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  • July 20, 2015 9:24 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    In the heat of deliberation as the Legislature worked to pass the recent $16 billion transportation package, Spokane’s share of the transportation revenue looked rather bleak. Things started out well, but took a turn when the package stalled in the State Senate. At this point, seven organizations from around Spokane took it upon themselves to make sure projects vital to the growth of the region receive necessary funding. The result of their efforts: More than a billion dollars for Spokane, connecting the North Spokane Corridor to I-90, interchange improvements on the West Plains, Barker to Harvard improvements along I-90 and much more.

    “This is such an exciting time to live and work in Spokane,” said Cheryl Stewart, Executive Director of the Inland Northwest Associated General Contractors. “This transportation package is just one more way our community is investing in itself. The Overall impact of these projects will create thousands of living wage jobs and open the doors for even more development.”

    The coalition consists of the Inland Northwest Association of General Contractors, Spokane International Airport, West Plains Chamber of Commerce, Greater Spokane Incorporated, Spokane Good Roads Association, Spokane Regional Labor Council and the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce.

    “The Spokane Area Good Roads Association has had 112 years of advocating for transportation improvements in Spokane,” said Steve Robinson, President of the Spokane Area Good Roads Association. “The new revenue package that completes the NSC has been a 60 year community effort. We commend the many supporters for unifying in this effort.”

    The biggest win for the Coalition is the North Spokane Corridor. The Legislature authorized nearly $879 million to complete connecting the NSC to I-90. Planning and design phases are underway and the final phase of the NSC should be complete by 2029.

    “We cannot thank our Legislators enough for ensuring this package includes full funding to complete the North Spokane Corridor,” said Stewart, of the Inland Northwest AGC. “This community has been advocating for this project for many years and we are now finally able to finish what we’ve started!”

    In 2017, the West Plains will see major improvement at the Medical Lake and Geiger interchanges. The $26.2 million project will increase freight mobility and improve access to undeveloped areas. Construction of the interchanges in the West Plains should be complete by the end of 2021.

    “We want to thank Sen. Baumgartner and Sen. Billig as well as Reps. Ormsby and Riccelli for their leadership to ensure that these projects were included as part of the transportation funding package,” said Al French, Chairman of the Spokane Airport Board. “The airport board is anticipating the completion of the improvement projects at Geiger and Medical Lake interchanges as it will help to unlock the development and potential of land in the vicinity of Spokane International Airport to help meet our aerospace and related industry recruitment objectives.

    Spokane Valley will also enjoy much needed improvement along I-90 from Barker to Harvard road. The $26.4 million project will increase access to approximately 500 acres of commercial development.

    “I’m excited to be part of a coalition of this caliber,” said Katherine Morgan, President and CEO of the Greater Spokane Valley Chamber of Commerce. “We realize taking a regional approach allows us to impact more change together than any one of us can alone. Working together creates such a strong result.”

    Some areas of the State, like King County, are in the midst of a major economic boom. For King County, one of the side effects the economic upturn is unemployment of less than four percent. Spokane County has not been as lucky or as quick to recover from the Great Recession. As of May, local unemployment numbers are much higher and, in some cases, almost double that of Puget Sound.

    “From start to finish and beyond, transportation projects are always about jobs,” said Steve Stevens, President and CEO of Greater Spokane Incorporated. “During their construction, the movement of employees upon their completion and the businesses that will locate and grow along their corridors make them extremely wise investments.”

    In the past, Spokane has always been a net loser when it comes to transportation. Under the previous transportation package in 2005, Spokane only saw 41 cents of benefit per dollar paid. The current package provides $1.29 in benefit for every dollar invested.

    “If someone offered me an opportunity to invest with a guaranteed return of 29 percent for the next 15 years, you can be pretty sure I would take that deal,” said Joe Jackson, Executive Director of the West Plains Chamber of Commerce. “This is just a small example of what we can do when we work together and strive to achieve a common goal. It proves we are better together.”

