Ingram State Technical College Resource Fair

Ingram State Technical College is having a Resource Fair.  The Resource Fair will be held on Tuesday, October 23rd at ISTC’s Draper and Main Instructional Sites. The fair will begin at the Draper instructional site at 8:00.


The resource fair will be attended by approximately 200 current and former students who are with a year of release. They will have certificates in a range of trades including carpentry, welding, electrical. Masonry, diesel mechanics, HVAC and plumbing.


The address is 5375 Ingram Road, e, AL 36025.  Reserved parking will be available. Enter through the gate on the far right hand side of the complex.  


The College is a secure facility. Cell phones and weapons are not allowed on site. Also, the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) requires that we provide them with each participant’s name, date of birth, and driver’s license number. Please provide this information as soon as possible by calling Renee Foshee at 334-514-5053.


ISTC will provide a table for you to set up a display.  You may bring display materials, tablecloths, brochures and other printed materials.  Promotional materials allowed by ADOC are pencils, candy, and plastic wrist bands.  If you need special accommodations please let us know.


Resource Fair Schedule: Tuesday, October 23rd, 2018

7:30-8:30         Set up (Light breakfast will be provided)

8:30-10:30       Draper Resource Fair

10:30-12:00     Lunch & Learn/ Relocate to Main Campus (Lunch will be provided)

12:00-2:00       Main Campus Resource Fair


The mission of Ingram State Technical College is to provide a range of occupational, educational, life skills and re-entry programs and services to incarcerated adults so as to facilitate their successful return to society as responsible citizens.


The partnership we have with Catholic Social Services is critical to the success of our students.  

We look forward to seeing you at the Resource Fair. If you have any questions please contact a Reentry Services staff member.



Rick Vest                     Joeanne Young                               Renee Foshee                   Jerome Batie          (334) 514-5070               (334) 514-4031                        (334) 514-5053                (334) 514-5069

Mobile River Bridge and Bayway Project

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and Interested Contractors Forum
The Alabama Department of Transportation’s DBE/Supportive Services, in partnership with
Tuskegee University, is hosting a DBE forum.

Wednesday, October 24, 2018 – 5:30– 7:30 p.m.
ALDOT Central Office Conference Rooms 5, 6, 7, and 8
1409 Coliseum Blvd. Montgomery, AL 36110


This is the second scheduled forum held in the state. The DBE goal has yet to be determined.
Attendees will learn about the Mobile River Bridge and Bayway project, meet with the proposing teams, and gain an understanding of the business opportunities associated with the project.

  ALDOT's Andrew Wood, PE, speaks to attendees at the July DBE Forum.

ALDOT's Andrew Wood, PE, speaks to attendees at the July DBE Forum.

Lawmakers tour I-65 widening project, hear needs for infrastructure funding

By CAROLINE BECK, Alabama Daily News

Infrastructure funding is one of the top issues facing Alabama at the moment. Finding a way to pay for building and repairing the state’s aging roads and bridges is expected to be a top issue in the Alabama Legislature’s 2019 Regular Session no matter who gets elected in November.

One high profile project demonstrates both the problems that come with a lack of resources and the great promise the state could see should a realistic funding solution be found.

Crews are widening Interstate 65 from four to six lanes for a three-mile stretch from State Route 3 in Alabaster north to Pelham where the highway begins its expanse into metropolitan Birmingham’s urban core. The project began in January, earning both groans for the inevitable construction delays and sighs of relief for the eventual positive effect it will have on commuters and travelers alike.

The $70 million project is a major undertaking that has been badly needed for years. It’s one of dozens of major infrastructure needs throughout Alabama. But, due to lack of funding resources, the state can generally only afford to build one of these major projects each year.

Dunn Construction and Wiregrass Construction Company, which won the bids for the project, invited members of the Alabama Legislature to tour their local asphalt-making plant and the highway project itself. Project Manager Michael Estell said the work is on schedule and currently about 43 percent finished.

Jim Page, President of the West Alabama Chamber of Commerce and Chairman of the Alliance for Alabama’s Infrastructure (AAI), hosted the group along with representatives from the Alabama Road Builders Association and the National Asphalt Pavement Association. Together, they explained construction techniques and worked to convince lawmakers why more infrastructure funding is critical to Alabama’s economic future.

