AGCGA | Georgia AGC | The Forum
January 5, 2011
Volume 7; Issue 1
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Guided by our core principles of Skill, Integrity and Responsibility,
AGC Georgia's mission is ". . . to be the voice of Georgia's construction industry,
provide valuable member services and promote best construction practices."

The Forum is AGC Georgia's weekly electronic newsletter developed in conjunction with the
Chapter's website to deliver timely industry, member and association news.

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Happy New Year from AGC Georgia

Our first newsletter of the new year is packed full of information to help get your new year off to a great start!

Please take a moment to review the articles, find new ways to get involved in AGC Georgia and make the most of your membership.

We are eager to serve you in 2011 and encourage you to call on us if we can help.

Wishing you a prosperous 2011!

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ALERT: American General Contractors Association is NOT Affiliated with AGC
 

Members Report Receiving Confusing Dues Applications

AMERICAN GENERAL CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION is NOT Affiliated with The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

Already in the new year, AGC Members have again reported receiving unwanted and unsolicited solicitation faxes from the “AMERICAN GENERAL CONSTRUCTION ASSOCIATION” (AGC ASSOCIATION). They are again circulating the Associate Dues Application that we began seeing in November 2010. These faxes have been reported by members across the country and are again causing great confusion.

PLEASE NOTE THAT NEITHER AGC OF AMERICA NOR ANY OF ITS CHAPTERS IS THE SOURCE OF THIS SOLICITATION.

Indeed, neither has any affiliation of any kind with this largely unknown, confusing and persistent organization.

To file an FCC complaint specific to this unwanted and unsolicited fax to your home or business, click here or go to and follow the instructions for a junk fax complaint.

In the past, AGC of America has written to this organization, insisting that it cease and desist from any further use of its confusing language. In the wake of the most recent events, AGC of America is, once again, considering its legal options.

Again, please understand that this is NOT an AGC invoice and you should be careful in responding to the fax and providing money to this inquiry. For an example of these faxes, click here.

Should you have questions about this issue or want to learn more about how Georgia Branch, AGC dues invoices which were mailed to all members in December 2010, please contact Machell Harper, Director of Member Services at (678) 298-4108.



A New Look for Our Newsletter . . . Coming January 12!
 

Quick access to articles of interest, social networking tags to help share information and more!

Beginning January 12th, Georgia Branch, AGC's weekly edition of The Forum, will have a new look!

We are proud to bring to you a fresh new publication offering interactive tools and quicker access to information and articles important to you.

New to the improved design is a table of contents offering you one-click navigation to the full article, links to exclusive members-only savings opportunities, quick-read side bars providing reminders about upcoming events and seminars, and from time-to-time a survey question to see what you and your fellow members think about a topic of choice. We've also added in ability to share our articles on social media websites.

For firms looking to take advantage of a members-only marketing opportunity, we now offer advertising positions in the opening of the newsletter. This is an incredible medium to promote your products and services to the more than 4,000 industry professionals who receive this email on a weekly basis.

If you'd like more information about the members-only advertising opportunity, or have questions about the release of the new newsletter, please contact Alyson Abercrombie, Director of Communications and Marketing at 678-298-4106.



AGC Build Georgia Awards Program Opens Today!
 

Entries due February 10 via new online nomination system

2011 Georgia Branch, AGC Build Georgia Awards Program

    -- Build Georgia Website
          including link to the printable nomination brochure
         and to the new online system

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It's that time again!

Georgia Branch, AGC members familiar with the Chapter's Build Georgia Awards Program know Call for Nominations begins each year during the first week in January! 

Returning participants will notice the information needed to complete an entry in previous years is still applicable, however there are changes involving the way members submit an entry and criteria for the Best Sustainable Building Practices category.

In an effort to streamline the nomination process, and reduce the ancillary fees for members associated with creating an entry book and judging copies which have been required in previous years, we’ve developed a new website.

