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AGC Opens Doors
THIS ISSUE OF CONSTRUCTOR COMES out in conjunction with AGC’s National Convention,
BY STEPHEN E. SANDHERR
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and with that the release of AGC’s Annual Report. At convention, AGC members not only
discuss the future of the industry, but they take a look back at what has happened since
they last convened. Which is why we are very excited to release this year’s Annual Report
in Palm Springs – it is an inside look at everything we – our association, our chapters
and members – have accomplished over the past year. As we face what is certain to be
a challenging year, the Annual Report gives us a reason to be proud and a reason to
continue to push ahead.
The theme of this year’s Annual Report is Opening Doors. Many of you are aware of
AGC Charities’ Operation Opening Doors (OOD) project – an opportunity for our members to
give back to the community through charitable donations and made possible by so many
great member volunteers. So yes, this year’s theme marks the ﬁ rst year AGC was able to
undertake two very successful OOD projects, but it also represents much, much more. It
speaks to our purpose as your association. As the only association representing the entire
commercial construction industry, we work on a wide range of issues. But however wide
that range is, our intent remains the same: to open doors for you, our members.
In some cases, we literally open doorways to the ofﬁces of key ofﬁcials, but in every
other way, we work to open doors to information, to technology, to experience and to
opportunities. We do this because it allows you to focus on what matters most – succeeding. In 2012, AGC of America opened many doors for its members. We found new ways to
connect members with each other and the contacts they need to succeed. And we found
ways to turn tepid economic conditions into promising opportunities.
In a year where partisanship polarized the nation, we pushed forward. We didn’t
let party politics stop us from doing our job – ﬁghting to represent the interests of the
construction industry. We spent much of 2012 opening doors up and down the halls
of Congress and federal ofﬁces, protecting vital infrastructure investments, preventing
costly and unnecessary new regulations and producing measures to boost private sector
demand for new construction.
We doubled our efforts to open doors to the latest information about industry news,
safety practices, technological innovations, and business trends. And because we know
your time and travel budgets are limited, we worked to make sure our educational programs and information are as easily accessible as possible. We opened the doors to new
and enhanced educational and training programs so members can continue to improve
the quality and depth of their workforce.
We worked to create as many opportunities as possible for you to connect with one
another. And building connections goes beyond networking – it extends to ﬁnding ways
to collaborate; to the exchange of ideas; and to the sharing of information. When we
opened the doors for you to connect with each other, we opened the doors to your industry.
AGC of America has worked to serve the construction industry, our chapters and our
members for 93 years. And we consider the greatest part of that effort to be giving you the
tools you need to succeed – even in the toughest of times. 2012 wasn’t just about making
things happen. This past year was about opening doors to future successes just as much
as it was about winning present-day battles. So – when you have the opportunity to read
this year’s Annual Report – I hope that you are as proud of our accomplishments and as
excited for our future as I am.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor -March/April 2013
Growing up with AGC
Off-Site Modular Construction Improves Quality and Safety of Projects
Index To Advertisers
Constructor -March/April 2013