The Alliance for Alabama’s Infrastructure has recently started a social media campaign documenting some of the state’s road and bridge deficiencies and urging lawmakers to solve the problem.

Infrastructure Impact on Economy and Well Being

Page first highlighted the connection between infrastructure development and the growth of Alabama’s economy. He pointed out that the way in which Alabama deals with its infrastructure problems is a key factor in whether or not industries decide to locate or grow their businesses here.

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Donations Requested for Victims of Hurricane Michael

To:      AGC-BCRBA-MCRBA Members


From:  Charlotte Kopf


AGC Members Performance Personnel and Performance Workforce Solutions are helping to organize an effort to help victims of Hurricane Michael.


They are accepting items at their offices in Mobile and Pensacola and will be delivering these items to those in need in the Panama City area.


If you would like to donate, please deliver your items to either office between the hours of  8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M.


Performance Personnel

3355 Copter Rd.

Suite 8

Pensacola, AL  32518



Performance Workforce Solutions

4480 Halls Mill Rd. Suite F

Mobile, AL  Zip 36693


They will be accepting items such as:

Cleaning Supplies



Hand Sanitizer,



First Aid Kits

Insect Repellent


Toiletries (Shampoo, Toothpaste, Deodorant etc)

Paper Products (paper towels, toilet paper)


Please do not send Clothes.

Our thoughts and prayers continue for those who were in the path of 
Hurricane Michael. 

I’m sure all will appreciate any help they receive.




Hoover High School World of Works - October 16

Hoover City Schools is having a Worlds of Work career expo Tuesday, October 16th. The Worlds of Work Career Expo will be a fun, educational, hands-on opportunity for students to become familiar with an overview of high demand, high wage career opportunities available in the areas of Computer Science, Construction & Skilled Trades, Culinary Arts & Hospitality, and Fire Science.

The purpose of this expo is to create awareness about exciting career options among students, educators, and parents and introduce new programs soon to be offered by Hoover City Schools at the Riverchase Career Connection Center. Existing employers in the region continue to have unfilled job openings due to a shortage of skilled workers.  In addition, employers face additional shortages over the next few years due to retirements of up to 50% of their workforce.  Please join us on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at The Finley Center, 100 Ben Chapman Drive Hoover, AL 35244.

All vendors are being asked to have interactive, informative stations. Vendor setup for this event will be held from 7:00-8:30am.  Over 1100 Hoover City School 9th grade students will rotate through this event from 9:00am-3:10pm.  Parents have the opportunity to attend this event from 4:00-6:00pm.


Hurricane Michael Relief Effort

AGC-MCRBA-BCRBA encourage you to help make a difference by donating to the Hurricane Michael Relief efforts by making either a cash  or in-kind donation.

Volunteers of America Southeast (VOASE) is accepting donations for the victims of Hurricane Michael.
All donations will go directly to the victims of Hurricane Michael.

Please drop items off  any of the items listed below between 8:00AM and 4:30 PM to their corporate office
located at 1204 Hillcrest Road, Mobile, AL 36695.  

For more information please contact Amanda Gonzales:  251-463-9342



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Friday, October 5, 2018


CONTACT: Brian Turmail

(703) 459-0238,

Despite Above-Average Job Gains and Pay Increases, Industry Survey Finds Contractors Are Struggling to Find Craft Workers; Association Officials Call for Reforms to Immigration, Career and Technical Education


Construction employment increased by 23,000 jobs in September and by 315,000 jobs over the past year, reaching a 10-year high, while the industry’s unemployment rate decreased more than half-a-percentage point to 4.1 percent from a year earlier, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America. Even as firms increase headcount and increase pay, a survey by the association suggests that this expansion is threatened by a lack of skilled craft labor.


“The construction industry added workers and increased pay in the past year at rates higher than the overall economy,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist.  “However, the pool of unemployed workers with construction experience has nearly evaporated, pushing up contractors’ costs and adding to project completion times.”


Construction employment totaled 7,286,000 in September, the highest level since May 2008 and a gain of 4.5 percent over the past 12 months. Employment in residential construction – comprising residential building and specialty trade contractors—grew by 4,400 jobs for the month and 139,600 jobs over the past 12 months, a 5.2 percent increase. Employment in nonresidential construction—including building, specialty trades, and heavy and civil engineering construction—grew by 18,600 jobs in September and 176,300 jobs during the past year, a 4.1 percent increase.


