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The Birmingham Section started 2015 with a political reception at the Murray Building Co. jobsite at the old Merita Bread Bakery. More than 150 members were in attendance with city and state officials. Everyone enjoyed a tour of the site as well as barbecue from Joe McNabb and Hendrix Chevrolet.

Tell Congress the Time for Infrastructure Investment is NOW

With the unveiling of the president’s $1.5 trillion infrastructure plan today, it is critical that you and other construction industry professionals let Congress know that the time for infrastructure investment is NOW.

Any plan must invest a significant sum in America’s aging and over-burdened infrastructure, streamline the federal environmental permit and review processes to help deliver needed projects faster, call for long-term solutions to funding existing federal infrastructure programs including the Highway Trust Fund, and expand workforce education, training, and development opportunities.

Contact your U.S. representative and U.S. senators right now so that they can hear YOUR voice and understand that investing in and improving our nation’s infrastructure helps America prosper. 

TAKE ACTION HERE:  http://advocacy.agc.org/votervoice/?vvsrc=%2fCampaigns%2f56888%2fRespond

Call for Entries AGC Construction Safety Excellence Awards Gulf Coast Sections

On behalf of our Safety Committee, I encourage you to participate in this year’s Safety Awards Program.

AGC has demonstrated a long-standing commitment to safety in the construction workplace, and continues to reinforce our
credibility in the construction industry and safety communities by offering training and programs to address the needs of our members. Our awards program provides the opportunity to document your achievements in safety and receive well-deserved recognition in the industry.

Please see the attached Application for our  upcoming Construction Safety Excellence Awards Program.

Deadline for entry is February 21st.  Please email (staff@agcmobile.org) , fax, mail, or hand deliver your application to the
Mobile AGC  office:  754 Downtowner Loop West, Mobile, AL  36609

Award recipients will be recognized at our Safety Awards Luncheon on March 21st at the Country Club of Mobile

Letter and Application  

Invitation

From Steve Sandherr: White House to Release Infrastructure Plan This Monday and What You Can Do to Help Push for New Funding

While the administration’s proposal will likely have plenty of room for improvement, the fact is the President has signaled that he intends to make a determined push to secure new funding for vital public works. Getting Congress to act on the measure will not be easy and it will require a strong coalition of Republicans and Democrats to build enough votes to overcome opposition from anti-infrastructure conservatives and anti-Trump liberals. 

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Silica in Construction Seminars - SIGN UP TODAY

Alabama AGC and CompTrust AGC is pleased to host free seminars for Silica in Construction. These half-day seminars will be held in February and March in Birmingham, Madison, Florence, Dothan, Montgomery, and Mobile.  Seminars run from 8 am to 1 pm in each location.  Lunch is provided courtesy of CompTrust AGC.  Seating is limited so sign up early to reserve your spot.  See the attached flyer for more information.

RSVP with names of attendees to Susan Collins (susanc@alagc.org).

Attached Flyer for more information. 

Proposed 2018 General Application Special Provisions - Industry Review

GASP No.      Section      Subject                       Remarks

18-0222          880        Sign Materials       Updates references to the ASTM Standards.

18-0223          891         Structural materials for    Updates references to the ASTM Standards

                                      Traffic Control Devices

                                      and Roadway Lighting 

18-0226           504       Concrete Steel Pile Encasement    Modifies the requirements for                                                                                                 concrete used  in Pile Encasements  

Early notice of lump sum jobs for Feb. 23rd letting

The Voice of Alabama's Road Building Industry

FYI – Office Engineer has posted the 2 lump sum projects in the February 23rd letting on the Project Letting page to give the potential bidders additional time to review as requested by the industry.
 
http://alletting.dot.state.al.us/WEBPROPS/2018/20180223/NTC_February_23_2018.htm
 
Skip Powe, P.E.
State Construction Engineer
Alabama Department of Transportation
Construction Bureau
(334) 242-6209

2018 Alabama Construction Hall of Fame Inductees

The Alabama AGC established the Alabama Construction Hall of Fame to honor and recognize outstanding individuals in the construction industry. These individuals are held in esteem by their peers and have demonstrated their professionalism through active support of the industry through their civic and community involvement.

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What Contractors Should Know in the Event the Government Shuts Down

As you know, the federal government is currently experiencing a partial shutdown because of a lapse of appropriations. I’d like to share some information and resources with you that you should feel free to share with your members. 

 

First, AGCA has assembled a two-page document detailing the types of contracts possibly impacted by a government shutdown and information contractors should consider regarding contracts involving federal funds. The document is entitled “What Contractors Should Know in the Event the Government Shuts Down.”

 

Second, there are some critical immigration-related tools impacted by the shutdown. Specifically, E-Verify and Form I-9 services are temporarily unavailable through U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). For information concerning how USCIS handled these issues during the 2013 Shutdown (as the most recent guidance we have), click here.

 

Lastly, for more information concerning specific government agencies your members may have questions about, I have linked to some of the shutdown policies of agencies on which many AGC members rely below:

 

·         Environmental Protection Agency: The EPA has enough resources to continue to operate through this week, in the event the shutdown continues. For more information on the EPA’s contingency plans, click here.

·         U.S. Department of Defense

o   U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

·         U.S. Department of Labor

·         U.S. Department of Transportation

 

For other agencies, the Office of Management and Budget has compiled a list of the latest shutdown contingency plans, found here.

Tax Reform’s Impact on Your Construction Business & Market

Tax Reform’s Impact on Your Construction Business & Market

Complimentary AGC WebEd: January 30 from 2:00 to 3:30 PM ET

Register today for this complimentary AGC webinar. Congress recently passed the most far-reaching tax reform legislation since 1986. No matter what your construction market—public or private—or construction firm—C-corporation, S-corporation, LLC, LLP, or partnership—the new tax reform law will have an impact on you.

During this webinar, you will hear tax and accounting firm CBIZ’s Cord Armstrong—a CPA and leader in the firm’s National Construction Industry Practice Group—AGC’s lead infrastructure and tax lobbyists and policy experts on Capitol Hill and with the U.S. Department of the Treasury—Sean O’Neill and Matt Turkstra, respectively— and Chief Economist Ken Simonson discuss:

·         The impact of the new law on your construction business—no matter the type, C-corp, S-corp, LLC, partnership or so forth;

·         Things your business should consider before converting to a C-corp, such as the 20 percent pass-through deduction and how it works;

·         Changes to tax incentives for public and private construction, including but not limited to private activity bonds and the historic tax credit;

·         Ambiguities in the law to be aware of and the chances of this Congress enacting “technical corrections” to address them;

·         What’s next for the Department of the Treasury and Internal Revenue Service when it comes to issuing guidance and regulations to help you understand how to comply; and

·         How AGC advocated for your construction business throughout this process and continues to do so. 

For more information, click here or contact Matt Turkstra at (202) 547-4733 or matt.turkstra@agc.org