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Viewpoint's Take 15 Webinar Series

*Hosted by ABC’s Strategic Partner Viewpoint*

Date: Every Friday Register Now
Time: 12 p.m. ET
Length: 15 Minutes
Speakers:    Viewpoint Product Experts
WEBINAR DESCRIPTION
The Take 15 series is a weekly, brief webinar led by Viewpoint, an ABC Strategic Partner, where product experts highlight challenges contractors face and how Viewpoint’s comprehensive suite of software solutions can help solve those challenges.

Future Viewpoint Webinars:
  • July 12 at 12 p.m. ET - Empowering Employees to Manage Their Personal Data
  • July 19 at 12 p.m. ET - Addressing Common Headaches Around Managing RFIs
  • July 26 at 12 p.m. ET - Save Time with Simplified Vendor Payments
  • August 2 at 12 p.m. ET - Approving Invoices on the Go
  • August 9 at 12 p.m. ET - Gain Visibility with Business Intelligence
  • August 16 at 12 p.m. ET - Integrating Documents and Project Management to Create One System of Record
  • August 23 at 12 p.m. ET - Using Construction Data to Manage Profit Fade
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    Learn About the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, Qualified Opportunity Zones (“QOZs”)

    Date: Tuesday, July 23
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    Time: 2 p.m. ET
    Length: 60 Minutes
    Speakers:    John Green, Blackstar Real Estate Partners, Washington, D.C.
    Toks Ladejobi, Blackstar Real Estate Partners, Washington, D.C.
    George Scott, Blackstar Real Estate Partners, Washington, D.C.

    Webinar Description

    ABC Members Only

    Created as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, Qualified Opportunity Zones were established to spur long-term investment and economic development in underserved census tract areas by providing three key tax incentives: temporary deferral of taxes on capital gains from prior investments, reduction of taxes payable on deferred gains and elimination of taxes on capital gains of investments in qualified opportunity zones.

    According to the White House, Opportunity Zones are anticipated to spur $100 billion in private capital investment, which will foster economic revitalization and job creation and promote sustainable economic growth. More than 8,700 census tracts in all 50 states, Washington, D.C. and five territories have been designated as Opportunity Zones.

    John Green and Toks Ladejobi of Blackstar Real Estate Partners will provide an overview of the Opportunity Zone program, as well as discuss opportunities and challenges. Topics include:

  • Overview of opportunity zones and the applicable benefits to investors
  • Key opportunity zone observations
  • Updated guidance from the Department of Treasury
  • Abbreviated overview of operating businesses in opportunity zones

  • Who Should Attend
  • Owners
  • Chapter executives
  • ABC attorneys

  • About the Speakers

    As a managing and co-founding principal of Blackstar Real Estate Partners, John Green directs firm-wide strategic planning and leads the investment management efforts. Green has more than 18 years of real estate and finance experience and has managed approximately $5 billion in commercial, multifamily and mixed-use properties in greater Washington, D.C.; New York City, Baltimore, San Francisco and other major metropolitan areas within the United States.

    Toks Ladejobi is a principal at Blackstar Real Estate Partners, focused on asset management and investment activities. Ladejobi has more than 20 years of real estate and finance experience, acquiring and managing more than $3 billion of assets on behalf of owner-operators and global investors. Ladejobi has managed office, multifamily, industrial and hotel assets in greater Washington, D.C.; New York City, Baltimore, Boston and other major metropolitan areas within the United States.

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    Overview of New Hotel Engine and Travelers Haven Programs

    Date: Thursday, July 1, 2018 Watch Now
    Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Eastern)
    Length: 30 Minutes
    Fee: Free
    Speaker: Drew McGeein

    WEBINAR DESCRIPTION 
    This webinar provides an overview of the new Hotel Engine/Travelers Haven discount programs.  In addition to an overview, a demo of the online platform features for each program is reviewed.
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    George Mason University: Prevailing Wage Legislation and the Continuing Significance of Race

    A study released in June 2018 by the George Mason University Antonin Scalia Law School found that prevailing wage laws discriminate against minority construction workers who have been traditionally underrepresented in labor unions. By examining the Davis-Bacon Act and the original intent of the law to exclude African-American construction workers from working on federal projects, to looking at the continuing effects of prevailing wage laws and the lack of minority participation in labor unions, the authors conclude  that prevailing wage legislation has been a disaster for minority construction workers.

     

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    Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence Finds Flawed and Outdated Prevailing Wage Calculation Process

    A study released by the Minnesota Center for Fiscal Excellence found that the
    prevailing wage determination process utilized by the Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry leads to inaccurate wage rates on construction projects. A disproportionate 75 percent of prevailing wages reflected union rates in the period analyzed in the study, even though just 32 percent of private construction workers in Minnesota belong to a union. The authors also discovered that 72 percent of all prevailing wage rates were set using old rates, imported rates or a combination of both.  

