What is a Green Job? A Construction Job!

In a letter sent to Congressional leaders AGC of America CEO Steve Sandherr made the point that construction jobs meet all the criteria of the loosely defined green job including: • Improving the environment; • Offering good-paying jobs; • Offering opportunities for advancement; • Are jobs that ...
Posted on 04/28/2009

AGC Welcomes New Members!

The AGC Board of Trustees approved the following firms for membership (click names to visit their websites): Ideate Inc. an AutoCAD and Autodesk reseller offering product training and implementation services and Qualstar Credit Union.
Posted on 04/28/2009

Member News: GLY Creates Concrete Division

GLY Construction Inc. is extending its structural concrete subcontracting for developers construction managers and general contractors with a specialized concrete division. GLY Structures provides turnkey concrete structures including foundations walls tilt-ups elevated decks slabs and decorative...
Posted on 04/28/2009

Cadman Presents Awards for Concrete Pump Truck Safety

At the April Concrete Pump Truck Safety Roundtable meeting Cadman Inc. presented awards as special thanks for the contribution to the construction industry and to concrete pump truck safety. Awards were presented to Elizabeth McKay AGC of Washington; Bob Maus Ferguson Construction; Al Hockaday Co...
Posted on 04/28/2009

AGC Members Honored for Corporate Citizenship

Puget Sound Business Journals Corporate Citizenship Program recognizes companies in the greater Puget Sound area for their staunch support of philanthropic causes and organizations. Congratulations to AGC members among the honorees: Bank of America BNBuilders Inc. Davis Wright Tremaine LLP Fergus...
Posted on 04/28/2009

Sales Tax Collection System for Construction Re-Written by SB 6173

SB 6173 would eliminate the use of Resale Certificates that exempt contractors from paying sales tax on purchases for most construction projects and require contractors to pay sales tax up front and then make a claim later for a credit from the State. AGC members are encouraged to IMMEDIATELY co...
Posted on 04/16/2009

SB 6169 Expands Personal Liability for Wider Array of Taxes

Legislation was introduced legislation that would expand personal liability for a wider array of taxes paid by businesses. The bill was introduced yesterday (April 15 ironically tax day) with a hearing held at 8 a.m. the next day. Under current law certain corporate officials and employees can ...
Posted on 04/16/2009

Unfunded Family Leave Insurance Kept Alive by Bill

The Senate Ways and Means Committee passed SB 6158 which delays the implementation of the family leave program. The Legislature has not been able to find a funding source to support the family leave program since the original legislation was passed in 2007. AGC maintains that the program should...
Posted on 04/16/2009

L&I Suspends Certified Payroll Requirements After Contractors Raise Concerns

Thanks to quick action by AGC members and Government Affairs staff the Department of Labor and Industries has agreed to suspend a requirement that private project wage information be reported in Certified Payroll Reports. On March 31 L&I emailed an announcement to contractors requiring that ...
Posted on 04/15/2009

Bill Requiring Prompt Payment of Undisputed Claims Passed by Legislature

The Legislature has passed and the Governor is expected to sign an AGC-supported bill requiring the prompt payment of undisputed claims on public construction projects. HB 1195 is a bill that was requested by the Capital Projects Advisory Review Board (CPARB) after the matter was originally brou...
Posted on 04/15/2009

AGC's JOBsite a Great Resource for Recruiting

If you are an employer looking to hire skilled workers or if you someone looking to find quality job offers check out AGCs JOBsite. Job postings are placed by only AGC members looking for people with different skill sets. Anyone can view the job postings and are able to reply directly to the comp...
Posted on 04/15/2009

Action Alert: Help Defeat Higher Unemployment Taxes

AGC asks members to continue to urge Legislators to oppose SSB 5963 which would increase unemployment insurance taxes. The original version of the bill would have lowered UI taxes and AGC supported it. However the House amended the bill to increase UI benefits (in addition to the increase added...
Posted on 04/15/2009

