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A Look Back, A Look Forward
EACH YEAR, AS WE COMPILE THE Annual Report and prep for Convention, we are not only
BY STEPHEN E. SANDHERR
You are proof
that 2013 does
not have to
taking a look back at all we've accomplished, but everything that lies ahead for our industry.
In 2013, every success, every initiative - they weren't just boxes to be checked off the to-do
list. Large and small, they are the things that set the groundwork for an even better 2014. Last
year, the construction industry experienced a mild recovery, although it was more uneven and
far slower than most of us would have liked. However, AGC did not let a lagging economy and
deeply divided Congress stop the pursuit of top legislative and regulatory priorities. Nor did
we allow uncertain industry conditions to prevent us from offering you - our members - the
things you need to keep your business moving forward. With every step forward in 2013, there
will be another success story in 2014.
In years past, we have told the story of our accomplishments and victories through our Annual
Report, released in conjunction with our National Convention - and this year is no different.
But unlike years past, where we have told the story using one voice - our own - this year we
wanted to hear from you. Our job here at AGC of America is working for our members. It is only
fitting, then, that we hear from you - the project managers, safety directors, crane operators,
engineers, human resources personnel, those of you operating out of the C-suite - on how
we're doing. If our members aren't benefiting from their AGC membership day-to-day, then
we aren't doing our job as your association.
The 2013 Annual Report is a vibrant narrative driven by people just like you. Members from
across the country took time out of their busy days to tell us what it really means to be a part
of their local chapter and AGC at the national level. Not only were we reassured that we're
still providing you with top-notch industry tools and resources, as well as premier networking events and the outlets to foster career-building relationships, but we discovered that our
members are as proud of what we're doing here in Washington as we are.
As an organization focused on advocating for our members here in D.C., it is extremely important that we know how the decisions being made are impacting you at the local level. You are
proof that 2013 does not have to be defined by sluggish growth or congressional stalemates.
Instead, your stories show us that we were able to give you a voice on Capitol Hill when little
was being heard. We were able to continue to offer training and educational programs that
make your job easier. We were here to provide you with the information and resources you
needed to fight battles at your local level.
Yes - in 2013, we saw record BIMForum attendance, the evolution of the CM-BIM program,
the development of new Lean curriculum, an extended reach on social networks and media
outlets, nine new ConsensusDocs contract documents, increased attendance at annual meetings,
133 AGC Foundation scholarships awarded, and one of the most successful Operation Opening
Doors to date. But this year's Annual Report doesn't just capture the big pictures - it captures
the day-to-day moments when AGC membership has proved itself invaluable. What we found is
that the work we did last year has given many of you the ability to enter 2014 with high hopes.
The testimonies you will read in this year's Annual Report are not the only thing foreshadowing a better 2014 - we have the survey results of over 800 AGC members illustrating similar
stories. In January, we released an analysis of this survey as part of Optimism Returns: The
2014 Construction Hiring and Business Outlook. Contractors are more optimistic about 2014
than they have been in a long time. Many firms plan to begin hiring again this year, while
relatively few plan for layoffs. A large percentage of firms that did not make staff changes last
year plan on expanding payrolls and benefits in 2014.
As demand, hopefully, rebounds in 2014, AGC will continue to be there to help members
take advantage of every opportunity and cope with any challenge likely to come with industry recovery. We were there in 2013 to hear you and give you the tools to keep your business
moving forward. In 2014, our commitment to you is to be even more essential to your success
than we were in 2013.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - March/April 2014
Water Resources Development Act Addresses Critical Infrastructure Needs
Legislative and Regulatory News
Can-Do Attitude Meets a Job Well Done
The Mobile Gold Rush
Index to Advertisers
Constructor - March/April 2014