Out-of-State Workers' Comp Rules Now in Effect

L&I officially adopted rules implementing AGC-supported legislation signed by the Governor that addresses the double workers comp premium payments that Washington State contractors often make when sending employees to work on out-of-state construction projects. These rules reflect the propos...
Posted on 10/14/2008

November Ballot Measures

AGCs Board of Trustees endorsed the ballot measure (King County Charter Amendment 8) to make the offices of King County Executive King County Assessor and King County Council nonpartisan. That is the only ballot measure AGC took a position on. Other business or construction-related initiatives -...
Posted on 10/14/2008

Northwest Construction Seeks Nominations for - Top 20 under 40

Know an emerging construction leader under 40 years of age? Get them the recognition they deserve through Northwest Construction magazines Top 20 under 40 section in the Feb. 2009 issue. Please send a 250 word description of your nominee to Lucy Bodilly by Nov. 10 2008.
Posted on 10/14/2008

Pierce County Construction Partnership Career Day Seeks Volunteers

The Pierce County Construction Partnership (PCCP) holds Construction Career Day for high school students Nov. 6 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Western Washington Fair Grounds (110 9th Avenue SW in Puyallup). Several AGC members have contributed funds and PCCP now seeks volunteers for the event. If you ...
Posted on 10/14/2008

Seminar on Industry Lingo and Interrelationships for Non-technical Staff

Heres a class for your HR marketing and other staff whose first language may not be construction-speak. A/E/C Essentials: An Introduction to the Design and Construction Industry is for those who work in the industry but may not be familiar with its terminology and interrelationships. Topics incl...
Posted on 10/14/2008

Seminar on Industry Lingo and Interrelationships for Non-technical Staff

Heres a class for your HR marketing admin and other staff whose first language may not be construction-speak. A/E/C Essentials: An Introduction to the Design and Construction Industry is designed for those who work in the industry but who may not be familiar with its terminology and interrelatio...
Posted on 09/30/2008

State Congressional Delegation Divided on Bailout Bill

With the defeat of the financial rescue plan in the U.S. House of Representatives congressional leaders and the Bush Administration were scrambling to come up with a Plan B. Congress is expected to reconvene tomorrow (Wed. Oct. 1) in the hope of recrafting a package. AGC of America had strongly...
Posted on 09/30/2008

Rossi Catches Gregoire in Latest Polls

Maybe its a coincidence; maybe its the influence of the commercial construction industry - but a poll released shortly after the AGC hosted an event for Dino Rossi shows the gubernatorial candidate taking a slight lead. The latest Strategic Vision poll taken Sept. 14-16 shows former Sen. Rossi r...
Posted on 09/30/2008

Financial Turmoil and the Bond Market: Seattle District Membership Event

Youve read the news and followed the politics of the proposed financial rescue plan. Now its time to gain insight into specifics about how the recent turmoil will affect your industry. At the Oct. Seattle District Membership Breakfast David Hombach VP at Travelers Bond and Financial Products wi...
Posted on 09/30/2008

Gregoire Suspends the Washington State Family Leave Program…Or Did She?

In a move supported by AGC Gov. Gregoire made a fairly surprising announcement that the state would suspend funding for its paid family leave program. The Governor made the announcement during a debate before the Association of Washington Business and the move was later confirmed by Karen Lee Co...
Posted on 09/30/2008

Ask A General Contractor Anything You Have Ever Wanted To... (But Were Afraid To!)

Join the American Society of Professional Estimators Chapter 45 tomorrow September 17 at the Harborside Restaurant at 5:30 p.m. Their Generals panel will feature Chief Estimators from Walsh Construction Company PCL Construction Absher Construction not to mention several General Contractor represe...
Posted on 09/16/2008

Get to Know Your AGC Staff: Michele Willms

By Sarah TeagueMichele Willms is originally from Monticello Iowa (small town of about 3500 people). She moved to Washington in October of 1983. She graduated from Central Washington University (Go Wildcats!). She started at the AGC in 1995 by helping the Legislative office move into their new off...
Posted on 09/16/2008

