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eDItoR's note In Your Corner proposed rule (http://bit.ly/1F44zKS) and the efforts AGC took to counsel the regulatory bodies on behalf of its membership. The good news is the agencies made several important changes the association requested during the public comment period. However, the rule still appears likely to create new problems for contractors. AGC, therefore, will continue to stand in your corner and lobby Congressional leaders to require the agencies to revisit their rulemaking process. For more details on this final ruling, please read "EPA, Corps Issue Final Waters of the U.S. Rule" on Page 81. BY JEANIE J. CLAPP EDITOR-IN-CHIEF I'm not much of a boxing enthusiast, but I can certainly appreciate the competitive nature of the sport. Between rounds, the contestants - maybe battered, maybe bruised - retreat to their respective corners where trainers await with the support, coaching and encouragement needed to keep up the good fight. In a way, it's similar to the AGC world. No matter what ring you are in - regardless of construction sector, firm size or company location - each and every one of you has the support of the association in your corner. WATER 'RING' Recently the EPA and the Corps of Engineers released a new and final rule on the Waters of the U.S., defining the features over which they claim jurisdiction. Readers of Constructor will remember the article in January/ February 2015 where we detailed the implications of what was then a TRANSPORTATION 'RING' You've heard it before, and you'll definitely hear it again: we need a long-term highway bill. Congress has until July 31 (when the Highway Trust Fund is expected to run dry) to uncover more federal transportation funds. These short-term extensions do little to relieve the problems our infrastructure faces. (See feature story, "Raising the Grade: Strategies to Improve the Infrastructure GPA" on Page 26.) AGC has worked tirelessly to spread the word that a long-term solution is key. To that end, it has spearheaded several initiatives aimed to keep this funding crisis at the forefront of Congress' agenda and top of mind for drivers. The Hardhats for Highways campaign, which AGC helped create as co-chair of the Transportation Construction Coalition, is designed to enhance awareness of Congress on how the federal highway and transit bill supports jobs in their home districts. Please visit HardhatsforHighways.org to request hardhat stickers. On those stickers, write the number of employees at your firm who depend on the bill, attach it to one of your hardhats and give one to each of your Congressional representatives. AGC's most recent nationwide effort on the federal road funding front is #DriveBetterRoads, which asks the public to share pictures of traffic congestion, poor road conditions and aging bridges by tweeting those pictures with the common hashtag DriveBetterRoads. For more information, please visit Page 30 or go to www. drivebetterroads.org. SAFETY 'RING' With two conferences a year (January and July) dedicated to safety and health education, it's clear safety matters to AGC. Annually, the association recognizes firms with exemplary safety records. A list of the 2015 Willis Construction Safety Excellence Award (CSEA) winners can be found on Page 39. An in-depth story on the recipient of this year's Grand Award, WB Moore, can be found on Page 42. Additionally, earlier this year, AGC conducted a work zone safety study to highlight the dangers posed to both motorists and construction workers in highway work zones. The results tell us that drivers and passengers are more likely than workers to be hurt or killed in work zone accidents. And, while a number of factors would help to reduce the number of accidents, bottom line is motorists should be more cautious and less distracted as they drive through work zones. The infographic and accompanying article on pages 48-49 provide more details on the work zone safety study. So no matter what ring you're standing in, AGC is in your corner, rooting you on and giving you the support you need to win the fight. ◆ Have a story idea or information you'd like to share with AGC members? Contact me at constructor@naylor.com. Look for web exclusives on www.constructormagazine.com and follow Constructor on Twitter @ConstructorMag. @Constr uctor Ma g J u l y / A u g u s t 2 0 1 5 | www.constructormagazine.com 11 http://www.bit.ly/1F44zKS http://www.drivebetterroads.org http://www.HardhatsforHighways.org http://www.constructormagazine.com http://www.constructormagazine.com

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - July/August 2015

EDITOR’S NOTE
PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
CEO’S LETTER
REBUILDING MOTOR CITY
THE REAL DETROIT
RAISING THE GRADE
FEDCON BRINGS CONTRACTORS AND AGENCY LEADERSHIP TOGETHER
HOOKED UP
2015 WILLIS CONSTRUCTION SAFETY EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNERS
PUTTING MOORE INTO SAFETY
SIMONSON SAYS
THE ROAD TO SAFETY
CONSTRUCTION SAFETY APPS SAVE WORKER LIVES
DEEP SPACE FINE
TIME TO ENGAGE
COORDINATION LEADS TO TRIUMPH
AGC IN ACTION
TREASURE TROVE
A P3 PRIMER
MEMBER AND CHAPTER NEWS
THREE MUST HAVES IN A FLEET MANAGEMENT SOLUTION
LEGISLATIVE AND REGULATORY NEWS
A LABOR OF LOVE
TECHNOLOGY TOOLBOX
BEYOND THESE PAGES
UPCOMING EVENTS
2015 REGIONAL RESOURCE GUIDE
INDEX TO ADVERTISERS
FINAL INSPECTION

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