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EDITOR'S NOTE

On the Sunny Side of the Street
EVERY YEAR, AGC OF AMERICA polls industry professionals - folks with boots on the

ground and skin in the game - to understand the ebb and flow of the current construction
business environment. The results of this survey allow the association to paint a picture of
what's expected in the weeks, months and year ahead. This information, in turn, helps contractors strategize and place themselves on the right spot on the construction game board.

BY JEANIE J. CLAPP
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

In coordination with Sage Construction and Real Estate, AGC outlined the results of this
year's survey in its report, Expecting Growth to Continue: The 2018 Construction Industry
Hiring and Business Outlook. And while there are a few dark clouds looming, generally
speaking the industry appears to be on the sunny side of the street. Nearly 75 percent of
construction firms indicated that they plan to increase their head count this year. While
only slightly higher than what was reported on last year's survey (73 percent), the nudge
is in the right direction. Another positive indicator is the number of individuals (44 percent) who expect the dollar volume of projects to be higher than last year. When asked
this same question in 2016, only 36 percent thought the dollar volume would be higher in
the coming year than the past.
Constructor summarizes the survey results for you in "2018 Construction Outlook:
Positive, But Workforce Challenges Persist" on Page 21. As the title indicates, the labor
shortage continues to plague the construction industry - it's the greatest challenge, as a
matter of fact, noted by company owners. Half of the respondents said finding qualified
individuals to fill both salaried and craft worker positions is difficult. And, many believe
this is a challenge that will stick around for the next year. Full survey results can be found
at http://bit.ly/2018OutlookSurveyResults.
Workforce development continues to be a priority for AGC of America and its many
chapters. AGC of Utah in fact has made it its top issue, by combining a top-notch continuing education program with a proactive Workforce Development Committee that is providing outreach tools to member firms and spreading the good word about construction as a
profession to school counselors. Read more about what this chapter is doing on Page 35.
It's efforts like these - both at the national and chapter level - that demonstrate why
AGC of America has been the leading association for the construction industry for the last
100 years. And, while change is a constant in the construction industry, AGC will remain
a staple - now and into the next century.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - March/April 2018

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
CEO’s Letter
Focused on the Future
Simonson Says
2018 Construction Outlook: Positive but Workforce Challenges Persist
Span Cycles
Chapter Connection
Technology Toolbox
Legislative and Regulatory News
Member and Chapter News
Products & Services Marketplace
Index to Advertisers
Constructor - March/April 2018 - intro
Constructor - March/April 2018 - cover1
Constructor - March/April 2018 - cover2
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 3
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 4
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 5
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 6
Constructor - March/April 2018 - Editor’s Note
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 8
Constructor - March/April 2018 - President’s Message
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 10
Constructor - March/April 2018 - CEO’s Letter
Constructor - March/April 2018 - Focused on the Future
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 13
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 14
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 15
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 16
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 17
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 18
Constructor - March/April 2018 - Simonson Says
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 20
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 2018 Construction Outlook: Positive but Workforce Challenges Persist
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 22
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 23
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 24
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 25
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 26
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 27
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 28
Constructor - March/April 2018 - Span Cycles
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Constructor - March/April 2018 - 31
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 32
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 33
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 34
Constructor - March/April 2018 - Chapter Connection
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 36
Constructor - March/April 2018 - Technology Toolbox
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 38
Constructor - March/April 2018 - Legislative and Regulatory News
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 40
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 41
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 42
Constructor - March/April 2018 - Member and Chapter News
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 44
Constructor - March/April 2018 - Products & Services Marketplace
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 46
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 47
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 48
Constructor - March/April 2018 - Index to Advertisers
Constructor - March/April 2018 - 50
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