Pierce County Ends Unfair HUB Program

The Pierce County Council voted to repeal the ill-advised Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUB) Program. AGC members met with councilmembers and testified before the Council in support of the move. The HUB Program gave preferential treatment to contractors bidding on Pierce County public ...
Posted on 04/15/2009

Momentum Seems to Shift Away from \Card Check\ Bill

AGC of America reports that recently there have been a few twists in the card check debate. Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) announced her opposition to the Card Check bill and said she would vote against even considering the bill in the Senate. This coupled with Sen. Arlen Specters (R-PA) announcem...
Posted on 04/15/2009

Tax Legislation Update: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

The implications of recent tax legislation on the construction industry are significant.Several provisions create growth and help the industry flourish while others have a negative impact. During a free May 5 webinar Carleen J. Snyder CPA and Tax Partner for Moss Adams LLP will explore what you a...
Posted on 04/15/2009

New Name, Signatory Status for Local Granite Branch

On April 1 the Northwest Washington Branch of Granite Northwest Inc. in Everett became the Puget Sound Branch of Granite Construction Company. In another major change the Puget Sound Branch becomes signatory to the Laborers Operating Engineers and Carpenters Union contracts. According to Steve ...
Posted on 04/15/2009

Dexter + Cheney on Puget Sound Business Journal List

AGC member Dexter + Chaney continued its march up the Journals annual ranking of Puget Sound software developers based on gross revenues. The maker of Spectrum® Construction Software placed 10th in the recently-announced 2009 listing.
Posted on 04/15/2009

Building Green - Market Driven or Regulatory Mandates?

Thats the topic of the Apr. 21 Seattle District Membership Breakfast. Seattle and King County have proposed mandatory green building requirements and some incentives for their respective Councils to act on later this spring. Do these proposals reinforce or detract from what is happening in the ...
Posted on 04/15/2009

Washington Business Week Program Accepting Applications for Summer

In not too many years todays high school students will by your employees and customers. The better prepared they are in terms of education basic work skills good citizenship and appreciation for a positive business climate the better. AGC members can help high school students get a head start f...
Posted on 04/15/2009

Call-In Set for Seattle District Golf Tourney

Seattle District Golf Call-In takes place Thursday Apr. 16 starting at 8 a.m. Please do not leave a message! Keep calling until you speak to someone! Info: Stacy Mullane 206-284-0061.
Posted on 04/15/2009

WSDOT's Go Orange! Campaign to Promote Work Zone Safety

Information from WSDOT: With highway construction season comes the need to remind motorists to drive safely in work zones. Did you know 99 percent of work zone incidents involve only the driver and passenger? Thats why in 2009 WSDOT is building on its Give em a Brake program to encourage more or...
Posted on 04/15/2009

Attebery Honored, Roasted by Bremerton Chamber

Each year the Bremerton Chamber of Commerce presents the prestigious Thunderbird Award to leaders in the community who have shown a deep commitment to the overall prosperity of Kitsap County. This year recently retired Port of Bremerton CEO Ken Attebery became one of the fortunate few who have w...
Posted on 04/15/2009

2009 Build Washington Construction Award Finalists

Build Washington Construction Award Finalists have been CHOSEN! Thanks to all of you who sent in applications for the 2009 Build Washington Awards. Participation in this years construction categories was outstanding. We encourage all members to mark your calendar and use next year to show off yo...
Posted on 04/06/2009

2009 Build Washington Safety Award Finalists

Build Washington Safety Award Finalists have been CHOSEN! Thanks to all of you who sent in applications for the 2009 Build Washington Awards. Participation in this years safety categories was outstanding. We had many companies participating for the first time as well as many repeat applicants. W...
Posted on 04/03/2009

AGC Blasts Legislative About-Face on Unemployment Insurance Taxes

Last week the House Commerce and Labor Committee reneged on a bill to reform unemployment insurance taxes and instead passed out a bill that will raise taxes on business. This is an about-face as the Senate recently passed a bill that would lower taxes for most employers. The Committee took that...
Posted on 03/31/2009