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Who’s Ready for Vegas

BY JEANIE J. CLAPP
EDITOR-IN-CHIEF, CONSTRUCTOR MAGAZINE

That’s an odd question, I know, because really … can you ever truly be ready for Vegas? There’s so much to do, see and hear. And that’s especially true when you partner such a dynamic destination with two impressive events: AGC’s 2020 Convention (March 9-12) and CONEXPO-CON/AGG (March 10-14).

Now, if you’re reading this column online, you may still be in the preparation phase for your trip to Vegas. (Pro tip #1: Pack comfortable shoes!) Or, perhaps you’re undecided on whether or not to attend. (Pro tip #2: Go for it!) If you seek workforce development initiatives or jobsite productivity solutions, the Bellagio (the convention venue) is the place to be. If you work in business development or risk management, there will be education sessions you won’t want to miss. No matter your specialty — safety, technology, human resources — there will be plenty of takeaways for you.

If you’re reading this column in print while at the convention or at CONEXPO-CON/AGG, then welcome to Vegas. I look forward to meeting as many of you as possible so please look for the ConstructorCast booth and stop by for a visit. I’m curious to hear your stories. What led you to this industry? What are your biggest challenges on a daily basis? What do you hope to take away from the education sessions this year? And, what type of content would you like to see in Constructor moving forward? This magazine and its online companion pieces (Constructor Monthly and www.constructormagazine.com) aim to provide AGC members with the tools to make navigating their jobs easier so your feedback is important.

If you’re reading this column in print from the comfort of your home or office, be sure to follow AGC of America (twitter.com/AGCofA) and Constructor (twitter.com/constructormag) on Twitter, and search for the hashtag #AGC2020 for daily updates on award winners, education sessions, the Celebrate Construction Party, and more. Future issues, of course, will recap the Vegas event as well.

In the meantime, please enjoy this current edition, where you’ll meet incoming AGC President Bob Lanham (pages 12-15) and learn more about his leadership plans for the coming year. We cover AGC’s recent outlook survey and its results on pages 18-23, including an infographic highlighting some of the statistics. In addition, we have two workforce development stories: “Rebranding Construction Careers” (page 29) demonstrates how one AGC chapter’s outreach efforts are reaping significant reward, and “Commitment to the Future” (pages 24-27) outlines the success of an AGC member’s apprenticeship program. Our technology piece (pages 30-33) is a Q&A with experts in the virtual design and construction arena, and our safety and health story (pages 37-41) addresses the current opioid crisis impacting the industry. (While some of our stories aren’t always easy to tell, they still need to be heard.) So if you’re planning on Vegas, I hope you’re ready. There may be long days (and perhaps long nights for some), but it will be worth the trip. I hope to see you there.