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CHAPTER CONNECTION

How Two AGC Chapters Are Helping Establish a More
Diverse and Inclusive Construction Industry
BY DOUG MCMURRY AND DON GREENWELL

AS THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY works

to become more diverse and inclusive,
many AGC chapters are helping lead the
way. Indeed, the two chapters we represent are both taking aggressive steps to
not only become more inclusive, but to
help expand the diversity of the industry
in our respective areas. We are doing this
not only because it is the right thing to
do morally, but because it is the best way
to make sure our organizations remain
relevant in our fast-changing society.
At the San Antonio Chapter of AGC, our
commitment to diversity and inclusion
really picked up steam in 2005 when we
visited the Oregon-Columbia AGC chapter
to learn about their efforts to foster a more
diverse industry as part of what is known
as the "Stempel Plan." This visit led us to
establish a mentor/protégé program with
our local Bexar County government that
focuses on providing support for small,
minority and women-owned construction
businesses. In 2010 we added a second
mentoring program in partnership with
the city of San Antonio.
Then, in 2015, the chapter helped
establish the Black Contractors
Association, which serves as a collective voice for the African-American construction community in the San Antonio
area. The organization's focus is to educate, network and make the membership
aware of contracting opportunities in the
area. Members of this association receive
the same kind of support and networking
opportunities as do the young professionals in our Construction Leadership Group.
The Kansas City Chapter has established an Advancing Diversity Committee
whose primary mission is to expand
the diversity of the industry to improve
financial results for the sector and
community conditions. The committee
is working to expand the diversity of
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The San Antonio Chapter of AGC accepts the first-ever chapter diversity and inclusion
award at AGC's convention in February 2018.

our chapter's leadership ranks, partnering with the local Univision station to
produce Spanish-language videos about
career opportunities in construction and
helping promote lending and bonding
programs for minority and women's business enterprises, among other measures.
We also established a Builders'
Advancement Center, which serves as an
important workforce development resource
that is helping to introduce a diverse group
of young men and women to exciting
opportunities in construction. And of the
24 scholarships The Builders' Association
Scholarship Foundation awarded in 2017,
13 went to women. Thanks to these efforts,
The Builders' Association has become a
more diverse group, and one that all members of the local industry and our community can identify with.

Of course, the work our chapters are
doing to embrace diversity and inclusion
are just two examples of what many AGC
chapters and member firms are doing
across the country. The bottom line is
that we are working to help prepare a
construction workforce, and association,
that represents the kind of diversity
that makes our nation so unique and
so strong.
◆
Doug McMurry is the executive vice president of
the San Antonio Chapter of AGC, which won the
first-ever chapter category of the AGC Diversity &
Inclusion Excellence Awards, sponsored by WillisTowers Watson, at AGC of America's convention
in February 2018. Don Greenwell is the executive
director of the Kansas City Chapter of AGC, which
was the runner up for the chapter category for
the Diversity & Inclusion Excellence Awards.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - May/June 2018

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
CEO’s Letter
Nailed It! Celebrating a Century’s Worth of Tools & Equipment
Simonson Says
A Super Bowl: First-of-Its-Kind Innovation Leads to Award-Winning Stadium
AGC in Action
Positive Charge: Rosendin Electric Receives Construction Safety Excellence Award
Chapter Connection
Creating a Culture of Coaching: How to Engage, Retain and Grow Better Employees
Member and Chapter News
Construction Corner
Technology Toolbox
Products & Services Marketplace
Index to Advertisers
2018 Equipment Guide
Constructor - May/June 2018 - intro
Constructor - May/June 2018 - cover1
Constructor - May/June 2018 - cover2
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 3
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 4
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 5
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 6
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Editor’s Note
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 8
Constructor - May/June 2018 - President’s Message
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 10
Constructor - May/June 2018 - CEO’s Letter
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Nailed It! Celebrating a Century’s Worth of Tools & Equipment
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 13
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 14
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 15
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 16
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 17
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 18
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Simonson Says
Constructor - May/June 2018 - A Super Bowl: First-of-Its-Kind Innovation Leads to Award-Winning Stadium
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Constructor - May/June 2018 - 22
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 23
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 24
Constructor - May/June 2018 - AGC in Action
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 26
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 27
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Positive Charge: Rosendin Electric Receives Construction Safety Excellence Award
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Constructor - May/June 2018 - 30
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Constructor - May/June 2018 - 32
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 33
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 34
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Chapter Connection
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 36
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Creating a Culture of Coaching: How to Engage, Retain and Grow Better Employees
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 38
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 39
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 40
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Member and Chapter News
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 42
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Construction Corner
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 44
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Technology Toolbox
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Products & Services Marketplace
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 47
Constructor - May/June 2018 - Index to Advertisers
Constructor - May/June 2018 - 2018 Equipment Guide
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