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Hello, Texas

jeanie j. clapp

JEANIE J. CLAPP, EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

The upcoming AGC event in Grapevine, Texas, marks my 10th annual convention. In March 2012, I flew to Honolulu, Hawaii, knowing very little about construction and nearly no one at the conference. But, during those four days, I learned a great deal about the association, its members and the industry.

And with each convention, I bring back a little more — more information on the vital business of commercial construction, more subject matter experts to lean on for story ideas and more content than these pages can hold based on all of AGC’s efforts and victories.

Will I see you in Grapevine, Texas in March? I certainly hope so. A highlight for me each year is gaining new friends, reconnecting with acquaintances and witnessing the passion folks have for this industry, hearing about their contributions to their communities and sharing in their enthusiasm for the future. I still have a lot to learn and need you and AGC of America to show me the industry’s challenges, as well as potential solutions, so I can share them with the rest of the membership through the pages of Constructor magazine.

Come to Grapevine for the stellar education sessions (https://convention.agc.org/agenda/) and leave with a plethora of new ideas on how to address issues like mental health in the workplace, recruiting the next generation into construction, adopting technological advances and more.

Come for the keynote speakers, Neil Pasricha, Rick Wade and Karl Rove, who will educate and inspire you. Or come for the awards programs and see what it takes to be named the safest construction company or to have a project deemed the most significant one of the year. Let both the nominees and the winners inspire and encourage you to apply in future years.

Visit the AGC Equipment, Technology & Construction Solutions Expo and leave with solutions for some of your biggest problems. Don’t miss the Opening General Session or the Economic Outlook, Legislative and Regulatory Overview. You’ll be bowled over by the work AGC of America has done in the past and the grand plans it has in place for the future.

Finally, please look for the Constructor table and come say hello. I’m eager to meet you, hear your story ideas and listen to any feedback you may have on how Constructor can help you and your business.

So I’ll be saying, “Hello, Texas” come March 28. Will you?