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Associated General Contractors of New Hampshire

AGC of NH News

AGC Letter to Members
AGC of NH has signed onto a letter to members, on November 16th, of all northeastern chapters encouraging firms to implement high standards of workplace safety in light of the increases of coronavirus cases across the country. Other chapters to sign onto the letter include all New England chapters as well as AGC NYS and the Delaware Contractors Association. The letter is included below.

To our valued Associated General Contractors (AGC) Chapter Members:

As you may know, a group of AGC Chapters in the Northeast Region have been working together to keep abreast of COVID-19 regulations and trends so we can share timely information, best practices, and ideas with our member companies. While our states have employed slightly different approaches, our collective goal has been to keep construction an “essential” industry during this crisis and ensure our members have the information and resources needed to maintain safe working environments.  

A hallmark of AGC is a steadfast commitment to safety, and we are proud to say that our members have embraced this call to action. This abiding commitment helps to keep workers safe and construction sites open for business.

The current uptick in COVID-19 cases across our region and the nation makes it clear that applying the appropriate safety protocols is more essential than ever – to keep workers and their families safe, and to support economic recovery within our communities.  It is imperative to continue to implement high standards of workplace safety and encourage your employees, partners, and stakeholders to follow the applicable regulations and safety protocols required by your state. 

We appreciate your efforts to date as we have evolved to serve our members in new, and mostly virtual, ways.  As always, if you have questions or need additional information, please do not hesitate to contact us.  

Sincerely,

Gary Abbott, Executive Vice President, AGC of NH
Kerrie Bennett, Executive Director, AGC of RI
John Butts, Executive Director, AGC of CT
Ben Connors, President & CEO, GBCA
Dave Daquelente, Executive Director, MBA of Western Pennsylvania, Inc.
Mike Elmendorf, President & CEO, AGC NYS
Matt Marks, CEO, AGC Maine
Bob Petrucelli, President & CEO, AGC MA
Bryon Short, Executive Vice President, Delaware Contractors Association
Richard Wobby, Executive Vice President, AGC of VT

Watch: A Powerful Poem by Heavy Equipment Operator Eric Borden Pasture about the Importance of Construction Workers
Borden's poem, "Ditch Diggers," pays homage to the men and women of the construction industry and the incredible work they do. The moving poem, read by the poet himself over accompanying footage of a wide range of construction jobs, honors the long tradition of builders in this country, emphasizing the importance of the humble construction worker while inspiring the next generation to pick up the mantle.

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AGC Holds 2020 Virtual Construction Overview Seminar with NHDOT
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On October 20th, the association hosted its first ever virtual webinar along with NHDOT. The event featured guest speakers from NHDOT, AGC of NH, and AGC of America. AGC of NH 2020 President Larry Major emceed the meeting while the association staff moderated behind the scenes. Presenters spoke on a wide range of topics concerning the construction industry, such as the NH advertising schedule, the ten-year transportation plan, DBE participation goals, highway specifications, and the future of federal transportation funding.

Thank you to our speakers, attendees, and sponsors for helping make the event so successful!
AGC Releases 2020 Legislative Report
The association has released its 2020 Legislative Report for members. The yearly report summarizes the 2020 legislative session, highlighting all of the bills relevant to the construction industry, including building, highway, environmental, and HR legislation. Due to the statewide shutdown this year, a number of bills were compressed into larger omnibus bills while others were “vacated”, or essentially discarded. The report describes each bill, AGC’s position, and whether it passed or failed in the legislature or was vetoed by the governor. Key bills include the Ten-Year Highway Transportation Plan, Family Medical Leave, and third-party building inspections, among many others. If you would like a copy of the 2020 Legislative Report, call AGC at (603) 227-2701.
AGC Continues to Advocate for the Construction Industry Through Crisis
When coronavirus hit NH earlier this year, AGC had to act quickly in order to address the urgent and unique challenges facing our members. With the help and cooperation of our members and partners, we:
  • Worked with Governor Sununu and state agencies to ensure construction remained essential work in the state by arranging joint letters and developing industry guidelines
  • Testified before the Governor's Office for Emergency Relief and Recovery (GOFERR) Committee on the needs of the industry during the crisis
  • Partnered with AGC of Maine in April to order disposable facemasks in bulk for members
  • Quickly transitioned to holding online meetings with AGC committees as well as commissioners and elected officials
COVID-19 Resource Page
The association has been collecting information on various guidelines, best practices, and loan programs to help members through the coronavirus crisis. We've made all of these resources available on our COVID-19 Resource Page, which includes a comprehensive up-to-date list of links to state and federal resources. There you can find federal loan programs, safety and human resources guidelines, workplace poster, and NH DOT's procedures for all construction sites.