AGC Advocacy Report
Michael Gifford, AGC President & CEO
December 14, 2018StateTop 8 Wins for the Construction Industry & AGC in ‘18AGC and the construction industry had a great year in 2018. Here are the top 8 Wins:
Other State Issues
- Diversity – AGC started a Diversity committee and made strides in making AGC and the industry more inclusive.
- 500 students in 10 High School Construction Programs – AGC and HBA partnered to grow the Careers in Construction high school program to 10 high schools and 500 students.GoBuild.com (CIC logo)
- 970 participants graduated from pre-apprenticeship program – AGC and CCA have now produced 970 graduates from the Construction Careers Now pre-apprenticeship program.
- BuildColorado.com (CCN logo)
- WORK ACT Renewal – AGC and CCA led the charge in getting the WORK ACT renewed by the state legislature. That means another $7.1M over 3 years for workforce outreach & recruitment.
- BEST Program Funding – AGC led the private sector effort to allocate an additional $32 million a year into the state’s BEST Grant Program for K-12 school construction.
- State Building Project Funding - AGC led the private sector effort to fund $120 million in state building maintenance projects, providing prime contracting opportunities for specialty contractor members. The COP’s were issued in Sept 2018.
- Advocacy for the Industry – AGC was a private sector leader in keeping a No Residential Growth measure (Prop 66) off the ballot in 2018, and helped defeat the graduated income tax increase Amendment 73.
- Membership & Workforce Development Awards - AGC reaches the 600-member mark, an all-time high, and wins national Membership Growth Award from AGC America. AGC & CCA win national Workforce Development Award from AGC America.
FederalEPA/Corps Release New Clean Water Rule ProposalOn December 11, AGC attended the official unveiling of a newly proposed jointU.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineersclean water rule that will ultimately replace the controversial 2015 Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule. AGC has been advocating for a new clean water rule that provides contractors and project sponsors with a clear understanding of when a federal permit is needed without hiring a team of consultants; and one that excludes ditches and other stormwater control features from federal jurisdiction. For more details on the rule,
- AGC Legislative Committee to meet on Dec. 18 to prepare for 2019 legislative session
- AGC meeting with Denver City Council candidates prior to May 2019 election