AGC Pushes Reform of Washington State's Illogical Workers' Comp System

AGC of Washington will work to reform the workers’ compensation system in the 2010 Legislature. The 7.6 percent tax hike proposed by Labor and Industries – actual rates will vary widely among individual construction class rates – was one more source of motivation for seeking a major overhaul of t...
Posted on 09/28/2009

Want to Lower Your EMR Rate? Attend These Events to Learn How

AGC Group Retro is hosting meetings around the state regarding Experience Modification Rates (EMR). Topics covered include the factors that impact your rates the calculation strategies for lowering your rate and protesting your EMR. AGC Group Retro staff will also provide you with your projecte...
Posted on 09/28/2009

From Concept to Completion: Experience the Virtue of VDC at Free Event

Join industry professionals as they gather to address the value of Virtual Design and Construction to experience projects before they become real. Learn how architects engineers contractors and subcontractors win business by using VDC. This Oct. 15 event is co-sponsored by AGC and free to members...
Posted on 09/28/2009

Viaduct and Seawall Replacement Program Contracting Event

WSDOT is hosting a voluntary pre-advertisement meeting to discuss the next contract for the Stage 2 contract (road and bridge construction). Learn more and talk with the project team on Oct. 8 9 to Noon. Click WSDOT Event for details.
Posted on 09/28/2009

Get Help with Tax Issues - Including Reseller Permits - From DOR

(Editors Note: Last month AGC held a “brown bag seminar” on the new sales tax/reseller permit law with the help of Linda Miller Baldwin and John Wack of the Department of Revenue. At that event it became clear that there was confusion about the role of DOR’s Taxpayer Services Division which provi...
Posted on 09/28/2009

Need a Conference Room? Try the (Free) AGC Conference Center

One of the benefits of AGC membership is access to the conference rooms – with great views of Lake Union – on the second floor of the AGC Building in Seattle. The rooms can accommodate up to 45 and 25 persons respectively with classroom-style seating or up to 70 people when used as one large roo...
Posted on 09/28/2009

Stay Informed of Emerging Trends through AGC of America Groups

Meet your peers from across the nation by participating in an AGC of America Committee or Division. National AGC has 37 Committees whose members receive valuable info on industry topics and have a forum to discuss issues affecting their every-day business needs. Occupational Divisions provide m...
Posted on 09/28/2009

Reseller Permit, Construction Sales Tax Handouts Available

For those who missed the Reseller Permit Brown Bag events the handout material is now available. This will give you an overview of the new requirements and assistance in calculating whether or not you need a reseller’s permit. Thanks to the Department of Revenue and Dancy Kooiker Director of St...
Posted on 09/18/2009

Green Buildings Myths, Realities, Risks and Liabilities - Two Presentations

Contractors are becoming enmeshed in green building projects either voluntarily or involuntarily. It is time to take a hard look at some of the basic issues and concerns especially as it has an impact on the risks the contractor must manage. The risks from rushed or misguided legislation overly o...
Posted on 09/15/2009

Regulatory and Funding Issues Among AGC's 2010 Legislative Priorities

Below are AGC’s priorities for the 2010 Legislative Session as recommended by the Government Affairs Council (GAC) and approved by the Board of Trustees. If AGC members have comments or questions about this information they should contact Rick Slunaker AGC’s Director of Government Affairs at rslu...
Posted on 09/15/2009

Your Comments on I-1033 Needed

AGC has been asked by a business coalition to oppose Initiative 1033 a Tim Eyman initiative on the November ballot that limits annual growth of state city and county general fund revenue to the rate of inflation and population growth. AGC’s Government Affairs Council (GAC) leadership recommends ...
Posted on 09/15/2009

How Social Media Marketing Can Grow Your Company

Curious about what social media marketing tools are and how they could be used to grow your business? AGC presents this leading edge seminar on Sept. 23 8 to 10 a.m. in the AGC Conference Center in Seattle. Topics to be covered include: What is social media marketing and why should you care abou...
Posted on 09/15/2009

