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CEO'S LETTER AGC's Construction Advocacy Fund WE HAVE BEEN QUITE busy during the past year fighting for the interests of the con- BY STEPHEN E. SANDHERR AGC CEO Over the coming months, we will continue our battle to fix the federal highway trust fund and secure a long-term surface transportation bill and protect the industry from the administration's misguided Waters of the U.S. rule. @Constr uctor Ma g struction industry in Washington, D.C. Indeed, one of the things that distinguishes this association is our ability to deliver meaningful results on such a wide variety of issues that affect our industry. Since last summer, AGC of America has successfully defended the use of fly ash in construction materials by getting the Environmental Protection Agency to agree to continue allowing its use in a range of widely used products, including concrete. We have also secured an additional $50 million a year to build new and repair old locks and dams along the nation's inland waterways. Thanks to our efforts, Congress opted to limit the use of single bid reverse auctions for federal construction procurement and imposed an outright ban on them for design-build military projects. We also persuaded federal safety officials to make significant improvements to their proposed confined spaces rule that will make it easier for firms to keep workers safe. And we successfully lobbied to streamline and strengthen federal workforce development programs by securing passage of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. All the while, we have kept up a steady drumbeat of pressure on lawmakers to enact longterm infrastructure measures and help us rebuild the once-vibrant pipeline for training and preparing new workers for the industry. Even though we have amassed a list of noteworthy accomplishments, our work is far from finished. Over the coming months, this association will continue our battle to fix the federal highway trust fund, secure a long-term surface transportation bill, push for a more robust training pipeline and protect the industry from the administration's misguided Waters of the U.S. rule. We expect to see a flurry of new federal regulatory measures, including affirmative action measures for federal contractors, new union election procedures, eReporting on safety statistics, and storm water mandates. Some of those measures promise to have a profound effect on our industry. That is why I hope that members like you will support the AGC Construction Advocacy Fund. The fund pays for much of the work AGC of America does to advocate on the industry's behalf. It finances research, supports lobbying operations and allows us to maintain a high profile in key Congressional districts across the country. Unfortunately after years of battling what has to be one of the least-business friendly environments in Washington, D.C., the fund is running dry. That is why last year we asked members to contribute $10 per employee to help us in our fight to protect the construction industry and your company's continued success. We hope you will join with many of your AGC of America colleagues in supporting the fund this year. Please visit us online at to contribute and learn more about our fight on your behalf. Your support will allow us to continue to fight for the interests of the construction industry. ◆ S E P T E MB E R / O C T O B E R 2 0 1 5 | 13

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Constructor - September/October 2015

Editor’s Note
President’s Message
CEO’s Letter
Lean in and Learn
Construction Corner
Getting Ready for the Big Ships
Old, New, Tried & True
Simonson Says
The Picture of Health
Technology Toolbox
Inside AGC
Workforce Shortage Report: Southern Region
Bringing the Los Angeles Hall of Justice Back to Life
Employee Benefit Selections Can Yield Greater Rewards
2015 Insurance Guide
Index to Advertisers
Final Inspection

Constructor - September/October 2015