FranklinCovey's 7 Habits Coach

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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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

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.

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


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.

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

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  

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 »
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