Award program participants are now directed to enter project summaries, answers to judging criteria and upload photos online. No hard copy entry books will be accepted. (I hear cheers from past participants!) All entries are due by 11:59 pm on Thursday, February 10, 2010.

Note: Payment is now required on the website by credit card prior to completing the submission process. If you are submitting more than one award, you'll be able to pay for all your entries in one transaction.

Best Sustainable Building Practices category:  New this year, only projects with contractor-initiated sustainable design/green construction practices will be considered for an award. Examples of this are offered in the printable nomination brochure found within the link.

Below are answers to the most frequently asked questions. Perhaps this information will help you determine your next steps in participating in the Build Georgia Awards Program and making sure your project is eligible for competition.

  1. All submittals are officially accepted after Chapter staff verifies the sponsoring firm(s) is(are) current with their membership dues. At minimum first quarter 2011 dues must be paid at time of entry.
  2. All parties of a joint venture must be members of the Georgia Branch, AGC. 
  3. If a GC enters a project, a subcontractor on the same project may enter their portion of the work in the specialty contractor division. 
  4. Regardless of whether an employee was a direct hire or an employee of a sub-sub, etc. -- if there was a fatality during construction of your project, it is not eligible for the Build Georgia Award Program. 
  5. The project must be on Georgia soil and have been completed by 12/31/2010 - no exceptions.
  6. If submitting more than one project, you may pay all project entry fees in one credit card transaction on the new online system.
  7. Although entries will come to Georgia Branch, AGC online, members are still required to mail one 8 x 10" color photo of each project to the Chapter office. This will be used on the plaque each entry receives. The photos are due to the Chapter office no later than February 15 at close of business.

If you have additional questions about the Build Georgia Awards Program, please contact Alyson Abercrombie, Director of Communications and Marketing at 678-298-4106.



2011 Session of Georgia General Assembly Begins Monday
 

Freshman Class of Elected Officials in Congress and in Georgia Present New Opportunities and Challenges

by Mark S. Woodall, Director of Governmental Affairs

The recent midterm national elections resulted in one of the largest national and state office turnovers in recorded history. On the national level, an election tidal wave swept the Republicans back into power, claiming a majority in the House and also picking up a number of seats in the US Senate. The Republican majority and shrinking Democratic numbers in Congress will alter the legislative and regulatory issues AGC members face in the future. While the change in power is clear, what exactly is to come of it is not clear. The 112th Congress will require bipartisanship to pass even the smallest of legislative issues.

Locally, Georgia’s 2010 elections resulted in one of our state’s largest turnovers. Candidates seeking higher statewide offices or congressional seats vacated what many believed were safe seats for the incumbent. When the 2011 Georgia General Assembly bell rings next Monday, the state will only have two incumbent Constitutional officers returning, Lt. Governor Casey Cagle and Secretary of State Brian Kemp. Additionally, 25% of the Georgia Senate and 20% of the Georgia House will be new members sworn into their respective offices.

There will be many new individuals in positions of leadership this year whose decisions will impact our state and our industry for years to come. AGC is well-positioned to represent the interests of the construction industry because of our proven pro-active role in supporting pro-business candidates who understand and support the construction industry’s vital role in Georgia’s economy.

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Regional News
 

Expanded Members First Program Unveiled in January 2011

Save the date of a program offered near you!

In addition to the Members First regions offered in the southern part of the state for many years, Georgia Branch, AGC is excited to open five new regions in "above the gnat line!"

From this point forward, you'll notice 10 monthly meeting opportunities for you and your team to attend.

Read about the programs being offered in your area:
Northern Region - View Flyer
Southern Region - View Flyer

We've provided the dates and locations of each meeting below. Please watch for registration materials detailing each program's topic in next week's newsletter.

