Constructor - March/April 2014 - (Page 12)

PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE The Advantages of Membership WHY AGC IS THE RIGHT INVESTMENT FOR YOU AND YOUR BUSINESS BY AL LANDES AGC PRESIDENT Considering the work AGC of America does to advocate on our behalf, to provide worldclass education and training and to help us build meaningful relationships with our peers across the country, the return on an investment in AGC dues is tremendous. 12 constructor | M ARCH/ APRI L 2014 AS YOU HAVE PROBABLY FIGURED BY now, each new president of AGC of America establishes the association's theme for the year. Paul Diederich, who did a tremendous job, focused on the need to Build Knowledge about our industry, the challenges we face and the benefits we bring to our community and the economy. As usual, Paul was right, and his theme gave us the structure needed to work on behalf of all of you during a year that saw tepid market growth, new regulatory challenges and the initial signs of a workforce challenge that is only going to get worse. For my tenure as your president, I would like to build on Paul's accomplishments by making sure our current and future members understand the advantages of membership in this amazing national organization. Considering the work AGC of America does to advocate on our behalf, to provide world-class education and training and to help us build meaningful relationships with our peers across the country, the return on an investment in AGC dues is tremendous. There aren't many construction fi rms that I am aware of that can afford the kind of lobbying and advocacy work AGC of America performs on our behalf. Its team of inhouse lobbyists and deep bench of subject-matter experts do an incredible job securing federal funding for infrastructure, pushing back against costly new regulatory burdens and making sure Washington officials understand the contributions our sector makes to broader economic growth. It is also hard to think of a better single source for high-quality educational and training programs than AGC. Between establishing the BIMForum, setting up the fi rst-ever BIM credentialing program and the Lean curriculum, the association is helping members adapt to, and take advantage of, the many technological and process changes taking place in our industry. Add in the dozens of webinars and workshops AGC offers on topics from Davis-Bacon to risk management and regulatory compliance, and the advantages of membership become quite clear. For many of us, however, the most important advantage of belonging to AGC of America is the tremendous relationships we build. It is hard to put a price tag on the value that comes with having a network of colleagues around the country you know and can trust because you befriended them through AGC. I am sure my fi rm isn't the only one to benefit from having friends around the country we can call when we need help. That is why I am making this year's theme "AGC, An Investment in You and Your Company." As part of that theme, I want to encourage each of you to get out there and share your stories about the value of belonging to this association. Find contractors in your area that don't yet belong, tell them about all the wonderful benefits you get from AGC of America and your chapters, and encourage them to come to your next meeting and sign up. We are going to need as many members as possible to help us continue to advocate for our industry, to make sure we are preparing ourselves and our colleagues to thrive in an evolving market and to build the relationships that make us more successful and make working even more enjoyable. And we are really going to need all the help we can get in addressing what I think will be a growing challenge for our industry - a shortage of prepared workers we will need to cope with the - hopefully - growing demand this year has in store for our services. So thank you for selecting me to serve as your president this year. I look forward to seeing many of you in Las Vegas this month at our convention and I am anxious to get ◆ to work on your behalf.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - March/April 2014

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
CEO’s Letter
Wise Investment
Simonson Says
Water Resources Development Act Addresses Critical Infrastructure Needs
Legislative and Regulatory News
Can-Do Attitude Meets a Job Well Done
Technology Toolbox
The Mobile Gold Rush
Index to Advertisers
Final Inspection

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