Palin and Biden: Getting to Know You

Sarah Palin. Maybe youve heard of her. The mayor-turned-governor-turned-political rock star has made quite the first impression on the country. AGC of Washington members several of whom do work in Alaska have been swapping Sarah stories. Anecdotes are one thing but another is getting a clearer...
Posted on 09/16/2008

L&I Brinks Policy is Important First Step

AGC of Washington endorsed the release of an administrative policy by the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) regarding commute time in company vehicles. L&Is new policy stems from the Washington State Supreme Courts Brinks decision of 2007. The Court ruled that a home security fir...
Posted on 09/16/2008

Economic News: Market Volatility and Material Inflation

Contractors and developers should expect a few days to a few weeks of financial chaos with volatile credit rates and delayed access to credit from the bankruptcy over the weekend of the Lehman Brothers investment bank says Jim Haughey Reed Construction Data Chief Economist. Then the consequences ...
Posted on 09/16/2008

Future Leadership Forum: More Events, New Structure

The Future Leadership Forum (FLF) Steering Committee created an organizational structure that will allow the new group to expand and to better meet the needs of members. More info on that below but first here is a recap of upcoming FLF events: Pub Event: September 25 5:30 p.m. Paddy Coynes 1...
Posted on 09/16/2008

House, Senate Approval Paves Way for Highway Trust Fund Fix

The AGC of America praised the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate for passage of HR 6532 legislation that will transfer $8 billion from the general fund of the Treasury to the Highway Trust Fund (HTF). All members of the Washington State Congressional delegation supported the legislat...
Posted on 09/16/2008

AGC Welcomes New Members

AGC Welcomes New Members Altus Traffic ManagementMr. Michael Hurd2351 S 200th St. Seatac WA 98198Phone: 406.586.8076Fax: 206.577.4577Email: mike.hurd@altustraffic.comSpecialty: Temporary traffic control flaggers signs cones. Ellipsis Construction LLCMs. Nicole Vizquel4580 Klahanie Dr. SE Ste. 5...
Posted on 09/16/2008

Boys & Girls Clubs Seek Sponsors for Build Up! Kits

As part of its continuing efforts to reach interest the next generation in a future career in construction AGC of America has partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of America to offer Build Up! educational tool kits. AGC of America has received a request for two Build Up! kits for the Boys a...
Posted on 09/16/2008

AGC Applauds L&I Brinks Policy as Important First Step

AGC of Washington endorsed last weeks release of an administrative policy by the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) regarding commute time in company vehicles. For a copy of the policy click here. L&Is new policy stems from the Washington State Supreme Courts Brinks decision of 20...
Posted on 09/09/2008

Bolster AGC Endorsement with Personal Commitment

By Steve Barger AGC President Earlier this year AGC conducted a comprehensive decision-making process to consider endorsement of a candidate for Governor. Leaders from our Government Affairs Council met with AGC members in each AGC District and a robust discussion was had by the AGC Board of T...
Posted on 09/04/2008

King County Ordinance Seeks to Reduce Greenhouse Gas Emissions

The King County Department of Development and Environmental Services in consultation with AGC NAIOP MBA other business local governments the state and the public is developing an ordinance to implement a proposed policy that would allow King County to exercise substantive authority under the Stat...
Posted on 09/04/2008

What Are Your Legislative Priorities? Tell Us Through This Survey

AGC members are invited to complete a survey that will help the AGC Government Affairs Council and legislative staff prepare for the 2009 Legislature. One of the key initiatives of the AGC Legislative Office is to improve communication with and enhance the participation of members in developing ...
Posted on 09/04/2008

Your Questions Answered at Brown Bag Lunch with L&I

Do you have questions regarding management of workers compensation claims? Would you like to talk directly to L&I staff about safety-related issues? If so you are invited to a Brown Bag lunch with staff from the Department of Labor & Industries on Thursday Oct. 2 at 11 a.m. in the AGC Co...
Posted on 09/04/2008

Qualified Bidders Sought for Project at AGC Building

AGC plans a major renovation project at the AGC Building in Seattle with construction scheduled to start early summer of next year. The project involves the installation of a waterproof membrane asphalt overlay and miscellaneous structural work on the parking deck that fronts the Starbuck drive t...
Posted on 09/04/2008