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Here’s to a Healthier New Year

BY JEANIE J. CLAPP
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF

Hello, 2021. Goodbye, 2020.

For those who typically set new year’s resolutions in January, your well-intentioned goals may have flown the coop by mid-March like mine did, replaced with uncertainty, stress, worry, plus a whole host of other concerns no one was prepared to tackle.

Did 2020 not throw us the biggest curve ball ever? (I realize it’s not the time of year for a baseball metaphor, but haven’t we learned by now that anything goes?) A catcher dons his protective face mask, sets his stance and has his glove in place, ready to field the pitch that’s heading his way. But sometimes — even with all the preparation in the world — a curve ball is thrown and chaos on the baseball field ensues. The catcher throws off his mask, looks around wildly and chases the ball down, all while others on the field run frantically around the bases.

Seems a lot like life in 2020 — both professionally and personally.

But it appears we’ve turned a corner in terms of tackling COVID-19. And, thanks to the resiliency of the construction profession and the tenacity of AGC of America — the construction association — the industry endured less chaos than most.

There’s still work to be done, of course, and AGC is ready. COVID-related project cancellations and tax bills from Paycheck Protection Pro-gram loans threaten job growth in the industry. You can find updated information on AGC’s efforts regarding PPP by visiting the AGC news page at https://www.agc.org/agc-news.

Let’s not forget — amidst all the COVID chaos — there was a presidential election in 2020. AGC has been preparing since November to work with President-elect Biden and Congress regarding regulatory issues, immigration reform, tax concerns, and more. For a snapshot on what’s expected in 2021 and beyond, be sure to read our feature story, “Construction Outlook 2021,” beginning on page 16.

And speaking of the election, 202 AGC PAC-backed House and Senate candidates won their respective elections to the 177th Congress, resulting in a 94 percent success score. More on the association’s advocacy efforts can be found in “Strengthening Our Presence on Capitol Hill Through Political Action” on page 17.

We all had to work a little differently last year, perhaps relying more on technology than in previous times. While that may have posed some challenges for many, it probably gave some the boost needed to adopt and embrace a new and better way of doing things. With an increasing dependency on technology, of course, there are risks, which we cover in one of our features, “Site Security,” on page 22.

I’m sure we all are ready to wave goodbye to 2020 — the year of our pandemic — and look forward to a positive reboot in 2021. If there is one year where I have decided to let go of my long-standing tradition of crafting an extensive list of resolutions, this is it. Plain and simple, here’s to a healthier new year for one and all.

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