The Interchange

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Idaho AGC Online Plan Room Gets Updated!

Did you know we’ve been making improvements to the Idaho AGC Online Plan Room site to help ensure that it remains a valuable tool for you and your team?  We have!

Shutdown ends but impacts may linger; starts were flat in 2018, Dodge reports

The partial federal government shutdown that began on December 22 ended on Friday. Only a few contractors had reported being affected by not receiving authorizations, permits or funding; specifically, for low-income housing, bridges and Small Business Administration loans. However, the reopening of agencies does not guarantee that applications will be acted on immediately.

Construction employment increased in 43 states, D.C. in 2018; 'bid price' PPI rose 5.3%

           Seasonally adjusted construction employment rose year-over-year (y/y) from December 2017 to December 2018 in 43 states and the District of Columbia, declined in six states and was unchanged in Mississippi, an AGC

November job openings soar; ConstructConnect finds starts rise in December but fall for year

           There were 278,000 job openings in construction at the end of November, 24% higher than the year-earlier total of 233,000, and the highest November total in the series' 18-year history, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported on Tuesday in its latest Job Openings and Labor Turnover Survey (JOLTS) release.

Employment increases in three-fourths of metros; federal shutdown has varied impacts

            Contractors are optimistic, on balance, regarding the volume of work available in 2019 for nonresidential and multifamily construction, based on the 1,312 responses to a survey that AGC released on Wednesday. Respondents were asked whether the available dollar volume of projects they compete for would be higher or lower than in 2018.

Boise-Based McAlvain Companies, Inc. Joining Big-D Family of Companies

BOISE, IDAHO – December 17, 2018 — McAlvain Companies, Inc. ( announced today that it has signed a definitive agreement to be acquired by the Big-D Family of Companies, which includes Big-D Construction. Big-D Construction ( is headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah. The acquisition is expected to close later this month.

'Bid price' PPI catches up with input costs in November; job openings climb in October

The producer price index (PPI) for final demand in November, not seasonally adjusted, decreased 0.3% from October but increased 2.5% year-over-year (y/y) from November 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported

Idaho AGC Member 1st Ever Contractor to Receive Idaho Innovation Award for Most Innovative Company in Idaho!

Stoel Rives LLP, Trailhead and the Idaho Technology Council co-sponsor awards program to recognize innovations, innovative professionals and companies throughout Idaho

84th Annual Meetings, Awards, and Gala!

We can't believe it either, but the December Gala is already just around the corner!  We sincerly hope you and your colleagues will join us for the Membership Meetings and fun-filled end-of-year celebration.

The agenda is packed with something for everyone (see schedule below).  Wednesday's meetings are open and do not require registration.  If you'd like tickets to Thursday's Gala, you may purchase them HERE.  


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