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Reshaping the Construction Industry

Nonfarm payroll employment in February increased by 313,000, seasonally adjusted, from January and by 2,281,000 (1.6%) year-over-year (y/y) since February 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported on Friday. The unemployment rate remained at a 17-year low of 4.1% for the fifth month in a row. 
March 16, 2018
As the Associated Builders and Contractors of America (ABC) prepared to host the National Craft Championships in Long Beach, California on March 20-22, Elizabeth McPherson and Lauren Harrell spoke with four of the craft trainees and apprentices from the Houston area who will be competing in the event.
March 15, 2018
Now, the San Jacinto College Board of Trustees is taking a major step toward ensuring those careers are even more fulfilling and sustainable by enrolling their next big construction project in the Construction Career Collaborative, or C3. It is the first institution of higher education to do so. 
March 14, 2018
Ballentine offers some encouragement and advice for those who are afraid that they might not have what it takes to become leaders in their careers and in their lives.
March 14, 2018
The summer job experience offers valuable lessons to our youth. Unfortunately, fewer young people today are getting that experience. Over the past decade, the summer youth employment rate has declined nearly 40 percent across the country. Right here in Houston, statistics show that close to 10,000 young people will be looking for paid work this summer. We need to give them that opportunity.
March 13, 2018
“The wise use of cash drives the balance sheet so as to receive the greatest favor in the eyes of the surety. Art and science are both involved, but what’s most important is a thorough understanding of what the surety does behind the curtain with a contractor’s published numbers.” - Matt Burchett, Certified Construction Industry Financial Professional
March 12, 2018
This new commitment comes on the heels of their “pilot trades training program” for separating military members in a partnership with the non-profit National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) Home Builders Institute on Ft. Stewart and Ft. Bragg. The first students will graduate from this 12-week pre-apprentice program this Spring. 
March 09, 2018
According to the latest BLS numbers, while expanding above the 7 million level, the construction industry has not fully recovered our workforce after the recession. The economy and our industry are now in expansion mode and a number of companies with skilled trades are scrambling for qualified workers in order to be able to meet the demands and schedules on their existing projects, not to mention the ones in the bid pipeline.
March 09, 2018
In an event that brought tears to the eyes of some in attendance, the filmmakers behind The Rational Middle Immigration Documentary Series unveiled their newest work to Houstonians Wednesday night at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy. Pointing to the magnificent setting for the evening’s discussion, CEO of MAREK Construction, Stan Marek, said “Everything you see here, my team of immigrants built.”
March 08, 2018
Kiley writes about Disruptive Innovation in the world and in the construction industry: “Incremental innovation is part of the ‘continuing improvement’ mindset, taking the existing processes and methods in the current value chain and finding new and better ways to do them. By contrast, disruptive innovation [has been] defined as ‘creativity purposely applied to explode (disrupt) the current value chain and rearrange it for the benefit of the disruptor.’”
March 07, 2018