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Members can also sign up for FranklinCovey’s 7 Habits Coach 10-episode webcast series designed to help navigate real problems in challenging times. The series will be delivered daily for 10 days to help you:

  • • Focus on what you can influence when there is a lot out of your control.
  • • Get the skills to prioritize in the midst of overwhelming outside sources.
  • • Apply timeless principles to preserve relationships with family, friends and colleagues in times of stress.
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Trends in Health Care Construction

Date: Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 Register Now
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Length: 60 minutes
Speakers:    Michelle Mader, Catalyst, a Haskell Company; Joe M. Powell, University Research Institute
Moderator: David Pugh, Bradley

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION
ABC Members and Project Owners Only

With a global pandemic expediting health care construction timelines, designers, contractors and owners have been forced to pivot. Learn about some of the top trends in health care construction through Michelle Mader’s experience at Catalyst partnering with various health care providers and Joe Powell’s extensive research at the University Research Institute.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
Michelle Mader, MBA MHA, president of Catalyst, combines a passion for health care with a talent for strategic thinking, empowering clients to navigate complex, fast-paced challenges. She is an effective leader who inspires innovation, creative solutions and the delivery of concrete results. In addition to earning two master’s degrees from Georgia State University and a Bachelor of Science from Auburn University, her experience includes identifying growth opportunities and cultivating alignment within large, transformational health care systems.

Joe M. Powell is the executive director of the Institute for Healthcare Infrastructure Research, a program of the University Research Institute in Washington, D.C. A registered architect with a master’s degree in architecture, he has spent his 40-year career researching the relationship between corporate strategy, human behavior and the built environment. He is the author of The New Competitiveness in Design & Construction.

J. David Pugh is a partner in the Birmingham, Alabama, office of Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP, where he is part of the firm’s construction law practice group. He advises contractors, subcontractors, owners and developers on the development, design and construction process. Pugh holds a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from the University of Alabama and worked as a project engineer before earning his law degree from Vanderbilt University Law School. He also serves as the ABC Southeast region vice chair.

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Uncover the Secrets to Becoming a Customer of Choice

Date: Thursday, March 4, 2021 Register Now
Time: 3 p.m. ET
Length: 60 minutes
Speakers:    Dr. Kenneth Sullivan, Arizona State University
Moderator: Kevin Sell, United Group Services

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION
ABC Members and Project Owners Only

Join Dr. Sullivan from Arizona State University for a sneak peek into his extensive research on what contractors are looking for in client partners to drive down costs and increase performance.

ABOUT THE PRESENTERS
Dr. Kenneth Sullivan is an associate professor at the School of Sustainable Engineering and the Built Environment at Arizona State University, teaching advances in construction delivery and innovation. He specializes in construction delivery approaches, best-value procurement, performance and risk measurement, and organizational transformation. He has helped Fortune 500 companies and public organizations transform their construction services, including the City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, Salt River Project and Seattle City Light.

A 31-year veteran of the construction industry, Kevin Sell is the chief values officer of United Group Services, a Cincinnati-based mechanical industrial construction firm that operates throughout the United States. Sell was a contributing author to George Burk's Value Centered Leadership and he co-authored the Voluntary Protection Program for Construction for the U.S. Department of Labor-OSHA. He serves as chair of the ABC Business Development Committee and as a member of the CURT Workforce Development Committee.

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The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity® presented by FranklinCovey

Date: Thursday, March 18., 2021 Register Now
Time: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. ET via ZOOM
Length: 4.5 hours of content
Speaker:    Jean White, FranklinCovey Consultant

WEBINAR DESCRIPTION

ABC Chesapeake Shores is hosting a one-day live virtual workshop that will cover all five choices of FranklinCovey’s “The 5 Choices to Extraordinary Productivity®”. This hands-on program focuses on combining timeless principles with current neuroscience research to help better manage decisions, attention and energy to consistently make choices that give the greatest return on time.

Choice 1: Act on the Important; Don’t React to the Urgent®
Choice 2: Go for Extraordinary; Don’t Settle for Ordinary®
Choice 3: Schedule the Big Rocks, Don’t Sort Gravel®
Choice 4: Rule Your Technology; Don’t Let it Rule You®
Choice 5: Fuel Your Fire, Don’t Burn Out®

Pricing for all ABC members is $599. Early bird pricing of $549 is available until Feb. 1.
 

ABOUT THE PRESENTER
Jean has more than 28 years of experience as a consultant with FranklinCovey. Her mission and passion are teaching time-tested principles that enable people and organizations to achieve their true potential, make an impact and achieve results. Jean is a subject matter expert in the areas of leadership and productivity. She has worked with many Fortune 100 and 500 organizations representing a variety of industries, including banking and finance, health care, automotive and technology. Her energy is contagious and her presentations are inspiring, making her one of the most sought-after consultants in the company. Click here to read Jean's full bio.

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Coronavirus Relief for Construction Business

As the federal government continues to respond to the ongoing COVID-19 health and economic crisis, ABC has advocated for and supported critical policies enacted by the U.S. Congress. ABC also urges Congress to consider necessary modifications to current programs and additional relief to ensure our nation’s construction industry remains strong and ready to lead the economic comeback once the crisis is over.

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DOL Inspector General Releases Report on Davis-Bacon Wage Audit

On March 29, the U.S. Department of Labor’s Office of Inspector General released an audit examining the DOL’s Wage and House Divisions survey process for collecting and determining the prevailing wage rate in four types of construction projects. According to the report, the OIG found that, as of September 2018, 3% of WHD’s 134,738 unique published rates, roughly 4,400, had not been updated in 21 to 40 years. Additionally, of seven sampled surveys that analyzed 124 wage rates, the OIG found 48% of the rates were not determined from data about a single construction worker within the 31 counties that the published rates represented. Finally, the report found union wages prevailed for 48% of the wage determinations, despite the fact that just 12.8% of the U.S. private construction workforce is unionized.

 

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The Heritage Foundation: Labor Department Can Create Jobs by Calculating Davis–Bacon Rates More Accurately

According to a report issued by the Heritage Foundation, the United States Department of Labor   uses unscientific and flawed methods to estimate the Davis-Bacon Act prevailing wage rates. The report found, amongst other findings, that current surveys do not use statistically representative samples have tiny sample sizes and combine data from economically unrelated counties or set local wages using statewide data. Furthermore, nearly half of the surveys are over a decade old and don’t account for economic changes over the last ten year. The report concludes by suggesting the DOL should switch to Bureau of Labor Statistics data to get a more accurate reading of wage data.

 

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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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