    We invite the community to join us for a celebration of this historic package on Monday, July 27th from 4-6pm at the Spokane Convention Center. Click here for more information.

     

  • June 24, 2015 1:57 PM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    The Inland Northwest Associated General Contractors (AGC) is pleased to announce its endorsement of Mayor David Condon for re-election in 2015. The association, which represents over 275 construction related companies throughout the region, also voted to endorse LaVerne Biel and Evan Verduin for City Council.

    “Mayor Condon has proven to be an effective leader for the City of Spokane over the past 3 years”, said Max Kuney, AGC Government Affairs Chairman. “His willingness to look for innovative solutions and work with all aspects of the community is what Spokane needs to truly become the city of choice.”

    LaVerne Biel, a small business owner, is running in District 2 for the seat being vacated by Mike Allen. Evan Verduin, an architect and Spokane native, is running against Karen Stratton, who was appointed to the council last year, in the 3rd District.

    “Both LaVerne and Evan bring a non-partisan, business perspective to the council”, said Kuney. “We feel they will provide a fresh voice and help focus the council on the issues that are most important to the citizens of Spokane.”

  • March 05, 2015 9:25 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    Highway contractor is looking to hire an estimator and project manager to join our team long term. Minimum 3 years construction experience required. Must have experience estimating WSDOT highway contracts and Public Works projects. Extensive knowledge of traffic control is required. Will deal with project scheduling, material submittals, traffic control plans and coordinating with various public entities and prime contractors throughout the state of Washington.

    Please send resumes to:

    stephanie@northse.com

    North Star Enterprises

    P.O Box 607

    Liberty Lake WA 99019

  • February 16, 2015 10:14 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    Last Friday, Washington State Senate Transportation Committee Chair Curtis King (R-Yakima) announced an aggressive transportation plan that will invest over $15 billion dollars in the states infrastructure system over the next 16 years.

    “We are encouraged to see the Senate come up with such a comprehensive package that should have strong bipartisan support”, said Inland Northwest AGC Executive Director Cheryl Stewart. “This package includes both new revenue and system wide reforms, both of which are necessary to ensure long term stability for the state’s transportation systems.” 

    The package looks to several revenue streams, the largest of which is an 11.7 cent gas tax increase over the next three years. Also included in the package are 8 key policy reforms that will help to ensure the efficiency of transportation projects and provide better stewardship of gas tax revenues.

    Several Eastern Washington projects will be funded with this proposal, over $1.3 billion total, including the North Spokane Corridor, 1-90/Medical Lake & Geiger Interchanges, I-90/Barker Road, I-82/Red Mountain Interchange and Spokane Transit’s Central City Line.

    “We strongly encourage all of our local legislators to support this package”, Stewart said. “This not only brings much needed infrastructure improvements to Eastern Washington, it will also create thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in economic impact.”

    For a complete list of the projects and reforms included in the package, please visit the Senate Transportation Committee website at http://leg.wa.gov/senate/committees/tran/Pages/default.aspx.

     

    ACTION ALERT: Please contact your legislator today and let them know you support both the Funding Package and the Reform Package. Find your legislator here. We have prepared a sample letter/email for you to send. Please contact Cheryl Stewart or Wayne Brokaw for more information. 

  • February 03, 2015 10:36 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    Thank you to everyone that attended our recent Commercial Motor Vehicles Roundtable discussion with local law enforcement agencies. This session was very well attended and provided some very valuable information to members.

    There were several requests for copies of the power point presentation that was used as well as the links that were provided throughout the morning. Please see the list of resources below:

     

  • December 10, 2014 11:34 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    The Spokane City Council will be hearing an ordinance next Monday, December 15th, that will require 15% apprenticeship utilization on all public works contracts over $350,000.

     

    Proponents of this ordinance call it a jobs bill and have described anyone that opposes it as not supporting jobs. Make no mistake – this ordinance DOES NOT create jobs. The street levy and park bond create jobs. All this ordinance does is tell us who can and cannot have those jobs.

