What Have We Done for You Lately

By: Dave Simpson, Carolinas AGC President & CEO  
Quarter 2 Report - 2024
Dave Simpson, CAGC President & CEO

We’re firing up on all cylinders these days, ranging from getting work zone safety legislation moving in the Carolinas to offering new member awards again to expecting 900 attendees for our ’24 Summer Summit & Expo in Myrtle Beach. Also, look for new Carolinas AGC billboards to be popping up promoting our education and training programs.

Here’s what you need to know:

  • In South Carolina, the Work Zone Safety Legislation requested by Carolinas AGC has passed the SC House and after clearing Senate committees, was expected to be approved and sent to the Governor soon. This legislation would direct the SC DMV to establish a construction work zone safety training program, requiring first-time drivers to get related work zone training as part of the current 8-hour driver training course. After the N.C. General Assembly convenes April 24th, CAGC will be working to get similar work zone safety legislation in place.

  • Construction Business Academy BillboardOver 400 construction professionals from across the Carolinas already have registered for the Carolinas' biggest annual construction event - our 2024 Summit & Expo. Although the CAGC room block has sold out, there are still plenty of hotels with availability nearby. A limited number of sponsorships and expo booths remain. For more information, click here to register or see the growing attendee list.

  • Look for CAGC Billboards to be in the Charlotte, Greensboro, Winston-Salem, Wilmington, Morehead City and the Burlington areas this Spring. The billboards will promote our CAGC Construction Business Academies – new microsite here – and our Construction Boot Camps.

  • We have almost 300 Young Leader Members and growing! There are tons of opportunities throughout the Carolinas for the YL’s to meet! Make sure you are getting your 45 and under employees involved today!

  • April 19 is the deadline to complete the application for our 2024 Community Impact Awards. This involves a simple application process and looks great on your resume! We began this popular new awards program last year and anticipate a significant increase in participation in this second year as the word spreads about how CAGC member companies are participating.

  • Membership continues the outstanding growth trajectory reaching over 800+ member companies. 2024 Q1 CAGC signed 41 New Members to the membership, and our retention rates routinely outperform industry average. CAGC continues to bring NEW BENEFITS and VALUE to our membership. Members are requesting information on the New CAGC Association Health Plan as well as additional member benefits to help realize their ROI. If you plan to attend any of our 100+ meetings and events each year in both states, please register early as our events fill up quickly.

  • We already have 25 companies signed up for our CAGC Association Health Plan, with many others eyeing potential savings for health benefits.

  • Our Youturn Health Member Benefit, also just begun in 2024, has signed up a half dozen companies, including Carolinas AGC.

  • Join CAGC Board of Directors Chair Dean Wilson and the 60+ registered attendees at Chetola Resort for our first Leadership Retreat to be held May 2 - 3. This retreat is appropriate for employees of all levels. For more information, to view the attendee list and see the agenda click here.

  • Spring CAGC Construction Bootcamp courses at Community Colleges across the Carolinas are starting soon including Catawba Valley Community College. Visit our website for more information: www.cagc.org/constructionbootcamp. Our Goldsboro Construction Business Academy has built great momentum with 12 businesses and 21 leaders represented from these businesses. 

  • For our Foundation, we recently presented a $150k check to the family of CJ Bryant from the Berry Jenkins Memorial Work Zone/Job Site Safety Fund.

  • We recently held a successful HR Safety conference with record attendance of 150 attendees.

  • Legislatively, in NC, we will work with the NCDOT and the legislature to pass legislation to allow Progressive Design-Build to be used on 5 projects and to increase the number of Construction Manager General Contractor jobs that can be performed and to allow these alternative delivery methods to be used on any sized project.

  • On the national level, kudos to Ty Edmondson for recently testifying on Capitol Hill on important construction issues – details here on his AGC presentation -- as well as receiving the AGCA BOD President’s Award for Exemplary Service. Also noteworthy, Dave Simpson, CAGC President & CEO, was named to a two-year term on the AGC BOD as Chair Elect for AGC’s Executive Leadership Council.

  • At the recent AGC Convention in San Diego, an impressive number of CAGC members received AGC National Safety Awards – details here.

  • For utility contractors, CAGC is partnering with NC 811 and other stakeholders to draft revisions to the NC 811 law. Also, CAGC is partnering with NUCA and the Common Ground Alliance to promote excavator use of the DIRT reporting tool.

  • Finally:

    • NC Licensing CE opportunities for General Contractors - 15 online and in-person.

    • Lunch & Learn Offerings:
      • Addressing Labor Shortages & Creating Career Pathways in Commercial Construction will offer solutions to the pressing issue of labor shortages and insights into the current landscape of workforce challenges.
      • Navigating AI Opportunities & Challenges will explore the top five strategies to prepare for and incorporate AI in your construction-related endeavors. 
      • Meeting the Needs of your Spanish-Speaking Employees, How? will give supervisors, crew leaders, project managers, HR managers, and superintendents alike the opportunity to share challenges and receive insights on real solutions that will help your team function better, now.
      • Building Safe Environments: How to Spot Dangerous People in the Construction Industry and Beyond prepares the construction professional on how to recognize causes, warning signs, and triggers of dangerous people to mitigate risks and foster safe environments. Phil Chalmers is the instructor and is a true crime writer and criminal profiler.

    • Microsoft for the Construction Industry: Online - real time classes: Excel 1 & 2, Excel for HR, & Outlook Time Savers.

    • On-Demand offerings - 10+ and adding monthly

    • We offer Private Training on-site & a Training Concierge Service where we can help you locate hard to find training opportunities.

    • In all, we are offering over 100+ training opportunities in 2024.

Dave Simpson, CAE, CAGC President & CEO, who has been with the association since April 1989, can be reached at