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Reshaping the Construction Industry

The sign hanging in the Clinton election headquarters in 1992 read, “It’s the Economy, Stupid!”  Created by political strategist, James Carville, it referred to the thought that the Bush administration had not focused on the economy and that Clinton would be a better choice to get the economy rolling again after the ‘90-‘91 recession.Today, after the Great Reset of 2008, we should hold up signs in front of every elected official and candidate campaigning in the midterm elections reading, “It’s the Construction Jobs, Stupid!”  Those signs would remind our elected officials that their way out of the current economic dilemma is the creation of new construction jobs.Construction jobs usually lag the rest of the economy since we need owners to plan and architects and engineers to design before contractors and subs may begin to build again in earnest.  
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September 20, 2010
Last month, while the controversy about the potential location of the mosque near Ground Zero raged on, a number of union construction workers in the City stated that they would...
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September 16, 2010
We thought that now the new school year has started and a number of teachers and counselors are meeting to give students of all levels an overview of the various careers they...
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September 15, 2010
The National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) has some very interesting videos on YouTube about what it is like to be in the construction industry. ...
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September 14, 2010
We found more information on the manpower shortages from around the world, not only in the construction trades, but in other jobs as well.  This time Silicon India reported on a recently released Manpower, Inc. survey.  About the survey, entitled Strategic Migration - a Short-Term Solution to the Skilled Trades Shortage, Silicon India wrote, “Unless businesses, governments and trade associations work together to develop long-term strategies to alleviate talent shortages among skilled trades, future economic growth will suffer. Worldwide, skilled trades positions are the hardest to fill, reveals Manpower's recent global Talent Shortage Survey of 35,000 employers across 36 countries and territories.”As we have been discussing in some of our posts, the report restates that the need for mid-level craftspeople in the construction industry will reach a critical stage  
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September 13, 2010
This economy has not recovered by any stretch of the imagination, but that doesn’t mean that you, as the owner of your construction business, should sit on the side of the road...
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September 13, 2010
Everyone knows Ground Zero.  Everyone remembers the horror of 911.  Construction teams and first responders arrived before the smoke had cleared.  Construction workers searched the site after the collapse.  Construction workers cleared the site and then combed through the debris looking for the remains of the thousands of people who died that day.  Construction workers helped strategize with the planners and the Silverstein Properties who have worked for the last 9 years on a plan to rebuild the site in an appropriate way that respects the people who lost friends and families that day.  Now the six new buildings are being erected at the site by an amazing team of construction professionals.Fox News is reporting on the progress all this week and you can see some of the designs, the 7 levels below grade, the park where the first of 400 trees were placed over Labor Day and the progress on the new buildings that are rising from the site.  
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September 09, 2010
“Try to guess the fraction of US air pollution that comes from each of these three groups: Industry, Transportation, and Buildings.”   This is the challenge a Construction Citizen staff member put to nearly two dozen interviewees from a large variety of disciplines and spread across three generations.  All 20 of these men and women were university-educated, and considered by our staff member to be intelligent.  The average of their guesses is probably not too different from your own; the public perception of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions varies very little from one person to the next.Unfortunately, this means that almost everyone is wrong together.  
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September 09, 2010
Will the new 2500 page healthcare bill “level the playing field” for contractors and specialty contractors who bid projects every day in this country?  Yes, and this is how....
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September 08, 2010
New Hampshire Governor John H. Lynch signed Executive Order 2010-3 on Friday which directs departments and agencies who deal with employee misclassification to work together, and...
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September 07, 2010