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Ashinoff says we are also a very divided country, with more people than ever identifying as Independent, rather than Democrat or Republican. "When you look at polls, you have a little less than one-third who identify as Democrats, and even less so as Republicans. We have about 42 percent identifying as independents. I think that is primarily because of the gridlock we see in DC and the frustration that average Americans are having over it. You look at the Gallup poll about the biggest problems facing the country and the number one problem is not the economy, jobs, terrorism or debt. It's dissatisfaction with government, and I think that's why you are seeing a more divided country." WHAT MEMBERS ARE SAYING Several AGC members weighed in on who they will be voting for on Nov. 8 and why. Carole Bionda, vice president of Nova Group Inc. - a Napa, California-based general engineering contractor and AGC of California member - identifies as a fiscal conservative "just slightly to the right of Attila the Hun," she jokes. "As such, I vote for candidates whom I consider to be fiscally responsible conservative candidates." Industry issues she is most concerned about include the reliability of infrastructure funding by government - national, state and local. "Much of our infrastructure - bridges, roads, water treatment plants - is in a pathetic state and need rebuilding, repair and retrofitting. Unlike much of the world, on the whole we have clean water. Cholera and typhoid do not exist in this country. Why? Because we have functioning wastewater treatment plants." Bionda says the proliferation of questionable government regulation - often based on questionable science or facts - is severely increasing the cost of doing business, not just for construction. "[There is] the proliferation of presidential executive orders, usurping the legislative function, and destroying the separation of powers envisioned by the Constitution. Government-mandated project labor agreements unnecessarily increase the cost of public projects while only serving the political goals of organized labor." Over the next four years, she would like to see changes to some of the regulations. @Constr uctor Ma g SPREAD THE WORD The construction industry and the millions of workers it employs have much at stake in this election. At a time when the industry is rebounding from the longest and deepest slump of any sector, the AGC of America stresses the importance for members to elect leaders willing to work for common-sense solutions to the challenges facing the construction industry and its workforce. Between now and Nov. 8, join voters across the country elect 435 members of the U.S. House of Representatives, 34 members of the U.S. Senate, 11 governors, and countless local and state officials. A small margin of votes may decide an election, so it is important that those who are eligible to vote do so. Don't be silent, be a part of our democracy and make your voice heard. There are still millions of Americans, however, who choose not to have their voices heard on Election Day. Help us change that statistic by making sure your colleagues, family members and friends are registered and vote on Nov. 8, 2016. "Increasing government regulations are making it harder and harder to do business," she stresses. "We have higher costs of doing business, which impede the growth of companies and, therefore, the economy. Over the years, the construction industry has positively contributed to the growth of the economy and put countless people to work. Without having to react to questionable regulation after regulation, I think the construction industry will continue to positively contribute to the gross domestic product and have the resources to become more productive." Eddie Stewart is president and CEO of Caddell Construction, an Alabama AGC member and highly respected general contracting firm located in Montgomery. Founded in 1983, the company has more than $8.3 billion in current and completed projects and multiple national awards from construction industry peers. Calling this one of the most interesting and unusual campaigns in both parties that he can remember, he admits that he is not fully happy with either candidate. "Yet I am definitely voting for Donald Trump. As a businessman and not a career politician, he better understands what is good for our economy and necessary to spur real growth," says Stewart. "For our industry in particular, I believe he understands construction issues - including the numerous regulatory roadblocks we encounter every day in trying to do our jobs. I am certain his opponent doesn't have a clue about the problems facing our industry and, in fact, has an agenda which will severely hurt construction." Stewart believes that the top industry concerns impacted by this election will be immigration reform and the passage of a Federal budget, which includes investment in our crumbling infrastructure. "Immigration reform has been not only a partisan issue, but one in which factions within each party cannot agree," he says. "This president must be a tough negotiator (which I believe Donald Trump is) yet at the same time bring all parties together to get a solution that everyone can live with." Likewise, Stewart adds that the inability of the government to reach consensus on and pass a Federal budget has been a major concern for both the construction industry (as well as the country) for the past eight years. "We desperately need to be investing in our roads, infrastructure, and military, which I believe would be supported by a Trump administration, while the Clinton administration would push 'freebies' at the taxpayer's expense, while increasing environmental regulations which hurt our industry." Dan Fordice, vice president, secretary and treasurer of Fordice Construction Company in Vickburg, Mississippi, a member of multiple AGC chapters and a contracting firm founded nearly 70 years ago that provides a wide array of construction S E P T E MB E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 | www.constructormagazine.com 21 http://www.constructormagazine.com/

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - September/October 2016

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
CEO’s Letter
Cybercrime: Why You’re Almost Certainly at Risk
Building the Economy: The True Value of Measuring Economic Impact
All Eyes on November
Constructing an Experience: New Demands in Retail Design
Simonson Says
Knocking Green Standards Out of the Park
Managing the Risks of Green Building
Construction Leadership Council: A Launch Pad for Careers and Industry Leadership
AGC in Action
Member and Chapter News
Legislative and Regulatory News
Technology Toolbox
2016 Professional Services Guide
Products & Services Marketplace
Index to Advertisers
Final Inspection
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Constructor - September/October 2016 - 8
Constructor - September/October 2016 - Editor’s Note
Constructor - September/October 2016 - 10
Constructor - September/October 2016 - President’s Message
Constructor - September/October 2016 - 12
Constructor - September/October 2016 - CEO’s Letter
Constructor - September/October 2016 - Cybercrime: Why You’re Almost Certainly at Risk
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Constructor - September/October 2016 - 17
Constructor - September/October 2016 - 18
Constructor - September/October 2016 - Building the Economy: The True Value of Measuring Economic Impact
Constructor - September/October 2016 - All Eyes on November
Constructor - September/October 2016 - 21
Constructor - September/October 2016 - 22
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Constructor - September/October 2016 - 24
Constructor - September/October 2016 - 25
Constructor - September/October 2016 - Constructing an Experience: New Demands in Retail Design
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Constructor - September/October 2016 - Simonson Says
Constructor - September/October 2016 - Knocking Green Standards Out of the Park
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Constructor - September/October 2016 - Managing the Risks of Green Building
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Constructor - September/October 2016 - Construction Leadership Council: A Launch Pad for Careers and Industry Leadership
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Constructor - September/October 2016 - 46
Constructor - September/October 2016 - AGC in Action
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Constructor - September/October 2016 - Member and Chapter News
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Constructor - September/October 2016 - 56
Constructor - September/October 2016 - Legislative and Regulatory News
Constructor - September/October 2016 - 58
Constructor - September/October 2016 - Technology Toolbox
Constructor - September/October 2016 - 60
Constructor - September/October 2016 - 2016 Professional Services Guide
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Constructor - September/October 2016 - 70
Constructor - September/October 2016 - Products & Services Marketplace
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Constructor - September/October 2016 - 73
Constructor - September/October 2016 - Index to Advertisers
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Constructor - September/October 2016 - Final Inspection
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