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Alliant Build America Awards Application Site is Now Open! Application Deadline: October 25, 2017

AGC of America is proud to announce the launch of the 2018 Alliant Build America Awards! AGC members who meet the competition requirements are encouraged to apply online for some much-deserved recognition.

July headcount edges up after June gains in 3/4 of metros; outlays fall, especially public

Nonfarm payroll employment in July rose by 209,000, seasonally adjusted, from June and by 2,158,000 (1.5%) year-over-year (y/y), the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported

Top Talent Tip: 5 Solutions for Hiring During Busy Season

It’s no secret that finding and hiring top talent is difficult in general, but hiring during busy season is a major pain point. Bringing on new staff this time of year can be a catch-22: you need new skilled workers to contribute to your projects—but at the same time it takes time and energy away from your existing team to recruit, hire and onboard new team members.


Luckily, there are best practices to streamline your hiring during the busy season so you have more time to focus on what’s important: providing service to customers.


The Idaho AGC Education Foundation Awards 2017 Scholarships

The Idaho AGC Education Foundation awards scholarships each year to full-time students in their junior or senior year of study at an Idaho college or university who have declared a construction related major.

This year, the Foundation awarded four scholarships to deserving Idaho students.  Congratulations to

Julia Reese, a Civil Engineering and Agriculture Systems Management student at the University of Idaho

PPI growth slows in June, employment ticks up following as openings slip at end of May

The producer price index (PPI) for final demand in June, not seasonally adjusted, increased 0.2% from May and 2.0% year-over-year (y/y) from June 2016, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported on Thursday

Spending is flat in May but up from 2016; two-thirds of metros add jobs; costs are mixed

            Construction spending totaled $1.230 trillion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate in May, nearly the same as in April (although that figure was revised up by $11 billion or 0.9%), the Census Bureau

Free Webinar: Fire Protection During Construction

This 90-minute webinar will introduce attendees to several of the recent major fires and their causes, the many fire-related hazards that exist on a construction site, the International Building and Fire Code and NFPA requirements for fire protection safeguards during construction and solutions for developing simple fire safety strategies.  There also will be information on


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