February 19, 2021
Minneapolis Fed Requests Survey Responses on Construction Conditions

As the COVID-19 outbreak evolves, the Minneapolis Fed is gauging economic effects on the construction sector, a bellwether for the broader economy. 

Please take 5 minutes to provide greater understanding on business conditions for your firm. If you receive this survey alert from multiple industry partners, please only respond to the survey once.

All responses are anonymous, and results will be shared with AGC of Minnesota when available.
New AGC Form Contracts

The AGC Contracts Committee has been working to create a new Owner-Contractor form, which will be perfect for times when contractors need a Minnesota industry short form to work directly with owners. This form will also be available as part of a full suite of contracts: Owner-General-Subcontractor-Material Purchases-ITO.

The new contracts will be released in the next month. If you currently are using an AGC form contract, we are extending that license through March 2021.
AGC Provides Vaccine Policy Resources Free to Members

In response to the present situation regarding the availability of COVID-19 vaccines, AGC of America has recently produced several resources to assist construction employers as they consider any vaccine policies. The following resources were developed by AGC and labor & employment law firm Fisher Phillips, and are free to AGC members.
Taking Flight: How Drones are Boosting Efficiency and Profit

Lower labor costs. Faster results. Accurate data. Mastering this three things leads to profits. Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), outfitted with surveying software hold the key boosting efficiency and profitability. From monitoring stockpiles, to tracking jobsite progress, to inspecting infrastructure, drones offer users the ability to work better. Learn more

By Road Machinery & Supplies Co.
Suicide Prevention in the Construction Industry

The construction industry has the one of the highest rates of suicide among all industries, only behind oil and gas extraction. Suicide in construction is more than three times higher than the rate for the general population in the United States. 

The reality in construction is that more workers die by suicide annually than die by all other occupational fatalities on jobsites. What can be done to address this alarming trend? AGC partner CSDZ has created risk assessments and resources to help contractors focus on the mental wellbeing of their workforce.
State's Budget Forecast Out Next Week

Next Friday, February 26th, MN Management and Budget (MMB) will release the latest economic forecast for the state. Their numbers and projections will set the stage for the House and the Senate to present their ideas to balance the state’s bottom line. Last November, MMB estimated the state was sitting at a $1.2 billion deficit. Since then, the state has received positive budgetary news. Revenues from individual income tax, corporate taxes, and sales tax came in higher than expected last month.

House and the Senate committees are beginning to hear more bills as key deadlines approach in March. Most legislative work is continuing in a virtual manner.

AGC’s next Legislative Committee meeting will be on Thursday, March 4 at 11:30 AM. Any member is invited to attend. Please contact Laura Ziegler for the Zoom information. 
Mortenson Awarded 2021 CRP Build America Award

Congratulations to Mortenson on being honored with a CRP Build America Award from AGC of America for their Allegiant Stadium project in Las Vegas!
AGC Members: if you are celebrating a milestone or have other significant news,
please let Renee know, and we will periodically publish news from
members in the Weekly Update.
Celebrating the Historical Achievements of African Americans in Minnesota

In honor of Black History Month, AGC of Minnesota is celebrating the historical achievements of African Americans in our state. Despite the challenges of racial discrimination and civil unrest, then and now, African Americans in Minnesota continue to press forward to achieve, above all, human rights. Each week this month, we will recognize their accomplishments and contributions to Minnesota in an effort to educate, inspire, and encourage human and civil rights for all people. Each week this month, we will provide a brief introduction and links for more information.
James Griffin, first Black St. Paul police officer

Born in 1917 and raised in the city’s Rondo neighborhood, Griffin was the first black St. Paul police officer to reach the ranks of sergeant, captain and deputy chief after joining the force in 1941. 

Learn more here.
W. Gertrude Brown, Black activist for racial justice for children and women

During her 13 years as head resident of the Phyllis Wheatley Settlement House, W. Gertrude Brown made it a centerpiece of the Minneapolis Black community and a hub for women’s activism. Under Brown’s direction, Phyllis Wheatley provided job placement programs, childcare for working mothers, and a gathering place for social and political organizations.

Learn more here.
Women's Leadership Development Cohort

A new program is being offered for women managers who want to learn more about the unique strengths & challenges of being a woman in a leadership role. Dr. Rita Webster is making her Women's Leadership Development Cohort available to women in AGC. The 3month/6-session cohort begins on April 15. Save $100 when three women from the same company enroll.

Learn more or register here.
Racial Equity in the Workplace: Learning Series

Join the Washington Business Journal for a 4-part virtual series that will help participants uncover the historic foundations of systemic racism, how that system is intertwined with the business community and what business leaders are doing to create a more equitable future. More info and registration here.
Workplace Revolution: From Talk to Collective Action

March 8 – 12, 2021
Online/Virtual Event

Topics Include:
  • Matching Intent To Impact: The Diversity of Stress
  • A Step-By-Step Guide To Developing And Implementing A Diversity and Inclusion Program
  • New Lens For Revealing Unconscious Bias
  • and more!

Click here for more information and registration.
STP Classes Begin NEXT WEEK

Registration is open for the Supervisory Training Program (STP) units beginning this month! All classes held virtually via Zoom.

  • Unit 5 - Improving Productivity & Managing Project Costs: four consecutive Wednesdays beginning February 24

  • Unit 4 - Contract Documents: four consecutive Thursdays beginning February 25

Congratulations to the recent graduates from the STP program! Each of these individuals successfully completed all six STP units.

Jonathan Gabrelcik – Adolfson & Peterson Construction
Jason Morris – Adolfson & Peterson Construction
Adam Steen – Adolfson & Peterson Construction
Zach Ryan – Veit & Company, Inc.
Ryan Jensen – Veit & Company, Inc.
Mike Stoterau – Donlar Construction Company
Eric Richter – Donlar Construction Company
Pat Herron – Continental Crane & Equipment
James Conn – McGough Construction  
CM-Lean March Cohort

Register now to become CM-Lean trained and certified, via the AGC cohort in March! Participants can save money by taking the entire series, or may register for individual units. See all the available units here.

  • March 9 & 11: Unit 1 (Variation in Production Systems)
  • March 16 & 18: Unit 2 (Pull in Production)
  • March 23 & 25: Unit 3 (Lean Workstructuring)
  • April 6 & 8: Unit 4 (The Last Planner System)
  • April 13, 14 & 15: Unit 5 (Lean Supply Chain and Assembly)
  • April 20 & 22: Unit 6 (Lean Design and Pre-construction)
  • April 27, 28 & 29: Unit 7 (Problem-solving Principles and Tools)
PMDP Discounted Rate for AGC of Minnesota Members

AGC of Minnesota members can save $800 on the AGC of America Project Manager Development Program (PMDP) offered through AGC of Wisconsin. More information and registration details here.

For discount code to get member rate, contact Renee.
Save the Dates for Golf and
Sporting Clays

Summer may feel far off, but hold these dates on your calendars now!

AGC Golf Tournament: Friday, August 6th at Keller Golf Course

AGC Sporting Clays Fundraiser: Wednesday, September 15th at Minnesota Horse & Hunt Club.
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