     

    More than anyone, AGC contractors understand the workforce shortages facing our industry. No other association does more to support apprenticeship or workforce development. The construction industry as a whole employees more apprentices than any other industry in the State of Washington. And while we understand that we are facing a workforce shortage, this one size fits all approach is not the solution to our problems.

     

    The Spokane Alliance and FUSE have gathered an impressive group to be at City Council on Monday in support of this ordinance. Every apprenticeship director in the area will tell them they have a long list of people that want to be apprentices. You are well aware that for every one of them that testifies, we could bring up 3 times as many contractors that will tell you they cannot get apprentices when they need them.

     

    This ordinance also imposes stiff penalties for anyone that does not meet the requirements and gives no allowances for “good faith effort”. It also makes no allowance for contractors that do not have access to apprentices and forces them to sign agreements with a union sponsored plan. When Council President Stuckart was told that this ordinance would force many small, family-owned companies that provide their own in-house training, to no longer do work with the city, his reply was “no one is forcing them to work with us”.

     

    We need to make sure City Council understands the real implications of this ordinance. This will not help solve our workforce issues, this will force companies to use apprentices when they tell them to, not when it makes the most sense or provides the best training opportunities, and it will cost the city money in oversight and increased bid prices to accommodate extra workers or penalties. Additionally, we currently have 11,000 people working in this industry that we need to keep employed, and this could very well force contractors to send some of these people home to make room for the required apprentices.

     

    I strongly encourage you to write to city council today and to be present at next Monday’s city council meeting. It is important that they hear both sides of this issue. They are getting dozens of letters every day, we need all of our members to contact them, please encourage all of your contractors, subs and suppliers to contact them as well.

     

    See the complete ordinance here (Page 216).

     

    Find contact information for City Council members.

     

    For more information, contact Cheryl Stewart at cstewart@nwagc.org or at (509) 535-0391.  

  • October 27, 2014 11:22 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    Here at the Inland NW AGC we have identified a very real need as well as the benefits of building an Ambassador Program and are looking forward to membership participation. This is your opportunity to get more involved with your AGC chapter and helps support the programs and events we put on throughout the year.

    The AGC Ambassadors will provide support at events throughout the year, such as Holiday parties, The Annual Convention, Golf Tournaments and the Summer BBQ’s.  Tasks will include serving as greeters, helping with registration, set-up, information tables or providing social media content. In addition the Ambassadors may be requested to be mentors to new AGC members, inviting a new member to an event and engaging them with existing members.  As Ambassadors of the AGC, the volunteers will be able to promote the programs of our construction community while supporting our chapter. 

    Please contact Mary Tantriella – mtantriella@nwagc.org or (509) 534-1446 with your questions and comments.

  • October 27, 2014 10:00 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    The AGC Young Execs and Future Leaders spent last Friday making life a little easier for a family here in Spokane. The group partnered up with SNAP (Spokane Neighborhood Action Program) to construct a wheelchair ramp, build a new set of steps, and perform some general yard work – all of which would not have happened without this team of volunteers.

    In addition to the companies that volunteered their time, many companies also stepped up to donate all of the materials needed for the project, allowing SNAP to help a member of the community at no cost.

    “The ramp alone would have cost us close to $5,000”, said Chris Davis, SNAP Director of Housing Services. “We can now help 2-3 additional families because of you and your members generosity.”

    The Young Execs hope to make this type of project an annual event.

    Thank you to all of the companies that participated as donors or volunteers:

    • Max J. Kuney Co.
    • Garco Construction
    • ProBuild
    • Wells Fargo Insurance Services
    • Cobra BEC
    • White Block
    • North Star Enterprises
    • Travelers
    • Fasteners, Inc.
    • AGC Apprenticeship Programs
    • Continental Contractors, Inc.
    • Rol Herriges

  • October 27, 2014 9:02 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    The Concrete Estimator provides the leadership and oversight necessary to enable the company to secure profitable projects. Must be full capable of handling any and all aspects of the estimating program, including managing the estimating team. The position reports directly to the President of the company.

