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ABC Election Briefing Series, powered by Free Enterprise Alliance

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Join us for the ABC Election Briefing Series, powered by the Free Enterprise Alliance, as we provide insights on the nation's political landscape.

This series will feature political experts who will provide updates on the political environment, highlight key races, dive into regional focus areas, and much more.

The ABC Election Briefing Series is free of charge and reserved for ABC members only.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Please contact Melanie Pfeiffenberger for more information at pfeiffenberger@abc.org or (202) 595-1813.

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Coronavirus Relief for Construction Business

As the federal government continues to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 health and economic crisis, ABC has advocated for and supported critical policies enacted by the U.S. Congress. ABC also urges Congress to consider necessary modifications to current programs and additional relief to ensure our nation’s construction industry remains strong and ready to lead the economic comeback once the crisis is over.

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FranklinCovey's 7 Habits Coach

Members can also sign up for FranklinCovey’s 7 Habits Coach 10-episode webcast series designed to help navigate real problems in challenging times. The series will be delivered daily for 10 days to help you:

  • • Focus on what you can influence when there is a lot out of your control.
  • • Get the skills to prioritize in the midst of overwhelming outside sources.
  • • Apply timeless principles to preserve relationships with family, friends and colleagues in times of stress.
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Viewpoint's Take 15 Webinar Series

*Hosted by ABC’s Strategic Partner Viewpoint*

Date: Every Friday Register Now
Time: 12 p.m. ET
Length: 15 Minutes
Speakers:    Viewpoint Product Experts
Webinar Description


The Take 15 series is a weekly, brief webinar led by Viewpoint, an ABC Strategic Partner, where product experts highlight challenges contractors face and how Viewpoint’s comprehensive suite of software solutions can help solve those challenges.

- Friday, August 14: Simplifying Service Management 
- Friday, August 28: Improve Visibility with Project Forecasting and WIP Reporting
- Friday, September 3: Going Mobile to Optimize the Flow of Field Data
 

 

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DOL Inspector General Releases Report on Davis-Bacon Wage Audit

On March 29, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General released an audit examining the DOL’s Wage and House Divisions survey process for collecting and determining the prevailing wage rate in four types of construction projects. According to the report, the OIG found that, as of September 2018, 3% of WHD’s 134,738 unique published rates, roughly 4,400, had not been updated in 21 to 40 years. Additionally, of seven sampled surveys that analyzed 124 wage rates, the OIG found 48% of the rates were not determined from data about a single construction worker within the 31 counties that the published rates represented. Finally, the report found union wages prevailed for 48% of the wage determinations, despite the fact that just 12.8% of the U.S. private construction workforce is unionized.

 

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The Heritage Foundation: Labor Department Can Create Jobs by Calculating Davis–Bacon Rates More Accurately

According to a report issued by the Heritage Foundation, the United States Department of Labor   uses unscientific and flawed methods to estimate the Davis-Bacon Act prevailing wage rates. The report found, amongst other findings, that current surveys do not use statistically representative samples have tiny sample sizes and combine data from economically unrelated counties or set local wages using statewide data. Furthermore, nearly half of the surveys are over a decade old and don’t account for economic changes over the last ten year. The report concludes by suggesting the DOL should switch to Bureau of Labor Statistics data to get a more accurate reading of wage data.

 

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Culture, Diversity and Innovation

Date: Tuesday, August 11, 2020 Register Now
Time: 3 p.m. EDT
Length: 60 minutes
Speakers:    Tauhira Ali, Milwaukee Tool; Simeon Terry, Austin Commercial
Moderator:    Matt Abeles and Tia Perry, ABC National

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION
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For mid-sized contractors, implementing new technology solutions in the office and on the jobsite can present serious challenges in terms of integration and practical adoption. How do our industry’s top performers get this right? Developing a company culture that values diversity and innovation is essential to embracing technology and recruiting the workforce of the future. Learn how the intersection of culture, diversity and innovation can help you mentor the next generation of leaders within your company to unlock better safety performance, operational efficiency and job satisfaction.

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Tauhira Ali, Construction Technology Group Manager
Ali brings more than 15 years of R&D and product design experience to her at Milwaukee Tool, where she is responsible for exploring construction trends and emerging technologies to drive practical, user-focused solutions. Previously, she held R&D positions in the computing, automotive, aerospace, robotics and public relations industries. In addition to her passion for product development, Ali is committed to expanding and empowering all voices within technical industries, and works closely with women-focused groups and industry organizations, as well as Habitat for Humanity.

Simeon Terry, Vice President, Diversity Affairs
Simeon Terry is a 30-year industry veteran and has spent the past 20 years managing diversity programs at Austin Commercial, a 2019 ABC National Diversity Excellence Award winner. In his current role, he oversees the company’s Diversity and Inclusion program, which includes cultural competency education, diversity compliance, affirmative action, recruitment, mentoring and business procurement diversity.

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Six Months In, What Is the Trajectory of Construction’s Recovery from COVID-19?

Date: Wednesday, August 12, 2020 Register Now
Time: 3 p.m. EDT
Length: 60 minutes
Speakers:    Anirban Basu, ABC Chief Economist
Moderator:    Mike Bellaman, ABC National

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION

As the United States begins to recover from its steepest economic downturn in history, the construction industry is faced with unprecedented levels of uncertainty. ABC Chief Economist Anirban Basu will discuss how that uncertainty and broader macroeconomic conditions have affected the industry to date, the shape of the recovery to come, and what factors will determine the construction industry's trajectory over the coming months, including a deep dive into the results of the August Construction Backlog Indicator and Construction Confidence Index.

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Jobsite of the Future

Date: Tuesday, August 25, 2020 Register Now
Time: 3 p.m. EDT
Length: 60 minutes
Speakers:    Frank Malangone and Eilish Nolen, Oracle
Moderator:    Matt Abeles, ABC National

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION
ABC Members Only

With technology coming at us on many fronts, how can we actually see and test these technologies in action? The 20,000-square-foot Oracle Construction and Engineering Innovation Lab in Deerfield, Illinois, replicates an actual jobsite and allows visitors to walk through five different stages of construction to test new technologies and training techniques or to share best practices. Webinar attendees will get an exclusive look at the lab, with commentary from Oracle’s senior product and innovation leaders and insights into new and effective technologies in construction.

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Frank Malangone has more than 35 years’ experience as a business technology leader in the engineering and construction industry. As part of Oracle’s Construction and Engineering Global Business Unit, Malangone ensures the business unit’s products’ capabilities are aligned with industry trends.

As Oracle Industries Innovation Lab Project Manager, Eilish Nolen helps drive innovation and demonstrates how Oracle’s products and partner solutions can be used through the project lifecycle. She works closely with other internal global business units and contributes to the user experience at the lab.

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Insights on the Construction Supply Chain

Date: Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020 Register Now
Time: 3 p.m. EDT
Length: 60 minutes
Speakers:    Joe Fawcett, Southwire; Mike Holland, Marek; Brett McMahon, Miller & Long
Moderator:    Mike Bellaman, ABC National

Webinar Description
ABC Members Only

An panel of experts from a variety of construction materials segments will discuss current and future issues affecting the supply chain, including product constraints, spikes in pricing and access to products.

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