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SEPTEMBER 9, 2021

EVENTS
Seattle District member meeting, Sept. 21
Join us on-line! The West Seattle High-Rise Bridge repair has brought big challenges to the city and its residents. Register in advance to join us via Zoom and hear from SDOT and general contractor Kraemer North America on the final phase of repairs this fall as they strive to stay on-track to reopen the bridge in mid-2022. Register today...
Three-year outlook for federal facilities, Oct. 20 
Companies doing, or interested in doing, business with the Army Corps of Engineers, NAVFAC, the General Services Administration, NOAA and the US Coast Guard are encouraged to attend this popular annual AGC event, presented in conjunction with the AGC Contractor Exchange the same day. We'll be back at the AGC Building's second-floor Emerald Room. Click here for more information and to register.
AGC Contractor Exchange, Oct. 20th        
If you're a specialty contractor, certified DBE or SBE, this is the event for you! The AGC Contractor Exchange, one of our most popular annual events, is being held in-person on Oct. 20. At this free event, specialty contractors meet with GCs in 8-minute interviews to discuss capabilities, qualifications and upcoming project opportunities.
Participating GCs include Absher Construction, Aldrich & Associates, Bayley Construction, Centennial Contractors, Contrack Watts, Cornerstone General Contractors, Graham Contracting, Granite Construction, Guy F. Atkinson Construction, Hensel Phelps, James W. Fowler Company, Kiewit Infrastructure West, Korsmo Construction, Kraemer North America, Lease Crutcher Lewis, Lincoln Construction, Max J. Kuney Company, MidMountain Contractors, PCL Construction Services, Sellen Construction, SKANSKA USA, The Walsh Group, Turner Construction Company and Venture General Contracting.
If you're interested in attending, please visit the Contractor Exchange event page for registration details.

CLC September Social:
Craft Brews and Canvases

Join CLC on Sept. 16 at 4:00 p.m. for this interactive outdoor social on the AGC/Seattle patio
featuring local craft beers while painting your favorite construction scene. Attendees will be displaying their artwork for a chance to win $500 in Milwaukee tools!

Painting's not your strong suit? Don’t worry -- this event has something for everyone, including prizes for most interesting and creative artwork. $20 per person; masks are required.
Attendance is limited! Click here today to register.
ADVOCACY
Seattle elections: support change this November
AGC's BUILD PAC is supporting two pivotal races on this November's election ballot: Bruce Harrell for Seattle Mayor, and Sara Nelson, for City Council. These two candidates are pragmatic, broadly supportive of the employer community, and do not support extreme measures like defunding the police. Contributions to Bruce & Sara's election campaigns are severely limited. However, if you would like to join BUILD PAC in making a more meaningful contribution to help elect these two individuals, we invite you to participate a coalition to support two independent expenditure committees: Bruce Harrell for Seattle's Future and Change Seattle (for Sara Nelson). To contribute or learn more about these independent efforts contact Sonja Forster.
How’d your state legislator vote in 2021?
AGC of Washington has just published our 2021 Legislative Vote Record -- a list of bills that legislators voted on that impact the construction industry. This makes it easy for Seattle District members to know how their legislators voted on critical issues. Bills included in the 2021 vote record include the transportation carbon tax, capital-gains tax, climate-commitment bill, qui tam and more. Click here find out how your legislator voted.
West Seattle Bridge earns federal approval
for Priority Hire

Federally funded projects are not allowed to impose targeted hire requirements. However, federal approval has been granted to pilot the City of Seattle's Priority Hire program on the West Seattle Bridge. The City hopes this will not be the first or last of its kind, and is actively seeking broader approval to apply Priority Hire to all federally funded projects going forward. Approval was announced on August 31 in this SDOT press release.
AGC supports efforts to increase access to careers in construction for under-represented workers. However, Government Negotiated Project Labor Agreement (Community Workforce Agreement) like SDOT's tend to have adverse impacts on subcontractor diversity. AGC of Washington advocates for better outcomes by including targeted-hire requirements in contract documents and allowing PLAs to be negotiated by the contractor employer. In addition, AGC of America has been advocating for investments in career and technical education programs to better meet employer workforce needs.
To learn more about the West Seattle Bridge Project, please register for the next Seattle District Membership meeting on September 21.
INDUSTRY NEWS
Update on vaccine mandate
The Governor has amended the vaccine mandate and has also published a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document. The Vaccine Mandate Amendment is more in-depth than the original and the FAQs are more clarifying for the construction industry. The vaccine mandate applies to any person engaged to work as an on-site contractor for a state agency, an education facility or a healthcare facility. This includes both general contractors and specialty contractors.
At this time, the City of Seattle, King County, Port of Seattle and Sound Transit are not requiring the same level of vaccine mandate as state agencies. This remains a very fluid situation, and AGCW will continue passing-on information and representing our members' best interests. Get the latest on the vaccine mandate on our website's News section.
2022 AGC Member Directory ad spaces now available
Your ad in the AGCW member directory reaches a targeted, exclusive audience of industry members who can impact your company's bottom line. It affordably provides your company with marketing exposure for a full business year, presenting your service or products exactly when business decisions are in progress.
Your directory presence conveys a positive, professional image of your firm and demonstrates to potential customers that you want to compete for their business. For more information, contact Lisa Elliott at Performance Publishing -- 877.764.9004, or by email. Learn more here.
Contractors caught between vaccine hesitancy
and owner mandates
(Construction Dive) In June, with vaccines rolling-out broadly across the U.S. and COVID-19 case numbers plummeting, Labor Day was heralded by many as the date when workers would return to offices and the pandemic would largely be a fading memory. But things aren't quite working out that way. Read more…
Employees save big, too,
with AGC-member benefits

One of the most overlooked benefits for AGC-member firms is the many great discounts -- for Verizon, Staples, Sherwin-Williams, Office Depot and more. But employees, too, can take advantage of exclusive savings, including Verizon, Skechers, 1-800-FLOWERS, TrueCar, Omaha Steaks and more. Get the whole scoop here, and start saving today!
Educational opportunities continue online
The AGC Education Foundation continues to offer virtual continuing-education classes in a live, interactive, remote environment. They're working closely with instructors to maintain high-quality training programs and are finding great success in the virtual environment.

Visit the AGC Education Foundation website for
more information on upcoming classes and programs.

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Ideas? Comments? Questions?
Please contact Sonja Forster, Seattle District Manager, at 206.284.0061.

 
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