January 12 - Northeast Georgia/Gainesville - Register Online
January 12 - South Georgia/Valdosta - Register Online
January 12 - West Central Georgia/Columbus - Register Online
January 13 - Northeast Georgia/Athens - Register Online
January 18 - Northwest Georgia/Dalton - Register Online
January 19 - Central Georgia/Macon - Register Online
January 19 - Northeast Metro/Lawrenceville - Register Online
January 20 - Southwest Georgia/Albany - Register Online
January 26 - East Georgia/Augusta - Register Online
January 27 - Southeast Georgia/Savannah President's Tour - Register Online 

For more information, please contact Machell Harper, Director of Member Services.




Upcoming Workforce Alliance Meetings

Central Georgia Workforce Alliance
January 18, 2011
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Macon

South Georgia Workforce Alliance
January 19 , 2011
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Wiregrass Tech; Conference Room; Bldg. 500
Valdosta

Southwest Georgia Workforce Alliance
January 20, 2011
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Carlton Construction Academy
Albany

Mark your calendar and attend an upcoming Workforce Alliance Meeting offered in a region near you! If you are interested in workforce development, please join area business leaders, including AGC members, and representatives from regional high schools and vocational programs to discuss how to promote careers in construction to our state's youth! This is an excellent avenue to stay engaged with the students and to help in your community.

To learn more about Workforce Alliances, which are active in Macon, Valdosta and Albany through a partnership between Georgia Branch, AGC and CEFGA, please contact Cherri Watson, AGC's Director of Safety, Education and Workforce Development at 678-298-4104.



Young Leadership Program Networking Event
 

Have Fun Playing Whirly Ball & Get in the Fundraising Spirit!

YLP Networking Event
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Whirly Ball Atlanta
Roswell, GA
View Flyer

The 12th Annual Young Leadership Program (YLP) Charity Golf Tournament is planned for May 4, 2011 at Chateau Elan’s prestigious 36-hole facility in Braselton. This event is the key fundraiser for the YLP’s Charitable Works Fund, which annually donates thousands of dollars to worthy charities and organizations, helping many children and families in times of need.

YLP Council members ask all Program members to attend the January 26th networking event to kick-off the fundraising campaign for the annual golf tournament. During the networking program, YLP members are assigned to fundraising groups and asked to support the Charitable Works Fund by raising $1,200 in either golf registrations or sponsorship contributions.

Registration: Complimentary for YLP members registered before January 21, 2011!

For more information, please contact Machell Harper, Director of Member Services and staff liaison to the YLP at 678-298-4108.



Upcoming Education, Safety and Professional Development Courses
 

Proven methods for targeting and winning customers

FMI: Construction Selling Skills
February 2-4, 2011
Atlanta Marriott Downtown
Atlanta, GA
NOTE: When registering, be sure to use the code "AGC10" to receive a 5% discount!

Don’t miss this opportunity to refine your selling strategy in light of the current economy.

Finding opportunities and closing work is the key to winning in a changing market. Selling on price is easy (though frequently not profitable). Selling on value can be complicated today. FMI’s Construction Selling Skills focuses on selling in the complex world of construction. You will learn a consultative approach to selling that puts you in a position of helping customers buy, versus having to sell them.

Are you charged with:
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Selling new and/or current customers?
     -- Outmaneuvering the competition to get your firm positioned as the right choice? 
     -- Finding the customer "hot buttons" that give your firm the edge? 
     -- Building the customer's perception of value? 
     -- Building customer loyalty?

Then this program is for you!

View Brochure or Click here for more information




Course Listings for January and February 2011

The following courses are available through Georgia Branch, AGC's Education, Safety and Professional Development Program. To view a course description, click on its name. Unless otherwise noted, courses are held in Atlanta at the AGC Training Center at I-75 and Windy Hill Road.

To view a listing of January and February courses for 2011, please click here.

