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Reshaping the Construction Industry

The top 25 best jobs in the United States include nine careers in the construction industry, according to the career site Indeed.com. Commercial Project Manager was number one on the list, which was determined through a variety of factors including a base salary of at least $75,000 a year coupled with opportunities for advancement in each position. 
March 29, 2018
Larry Johnson, Roofing Operations Manager at Chamberlin Roofing and Waterproofing, has been in the business for 40 years, and is a “real whiz” at controlling costs for Chamberlin’s clients.
March 28, 2018
Seasonally adjusted construction employment rose in 35 states and the District of Columbia year-over-year (y/y) from February 2017 to February 2018, declined in 14 states and was unchanged in Vermont, an AGC analysis of Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) data released today showed. 
March 27, 2018
If passion, energy and heated rhetoric could solve our immigration issues, then Congress would have long ago passed a comprehensive reform bill.Instead, as slogans grow more bitter, workable solutions recede. Civil discourse, not inflammatory speech, ultimately propels progress.
March 27, 2018
Disruption, chaos, change, firms in the middle of succession plans, mergers, consolidations and acquisitions could be added to the list, but that might overwhelm an already crazy industry. Many of the leaders of construction industry firms are sitting there with “pinwheel eyes and a crenelated mouth” as my mentor, Willie Pena, FAIA used to say.
March 26, 2018
The producer price index (PPI) for final demand in February, not seasonally adjusted, increased 0.3% from January and 2.8% year-over-year (y/y) from February 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported on Wednesday. AGC posted tables and an explanation focusing on construction prices and costs. Final demand includes goods, services and five types of nonresidential buildings that BLS says make up 31% of total construction. 
March 23, 2018
Candace Hernandez writes about the latest leading indicators and industry issues for Houston-area clients of FMI.  She begins with good news: “As the year-end numbers come in, Houston’s economy continues to show that it is improving and accelerating.”
March 22, 2018
A much-anticipated report on threats to the Texas economy finds that inadequate spending on things like infrastructure and public education coupled with debates about socially divisive legislation like a “bathroom bill” and anti-immigration measures are putting the state’s way of life at risk.
March 21, 2018
The Trump-set March 5th deadline for Congress to do something about immigration reform has come and gone. The President offered a deal that made the hardline folks who voted for him really angry. “A deal was possible,” said Charles Foster, Chairman of Foster LLP, one of the largest global immigration firms in the US, and who has been an advisor to three presidents on immigration issues.
March 20, 2018
The industry has been told that the current skilled labor shortages will get worse as the economy improves, a generation of aging skilled workers retires and a new generation enters the industry. Key to that recruitment of a new skilled workforce is a well-defined and executed training program.To assist in training and development of high caliber training programs, the Construction Career Collaborative (C3) launched a Craft Training Endorsement Program in January 2018.
March 19, 2018