Reports on Infrastructure Spending

    This week, the Congressional Budget Office issued a report (link is external) detailing public spending on transportation and water infrastructure from 1956 to 2014. The report showed that public spending on Transportation and Water Infrastructure has been fairly consistent as a share of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) at about 2.4 percent, which is below the 3.0 percent peak in 1959. It did recently rise to 2.7 percent of GDP in 2009 and 2010 because of the increase in infrastructure investment under ARRA, which temporarily boosted infrastructure spending by $55 billion.

    House Subcommittee Moves Transportation Funding Bill

    This week, the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) passed their fiscal year 2016 funding bill. The bill includes funding for the Department of Transportation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and other related agencies

    AGC Looks at Developments in Green Community Programs: Day Five of Earth Week

    AGC has celebrated Earth Day (officially April 22) all week long by releasing an article a day exploring how the construction industry contributes to building a green future.  You can help us get the word out by linking to these articles via social media during “Earth Week.”  AGC has explored green buildings, roads, infrastructure, and homes; this final article in the series brings all of these components together and looks at green communities

    AGC Looks at Developments in Residential Green Programs: Day Four of Earth Week

    AGC is celebrating Earth Day (officially April 22) all week long by releasing an article a day exploring how the construction industry contributes to building a green future.  You can help us get the word out by linking to these articles via social media during “Earth Week.”  Today’s article (the fourth in AGC’s five-day series) features some of the available green programs in the multifamily and single family homes markets

    AGC Looks at Developments in Green Infrastructure Programs: Day Three of Earth Week

    Today is Earth Day, April 22, and AGC is celebrating all week long by releasing an article a day exploring how the construction industry contributes to building a green future.  You can help us get the word out by linking to these articles via social media during “Earth Week.”  Today’s article (the third in AGC’s five-day series) explores developments in green infrastructure

    Building Trades President McGarvey Shares Views and Priorities at AGC Convention

    North America’s Building Trade Unions (the Building Trades) “will work with whoever will work with us,” said its president Sean McGarvey during a session at AGC of America’s Annual Convention on March 19 in San Juan, PR. “We’re not about political parties. We’re about [construction workers]…Both parties have changed, and we have no permanent friends and no permanent enemies. That’s our approach,” he said

    AGC Meets with OMB on Interaction of Water Rules

    AGC and its industry partners from the Waters Advocacy Coalition met with the Office of Management & Budget (OMB) to discuss the federal water quality standards (WQS) regulation proposed by EPA and its interaction with the proposed change in the definition of “Waters of the United States.” Both proposed rules attempt very significant changes to large portions of the Clean Water Act, and AGC and its industry partners do not believe that the agencies are evaluating the true economic costs of either rule, nor are the costs of the changes in either rule being adequately taken into account by the other rule

    CONSTRUCTION FIRMS ADD 39,000 JOBS IN JANUARY, BRINGING EMPLOYMENT TO HIGHEST LEVEL SINCE 2009 AS SECTOR’S UNEMPLOYMENT RATE DROPS TO 9.8 PERCENT

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 6, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Construction employers added 39,000 jobs in January and 308,000 over the past year, reaching the highest employment total since February 2009, as the sector’s unemployment rate fell to 9.8 percent, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the job gains come as most construction firms report plans to expand headcount this year, but worry about growing shortages of qualified workers.

    CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT INCREASES IN 257 OUT OF 339 METRO AREAS BETWEEN DECEMBER 2013 & 2014 AS INDUSTRY PREDICTS IT WILL EXPAND HEADCOUNT IN 2015

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 4, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Construction employment expanded in 257 metro areas, declined in 43 and was stagnant in 39 between December 2013 and December 2014, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said the construction industry should continue to expand in 2015

    CONSTRUCTION SPENDING ENDS 2014 AT HIGHEST LEVEL SINCE 2008 AS PUBLIC OUTLAYS TURN POSITIVE, ADDING TO STRENGTH IN PRIVATE SEGMENTS

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 2, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Construction spending rose in December to a six-year high of $982 billion as public construction for the year increased for the first time since 2009, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said President Obama’s budget proposal and his suggested infrastructure funding program should help construction spending continue to grow by accelerating debate about the best way to fund repairs to the nation’s aging roads, bridges, and other public infrastructure.

    NEW INFRASTRUCTURE FINANCE PROPOSAL BY CONGRESSMAN JOHN DELANEY SHOULD SPUR VIGOROUS DEBATE OVER HOW TO USE TAX REFORM TO FIX INFRASTRUCTURE

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – February 1, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors 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

    CONSTRUCTION EMPLOYMENT INCREASED IN 40 STATES AND D.C. DURING THE PAST YEAR, 38 STATES AND D.C. ADD JOBS BETWEEN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER

    WASHINGTON, D.C. – January 28, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Texas and North Dakota Have Largest 12-Month Gains, West Virginia and Arizona Have Biggest Annual Declines; New York and Montana Top Monthly Rankings, California and Vermont Shed Most Jobs in December

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