     

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    Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion: Update on Final Report and Other Significant Apprenticeship Issues

    Date: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 Watch Now
    Time: 2 p.m. (ET) / 1 p.m. (CT) / 12 p.m. (MT) / 11 a.m. (PT)
    Length: 60 Minutes
    Fee: Free
    Speaker: Michael D. Bellaman, President and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)
      Greg Sizemore, ABC Vice President of HSE and Workforce Development  

    WEBINAR DESCRIPTION 
    On Oct. 6, 2017, Michael D. Bellaman, president and CEO of Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC), was appointed by U.S. Department of Labor Secretary R. Alexander Acosta to the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion, created by President Trump’s Executive Order 13801 June 15, 2017.

    ABC served on two of the four task force subcommittees—those charged with attracting business to apprenticeship and expanding access, equity and career awareness. The subcommittees offered numerous recommendations, which were detailed in the final apprenticeship report issued on May 10. Read the rest of entry »

    National Political Update & ABC Engagement (Invitation Only)

    Date: Thursday, June 7, 2018 Watch Now
    Time: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM (Eastern)
    Length: One hour (15min political landscape overview; 30min best practices session; 15min Q & A)
    Fee: Free
    Speaker: Jim Ellis, Ellis Insight, LLC
       Mike Choutka, Hensel Phelps  
       Ryan Wathen, Rodgers Builders, Inc.  

    WEBINAR DESCRIPTION 
    The 2018 election year will once again be important to the continued success of ABC and its members. As a key stakeholder in the organization your involvement will be critical to our success.

    This webinar is by invitation only and you have been invited to participate because of the critical role you play in executing our strategy in 2018.
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    AIA Contract Documents: ACD5 Basics

    Date: Tuesday, December 12, 2017 Watch Now
    Time: 3:00 p.m. (ET) / 2:00 p.m. (CT) / 1:00 p.m. (MT) / 12:00 p.m. (PT)
    Length: 60 minutes
    Fee: Free
    Speaker: Hasti Hejazi, Director, Global Innovation Education, The American Institute of Architects

    WEBINAR DESCRIPTION
    Don't miss this opportunity to attend an interactive session exclusively for ABC members on the latest version of AIA Contract Documents and products! Whether you are a new customer or have recently transitioned to the new online service (ACD5) from the desktop software, learn how to get the most from the online service and its new features. These enhancements include improved search functions, a personal clause library, custom templates, easy contract collaboration, and administrative capabilities for multiple-user accounts. Attendees will follow-along as the trainer demonstrates how to use key features, answer your questions, and show you how to access resources and support. 
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    Section 179: Putting the U.S. Tax Code to Work for your Advantage

    Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017 Watch Now
    Time: 2:00 p.m. (ET) / 1:00 p.m. (CT) / 12:00 p.m. (MT) / 11:00 a.m. (PT)
    Length: 60 minutes
    Fee: Free
    Speaker: Matthew Flynn, Tax Specialist, Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA)
      Scot Ciarkowski, Tax Specialst, Fiat Chrysler Automobile (FCA)   

    WEBINAR DESCRIPTION 
    Section 179 of the U.S. tax code presents a welcome opportunity for small-business owners like you to save money and tax time. An economic incentive designed to encourage the purchase of business-related equipment and spur growth in the economy, Section 179 lets taxpayers deduct the full or partial cost of certain types of property from their federal taxes for the year the property was purchased and put into service. Join Matthew Flynn and Scot Ciarkowski, tax specialists with Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, to learn about Section 179, including depreciation and limitations and how you may be able to take advantage of this tax deduction for your business. 


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    New Revenue Recognition Rules

    Date: Tuesday, November 15, 2017 Watch Now
    Time: 2:00 p.m. (ET) / 1:00 p.m. (CT) / 12:00 p.m. (MT) / 11:00 a.m. (PT)
    Length: 60 minutes
    Fee: Free
    Speaker: Tim Wilson, National Industry Partner, BKD, LLP
    Presented by BKD, LLP 



    WEBINAR DESCRIPTION
    Revenue recognition will change with the adoption of Accounting Standards Update (ASU) 2014-09, Revenue from Contracts with Customers (Topic 606). The ASU eliminates most of the existing industry-specific guidance and significantly expands revenue recognition disclosures. More than 600 pieces of current revenue recognition guidance are replaced with an overriding principle and a five-step model. The standard requires entities to make more estimates and use more judgment than under current guidance. Join us for "New Revenue Recognition Rules," a timely webinar with BKD's Tim Wilson, National Industry Partner. 

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