    Wm. Winkler Co. is a family owned concrete construction company that has been offering construction services throughout the northwestern United States since 1919. Additional information is available at our website www.wmwinkler.com.

    SKILL, EXPERIENCE AND DUTIES:

    • Effectively plan, lead and oversee the estimating group
    • Lead the estimating effort from beginning to end
    • Opportunity tracking and monitoring
    • Bid day leadership and effective organization of resources
    • Obtains actual cost data (unit rates/production rates) at the conclusion of a project in order to update and maintain the historical cost database.
    • Must be experienced and proficient with performing quantity take-offs and pricing for certain scopes of work including:
      • General Conditions
      • Cast in place concrete of all types
      • Precast concrete - site cast
      • Misc. earthwork required for concrete
    • Evaluate the scope, pricing, inclusions, exclusions, etc. of subcontractor and vendor operations
    • Review the work product, including pricing, of other bid team members for incorporation into final estimates
    • Recent and relevant experience with Bid2Win and Computer Takeoff packages
    • Highly proficient with Microsoft Excel

    compensation: Salary DOE - Full Family Insurance - 401K

  • October 09, 2014 9:05 AM | Cheryl Stewart (Administrator)

    The Inland Northwest Associated General Contractors is seeking a new Director of Membership and Industry Relations. This position is responsible for the overall management of the chapter’s membership recruitment and retention activities, group products, discount programs, marketing and communications. Additionally, this position will play a key role in other chapter activities, including special events, workforce development, our future leaders initiative, and overall chapter management.

    Ideal candidate will have a degree in marketing or business or the equivalent combination of education, training or experience. Construction Industry experience and sales background a plus. Must be computer literate with ability to use various database, word processing, email applications and social media.

    Please send resume and cover letter to Cheryl Stewart, Inland Northwest AGC, 4935 E. Trent Ave., Spokane, WA  99212 or by email to cstewart@nwagc.org.

    Position Purpose: Responsible for targeting and recruiting new members; responds to the needs and requests of existing membership to foster membership retention, oversees all aspects of membership, marketing, communications and group products for the association.

    Job Functions:

    • Achieve annual membership recruitment and retention goals established jointly with the Executive Director and Board of Directors.
    • Implement and assist in development of an ongoing membership recruitment plan including but not limited to organizing and maintaining a prospect list, establishment of membership growth goals, and making personal contacts throughout the Chapter service area, utilizing current members assistance as appropriate.
    • Implement and assist in development of an ongoing membership retention plan including but not limited to analyzing current membership trends, establishment of retention goals, and development of a new member and at-risk member orientation program and communication process.
    • Work with accounting staff to monitor and follow up on payment of dues and other expenses from Contractor / Specialty Contractor and Supplier / Service Provider members.
    • Manage chapter communications and marketing efforts
    • Write news releases on AGC activities as required;
    • Prepare brochures to promote AGC programs as required;
    • Assist in coordinating special events, help to recruit event sponsors.
    • Serve on the Association’s management team to guide decision-making, problem solving, and identification of new opportunities to improve overall Association effectiveness, mission impact, and value to members and the industry, perform special projects as assigned by the Executive Director and identify and effectively recommend additional member services to increase perceived value to members.
    • Represents AGC in personal (phone and visitation) calls to prospective and existing members, marketing AGC products and services within the chapters service area.
    • Conducts membership orientation.
    • Establishes strategic marketing alliances with other industry groups and participates in industry events for the promotion of AGC
    • Manage, market and promote AGC group products and discount programs. Meet with current and potential members to educate and assist in enrollment.

    Required Skills, Abilities, Knowledge: Degree in marketing or business or the equivalent combination of education, training or experience. Construction Industry experience and sales background a plus. Must be computer literate with ability to use various database, word processing and email applications. Prior marketing experience a benefit, ability to focus and pull together a marketing strategy to recruit members. Excellent communication and personal skills.

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