Sixty seconds to being INFORMED.
OCTOBER 7, 2019
I-976 cuts transportation dollars across the state
AGC is opposing Initiative 976, popularly known as Tim Eyman’s $30 Car Tabs initiative. Among AGC’s many concerns about the measure is its elimination of Transportation Benefit Districts -- mechanisms that local governments use to fund road projects.
In Pierce County alone, Tacoma, Lakewood, University Place, Edgewood and Fife would lose more than $4 million per year in local funding for street and traffic maintenance such as pavement repairs, crack sealing, lane striping, street lighting, signals and pedestrian improvements. Overall, 62 cities would lose $60 million per year for local transportation projects over the next ten years. Read more...
2019 elections: AGC helping you become an informed voter!
AGC is working hard to behind the scenes to provide you factual information and events to help you learn more about the candidates and issues that may impact you and our industry. The Northern District Government Affairs Committees have spent a lot of time interviewing local candidates. At the recommendation of the Northern District Government Affairs Committee following candidates have been endorsed by AGC of Washington’s BUILD PAC.
Snohomish County
Anna Rohrbough, Snohomish County Council District 2

City of Bellingham
Seth Fleetwood, Bellingham Mayor
Hannah Stone, Bellingham Council Ward 1
Whatcom County
Tony Larson, Whatcom County Executive
Ben Elenbas, Whatcom County Council District 5
Kathy Kershner, Whatcom County Council District 4
David Ramirez, Whatcom County Council At-Large Pos B
Tony Larson for Whatcom County Executive
Candidates for Whatcom County need your support. AGC-member Cowden Gravel & Redi Mix will be hosting a fundraising event for Tony Larson, the AGC-endorsed candidate for Whatcom County Executive, and we encourage you to attend to meet Tony and hear how he will advocate for our county’s economic future and maintaining what makes Whatcom County a great place to live. Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 15th from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m. at Cowden Gravel’s Grey Shop at 3880 Hannegan Rd., Bellingham 98226. Register via email here by October 11.
Whatcom County candidates' forum, October 9
AGC, in conjunction with Bellingham Regional Chamber of Commerce, the Building Industry Association of Whatcom County and the Whatcom County Realtors Association, is hosting the Whatcom County Council and Executive candidate forum & debate to help you be informed on the issues and candidates’ views on how they intend to lead Whatcom County. Join us at Baker Creek Place in Bellingham, with the social at 5:30 and program from 6:00 to 7:30. This is event is FREE to attend.
Lean methodology for contractors
Here's a great local opportunity to learn more about lean and Six Sigma methodology for construction. AGC's Northern District has partnered with to host the second of two seminars on lean and Six Sigma principles that can be applied to help your firm run more efficiently and save you money and time. There were 20 in attendance for a great session on these principles Oct 1 in Bellingham. Click here to register for the Oct. 23 morning session.
New OSHA weighting system could lead to more inspections
The system is meant primarily to gauge exactly how OSHA's area offices are directing their inspection and enforcement efforts, according to Edwin G. Foulke Jr., former assistant secretary of labor for OSHA under President George W. Bush and partner in the Atlanta and Washington, D.C., offices of Fisher Phillips.
As far as how the change will impact the construction industry, it's still a bit too early to tell. The memo that would contain any new directives or more details about the OWS to area offices has not yet been released to the public, but in discussions with OSHA officials, Foulke said, it is his understanding that some high-hazard emphasis areas, like the Fatal Four, might come into play. Read more...
Safe space: How contractors can mitigate workzone risks
Construction work zones create hazards for drivers and workers, but steps exist to providing a safer workplace. A recent AGC of America survey of nearly 400 highway contractors found that 67% of the firms reported at least one intrusion of a motor vehicle into one of their construction work zones during the past year. While drivers and passengers are at risk of injury or death, so are workers. The survey reported 28 percent of work zone crashes injured workers and 8% of the accidents killed a worker. Read more…
See you at the N. Puget Sound Small-Business Summit!
October 23, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm -- Lynnwood Convention Center
This is a great event to connect you with new opportunities in Snohomish County and the greater North Puget Sound region. There will be a large variety of prime contractors, local, state and federal agencies as well as a variety of services that can assist small businesses.
Click here to register.
Contractor Exchange connects GCs, specialty contractors
Attention, small and DBE firms who want to grow relationships and do more business with AGC general contractors -- AGC's 2019 Contractor Exchange is being held at Seattle's Talaris Conference Center on Wednesday, Oct. 16. This is one of our most popular and valuable events for specialty contractors who want to connect with GCs and new project opportunities. At this free event, specialty contractors meet in pre-scheduled face-to-face interviews with GCs to discuss capabilities, qualifications and upcoming project opportunities. Register today…
Hey, AGC members: This is one handy app!
AGC CONNECTION -- the new AGC of Washington mobile app -- is now available, providing you with instant access to AGCW events, news, member forums and more. You can also connect to AGC of America through the app. It's free for all registered AGC members -- download it today.
Look for AGC CONNECTION in the Apple or Google Play app store, or scan the QR code here -- and put the power of partnership in the palm of your hand. Get it today!
Upcoming Northern District events  -  Click event name to register
Whatcom County Council Candidates' Forum  Oct. 9  -  5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Changes in Prevailing Wage (Burlington)  Oct. 16  -  10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Lean Six Sigma: Creating Efficiencies in Construction (Everett)  Oct. 23  -  7:30 a.m to 9 a.m
AGC Group Retro EMR Workshop (Mount Vernon)  Oct. 30 -  10 a.m to 12 p.m.
Upcoming Northern District classes
Oct 16  Basic Rigging & Qualified Signal Person Cert (Anacortes)
Oct 18-19  Foreman Training Program
Nov 5  First-Aid/CPR with AED (Anacortes)
Nov 20  Basic Rigging & Qualified Signal Person Cert (Anacortes)

Click HERE to see the entire schedule of AGC Education Foundation class offerings.
Area contracting/bidding opportunities
Questions? Comments?  Please email Lance Calloway, Northern District manager

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