West Texas AGC News & Resources
Safety Tip: Week 2 - National Ladder Safety Month
During the Month of March, West Texas AGC is providing Safety Tips and Toolbox Talks that focus on four key themes that tie into National Ladder Safety Month.
Week One: Choosing Your Ladder
Week Two: Safety Before the First Step (Inspection and Set Up)
Week Three: Safety While Climbing
Week Four: Safety at the Top
Find additional resources and information at Ladder Safety Month.
Connecting Military to Construction
(transitioning Military personnel & spouses to Careers in Construction)
Is Your Company Seeking to Hire a Quality Workforce?
West Texas AGC is working with Cannon, Dyess, Goodfellow and Sheppard Air Force Bases to connect transitioning military with our member companies to pursue the commercial construction industry as their next career.
Post jobs and find valuable recruitment resources at the newly created web page specific for this recruitment!
West Texas AGC is seeking companies who want to be a part of the opportunity for both military veterans and to build the construction workforce.
Visit AGC West Texas Chapter Careers in Construction to learn more
Texas Building Branch Legislative Day
Ken Sapien (Beyond Engineering and Testing) Cassie Hughes (WTAGC Executive Director) Senator Charles Perry (District 28) 
West Texas Chapter AGC joined other Texas AGC Chapters at the Texas Building Branch Legislative Day on March 8th at the State Capitol. Our chapters came to talk to 9 legislative representatives of our area’s chapters about key priority issues affecting the construction industry.

To request a list of legislation impacting the construction industry in 2023 and information about the Texas Building Branch please contact Cassie Hughes at chughes@wtagc.org.
Disposal of PVC as Hazardous Waste?
Nearly 2,000 AGC members tell EPA to oppose the unfounded effort to regulate the disposal of ubiquitous plastics used in construction.
Congressman Arrington Applauds Grant to Build Lubbock Veterans Cemetery
Washington, February 24, 2023
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Representative Jodey Arrington (TX-19) announced that the City of Lubbock was awarded a $9.5 million grant through the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). Families of veterans in Lubbock will no longer have to worry about traveling to see their loved ones after they pass, and veterans who deserve the most dignified resting place will be eternally honored for the sacrifices they made for our great nation.
“Every veteran deserves a hero’s burial for their willingness to sacrifice life and limb to defend our nation,” said Rep. Arrington. “I am grateful for the teamwork and determination of our local leaders, state officials, and veterans’ community for making this a reality. No one loves their men and women in uniform or appreciates the sacrifice and service of our veterans like West Texans.” 
“This is very exciting news for Lubbock, and I am beyond grateful for everyone who came together to make this possible. Our veterans sacrificed more than we can ever repay, and they deserve a beautiful and honorable place to rest. Thank you to Congressman Jodey Arrington, our state delegation, the Texas General Land Office, and everyone involved for making this vision a reality,” said District 4 City Councilmen Steve Massengale. 
On February 24th, 2023, Texas Land Commissioner Dawn Buckingham, M.D., announced that the VA plans to award the Texas General Land Office (GLO) a grant totaling up to $9.5 million for the establishment of a new Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Lubbock, Texas. Rep. Arrington supported and helped secure federal funding for the project, advocated for the project to the Department of Veterans Affairs, and worked in close partnership with Texas State Senator Charles Perry and Texas Representatives Dustin Burrows and Carl Tepper for the necessary state support. 

The grant is distributed by the Veterans Cemetery Grant Program, within the National Cemetery Administration of the VA. Funding from the grant will be used to construct the cemetery, which will feature pre-placed crypts, a columbarium and in-ground burial options for cremated remains, and other expenses related to irrigation. This will be the first new Texas State Veterans’ Cemetery in 12 years. 
Best Practices: Drafting Contractual Safety Provisions
Construction accidents can cause significant personal injury or death, property damage, job delays, and increased costs. As a result, it is imperative that owners and contractors continuously monitor and manage potential safety concerns on construction job sites with the intention of reducing accidents.
One technique for owners and contractors to address these concerns on the front end of the project is to ensure that their written contract language details their companies’ rights, obligations, and expectations on a project. 
Read more about 5 Best Practices HERE
The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) is in the final stages of renewing its TPDES Construction General Permit (CGP), TXR150000, which expires on March 5, 2023. The renewed CGP will be effective on March 5, 2023, after which existing permittees will have a 90-day grace period to renew their authorizations by submitting a renewal Notice of Intent (NOI) or Low Rainfall Erosivity Waiver (LREW) application, as applicable, using TCEQ’s online e-permitting system STEERS. The renewal period is only available from March 5, 2023-June 5, 2023 at 11:59 PM. Existing permittees will not be allowed to submit a renewal application before March 5.

For the renewal permit documents / revised TPDES General Permit submitted to the TCEQ Commissioners for review and approval at the February 22 Click HERE.
AGC Releases Workforce Summit Report
The report, 2022 National Construction Industry Workforce Summit: Success Stories and New Strategies offers a comprehensive summary of AGC’s most-recent workforce summit. This includes over 40 new workforce development solutions crafted by Summit participants, as well as details about what firms, AGC chapters and educators are already doing that is helping address the industry’s workforce needs. The goals is for the report to be a resource for ideas about ways to better recruit, train and retain the industry’s workforce. 
West Texas AGC Scholarship Golf Tournament | REGISTER EARLY!
West Texas Chapter AGC
Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament
Monday | May 22, 2023
1:00 PM Shotgun Start
LakeRidge Country Club - Lubbock
Gather your star golfers for a great event that supports students pursuing a career in construction in both technical and college programs with Scholarships from West Texas AGC!!

Each year the tournament has grown to a must participate event. See the attached flyer for Sponsorship and Golfer Registration information.

Questions contact Cassie Hughes at chughes@wtagc.org or Bryan Walters at bryan@henthorncommercial.com.
West Texas Chapter AGC 2023 Scholarship Applications Available
2023 Undergraduate scholarship
Academic Scholarships are available for graduating seniors, current college undergraduates or others who will pursue post graduate work at a university, two-year college or technical trades school, with all pursuing degrees for a career in a construction related field. 
2023 West Texas AGC Scholarship
Application Form CLICK HERE
West Texas AGC members – please share this information with employees and friends.
Encourage students to consider programs that will allow them to pursue a career in construction.
DUE DATE – APRIL 14, 2023
For additional information or to request an application by mail or email contact abilene@wtagc.org or call (325) 676-7447
The Dotted Line: Reviewing Construction Contracts with Recession in Mind
This feature is a part of “The Dotted Line” series, which takes an in-depth look at the complex legal landscape of the construction industry. To view the entire series, click here.

Construction attorney Eric Singer is a huge Game of Thrones fan, so it’s fitting that he points to the HBO series’ best known mantra when it comes to a potential recession in 2023: Winter is coming.
Like the members of the saga’s House Stark who adhere to that motto, Singer says construction pros today should already be preparing for whatever hardships may come, given predictions of more challenging economic conditions ahead.
Those preparations include reviewing contracts with a potential recession in mind. Need to know more, read article.
AGC Data Digest - March 3rd
Construction spending dips in January; input prices diverge; multifamily outlook cools
Find out more about:
  • Decline in construction spending
  • Diverging input prices
  • Cooling in multifamily construction market
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