January 13 Georgia Contractor Licensing Prep Course AGC
January 18-21 OSHA 30-Hour for Construction AGC
January 26

Crane Standard: Qualified Riggers/Signal Persons

Columbus
January 26 Technology Roundtable Discussion AGC
January 27-28 OSHA 10-Hour for Construction AGC
February 2 NPDES Level 1A Recertification AGC
February 4 CPR, First Aid, and Bloodborne Pathogens AGC
February 10 Georgia Contractor Licensing Prep Course AGC
February 15-16 Basic BluePrint Reading AGC
February 16 LEED AP BD+C Exam Prep AGC
February 18 New OSHA Crane Standard - Qualified Signal Persons/Riggers AGC

For more information on any of the courses listed above or if you want to discuss adding a new course to meet your needs, please contact Jenny Tuggle, Administrative-Services Assistant at 678-298-4112.



Techies and Novices Invited to Technology Roundtable
 

Open discussion on the latest industry technology is free for all members

Technology Roundtable Discussion
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
AGC Training Center
Atlanta, GA
View Flyer 

The Chapter’s Technology Committee invites all members, techies to novices, to an open exchange of information on innovative and often inexpensive ways to solve everyday technology problems and grow your firms use of technology.

Do you have a problem with software compatibility, connectivity to remote locations, deciding what hardware to buy for your business, or deciphering the latest technology buzz words?
You are not alone!

Our Technology Roundtables attract a cross-section of member firm representatives. Many are IT Directors, others have a personal interest in technology, and a large majority are the “unofficial IT manager” for their firm. When these groups meet, the conversation results in extremely valuable information, tips and even a useful tricks!

We’ll get the conversation started by discussing:
Cloud Technology, Tablet Computers, Digital Camera Wi-Fi Connectivity . . . and anything else on your mind!

For more information about this event, please contact Alyson Abercrombie, the Chapter’s Director of Communications and Marketing and staff liaison to the Technology Committee at 678-298-4106 for more information.



Enter Safety Accomplishments in Upcoming Awards Programs
 

Nominate Your Firm for a Prestigious Safety Award Today!

Don't miss out on the opportunity to nominate your firm's excellent safety record in the prestigious AGC of America and Georgia Branch, AGC Safety Awards Programs. Deadline to submit your nomination form to Cherri Watson at Georgia Branch, AGC is January 25, 2011.

The National AGC Safety Awards (NASA) program is an ongoing effort to provide AGC members from all chapters with an opportunity to evaluate their safety record. The NASA program compares an AGC member’s safety record with other AGC members according to the member size and construction type. Additionally, NASA provides a great opportunity for contractor members who have excellent safety records to compete for national recognition.

All Georgia Branch, AGC contractors with direct-hire, job-site craft labor are eligible to compete in one or more of the following categories: Building, Highway, Associate/Specialty, Heavy, Municipal/Utilities.

Safety awards are given to members who have a zero incident rate or who have an incident rate 25% below each division’s average.

NOTE: Georgia Branch, AGC members must have participated in the NASA program for three consecutive years in order to be eligible for an award from AGC of America. This means a member must have submitted their company statistics in 2008, 2009 and 2010 to be eligible to receive an award in 2011 from AGC of America. However, the information you provide for the NASA program is used by Georgia Branch, AGC to recognize members in our statewide Safety Awards Program.

Regardless of whether this is your first time entering or you have been doing so for many years, your firm could receive recognition from Georgia Branch, AGC! So don't delay, enter your firm's safety accomplishments!

Don't forget, the deadline for nomination submittal is January 25, 2011.
Click here for registration information.

If you have questions, please contact Cherri Watson, Georgia Branch, AGC's Director of Safety, Education and Workforce Development at 678-298-4104.



Gwinnett Tech Survey Regarding Graduates
 

How Effective is Gwinnett Tech's Programs?

As a partner of Georgia Branch, AGC, Gwinnett Technical College has asked for assistance from our members in completing this survey.

The purpose of this survey is to gather feedback about Gwinnett Tech graduates. This candid assessment of our graduates' educational and practical job performance will assist the college in ascertaining the effectiveness of our programs.