Why AGC of America Membership Is Crucial During Tough Times

By Stephen Sandherr CEO AGC of America In today’s economic climate businesses are right to make sure the money they are investing is delivering the biggest possible return. The good news is that membership in AGC continues to be extremely worthwhile. That is because AGC has been the only organi...
Posted on 09/15/2009

Free Passes to Buildex Seattle

AGC is a supporting sponsor for Buildex Seattle. As a result AGC members may receive complimentary passes for entry into the exposition. If you are interested in receiving a pass please email Stacy Mullane. There is no limit on the amount of complimentary passes a company may receive. Note: Th...
Posted on 09/15/2009

AGC of America Provides Valuable HR Information

Effective labor relations and HR management are increasingly important to your companys success. AGC of America provides a variety of labor and HR services including industry liaison activities litigation support educational and networking programs publications sample forms and policies and more...
Posted on 09/15/2009

AISC Hosts Tour of Center of Urban Waters in Tacoma

On Sept 18 AISC in conjunction with the Project Team for the Center of Urban Waters Tacoma is sponsoring a presentation and site tour for architects engineers general contractors steel fabricators and erectors. Click AISC Tour for details.
Posted on 09/15/2009

Seattle Resellers Permit Brown Bag Sold Out; Other Options Available

The Seattle Resellers Permit Brown Bag is sold out! No more spots are available but other options include: Brown Bags in Bellingham Yakima and Vancouver WA: Bellingham: Sept. 9 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. AGC Office in Bellingham. To register email Liz Evans or call 360-223-8757. Yakima: Sept. 11 ...
Posted on 09/04/2009

Moss Adams Construction Industry Salary Guide Now Available

The Annual Construction Industry Salary Guide and Tools of the Trade is now available. Produced by Moss Adams LLP with the support of the AGC Chapters in Washington Oregon and Idaho the Salary Guide provides comprehensive data on salary and benefits for executive management financial administrat...
Posted on 09/02/2009

Green Buildings Myths, Realities, Risks and Liabilities

AGC’s Future Leadership Forum (FLF) presents this intriguing seminar on Sept. 29 to provide a closer and more objective examination of the risks along with recommendations about how to engage in a more productive but difficult discussion about green buildings. Early- and mid-career construction p...
Posted on 09/02/2009

Got a Truck? Help Special Olympics with World's Largest Convoy

Special Olympics Washington asked AGC to share with its members this opportunity to get your company and employees involved in a great organization! On September 26 2009 Special Olympics Washington will be holding its annual “World’s Largest Truck Convoy” fundraiser. The World’s Largest Truck C...
Posted on 09/02/2009

Additional Reseller Permit Brown Bags Set for Bellingham and Yakima

Due to overwhelming response on how to comply with new sales tax payment requirements additional Brown Bags have been scheduled. Bellingham: Sept. 9 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. AGC Office in Bellingham. To register email Liz Evans or call 360-223-8757. Yakima: Sept. 11 11 a.m. to Noon AGC Office in Yak...
Posted on 09/02/2009

2010 Construction Outlook – Where's the Northwest Heading?

Hear a detailed forecast of the Northwest construction industry’s economic environment and market trends at McGraw-Hill Constructions Outlook 2010 Regional Conference on Nov. 3. Whether your firm specializes in commercial buildings schools healthcare facilities or public works and utilities you n...
Posted on 09/02/2009

AGC Education Foundation Back to School Barbeque

You are invited to join the Education Foundation and the AGC for free burgers and beer! Show up on Friday Sept. 11 at 11:30 a.m. in the Seattle AGC building parking lot and help us kick of the new school year. Email Jen Odland if you are planning to attend.
Posted on 09/02/2009

BUILDEX Seattle Coming in October

Seattle’s conference and exposition for construction real estate property management interior design architecture and renovation will be held Oct. 14 and 15 at the WA State Convention Center. Click BUILDEX Seattle for details.
Posted on 09/02/2009

Broader Implications from Judge's Maury Island Ruling?

Just as Glacier Northwest was preparing to resume construction of a replacement barge loading dock at its Maury Island facility a federal judge halted further work when he ruled that the Corps of Engineers conducted an inadequate assessment of the potential environmental impacts on Puget Sound. G...
Posted on 08/18/2009