Results of AGC Legislative Survey

AGC Members Speak Out on Legislative Priorities for 2009 AGCs Legislative Affairs Office reports the results of its survey of members and thanks those who took part. The survey will help determine AGCs legislative priorities for the 2009 session. One of the Legislative Offices key initiatives ...
Posted on 10/14/2008

Financial Turmoil and the Bond Market: Seattle District Membership Event

Youve read the news and followed the politics of the financial rescue plan. Now its time to gain insight into specifics about how the turmoil will affect our industry. At the Oct. 21 Seattle District meeting David Hombach VP at Travelers Bond and Financial Products will present The Economys Eff...
Posted on 10/14/2008

Never on Sunday – Termination and Layoff Advice

On Oct. 28 12-2 pm in the AGC Conference room Seattle the HR Roundtable will host Sheryl Willert Firm Managing Director of Williams Kastner and a leading labor attorney. The challenging economy may force you to make some difficult employment decisions and this session will prepare you to take me...
Posted on 10/14/2008

AGC 2009 Annual Convention – Save-the-Date!

AGC will hold the Annual Convention on January 23 at the Bellevue Hyatt. The featured keynote speaker will be Stephen Dubner author of the bestselling book Freakonomics. Plus the 2009 event will have many new features. Look for more information in the coming weeks.The BUILD PAC Dessert Dash is...
Posted on 10/14/2008

AGC and DOT Work Out 7% Fuel Escalation Rate

AGC and Washington State DOT signed a supplemental agreement that provides a 7 percent fuel escalation on equipment rental rates. The agreement is in effect now through January 15 2009. For additional information visit the Specifications and Agreements section of the WSDOT website.
Posted on 10/14/2008

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