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AGC's 97th Annual Convention Preview

February 5, 2016

AGC’s 97th Annual Convention will be held March 9-11, 2016 in San Antonio, Texas. Please visit meetings.agc.org/convention for registration information. Below is a preview of the Utility Infrastructure, Federal & Heavy Construction, and Highway & Transportation Division meetings.

Utility Infrastructure Contractors Division

At the Utility Infrastructure Contractors Division Meeting on March 9 from 3:00-4:30 pm, come see a panel discussion profiling the Integrated Pipeline Project (IPL), a joint effort of Dallas Water and the Tarrant Regional Water District. Hear about the challenging needs of the region and the IPL’s unique approach to the solution, how the local chapter campaigned for and secured broad new funding access, and what it was like to be a contractor on this impressive project. We will also hear about solid strategies for improving diversity in your construction business from a younger member of the construction community. The Division is also hosting a forum on Delivering Tomorrow’s Electricity Infrastructure, designed to examine how challenges like moving to a lower carbon emissions environment, changing relationships between consumers and suppliers, the rise of outcomes-based regulation, increasing levels of distributed generation, and much more, rewrite the rulebook for how we think about electricity infrastructure. The Forum will take place on March 10 from 8:30-9:30 am and will explore and discuss how disruptive technology trends like cloud computing, reality capture, crowd funding, 3D printing, and more, are poised to transform the way in which electricity infrastructure is planned, financed, designed and made.

For more information, please contact Scott Berry at berrys@agc.org or (703) 837-5321.

Federal & Heavy Construction Division

On Wednesday, March 9 from 10:30 am to noon, the AGC Federal & Heavy Construction Division will welcome presentations from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (invited) and Maura Hesdon, a young construction executive with Shoemaker Construction based in Pennsylvania. The Army Corps will provide an update of fiscal year 2016/17 projects and other updates on its multi-billion dollar construction program. Ms. Hesdon will discuss local, state and federal minority and women hiring goals for construction contracts and innovative ways as to how contractors can recruit workers to meet those goals.

For more information, please contact Jimmy Christianson at 703-837-5325 or christiansonj@agc.org.

Highway and Transportation Division

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Tx), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee (mentioned in the story above), will address the Highway and Transportation Division on March 11, 2016. The Ways and Means Committee is the tax writing body in the House and has jurisdiction over revenue issues, including the Highway, Aviation, Inland Waterways and Harbor Maintenance (and potentially Water Infrastructure) Trust Funds. Chairman Brady will be discussing his ideas about how to fix the pending trust fund revenue shortage. He will also give his outlook for comprehensive tax reform in this session of Congress.

Also at the H&T Division meeting a Construction Leadership Council member will discuss the need for new managers in transportation construction companies to recognize the need to also be politically active at both the state and federal level. Brian Lee, Lane Construction, will point out that political activism should be part of the job description of any business that work in the public sector as support is needed to ensure a robust public market exists.

For more information, please contact Brian Deery at deeryb@agc.org or (703) 837-5319.

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