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September 8, 2008
AGC is proud to endorse North Carolina State University’s Master of Construction Management (MCM) Degree.  We applaud their dedication and commitment to higher education in the construction industry. This Master of Construction Management (MCM) Degree demonstrates NC State’s commitment to the industry to educate the next generation of construction professionals and to take construction’s higher education to new levels.  The program’s distance learning component also adds a new dynamic, making it more attractive to the best and brightest in the industry from around the country.
September 8, 2008
At this point, we expect three presentations: An update on the National Center for Construction Education & Research’s recent and upcoming activities. A presentation on the Construction Career Investigation notebook, video and other resources assembled by the Alliance of Construction Professionals, which includes the AGC of N.W. Ohio.
September 8, 2008
During his 90-minute session, Mr. Tulgan will discuss the key techniques of flexibility and accountability, which must go hand-in-hand in order for a company to be successful. During this session attendees will: Discover solutions to key Generation X and Y staffing concerns, as well as best practices to recruit, train, develop, motivate, reward, and retain these valuable young workers; Learn what the best managers on the front lines of the workplace are doing to bring out the best in employees; and
September 8, 2008
We invite you to join fellow AGC contractors and chapter staff in St. Louis October 14-16, 2008 as they discuss the hottest topics in education, training and workforce development for the construction industry. The conference will feature over 20 sessions on subjects ranging from the latest training trends, innovative recruiting methods, dynamic distance learning programs and much more. New this year, the Train-the-Trainer sessions will develop and sharpen the skills of trainers and include: Leading From the Front of the Room Getting to Know the Role of the Instructor
September 8, 2008
According to the CE News 10th Annual Salary Survey, paid training for CEUs/PDHs ranks third among desired benefits by employees of both public and private engineering companies; this also ranked third in the 2007 survey.
September 8, 2008
The culture and mentality of those now entering the workforce is pushing companies to rethink integration and retention strategies. Often referred to as the “millennial” generation, recent college graduates and others under 30 differ significantly from Baby Boomers and Gen-Xers in their approach to the world of work, how they set and work toward personal goals and priorities, and how they assimilate new information. Among characteristics often ascribed to millennials are: Technologically savvy Focused on convenience Team-oriented Goal-focused Fun-seeking Responsive to leaders they view as having integrity Expectant of quick rewards and a structured fast-track Possessing a strong social conscience
September 4, 2008
Futures prices for commodities have continued their rapid retreat from July's highs, but many products used in construction are still rising in price.
September 2, 2008
Construction spending in July slipped 0.6% to $1.08 trillion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate (SAAR), the Census Bureau reported today. Year-to-date (YTD) spending in the first seven months of 2008 was down 5.4% from the same period of 2007. The declines were concentrated in private residential spending, which fell 2.3% for the month and 28% YTD. Private nonresidential spending fell 0.7% in July but rose 19% YTD, and public construction spending climbed 1.4% and 7.5%. Despite weakness in July, every private nonresidential category is up YTD except religious structures, the segment most closely tied to new residential development. The largest YTD gains among major nonresidential segments were in manufacturing, 46% (projects include refineries, biodiesel, cement, steel and transportation equipment plants); lodging, 38%; power, 33% (including power plants, transmission lines, wind and other renewable power facilities); and office, 16%. The other large nonresidential groups showed more modest gains: education, 9.7%; highways and streets, 3.2%; and commercial (retail, wholesale and farm), 3.0%. Census also updated tables that show how many months it takes to complete multifamily, private nonresidential and state and local projects.
September 2, 2008
"Nonresidential construction spending continued growing in July, despite the weak economy and housing slump," Ken Simonson, Chief Economist for The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), said today following the release of construction spending data from the Census Bureau. "But Congress must act promptly to avert layoffs in power and highway construction." AGC Press Release, 9/02/08


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