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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.

Fun and Sun at Convention

Nearly 300 members and guests attended the Alabama AGC Annual Convention in Sandestin in June, enjoying the chance to network, learn a thing or two, play some golf and enjoy time at the beach. Link to Convention Pictures

And they had a special visit by AGC of America President Chuck Greco.

“The AGC makes a positive impact on our industry and our businesses,” said Greco, CEO of Linbeck Construction in Texas. “It takes years to make some projects come to fruition. We do the hard stuff, the stuff that makes a difference.”

“AGC is designed to provide meaningful, long term benefits to our industry,” Greco said.

He said AGC has a multi-faceted plan for 2015, which includes advocacy, membership growth and workforce development.

  1. Advocacy – “The goal is to be heard at all levels of government, national and state. We want to build coalitions and grassroots movements… AGC is trying to get Congress to pass a fully funded, long-term highway revenue bill. Stop-gaps are causing infrastructure investment to be down. Alabama has zero bridge inspectors for 200 bridges. Visit http://hardhatsforhighways.org/.”

  2. Membership Growth – “Engaged members are critical to our success. We want to streamline meetings and the convention to make them more relevant.”

  3. Workforce Development – “This is important to everybody. 83 percent of our members are already having trouble finding people. We want to promote community-based workforce development initiatives. You guys (Alabama AGC) are ahead of the plan, trying to provide a sustained pipeline of skilled workers.” Greco also said Go Build is providing important recruiting and Alabama AGC’s new craft training act will go a long way toward paying for construction craft education throughout Alabama.

He also said that AGC remains an excellent bargain, with less than 50 percent of its operating budget based on dues income.

“If you aren’t involved at the national level, I ask you to get after it,” Greco said.”Take advantage of the AGC of America, attend annual conferences.”

After some time with the national president, everyone hit the links in what turned out to be a very competitive golf tournament. Here are the results:

First Flight -- First Place, 57, Judd Beech, Walter Verneuille, Bobby Dowdy and Joey Dicks; Second Place, 61, Robin Short, George Norrell, Chris Williams and Sam McCaskey;

Second Flight -- First Place, 64, Woody Watters, Hugh Hagood, Ethan Hagood and Sterlin Lindsey; Second Place, 66, Sid Coleman, Jeff Kamykowski, Chris McGough and Frank Moore;

Third Flight – First Place, 67, Gary Harvey, Mitchell Cornelius, Jek Lindley and Greg Frost; Second Place, 69, Dell McDonald, Darrell Henry, Jef Freeman and David Fugit.

Highest Score – Shooting an even par 72 were Ray Pruitt, John Harvey, Forrest Harvey and Richard Pate, Jr.