Hourly earnings in the industry averaged $30.18 in September, exceeding $30 per hour for the first time, and an increase of 3.1 percent from a year earlier. Average hourly earnings in construction now have a 10.7 percent premium over the average for all nonfarm private-sector jobs, which rose 2.8 percent in the past year, to $27.24. Meanwhile, the unemployment rate for workers with construction experience in September was 4.1 percent, down from 4.7 percent in September 2017 and the lowest September rate since the series began in 2000.


In the recent AGC-Autodesk Workforce survey, 76 percent of respondents said their firms plan to increase their headcount of hourly craft workers in the next year. However, 80 percent of the firms said they are having trouble filling hourly positions. For all but one of 20 specific crafts included in the survey, a majority of respondents reported that they were having more trouble hiring craft personnel this year compared to last year. And in addition, over three-quarters of respondents replied that the local programs for supplying well-trained, skilled craft personnel were poor or only fair.


In addition to the results of the Workforce survey, the association released a Workforce Development Plan, which shows how the association is increasing training efforts and encouraging job-seekers to choose a career in construction, while suggesting concrete policy changes including reforming immigration and increasing funding and flexibility for current federal career and technical education programs.


“Despite stellar growth, the construction workforce shortage is hurting contractors and others who depend on our industry,” Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer, said. “Reforming current career educational programs can provide real choice to students and encourage the development of high-reward, high-skill jobs.”


Helping Warrior Canine Connection

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Thank you again for joining us this week to celebrate AGC of America's centennial. As we mentioned during the reception, AGC Charities is helping to renovate a historic dairy barn that will serve as the new healing quarters for Warrior Canine Connection, a nonprofit that helps heal veterans suffering from PTSD and traumatic brain injuries.   

AGC members have a long and proud tradition of supporting our veterans, and we hope you will continue that tradition by donating to this incredible project. These new facilities will enhance Warrior Canine Connection's impact and grow their reach even further, as this video makes clear.  

Click here to help AGC Charities make a difference our veterans' lives.  

CompTrust AGC Annual Meeting and Rollout - October 25


Join us on October 25 as we share the latest offerings of CompTrustAGC and its suite of insurance products at the 2018 CompTrustAGC Annual & New Product Rollout.

The meeting will begin at 11 a.m. with lunch served at the Henry T. Hagood, Jr. Conference Center at the Alabama AGC Building in Irondale.

Attendees will be treated to Guest Speaker, Pete Blank, a former Disney University Leader who will speak on the Disney Way of Customer Service, and will receive the latest updates of CompTrustAGC and AGC P&C.

Two new insurance products - Contractor's Pollution Liability by Axon Underwriting and Builder's Risk by OneBeacon - will be introduced to complement the current coverage provided by CompTrustAGC and AGC P&C.  Togther these products will provide contractors comprehensive insurance solutions with competitive pricing making contrcators more competitive in the market place.

We will also recognize the top producing agencies and honor the first recipient of the CompTrustAGC Capstone Award.

There is no cost to attend, but seating is limited so make your reservations today!

OSHA – 10 Hour For Construction


This two-day class will be held on

October 19th and October 26th 2018

8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.


(5000 Grantswood Road)


Cost:  $35.00 Per Person for CompTrustAGC Members

                               $50.00 Per Person for AGC Members

                               $125.00 Per Person for Non-Members


Each attendee will need to be at the AGC office no later than 7:45 a.m. on the day of the class.


Please call Susan Collins at the AGC office in Irondale 205-451-1422, or email  to reserve space for your employees. Only 24 Spaces available! The AGC office will invoice member companies for registrants and non-member companies will need to mail a check in advance to reserve space(s). Registration is on a first come-first served basis & is NON-REFUNDABLE.




Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas and Merced, Calif. Have Largest Gains as 70 Areas Set August Records for Construction Employment; Camden and Middlesex-Monmouth-Ocean, N.J. Have Worst Losses


Construction employment increased in 287 out of 358 metro areas (80 percent) between August 2017 and August 2018, declined in 35 (10 percent) and was unchanged in 36, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released today by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials cautioned that further gains depend on finding enough qualified workers and urged federal officials to improve career and technical education funding and reform immigration policies.


