Section: AGC/VT News
Final ‘Buy America’ guideline published, starting 60-day clock to enactment
Employment climbs in July but unemployment rises; June openings, hires decline, spending is mixed
VT Community EVSE Grant Program: Request for Proposals for Partner Installers
DEW Construction Welcomes Two
Employee Retention Strategies: 9 Ideas That Are Working
Vermont Career Fair- Success!
Why do some leaders stress out their employees?
Legislative Update- April 17, 2023
Big-city exodus slows; construction drags down GDP but study suggests impact may be overstated
National Ladder Safety Month 2023: Safety Tips for Before and During Your Climb
Legislative Update- March 6, 2023
On Wednesday, March 1st Governor Phil Scott held his weekly press conference with the specific topic of the "affordable heat act" which has been debated in the Vermont Senate since 2020.
ARTBA: FHWA Issues New Memo on IIJA Implementation Priorities
Federal Highway Administrator Shailen Bhatt Feb. 24 issued a memorandum clarifying the agency's priorities for implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA).
Keeping Workers Safe from Crane Hazards
In 2020, there were 490 cases of non-fatal incidents involving cranes that caused workers to miss work, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics
COVID-19 Related Paid Leave Grants for FY22-23
Act 183 which was signed into law in June of 2022 is designed to offer support to employers whose staff has been impacted by COVID-19.
Kingsbury breaks 'water' on Mad River withdrawal improvements
Kingsbury Companies “Broke Water” on a project in Warren, Vermont earlier this summer installing an inflatable dam on the Mad River.
Save the Date: Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony
Mark your calendars for December 6-7. That’s when AGC/VT’s annual meeting and awards ceremony returns.
We Did It Again- AGC/VT Recieves National Honors- The J Howard Mock Award
Well.... We did it again. But really we all did it again. This week AGC/VT President Chris Magnan, Vice President Ken Pidgeon, EVP Richard Wobby and Matt Musgrave descended on Washington DC to accept the J Howard Mock Award at the AGC of America, National Chapter Leadership Conference.
7 Asphalt-Related Funding Opportunities in the Inflation Reduction Act
The passage of the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) has been anything but a straight road.
Burgers and Brews Brings the Crowds
Our mid-year meet, Burgers and Brews has once again exceeded all our expectations.
Remember: Go VOTE!!
This Tuesday, August 9th is the Vermont primary election and I am writing this to remind everyone to get out and vote.
Selecting the Proper PPE
Personal protective equipment or PPE is essential in all manufacturing jobs. This kind of safety gear provides protection from injury from minor cuts, bruises to major accidents.
Only about 1/3 of workers feel companies have a strong culture of safety
While workers assume they are the most responsible for safety in the workplace, there is a feeling that organizations can be doing a better job in creating a safe work environment.
AGC/VT Lobbying Efforts and Results
The complex process of getting good legislation out the door while battling against bills that would harm Vermont and its businesses requires dedication and lots of engagement with our elected officials.
Graves: Expect Infrastructure Costs & Inflation to Get Worse
According to the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) analysis of the most recent U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data, nonresidential construction input prices for materials and services increased 1.1% between May 2022 and June 2022. In total, prices have increased 16.8% since June 2021.
Constructor Cast- Winning the War on Talent
Struggling to find enough workers? In this episode, three young construction professionals share their insights about how they made a decision on a full-time position and why their selected firms stood out.
Employee Retention Shines
In today’s market, recruiting new talent generates a lot of focus, but equally important is what happens after new hires join the team.
Soaring Road Construction Costs Could Nix Some State and Local Projects
Inflation for construction materials far exceeds the already high inflation for consumer goods, a trend that, if it continues, threatens to sap the spending power of money flowing to states and localities from Washington in President Biden’s signature infrastructure law.
You’re Not Demented, Just Dehydrated
You don’t need to be stranded in a desert to feel the effects of dehydration. Almost all the people you see and meet on a daily basis are dehydrated.
Prevent dump truck tip-overs
Many factors contribute to dump truck tip-overs depending on the worksite and the type of truck used
AGC/VT Releases Career Road Map
AGC/VT contractors have consistently ranked recruiting and retaining skilled workers as two of their top human resources priorities.
We're Back!!
After going virtual last year and meeting on the AGC/VT “Island,” this year members got to see each other in-person and away from a screen—at least for part of the two-event.
AGC/VT Wins AGC of America Chapter of the Year
The Associated General Contractors of America named the Associated General Contractors of Vermont (AGC/VT) as the winner of the Small Chapter of the Year. The award was presented at the 2021 National and Chapter Leadership Conference on Sunday, September 19 in Orlando, Florida.
Your Voice: Vermont Climate Council Public Engagement
The Vermont Global Warming Solutions Act (Act 153) passed in 2020 is a major game changer for the state. The goal of the act is to curb climate change by statutorily requiring Vermont to reduce emissions that emit carbon into the atmosphere.
Six Inches Off the Ground
So we decided to hand the mid-year review column to Rosie so you can get her take on what’s happened at AGC/VT and what’s in store for the remaining months.
Mid-Summer Meetings Draw Huge Crowds
The AGC/VT team knew that when Governor Phil Scott dropped all COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings, that members needed to reconnect and re-engage not over a screen, not over a phone, and not as avatars.
Eco-Friendly Technology Equipment: The Changing Face of Heavy Machinery
EcoCharge Launches Electrical, Battery-Operated Excavations and Rental Equipment
After landing a sizable project at the Winooski school, which that requires the green, zero carbon emissions, and low-to-no noise pollution machinery, Tim knew he needed a local option. Rather than waiting for those choices to appear, Tim, Tina, Chad Cole and Lauren Weir started EcoCharge, a company that now offers an assortment of electrical, battery-operated equipment and machinery for contractors to rent.
US Labor Dept. Withdraws Trump Rule Defining Independent Contractors
The U.S. Dept. of Labor has withdrawn a Trump administration regulation that provides guidelines about whether a worker is an independent contractor, or an employee who qualifies for the federal minimum wage and time-and-a-half overtime pay under the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Governor Scott Announces Full Reopening
White House Proposes 8-Year, $2 Trillion Infrastructure Plan
President Joe Biden today is proposing $387 billion for transportation infrastructure improvements during an event in Pittsburgh. The American Jobs Plan (AJP) is billed as a way to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure systems while generating employment and economic growth. It includes investment beyond transportation infrastructure such as broadband, school construction, and drinking water.
Is the Definition of Workplace Impairment Changing?
7 Habits of Deeply Confident Leaders
Construction Costs Continued Climbing in February with More Expected in First Half of 2021
FMCSA Fines Have Increased For 2021
Effective yesterday, January 11, 2021, the civil fines for FMCSA violations have increased. The DOT final ruling announcing the increase was published in the Federal Register over the weekend.
Vermont is seeing a significant surge of new COVID-19 cases across the state. Starting November 14, 2020, Governor Scott’s Executive Order. prohibits gatherings with people from other households.