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A Good Crop
BY JEANIE J. CLAPP
AT THE TIME OF this writing, graduation season is in full swing. Students of all ages
are preparing for their next step, whether it's from high school to college, college to
the 'real world,' or even pre-school to kindergarten. I attended several commencement
programs this year, most cut from the same mold: inspiring speeches by professors,
heartfelt comments by students, and motivational words from administrative staff. The
phrases may have been different, but the theme was the same: go out and make a difference in the world. But one speech, among all, stood out. And, it came down to one
sentence: "You're a good crop."
A plain and simple statement, but so very meaningful. This particular class shared
a strong bond, they formed deep and signiﬁcant relationships and they left a lasting
impression on the institution and the leaders that run it. Pretty cool for a bunch of
teenagers, I think.
And, pretty cool for a group of contractors too. Because as I sat through the commencement address that night, I quickly realized the parallels. AGC (the organization,
its chapters and its membership) is a good crop also.
When you read through these pages, you'll come to the same conclusion. From
safety to health care to environmental concerns - from workforce development to laws
impacting the industry - this group, collectively, is making a difference for construction.
During the nationwide Safety Stand-Down event in June, AGC of America outlined
new and ongoing measures it has for reducing worksite accidents. It continues to promote increased law enforcement near work zones, improvements in work zone planning and heightened awareness among drivers. And, of course, the Construction Safety
Excellence Awards program showcases safety management systems and, simply put,
makes contractors better contractors.
But efforts don't always start at the national level. Tapping into the interests of a
younger generation, the Construction Association of Western Pennsylvania recently
developed a virtual pre-apprenticeship program, aimed at recruiting those young
gamers to this great industry. And some AGC members, like Boldt in Wisconsin, design
internship programs that give students the experience and knowledge they may not
get in the classroom.
This is just a snippet of what's happening at AGC. The pages that follow reveal much
more. At all levels, this group is working ... for the good of the industry ... for the good
of its membership ... for the good of its employees. That's what I'd call a good crop. ◆
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - July/August 2014
BIM: Where Is the Money?
Life Inside the Cone Zones
Cost-Effective Mobile Apps for Contractors
The AGC Alternative Cuts Cost and Burden of Health Insurance
Recipe for Success
Profiles in Synergy
Equipment Costs Down, Bottom Lines Up
Willis and AGC: Partners in Safety
2014 AGC/willis Construction Safety Excellence Award Winners
Recent Trends in State Laws Affecting Construction
A Contractor’s Perspective: Where Is Our Industry Headed?
Defying Gravity and All Odds
AGC in Action
Innovative Program Gives Job Seekers Virtual Experience in Highway Construction Careers
From Classroom to Construction
Opportunities Grow, but Contractors Find Challenges With Sureties
Member and Chapter News
Legislative and Regulatory News
The Ship in the Bottle and Other Bookish Tales
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