November 30, 2010
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce kicked off its “Invest in Water” series of regional events last week at the New Jersey American Water Company. The summit on Aging Water Infrastructure was held with the Somerset County Business Partnership on November 23.
November 4, 2010
Two documents have recently come out of the Environmental Protection Agency that help shed some light on the future direction of EPA and its State Revolving Loan Fund program. The first document is EPA's fiscal year (FY) 2011 to 2015 strategic plan, which provides a blueprint for advancing EPA's mission and Administrator Lisa Jackson's priorities.
November 4, 2010
The Water Issues Working Group is an effort led by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with AGC to raise awareness of the concept that water is an investment, not a cost. The group is launching an initiative to demonstrate the value of water to our economy through targeted regional events across the country that address the full range of water cycle issues.
October 13, 2010
Don't miss the excellent array of speakers and sessions planned for the 2010 Highway and Utility Contractors Issues Meeting scheduled for November 11-13, 2010, at the Arizona Biltmore in Phoenix. This popular resort facility is tightly booked in November and AGC's room block may not be available after the October 19, 2010 deadline. Make your hotel reservations today by calling 1-800-950-0086 or 602-955-6600 and request the Associated General Contractors of America room rate of $189/night, plus taxes (NO RESORT FEE).
October 13, 2010
Legislation that includes the removal of the volume cap on private activity bonds for water and wastewater infrastructure projects was again up for consideration in the Senate. When the Small Business Jobs Bill was moving through the Senate, Chairman Baucus made a motion to advance a fully funded H.R. 4849, the Small Business and Infrastructure Jobs Tax Act of 2010 (which was the Tax Extenders bill), as a substitute amendment to the Small Business jobs bill, H.R. 5297.
October 13, 2010
More than $445 million in funding was announced by the Department of Agriculture for 89 water and wastewater infrastructure projects in local communities. The funding is part of the $1.4 billion that USDA received as part of the Recovery Act and is designed to protect public health and the environment by improving water quality and public sanitation services in 32 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. To date, USDA has announced $3.26 billion in Recovery Act funds for 884 water and environmental projects across the nation.
October 13, 2010
As AGC previously reported, OMB issued new guidance for recipients and sub-recipients of federal grants, loans and financial assistance. AGC is now learning that new interpretations of this guidance may be forthcoming.
September 22, 2010
In yet another example of direct-federal contracts rules being applied to federally-assisted work, two new rules came out of the Office of Management that affect contractors who perform work on projects that are federally-assisted (i.e. projects funded in whole or in part through grants, loans, or financial assistance from the federal government such as the EPA's State Revolving Loan Fund, or the DOT's Highway Trust Fund).
September 21, 2010
AGC has received reports that its members have received a letter from the U.S. EPA directing them to complete a mandatory survey on construction stormwater management practices within 60 days - or face significant fines and penalties of up to $37,500 per day per violation.
September 8, 2010
Registration is now open for the 2010 AGC Joint Highway and Utilities Contractors Issues Meeting in Phoenix, Ariz. The meeting is scheduled for November 11-13, 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore hotel. You can register online and also find out more information about the meeting here. This year's meeting will address all of the top issues that impact contractors working in the highway, transportation and utilities market, including:


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