July 2, 2021
GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS NEWS
With the Help of Zoom, No Doom for the Bipartisan Budget
 
Now that the $52 billion dollar budget has been passed, and positive progress made to stifle COVID-19 and eliminate related industry restrictions, there is a collective sigh of relief at the state level. Contractors were told to disregard the official notice by state agencies warning of a potential shutdown with the transportation and state government budgets passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor. All 13 budget areas were wrapped up during the special session prior to the next fiscal year beginning on July 1 and a tax bill was signed by the Governor.

House Passes $715 Billion Highway, Transit & Water Infrastructure Bill

On July 1, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 3684, the INVEST in America Act, a $715 billion federal investment in America’s roads, bridges, transit, passenger rail, and drinking and wastewater infrastructure. AGC lobbied against several of the policies included in the bill. However, its passage in the House is a first step towards enacting record levels of federal investment in infrastructure. It continues to remain unclear how this legislation will intersect with larger infrastructure package negotiations between the White House and a bipartisan group of senators. More information here.
LABOR NEWS
Strike Over: New Teamsters-Marathon Contract

Teamsters voted and approved a new contract Thursday with Marathon Petroleum, resolving the strike in St. Paul Park.
DIVERSITY, EQUITY & INCLUSION NEWS
Minority-Owned Roofing Company Adds Competitive Edge with SBA Programs
SBA Article featuring AGC of Minnesota Member

Advanced Design Contracting is a minority-owned construction company known for installing roofing systems in commercial construction, historical renovation, and executive buildings. 
Owner Foster Hackett III started the company in 2008. A self-described, “construction worker by training” with limited college and business education, he reached out for assistance learning the business of his trade and has grown the company exponentially using multiple SBA programs and services. Read more
GENERAL NEWS
Nominations Open for Jeff Jensen Safety Award
 
The Jeff Jensen Memorial Construction Safety Excellence Award ​​was established by AGC of Minnesota in 2003 following the untimely and early death of Jeff Jensen, the third-generation owner of J.R. Jensen & Son, Inc. This annual award for superior efforts and results in jobsite safety honors Jeff's unfailing commitment to safety in the workplace.

Nominations are now open for awards to be given for 2020 work hours and safety records. Awards will be presented in 3 categories: Category I (0 – 149,999 hours), Category II (150,000 – 299,999 hours), and Category III (300,000+ hours).

Last Year's Award Recipients:
Category I
Category II
Category III
EDUCATION & EVENTS
July Member Meeting in Duluth

Join the AGC Board of Directors and staff on July 22 at Pier B Resort in Duluth for first post-pandemic member event!

Like the United States, Minnesota’s economy is recovering robustly from the pandemic, but progress in construction has been far more uneven. Meanwhile, a host of congressional and regulatory initiatives forecast very mixed impacts on contractors and their workforce.
Ken Simonson, AGC of America's Chief Economist, will cover the current national and state outlook for construction project types, materials costs and availability, and labor.

AGC will also provide an update regarding recent legislative developments and other association business, and there will be plenty of time for open discussion with members.

Grab the last golf spot, or showcase your company!

Only ONE foursome spot remains in the AGC Golf Tournament on August 6 at Keller Golf Course in Maplewood!

All hole sponsorships have been sold, but there are still opportunities to sponsor breakfast, lunch or great raffle and contest hole prizes!

Sign up to play or sponsor here.

Thank you to our Title Sponsor,
Larkin Hoffman!
2021-22 Leadership Blueprint Cohort Accepting Nominations

AGC's professional development series for the emerging leaders in construction management kicks off in November with a new cohort! The upcoming schedule and nomination form can be found here.

Leadership Blueprint educator Ken Bradford will leave participants with the ability to:

  • Address groups comfortably and convincingly
  • Remember names
  • Organize thoughts
  • Increase listening skills
  • Apply leadership principles for working with others
  • Reduce conflicts and lower stress
  • Discover keys to building teamwork and morale
  • Lead better meetings
  • Improve customer service
  • Develop more confidence
2021 Sporting Clays Fundraiser

Join us on September 15 at Minnesota Horse & Hunt Club for our annual fundraiser! Funds raised are used for scholarships for students pursuing degrees in the construction industry.

Get all the details and register here.

Thank you to our Title Sponsor,
RDO Equipment Co.!
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