“The increases in construction employment have been showing up in more and more metro areas,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “Moreover, the gains should continue. Three out of four firms in our association’s latest workforce survey say they plan to add hourly craft personnel in the next year. But even more firms—80 percent—say they are having a hard time filling some or all hourly craft positions.”


Simonson noted that more metro areas added construction jobs in the past year than in any 12-month period since December 2014. The economist added that 70 metro areas reached new construction employment highs for August, including San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, Calif., where the previous high for August was set in 2000, and Midland, Texas, which exceeded its previous August peak, in 2014, by 22 percent.


The Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, Texas metro area added the most construction jobs during the past year (28,900 jobs, 13 percent), reflecting both ongoing recovery from Hurricane Harvey a year ago and strong construction demand from the energy sector. Other metro areas adding a large number of construction jobs in the year ending in August include Dallas-Plano-Irving, Texas (13,600 jobs, 10 percent); Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Ariz. (13,600 jobs, 12 percent); and Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell, Ga. (11,400 jobs, 9 percent). The largest percentage gain occurred in Merced, Calif. (32 percent, 800 jobs), followed by New Bedford, Mass. (26 percent, 700 jobs); Midland, Texas (24 percent, 7,000 jobs); and Weirton-Steubenville, W.Va.-Ohio (22 percent, 400 jobs).


The largest job losses from August 2017 to August 2018 were in Middlesex-Monmouth-Ocean, N.J. (-4,500 jobs, -11 percent), followed by Camden, N.J. (-2,600 jobs, -11 percent); St. Louis, Mo.-Ill. (-2,600 jobs, -4 percent); Newark, N.J.-Pa. (-2,400 jobs, -5 percent) and Nashville-Davidson--Murfreesboro--Franklin, Tenn. (-2,100 jobs, -5 percent). The largest percentage decreases—11 percent each—occurred in Middlesex-Monmouth-Ocean and Camden, N.J., followed by Spokane-Spokane Valley, Wash. (-9 percent, -1,300 jobs).


Association officials said the construction job gains are occurring as many firms are benefitting from strong demand for new construction amid lower tax rates and fewer regulatory hurdles. But they cautioned that workforce shortages are already slowing some construction projects and prompting firms to charge more for projects, according to the survey.


“Tax reform and a more common-sense regulatory approach are helping drive new demand for construction projects,” said Stephen E. Sandherr, the association’s chief executive officer. “That growth could be undermined unless public officials make greater investments in career and technical education programs and enact needed immigration reforms so more students can pursue high-paying construction careers.”


View the metro employment data, rankings, top 10, history and map. View AGC’s workforce survey.



 Press Release in Attachment

Recent tariffs impact on construction

On September 17, the Trump administration announced the implementation of a 10 percent tariff on $200 billion worth of Chinese imports to the U.S., including a wide range of construction materials and supplies (see spreadsheet for construction-related items).

Scheduled to take effect on September 24, the complete list of Chinese goods falling under this latest round of tariffs numbers in the thousands. Starting Jan. 1., 2019, the level of tariffs on these Chinese goods will increase to 25 percent unless progress is made on trade negotiations with the administration.

Given these events, AGC of America has updated three documents that speak to how tariffs are impacting construction materials and supplies.

1. AGC’s Primer on 2018 Trade Action Affecting the Construction Industry

2. AGC Tariff Memo to Private Contractors

3. AGC Tariff Memo to Direct Federal & Federally-Assisted Contractors 

Hurricane Florence Relief Effort

AGC-MCRBA-BCRBA  encourage you to help make a difference by donating to the Hurricane Florence Relief efforts by making either a cash  or in-kind donation.

We are working with Volunteers of America Southeast (VOASE) who is accepting donations for the victims of Hurricane Florence through Friday, September 21st.  
All donations will go directly to the victims of Hurricane Florence.

Please drop items off  any of the items listed below between 8AM and 4 PM to their corporate office
located at 1204 Hillcrest Road, Mobile, AL 36695.  

For more information please contact Amanda Gonzales:  251-463-9342

Hurricane Florence Flyer