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The team that developed the Construction Labor Market Analyzer, Construction Industry Resources, LLC, released this morning a new report titled The Long-Term Outlook for Construction.  The report focuses on the near-and long-term prospects for the nonresidential construction marketplace, based on forecasts of the demand for the skilled construction trades over the next 10-15 years. The report lists factors which restrain and aid nonresidential construction, and even accounts for the 2017 hurricane season in which hurricanes Harvey and Irma damaged much of Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and more.
December 01, 2017
The Construction & Maintenance Education Foundation (CMEF), the educational affiliate of Associated Builders & Contractors of Greater Houston (ABC), is proud to announce it has received a donation of $30,000 from the Houston Chapter of the Society for Maintenance and Reliability Professionals (SMRP). The funds will be used towards crane training and educating craft professionals in the Houston area.
November 30, 2017
The value of new construction starts decreased 9% in October at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, following a 14% jump in September, Dodge Data & Analytics reported on Tuesday. "Over the past two months the pattern for total construction starts was shaped by nonresidential building, which fell 30% in October after soaring 37% in September.
November 29, 2017
The fact that President Donald Trump’s administration is cracking down on unauthorized immigrants in the wake of Hurricane Harvey is already making it much harder to rebuild portions of the Gulf Coast. That’s according to an Associated Press report out this week that suggests unauthorized workers are badly needed in the rebuilding effort while simultaneously living with the reality that they could be ejected from the country at any time.
November 28, 2017
“In the days and weeks following Hurricane Harvey, we heard many stories from a number of our member companies about the devastation that many of their employees endured, and in many cases are still struggling to overcome,” stated AGC Houston President/CEO Jerry Nevlud. “I am really proud of how our board of directors was willing to step up to support our workforce.”
November 27, 2017
Business groups are raising concerns about a proposal in Austin aimed at requiring employers in the city to provide paid sick leave for workers. It’s a discussion that’s playing out before the Austin City Council. The idea is in its preliminary stages but seems on track for a vote next year.
November 22, 2017
In this article, we revisit a familiar theme: leadership development. We recycle this basic topic for two reasons. First, there is more urgency; according to a recent FMI survey, 35% of CEOs and senior leaders in construction companies will retire in the next five years. Second, many of the next-generation leaders will be younger than usual. Many will be millennials, because the Generation X cohort is so small.
November 21, 2017
The producer price index (PPI) for final demand in October, not seasonally adjusted, increased 0.5% from September and 2.8% y/y from October 2016, BLS reported on Thursday. AGC posted tablesand an explanation focusing on construction prices and costs. Final demand includes goods, services and five types of nonresidential buildings that BLS says make up 34% of total construction.
November 20, 2017
These ordinances, well-meaning but not well-informed, are being pushed in cities across the country as well as at the national level. The Obama Administration instituted a pilot program under the Department of Transportation that would lead to the inclusion of the requirement in all DOT funded projects. The Trump Administration has since ended consideration of that requirement.
November 17, 2017
With an expedited scheduled described as “unprecedented,” a special Texas House committee on Wednesday got down to work examining a wide variety of challenges facing the state as lawmakers study ways to preserve its economic edge.
November 16, 2017