Alabama Construction News

OCT-DEC 2017

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CONSTRUCTION A L A B A M A N E W S 6 AL CONSTRUCTION NEWS OCT-DEC 2017 THIS YEAR HAS BEEN A GREAT YEAR FOR ABC ALABAMA! Before we "kick off " 2018, it's a good time to review what all we have done. TRAINING Our emphasis this year has been on continuing to establish the Academy of Craft Training. In 2016, ACT's first year of operation, 69 high school students received training in five trades: Building Construction, Electrical, Welding, HVAC, and Masonry. We also had 90% job placement for the seniors who graduated. This year, we have 190 high school students from 24 different high schools receiving training. We not only train tomorrow's craft workers, we also continued to provide leadership training to tomorrow's managers in ABC's "Future Leaders in Construction" classes. The 2018 class began meeting on November 2014. SAFETY Our annual "Safe Day" was heavily attended and helped drive home the message that in ABC, safety is the top priority. This year, ABC provided safety training sessions in four cities: Huntsville, Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, and Mobile. GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS ABC Alabama continues to be quite active on behalf of its members in all levels of government: local, state and federal. In 2017, ABC was instrumental in assuring the revival of Alabama's Historic Preservation Tax Credit. The prior legislation, which was "sunsetted" in 2015, resulted in substantial renovation construction activity throughout the state. We expect the 2017 legislation to lead to even more Projects. Our primary legislative goal in 2018 will be to secure a permanent source of funding for the Academy of Craft Training. ABC Alabama was more active than ever in Washington, D.C. having conducted three "fly-ins" to meet with Alabama's Congressional Delegation. Our chapter even had some members who attended the inauguration, and as your 2017 Chairman, I was proud to represent you in a meeting with Vice President Mike Pence in June to discuss needs of the construction industry. To render our government affairs work more effective, we funded an "update" on the economic impact study ABC Alabama first commissioned in 2010. The Update revealed that commercial construction in Alabama has an annual economic impact in excess of $12 billion dollars. That is sure to get legislators' attention whether in Montgomery or Washington, D.C. and we intend to let them know all about it! MEMBERSHIP As the word gets out about all that ABC Alabama is doing, our membership continues to swell. We gained 73 new members in 2016 and, so far in 2017, we have gained 74 new members in 2017. We expect the same trend to continue in 2018. NETWORKING AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT ABC Alabama continues to provide multiple opportunities at so many different levels for you to network and develop business. This year, we renewed quarterly "meet and greets," each of which were well attended. We hosted two different golf outings and our annual clay shoot. Our Young Professionals group was firmly established, and they will be increasingly active in 2018. Our Facilities Directors Conference in Montgomery in October set a record in attendance and in the number of exhibitors. Our Excellence in Construction Banquet set for November 30th set a record for the number of projects applying for awards and, based on registrations received so far, we expect to "sell out" attendance at more than 600! We hope you are as excited as the Board is about all that has been accomplished in 2017. More importantly, we hope that you are determined to join us in an even more exciting 2018. It has been my distinct pleasure and privilege to have served you as Chairman this year. I will never forget the honor you have bestowed on my by allowing me to serve you. I ask you now to fall in behind Mr. Allen Harris, founder and CEO of Bailey-Harris Construction Co., Inc. as he leads this Association as our 2018 Chairman of the Board. 6 Publisher JAY REED Associate Publisher/ Managing Editor TODD WALKER Publishing Coordinator/Circulation CHARLES HALL Accounting JENNY WILSON Advertising Sales GEORGE PIERCE Writer PAIGE TOWNLEY Print Production ALLIANCE PUBLISHING GROUP Art Direction KRISTEN BAILEY ALABAMA CONSTRUCTION NEWS is published by Associated Builders & Contractors, Inc. Copyright © 2017 ABC -Alabama All rights reserved. Reproduction in whole or part without written permission is prohibited. Address all correspondence to: ALABAMA CONSTRUCTION NEWS 1830 28th Avenue South Birmingham, AL 35209 For advertising information: contact GEORGE PIERCE at 205.870.9768 X100 or email george@abc-alabama.org. For editorial information: contact PAIGE TOWNLEY at 205.616.6824 or email paige@abc-alabama.org. LETTER FROM THE CHAIRMAN DAVID PUGH | Bradley David Pugh, Bradley

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