October 9, 2020
Commitment to an Inclusive Future

It is with great pleasure that I introduce to AGC of Minnesota members the newest addition to our staff - Yolanda McIntosh. Yolanda joins your AGC team filling a newly created position, Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI).  In her new role at AGC, Yolanda will be filling the voids in critical spaces where inclusion and broader multi-cultural participation and opportunity has lagged in our industry. She is uniquely positioned and well-suited for this challenging work with an employment background in both the public sector and the construction industry. I am confident she will quickly become an asset to members working with you to help navigate and onboard DEI practices that will become meaningful, purposeful, and common reality. 
Over a year ago, the AGC board of directors undertook the task of refreshing our Strategic Plan. Key to those discussions was a recognition that change is occurring rapidly in both society and in the construction industry; yet the impacts of change are often not readily apparent and can be easily overlooked. Additionally, like most other market sectors, the construction industry has been prone to react to change versus anticipating and embracing larger industry and cultural shifts.  A staff level DEI resource is a purposeful response to address the under-recognized reality that the construction sector must become more intentional in providing opportunity for diverse employment and minority and women-owned business engagement, if we are to continue to thrive into the future.  

As Yolanda settles into her new role, look for some exciting new member services and engagement opportunities to enhance your business model with DEI best practices and strategies that provide a competitive advantage in today’s construction marketplace. In the coming months, Yolanda will be leading efforts to create a DEI Council with AGC members. She will also be working to introduce members to the AGC of America Culture of Care pledge and what it means to embed this creed into your business model and business relationships. We are also excited that Yolanda will be elevating the AGC DEI presence with government agencies, community organizations and in the public policy arena. 

We are fortunate to have the skills and breadth of experience that Yolanda brings to AGC and our membership. Although she is already a familiar face to many members and friends of AGC, I hope in the coming weeks you will find time to reach out to her and invite her into the many conversations you might be having about inclusivity or to share some challenges you might be experiencing. I have every confidence you will find her to be an ally, expert resource, and value-added extension of your staff bringing the Trusted Resource advantage of AGC to your door. 

Tim Worke, CEO   
Action Alert: We Need a Bonding Bill MONDAY

Legislators will be coming back into session this coming Monday, October 12th. Legislators have confirmed that a final bonding bill is being drafted. However, there are mixed messages whether or not there will be a vote on the bill next week

A public works bill must originate in the House before being sent to the Senate. Join your colleagues in sending a strong message that the legislature needs to pass a capital bonding bill on Monday!

Click here for a quick and easy way to contact your legislators.
Lean Construction Series Offered This Fall (Virtual)

The Lean Construction Series is finally available in Minnesota this fall! Held for short periods three days per week from October 27-December 11, the series follows a schedule created with busy professionals in mind.

Our pilot series this fall will be a smaller cohort (maximum 14 participants), and will be offered at a significant discount. All sessions will be held via Zoom.

This AGC certificate program consists of seven units. Following the completion of all seven units, individuals will have a deep knowledge of both the theory and application of Lean Construction. Additionally, participants will be prepared to sit for the exam to earn AGC's Certificate of Management - Lean Construction (CM-Lean) credential. This course is designed for participants at all experience levels with Lean, including beginners.

A subsequent CM-Lean cohort will begin in January, 2021.

Click here for details or to register.
STP Registration Open for November

AGC is offering two Supervisory Training Program units for the November/December quarter. Click the links below to register:

LIUNA / AGC Joint Superintendent Development Program Celebrates Graduates

The Laborers Training Center and AGC of Minnesota recently celebrated the first six graduates of their joint Laborers Superintendent Development Program.

Signatory contractors identify laborers with supervisory potential and leadership abilities to be included in this mentor/mentee program. The Laborers Training Center administrates and sponsors the cost of training through AGC's Supervisory Training Program classes, and participants also complete related on the job training hours under their mentor's supervision.

Pictured: Three of the six graduates in the initial cohort, along with their mentors.
2020 AGC Industry Assessment Survey Now Open

We need to hear from you!

The 2020 AGC of Minnesota Construction Industry Assessment Survey provides an opportunity for you to provide your observations and experiences in the Minnesota construction marketplace. We have added a few new questions this year related to COVID-19 in order to get an accurate view of the impact the pandemic has had on your firm and the industry.

The survey will close on October 30, 2020. One response per firm, please.

If you are an AGC member and would like the link to the survey for your firm,
please contact Renee Horsman.
Hennepin County Issues Notice to All Contractors on
Constructability Review

Project: West Broadway Avenue Bridges (County Road 81) Reconstruction in Minneapolis and Robbinsdale 

Hennepin County will be conducting one-on-one constructability reviews with prime and/or bridge contractors interested providing input into the development of this project. Items to be discussed at the constructability review include: construction access, schedule, staging and risk mitigation.  

The meetings will be conducted electronically (Microsoft Teams) the week of October 26th. If interested, contact Tony Schrempp, Senior Professional Engineer, at anthony.schrempp@hennepin.us or 612- 596-0397 to schedule a meeting. 

Additional information can be found here.
Make Your Voice Heard in Transportation Forums with Candidates

Transportation remains a vital issue in our state, with growing regional road, bridge and transit needs. This informational and engaging candidate series has already highlighted Rochester and St. Cloud, and will focus on DuluthMankato, and Moorhead in the coming weeks.

Grab your lunch and help make a difference as we present information on local transportation needs and hear from candidates for the state legislature and Congress regarding their plans for addressing local needs if elected.

These online forums provide an important opportunity to make transportation a campaign issue, to educate future lawmakers and to start the discussion about funding needed projects. Please add your voice to the discussion!

To register, click on the appropriate city name above, or click here for more details.

These virtual events are cohosted by AGC of MN, MN Transportation Alliance, American Council of Engineering Companies of MN, and MN Public Transit Association.

To submit questions ahead of time, email Laura Ziegler.
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