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January 4, 2010
A Bloomberg article states that "Tax-exempt bonds are an 'inefficient' way to subsidize state and local borrowing for infrastructure like roads and schools and cost the U.S. Treasury $26 billion a year, a congressional study says.  States and cities benefit more from Qualified School Construction Bonds, which provide federal tax credits, and Build America Bonds that subsidize interest costs." For the entire article, please click here.
December 30, 2009
By a vote of 217-212 the House last week passed H.R. 2847, "Jobs for Main Street Act of 2010," legislation intended to stimulate job growth. Included in the bill are funds for various infrastructure investments. Funding includes: $27.5 billion for highways (freight and passenger rail and port projects also eligible); $8.4 billion for transit; $500 million for Airport Improvement Program grants; $800 million for Amtrak fleet modernization; $1 billion for clean water state revolving funds; $1 billion for drinking water grants;
December 30, 2009
According to a Reed Construction Data article, a 4 to 5% commercial construction decline is expected to occur from August through next winter, particularly hitting the hotel industry. Though the retail sector is not expected to be hit hard again, there is only a 5% expected increase over the next year, with any new construction doubtful.
December 24, 2009
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has for the first time imposed nationwide monitoring requirements and enforceable numeric limits on the amount of sediment that can run off any construction site that impacts 10 or more acres of land at any one time, despite AGC's years-long effort to explain the detrimental effect on the construction industry.
December 21, 2009
The past year has been full of challenges and opportunities for the construction industry.  Each day, AGC of America has been working hard to represent Building Contractors.  Whether through the AGC Building Division, advocacy, safety and health, environment, labor and workforce, education and training or contract documents...AGC is focused on protecting your interests, helping your business, and improving your industry.
December 21, 2009
Registration & Hotel Deadline is December 30, 2009  
December 21, 2009
Through a competitive request for proposal process that kicked off on August 6, 2009, AGC selected Enovio, LLC out of Ann Arbor, Mich., to conduct research and develop a course plan for a comprehensive curriculum to educate professionals in the commercial construction community at all experience levels on lean construction. Pending the findings of the research project and outcome of the course plan development, AGC plans to develop the lean curriculum in 2010.
December 21, 2009
The Specialty Contractor's Subforum of the AGC BIMForum has created the MEP Spatial Coordination Team Requirements for Building Information Modeling. This document provides guidance to companies and individuals involved in 3D MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Fire Protection) spatial coordination. Its aim is to help the MEP spatial coordination process using 3D and BIM technology and to assist in developing team structures, definition of roles and responsibilities, recommendations for technical and IT considerations, social structure, and accountability.
December 21, 2009
January 11-15, 2010 in Phoenix, AZ   The Winter 2010 BIMForum will focus on the varied uses of a building information model for the life of the project - from design to construction to post-facilities management. In addition, the Winter BIMForum will include an optional BIM Technology course and a Pre-Fabrication Facilities Tour for interested attendees. Learn more at http://bimforum.org.
December 17, 2009
Join more than 150 industry professionals at the AGC Safety and Health Conference January 13-15, 2010, in Las Vegas, Nev.  Attendees are invited to participate in the development of local and national legislative activity and new safety training programs and products, and hear the latest initiatives from OSHA and other industry experts. 

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