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Trump Admin’s First 100 Days Have Brought Improved Business Climate for Construction Industry

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 28— Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today praised President Trump for taking important steps to create a pro-growth business environment in a statement from ABC President and CEO Michael Bellaman.

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Nonresidential Fixed Investment Surges Despite Sluggish Economic in First Quarter

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 28—The U.S. economy’s performance slowed in the first quarter of 2017, but nonresidential fixed investment expanded at an impressive 9.4 percent seasonally adjusted annual rate, according to analysis of U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis data released today by Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC).

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Associated Builders and Contractors Congratulates Labor Secretary Acosta

WASHINGTON, D.C., April 27— Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) today congratulated R. Alexander Acosta on being confirmed as secretary of the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) in a statement from President and CEO Michael Bellaman.

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Don’t Miss the CII’s 2017 Annual Conference

CII’s Annual Conference is the nation’s premiere capital projects conference, bringing together the brightest minds in academia, industry experts and innovative researchers. Discover how CII can help develop your capital projects and build shareholder value for your company. You will hear from a great line-up of some the industry's most dynamic leaders, industry panelists, and keynote speakers. This is an event you can’t afford to miss.

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White House Releases Long-anticipated Tax Proposal

The White House rolled out its tax proposal, which aides have billed as “the biggest individual and business tax cut in American history” on April 26. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and National Economic Council Chair Gary Cohn laid out President Trump’s principles for reform from behind the podium, and a one-page document was distributed to the press.

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Construction Executive Wins Silver Azbee Award

Construction Executive (CE) is proud to announce its latest editorial award, a Silver Azbee from the Association of Business Publication Editors (ASBPE) for Individual Profile – Mid-Atlantic Region. The article, authored by Managing Editor Lauren Pinch, details the career trajectory and management philosophy of ABC 2016 Chair, David Chapin. The full article can be viewed here. 

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New Study Finds NY’s Prevailing Wage Increases Cost of Public Construction by Up to 25%

A new report released by the Empire Center for Public Policy on April 24 found that prevailing wage requirements inflate the cost of publicly funded construction projects in New York by between 13 percent and 25 percent. The varying percentages are based on the area or region of the state. Taxpayers can expect to pay billions in extra costs, given the tens of billions the state plans to spend on public projects over the next five to 10 years.  

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Government Affairs Internship

ASSOCIATED BUILDERS AND CONTRACTORS - NATIONAL OFFICE                                                                             

Position Title:                                Government Affairs Intern (Paid)
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt
Functional Area/Department: Government Affairs
Reporting Supervisor Government Affairs Team

Please submit resume to with "Government Affairs Internship" in the subject line.

ABC’s Position Descriptions are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by the incumbent(s) of this job. They are not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and activities required of the position.  ABC’s Position Descriptions do not create a contract, express or imply, or other legal rights between ABC and any staff member, nor guarantee employment or specific duties for any specific duration. ABC may add, change, delete, suspend or discontinue any of these positions and descriptions at any time without prior notice.


Founded in 1950, Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) is a national construction industry trade association representing nearly 21,000 chapter members. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC and its 70 chapters help members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, profitably and for the betterment of the communities in which ABC and its
members work. Visit us at


The Government Affairs Internship is an opportunity to learn about the different departments that make up the ABC National Government Affairs team. You will participate in all five departments of the government affairs team including legislative, political, regulatory and policy, grassroots, and state and local affairs. As an intern, you will receive training and experience directly related to the job functions within the field of government affairs.


Political Action Committee (PAC) and Free Enterprise Alliance (FEA) Tasks:
  • Database entry on contributions and donors
  • Send thank you notes for PAC contributions

Grassroots Tasks:
  • Draft text for action alerts and learn grassroots software program
  • Integrate action alerts with social media
Legislative Tasks: 
  • Assist developing materials for ABC’s June Legislative Conference
  • Schedule meetings with Members of Congress for our annual Hill Day
  • Assist with research projects that involve examining legislative, political and regulatory history and drawing correlations to current political climate
  • Track legislation and monitor key issues
State and Local Affairs Tasks: 
  • Update multi-state legislative research
  • Participate in issue advocacy campaigns
  • Follow state campaigns and election news
Regulatory and Policy Tasks: 
  • Follow developments in the regulatory agenda and learn about the regulatory process
  • Help obtain Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits after the Legal Conference in June
Desired Skills:
  • Demonstrated use of intermediate computer operations. 
  • Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point).
  • Adobe Acrobat XI.
  • Understanding of the legislative process and political knowledge.
  • Nearing the end of a four year college degree from an accredited institution is preferred.


To achieve our mission, we hire energetic and fun-loving individuals who possess the following skills:
  • Attention to detail is a must.
  • Professional demeanor and presentation of self.
  • Ability to organize and manage several priorities simultaneously while working under pressure and deadlines.
  • Writing and verbal skills.
  • Self-starter and highly organized.
  • Coordination of projects, meetings and/or events a plus.
  • Strong organization, multi-tasking and time management skills with the ability to work in a demanding self-directed work schedule. 
  • Effectively utilizes tools/resources to work efficiently.         
  • Ability to take ownership of a process and to use problem solving skills to resolve issues.        
  • Demonstrates the highest level of personal and ethical standards.        
  • Work accurately with close attention to detail.

It is the continuing policy of ABC to take affirmative action to assure equal opportunity for all current and prospective employees without regard to race, color, national origin, ancestry, age, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, personal appearance, marital status, familial status, family responsibility, pregnancy or other pregnancy-related conditions,
childbirth, disability, military/veteran status, citizenship status, religion or political affiliation, past convictions or incarceration, prior psychiatric treatment, or any other status protected by federal or state law, local ordinance or Executive Orders. ABC is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Disability Specifications:
ADA: ABC will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990.

Physical Demands:
While performing the responsibilities of the position, the employee is required to talk and hear. The employee is often required to sit and use their hands and fingers, to handle or feel. The employee is occasionally required to stand, walk, reach with arms and hands, climb or balance, and to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Vision abilities required by this job include close vision.
Work Environment:

This position is performed in a typical office environment. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to moving mechanical parts and vehicles. The noise level in the work environment is usually quiet to moderate.

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Steel Toe Pro Overview

Date: Friday, April 21, 2017 Watch Now
Time: 12:00 p.m. (ET) / 11:00 a.m. (CT) / 10:00 a.m. (MT) / 9:00 a.m. (PT)
Length: 60 minutes
Fee: Free
Speaker: J.D. Slaughter, Elissa Stautner John Stautner and Randy Walker
An overview of Steel Toe Pro. 

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Arkansas Repeals State Prevailing Wage Law

On April 7, Arkansas Gov.Asa Hutchinson signed a bill repealing the state’s prevailing wage law. The legislation, SB 601 (Act 1068), was approved by the Arkansas House of Representatives on March 30 by a vote of 70-24; the Arkansas Senate passed the bill on March 21 by a bipartisan vote of 28-5. Arkansas is now the 22nd state without a prevailing wage and the second state to take significant action on the issue this year. Kentucky signed a prevailing wage repeal bill into law in January. In 2015, Nevada made significant reforms to its prevailing wage law, while Indiana and West Virginia joined the list of states without a prevailing wage. 

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