Construction Official Urges Congress to Act on Proposed New Legislation Introduced by Congressmen Francis Rooney & Lloyd Smucker that Will Establish First-Ever Temporary Visa Program for Construction. The chief executive officer of the Associated General Contractors of America, Stephen E. Sandherr, urged Congress to act quickly on the Workforce for an Expanding Economy Act that was introduced today by Pennsylvania Congressmen Lloyd Smucker.
Owners of shopping centers have a choice: They can lease space to whomever shows up with a check in hand, putting a dollar store here and a fancy salon there. Or, they can think like Edens Vice President of Investments Nicole Shiman, who orchestrates an entire plaza as one harmonious whole.
Hallandale Beach is shaking off its past as a shabby beach town amid a surge in real estate development. A longtime winter destination for Canadians, the oceanfront city of nearly 40,000 residents in southeastern Broward County also has started to attract European buyers of vacation homes.
AGC Charities Inc., the charitable arm of the Associated General Contractors of America, donated $265,000 today to fund a new “National Healing Quarters” for Warrior Canine Connection. The funds will help cover the cost of renovating a historic dairy barn in Boyds, Maryland to serve as the new headquarters for the group that provides therapy for veterans with invisible wounds like PTSD and service dogs for other wounded veterans.
Starting in 2023, no new building permits will be issued in the Florida Keys, a stipulation of a 1970s state mandate aimed at controlling development in the environmentally sensitive archipelago and ensuring timely evacuation of tourists and residents in the path of hurricanes.
On Feb. 7, the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee held its first hearing of the new Congress entitled, “The Cost of Doing Nothing: Why Investing in Our Nation's Infrastructure Cannot Wait.” Witnesses included: Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti; former Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood; and Minnesota Governor Tim Walz.
Construction-industry collective bargaining negotiations completed during 2018 resulted in an average first-year increase in wages and fringe benefits of $1.70 per hour or 3.0 percent, according to the annual year-end Settlements Report issued by the AGC-supported Construction Labor Research Council (CLRC).
As anticipation of widespread use of the driverless automobile nears, many industry analysts predict a decrease in parking needs for the near future. Even now, the use of ridesharing and other transportation options have some cities discussing or implementing a decrease to their parking requirements.