December 11, 2020
AGC Government Affairs Update

The MN Legislature will convene on Monday for a seventh Special Session this year as Governor Walz extends the state’s peacetime state of emergency for another 30 days. Legislators have been discussing an economic relief package, particularly for businesses and people affected by the recent pause in select industries. Key legislators stated there’s agreement on at least a $216.5 million financial assistance package, which would come out of the General Fund. Disagreement remains on the extension of unemployment benefits as of Friday afternoon. 
AGC Legislative Committee Meeting

Thursday, December 17th
11 AM-Noon

Contact Laura Ziegler, AGC Director of Highway and Government Affairs, for the Zoom link.
MnDOT Releases Interim CMGC Report

This report is about the Construction Manager/General Contractor method of procurement, referred to as CMGC, and is issued to comply with the requirements of a 2012 MN law. Five projects using CMGC were selected by MnDOT, which triggered this interim report about the department’s experience and evaluation of the CMGC method.

The report can be accessed here.
AGC of America Files Suit Against SBA

AGC America filed a lawsuit this week asking the Small Business Administration to be more transparent and ease the process to request forgiveness of a PPP loan. Although AGC of Minnesota is not involved in the suit, we will keep you informed of any significant developments.
OFCCP Releases New Technical Assistance Guide

The Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) is pleased to announce the release of its new technical assistance guide for small contractors.

The guide provides compliance assistance regarding equal employment opportunity obligations for small federal supply and service, construction contractors and subcontractors, as well as and federally assisted construction contractors and subcontractors. The agency considers contractors’ sizes when developing its requirements to consider the burdens on small contractors. Read more
MNOPS Releases Compliance Guidelines

The Minnesota Office of Pipeline Safety has put together the following guidelines for Excavators and Utility Operators with regard to MN Statutes 216D. These regulations ensure worker/public safety as well as protecting underground utility infrastructure. Please take a moment to review the following guidelines for the safety of your employees, the public and important infrastructure.

Please contact Laura Ziegler or Lisa Frenette if you have any questions.
AGC 2020-2021 Minnesota Construction Industry Assessment

The annual AGC of Minnesota survey of General Contractors, Specialty Contractors, Architects and Engineers was released last week. The report can be accessed here.

Five reasons why construction inspection can make (or break) your project

Construction inspection is essential for successful project delivery. Whether it’s reviewing project specifications on-site or documenting changes to an existing plan, inspection is necessary to meet industry standards for accuracy, quality and to keep construction work on time and within budget. Learn more

By Eric Breitsprecher, Project Manager, WSB
AGC 2020 Annual Report

In the face of a very challenging year, AGC of Minnesota is proud of the role we played in keeping construction open and delivering a $1.87B capital investment bill. Our annual report detailing the ways AGC brought value to our members in 2020 has been sent via mail, and is also available to view here.
LECET Safety Webinars

LECET is pleased to offer a safety seminar webinar series, free to union contractors' safety department and key staff. Attendance qualifies for points in the LECET Safety Driven program.

  • December 17 - "Part 1: COVID-19 Overview & Worksite Safety & Health Resources for Contractors"
  • January 27 - "Part 2: COVID-19 Update, Hygiene, Jobsite Cleaning & Guidance for Offices"
  • February 23 - "ANSI - New Aerial Lift Standard & Equipment Demonstration by United Rentals"
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