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AGC Annual Convention is Just Two Weeks Away

February 25, 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 some of the Convention sessions.

Politics & the Annual AGC Convention

Do you like politics?  Are you fascinated by this election?  Will you be attending the Annual Convention in San Antonio?  If so, the AGC PAC/Political Briefing is the place to be.  The session takes place on Thursday, March 10 at 8:30 a.m.  Don’t miss out as we highlight AGC PAC activities, supported candidates, and the upcoming November elections.

For more information, please contact David Ashinoff at ashinoffd@agc.org or (202) 547-5013.

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 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 & Transportation Division

Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), Chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee, will address the Highway and Transportation Division on March 11. The Ways and Means Committee is the tax writing body in the House and has jurisdiction over revenue issues, including the Highway Trust Fund. 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 Division meeting, an AGC 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 of 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.

The Highway & Transportation Division also scheduled a Highway Roundtable Discussion on March 9 with AASHTO representatives to address “Improving Electronic Information Sharing between state DOT and Contractors.” ASSHTO representatives will discuss the latest updates to its software packages used by many state DOTs in administering their highway construction programs. This will be an opportunity for contractors and chapters to discuss interoperability issues with AASHTO Ware.

Lastly, the four AGC Divisions have planned a session on March 10 to address: “Attracting a Qualified Work Force to the Construction Industry.” A panel of experts will discuss various aspects of attracting a new generation of workers.

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

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