This is an anonymous survey. Your responses will be combined with others and will be kept confidential. You may not hire or work directly with Gwinnett Tech graduates, however, please pass this along to anyone in your organization or network who interacts with Gwinnett Tech graduates.

Click here to view survey. Password: advisory2010 (all lowercase)



New Georgia Branch, AGC Members as of December 2010
 

Members of the Chapter's Board of Directors are proud to welcome the following firms to Georgia Branch, AGC

Thousands of representatives affiliated with hundreds of Georgia Branch, AGC member firms look to Georgia Branch, AGC as a reliable source for conducting business in today's trying commercial construction industry. Many thanks go to loyal members who have taken the time to spread the great word about Georgia Branch, AGC and help recruit new members to our membership. As the association grows, so does the strength of Georgia Branch, AGC's voice in helping you manage your business in today's market.

We encourage all members to network within Georgia Branch, AGC, and bring fellow association members on your team for your next project!

If a new member provided a web address in their membership application, their company name is linked to their site for you to learn more about them. If they do not have a web address, we've linked to general information from a search engine where available.

Georgia Branch, AGC encourages all members to make the most of your membership by getting involved! Take advantage of all the Chapter has to offer. If you would like to learn more about any service area or member benefit, please contact one of our team members by clicking here.

New Specialty Contractor Members
A. West Enterprises
Mr. Eddie West, President
Albany
229.888.8347
Electrical Subcontractor 


Conley Sheet Metal Works, Inc.
Ms. Cindy Conley, Office Manager
Waycross
912.283.2100
HVAC/Sheet Metal Subcontractor



Useful Industry Information
 

OSHA: As of February 1, 2011 Employers Must Post Illness/Injury Summaries

Please remember to post your OSHA Form 300 A – Summary of Work-Related Injuries and Illnesses – in your office and on each jobsite from February 1 to April 30, 2011.

It must contain a summary of the total number of job-related injuries and illnesses that occurred in 2010.

Click here for more details, and to download the OSHA 300 A Summary form.




Is your business development program generating leads and winning work?

The Basics of Business Development in the A/E/C Marketplace
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
Atlanta
View Brochure

Whether you’re a new or seasoned business developer, “The Basics of Business Development in the A/E/C Marketplace” will provide you with the skills and tools to build more business for your firm in the new economy. This is a one-day, interactive seminar tailored to help business developers win more work and generate profits for their firms.

This is one of Society for Marketing Professional Services National Programs and has been held for several years now. SMPS is partnering with Georgia Branch, AGC to offer members a $150 discount!

Click here to register.




Georgia Economic Outlook: December 2010

Growth Returns, but Demographics Are Shifting
Mark Vitner, Sr. Economist and Joe Seydl, Economic Analyst
Wells Fargo Securities, LLC Economic Group
Published December 22, 2010

After a long and difficult road, Georgia’s economic recovery is finally underway. Employment growth is accelerating with a net gain of 22,400 private sector jobs added since employment bottomed back in March 2010. After waffling around its lowest pace in nearly 20 years, the pace of hiring appears to have improved a bit in recent months. Hiring plans, as measured by the Manpower Employment Outlook Survey, have turned positive over the past three quarters, with slightly more firms stating that they intend to hire additional workers than planning to reduce staff. Modest net gains in nonfarm employment are now apparent across a broad assortment of industries, including nonresidential construction and financial services. The pick up in hiring has helped pull the unemployment rate down to 10.1 percent from a modern era high of 10.5 percent in February and March 2010. By comparison, Georgia’s unemployment rate averaged just 5.1 percent for much of the prior 20 years. Further improvement should become evident in the coming year, with private sector employers adding 42,000 jobs across the state in 2011. The unemployment rate should slide at least a half a percentage point for the year as a whole and end the year close to nine percent. More...




