At Thanksgiving, more than ever, our thoughts 
turn gratefully to those who have made our progress possible.
In this spirit, we say simply but sincerely,
 
Thank You and Best Wishes 
for a Happy Thanksgiving!

Sincerely,
  
Katy Cook, CSP
Marketing Coordinator
What's New at RealStreet
RealStreet Hires New Recruiting Coordinator!  
Last month, RealStreet hired Lina Guzman as the Recruiting Coordinator for the Tysons Corner office.  As a recruiting coordinator, Lina will support the recruiting team by sourcing potential candidates and  assisting in the coordination of candidates throughout the hiring process. Her responsibilities include scheduling interviews, formatting resumes and creating ScoreCards, as well as basic Human Resources (HR) functions, such as conducting reference and background checks and confirming new hire start dates.

Learn more about Lina on RealStreet's Leadership Team Bios webpage.

RealStreet is Heading to the 2016
SAME Small Business Conference
RealStreet is attending the 2016 SAME Small Business Conference in Atlanta!  If you are attending, make sure to come to our booth (#213) on November 17th at 4:00 PM for our Brews & Baseball Happy Hour!


RealStreet is Back From the 2016
CMAA National Conference & Trade Show
RealStreet recently attended the 2016 CMAA National Conference & Trade Show in San Diego. 
During this event, we hosted our awesome Boh's & O's Happy Hour, featuring our hometown brew, National Bohemian. In addition to enjoying a cold one, attendees also had the opportunity to enter our grand prize drawing: a chance to win a night in a private suite at an Orioles game in the 2016 season!

The entries came home and we held a drawing.  Watch the video to see who won!  
Interesting Industry Information
How is the Overall Workforce?
The U.S. Department of Labor - Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes a "Monthly Jobs Report" soon after the beginning of each month. Each report describes the previous month's employment situation, based on data such as the number of jobs that were added to the economy and the unemployment rate.  
  

The US economy added 156,000 jobs last month and the unemployment rate increased to 5%.  Fo r more information, check out the  BLS' interactive graphs.

According to an analysis of the U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics data by the  Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), 
  • The value of projects launched in September fell 2% to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $703.7 billion.
  • Year-to-date starts were valued at $506.7 billion, down 3% from January to September of 2015.
  • The nonresidential sector rose a modest 5% in September to an annual rate of $282.3 billion. 
According to Chief Economist Robert Murray in the 2017 Dodge Construction Outlook t hree areas of change to look for in the upcoming year include: 
  • Growing infrastructure spending.
  • Extreme volatility in the electric power and gas plant sector. 
  • Rising interest rates.  
Overall, Dodge anticipates positive performance throughout the construction industry next year. 

Drone Usage in the Construction Industry
Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), are becoming more prevalent in the construction industry. As mentioned in the article 6 Ways Drones Are Affecting the Construction Industry, in The Balance, some of the predicted uses include: 
  • Surveying (quick and accurate aerial views)
  • Inspection (quick gathering and reporting of data)
  • Management (enabling constant contact with work sites)
  • Security (protecting job sites from theft and vandalism)
  • Surveillance (around the clock monitoring and reporting of issues)
  • Transportation (safe and efficient transportation of materials)
Some of the more advanced drone benefits would result from the use of smart sensors, as mentioned in the article How Drones (UAV) With Smart Sensors Are Being Used in Construction from The Balance.

There are a number of uncertainties regarding drone regulations  and their legal commercial uses. As more rules are defined, more companies will turn to the technology as a cost-effective investment. For more information regarding recent updates, read the article  New FAA Rules Make It Easier for Construction and Real Estate Industries to Utilize Drones in The National Law Review.   
The Upcoming Election & the Construction Industry
Only one week away from the presidential election, a great deal of uncertainty lingers across the country. As mentioned in the article  All Eyes on November in Constructor Magazine, the AEC industry is anxiously awaiting the outcome and resulting impact the election has on issues such as the growing skills gap and the need for infrastructure investments. 

As mentioned last month, increased infrastructure spending is a topic of great interest to both major party presidential candidates. Despite this, as mentioned in a recent ENR publication, Industry Weighs in With Cash in U.S. Campaigns , many industry organizations have focused donation efforts on congressional races. Voters can influence many of the decisions on November 8th when they cast their ballots as well. The ENR article, The 2016 U.S. Election: Beyond Trump and Clinton, can be referred to for examples of big-ticket topics from state to state.

Regardless of the outcome, it is predicted that the architecture, engineering and construction industry will receive an increase in government investment. The influx in demand will likely contribute to the industry's ongoing labor shortage and growing skills gap. If you're considering a career change, now might be the ideal time to update your resume and LinkedIn profile. 

Featured News Post

The Importance of Choosing the Right Architect

The challenges of filling an open architecture position, can be overwhelming. There are a multitude of gifted architects in the workforce and having a stack of impressive resumes is a good problem to have, but it's important to remember i f you want the finished project to match the vision, you need to hire the right talent. After all, the architect will serve as the center of the project. Read the full article for ten reasons why it's necessary to make the right choice.


Seasonal Safety Information
Staying Safe on Cyber Monday
Cyber Monday is one of the largest online shopping days of the year. Even the most cautious online shoppers can become overwhelmed or distracted by the advertising and hype surrounding the day. Educate yourself on cyber threats ahead of time, so that amid the excitement of potential deals and the urgency of limited time offers, you continue to shop smart, avoid scams and stay secure.

According to Digital Guardian, some of the most common Cyber Monday scams include:
  1. Shopping phishing emails
  2. Clickbait
  3. Social media scams
  4. Malicious banners and pop-up ads
  5. Fake gift cards
  6. Fake shipping notifications
  7. Job scams
This list is only sample of the multitude of potential threats and the list of threats grows daily. With that in mind, do your best to be cautious when shopping on Cyber Monday (or any other day of the year).
 
Reduce cyber threats when shopping online throughout the holiday season with these 10 tips from the Better Business Bureau   (BBB): 
  1. Protect your computer
  2. Confirm site security settings
  3. Shop trustworthy websites
  4. Protect personal information
  5. Beware of too-good-to-be-true deals
  6. Keep an eye out for scams
  7. Pay with a credit card (vs. debit)
  8. Keep documentation of your order  
  9. Obtain a tracking number for shipments
  10. Know your rights
Holiday Food & Fun
The holidays are filled with delicious meals, fantastic fun and a myriad of treats, crafts and decorations to celebrate the season! Unfortunately, with all the added activity comes additional risk. To make the most of your Thanksgiving, we encourage you to be creative and careful.

BE RESPONSIBLE.
BE CRAFTY!
Did you know that if a turkey is thawed at a temperature above 40 degrees Fahrenheit, food-borne bacteria, (such as salmonella) can multiply rapidly (increasing the risk of food poisoning)? How about the fact that there are more home fires on Thanksgiving than on any other day of the year!? Ensure you, your friends and family have a safe and happy holiday by celebrating responsibly. 

Check out the following: 
If you are looking for a few great craft and recipe resources, check out the following sites: 
Just for Fun...

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