October 16, 2008

Washington, D.C. - The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) today launched the AGC Education Excellence Awards (EEA) at the 2nd Annual Training & Development Conference. The new program will recognize the most innovative and collaborative training and development programs sponsored by AGC Chapters and contractor members during the 2008 and 2009 calendar years.

"Education and training is the cornerstone of building a productive work force," said AGC chief executive officer, Stephen E. Sandherr. "We are excited to launch this new program in recognition of AGC members' and chapters' outstanding efforts to grow our skilled work force and build careers for them."

Eight EEAs will be given in October 2009, during the 3rd Annual Training & Development Conference in Atlanta, Ga. An AGC Chapter and contractor member firm will be awarded in each of three categories: Craft, Supervisory, and Project & Executive Management. One award will be given to the outstanding Instructor of the Year. A Grand Award will be presented to a firm or chapter that demonstrates learning and performance as a top concern, reaching the highest level of excellence for construction training and development programs at all levels of the organization.

Applicants will be judged by an anonymous selection committee of AGC members with a background in education and training. Applicants will be judged on the type of program and the major elements of the program, including targeted job functions; enrolled individuals; history of the program; tools, programs and materials used; and demonstrated improved performance, productivity and success.

EEAs are open to all AGC general and specialty contractor members in good standing, AGC Chapters and individuals employed by these organizations. Non-members may not apply. Electronic submissions and all supporting material must be received by AGC by 5 p.m. EST on May 1, 2009. For more information, visit .

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is the largest and oldest national construction trade association in the United States. AGC represents more than 33,000 firms, including 7,500 of America's leading general contractors, and over 12,500 specialty-contracting firms. More than 13,000 service providers and suppliers are associated with AGC through a nationwide network of chapters. Visit the AGC Web site at


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