Changes to Federal Tax Deposit Rule

provided to Georgia Branch, AGC by Smith & Howard

Paper Coupon Payments Discontinued for Some in 2011

Beginning January 1, 2011, the Treasury Department will no longer accept payments made by paper coupon (see list of taxes covered by the rule below). Instead, payments should be made by using the Electronic Federal Tax Payment System (EFTPS). The EFTPS reduces payment-related errors that can result in penalties, and allows taxpayers to schedule dates to make payments as much as 120 days in advance of the payment date. Federal tax deposits can be made easily, securely, and conveniently, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on-line or by telephone.

Taxes Covered by the New Rule
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Employment taxes
-- Corporate income taxes
-- Unrelated business income taxes (paid by tax-exempt organizations)
-- Excise taxes
-- Estimated taxes on certain trusts
-- Retirement distribution withholding
-- Backup withholding
-- Nonresident alien and foreign corporation withholding

Exception
Employers who have an employment tax deposit liability of less than $2,500 for a return period will be allowed to pay their employment taxes by check with their quarterly or annual returns. Click here to learn more.




Agency rescinds Clinton-era directive and gives workers more safeguards against falls

The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration today announced a new directive withdrawing a former one that allowed residential builders to bypass fall protection requirements. The directive being replaced, issued in 1995, initially was intended as a temporary policy and was the result of concerns about the feasibility of fall protection in residential building construction. However, there continues to be a high number of fall-related deaths in construction, and industry experts now feel that feasibility is no longer an issue or concern.

"Fatalities from falls are the number one cause of workplace deaths in construction. We cannot tolerate workers getting killed in residential construction when effective means are readily available to prevent those deaths," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Occupational Safety and Health Dr. David Michaels. "Almost every week, we see a worker killed from falling off a residential roof. We can stop these fatalities, and we must." More...



From AGC of America - A National Voice Working for You
 

AGC's 92nd Annual Convention

AGC2011Convention-imageMarch 21-25, 2011
Las Vegas, Nevada

Early-Bird Registration: Extended! Save up to $150 when registering no later than Jan. 14, 2011.

AGC’s Annual Convention delivers the working knowledge contractors need to improve operations, expand into new markets and build their business.

Education sessions featuring expert speakers will cover a variety of topics impacting A/E/C professionals, including: 

     -- The latest impact of state and federal regulations on the construction industry; 
     -- Best practices for Building Information Modeling (BIM); 
     -- Contract negotiation techniques and guidance; 
     -- Practical advice on labor management; and 
     -- Green building developments.

Click here for more information.




Construction spending climbs for third straight month; more metros report job gains

Data DIGest
by Ken Simonson, AGC of
America Chief Economist
Published Jan. 4, 2011

Construction spending in November totaled $810 billion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, up 0.4% from October and the third straight monthly gain, the Census Bureau reported on Monday. The total was down 6.0% from a year ago, the smallest year-over-year drop since April 2008. Private residential construction spending rose 0.7% for the month and fell 5.3% year-over-year. All three residential components rose for the month but fell year-over-year: multifamily, 3.0% and -30%; single-family, 0.6% and -3.0%; and improvements to existing single- and multifamily, 0.4% and -3.4%. Public construction rose 0.7% for the month and 4.2% year-over-year. Of the four biggest public components in descending order of current size, highway and street fell 1.0% for the month but climbed 6.9% over 12 months; public educational construction, 1.0% and -6.7%; public transportation, 1.2% and 0.5%; and sewage and waste disposal, -1.7% and 7.4%. Private nonresidential construction slipped 0.1% and 16.5%. In descending order of current size, private power rose 0.9% for the month (the fourth gain in a row) and fell 5.4% year-over-year; commercial (retail, warehouse and farm), -0.3% and -15%; manufacturing, -2.3% and -35%; health care, 0.8% and -6.0%; and private office, -1.7% and -24%. More...




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