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2015 Construction Awards Gala Recognizes Best of Missouri’s Construction Industry

The Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Missouri recently announced the winners of its 2015 construction industry awards at its gala event at the River City Casino & Hotel. The Construction Awards Gala featured the 18th Annual Construction Keystone Awards which highlight the creativity and talents of Missouri's construction industry. This year also marks the fifth time the AGC of Missouri has named First Place Specialty Contractors in 12 disciplines along with the coveted Specialty Contractor of the Year. Keep Reading

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Regional Competition for Federal Building Heats Up

The Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois turned up the heat in the regional competition for the new National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) facility Wednesday. An email blast from Ellen Krohne, executive director of Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois, asked recipients to send letter to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District in support of putting NGA next to Scott Air Force Base in St. Clair County, Illinois. Keep Reading

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US Labor Department Proposes Rule To Help Employers, Sponsors Grow, Diversify Their Apprenticeship Programs

The U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration announced on Thursday a proposed rule to update existing Equal Employment Opportunity regulations for registered apprenticeship programs. The proposed rule would serve to ensure equal opportunity for all Americans to take part in these apprenticeship programs regardless of race, sex, color, national origin, disability, age, genetic information, or sexual orientation. Keep Reading

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Building Union Diversity (BUD) Program Graduates Third Class

An overflow crowd of approximately 200 people gathered at the St. Louis Construction Training School on Wednesday to welcome 11 new graduates in the Building Union Diversity (BUD) pre-apprenticeship training program. A seven-week course designed to expose participants to different trade options, the graduates are now eligible to enter joint labor-management apprenticeship training programs. Keep Reading

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Metro Construction Career Expo To Provide Students With A Hands-On Look At Careers In The Construction Trades And The Associated Benefits

In order to address an acute workforce shortage in the construction industry and raise awareness of the high-paying career options in all construction trades, Southern Illinois Builders Association (SIBA) and the Southern Illinois Construction Advancement Program (SICAP) are hosting the Metro Construction Career Expo for students on November 2, 3, 4 and 5, 2015. This year, for the first time, a special evening session is scheduled on Tuesday, Nov. 3, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. so parents can also attend and learn about the many advantages of a position with the construction trades. Keep Reading

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IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection Partnership Donates and Installs New Scoreboard for the McCluer South-Berkeley High School

Let there be light at McCluer South-Berkeley High School: as in a well-lit, state-of-the-art scoreboard. After years of squinting to make out the score and time clock on an antiquated scoreboard, the school has a new LED digital scoreboard thanks to the IBEW/NECA Electrical Connection partnership. The organization donated the scoreboard, including installation services. The Electrical Connection was saluted by the school before its Oct. 17, 2015 game against Confluence Preparatory Academy when the new scoreboard was dedicated. Keep Reading

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Missouri Commission Calls for Statewide Building Code

The commission assigned the job of developing a comprehensive energy plan for Missouri is recommending that the legislature adopt a statewide building energy code for all new construction, residential and commercial. According to the commission, "Building energy codes ensure a base level of energy efficiency in all newly built or substantially renovated commercial and residential buildings. Because incorporating energy efficiency measures can be less expensive than retrofitting an existing building, requiring new buildings to meet an energy code produces energy efficiency benefits at lower costs." Keep Reading

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Ninety Percent of U.S. Homes Are Under Insulated

American insulation makers are applauding new research that extolls the value of insulation. No surprise there. Based on new research, the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA) estimates that roughly 90 percent of existing U.S. homes are under insulated, wasting energy, money and decreasing comfort for homeowners. Keep Reading

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Ferguson Commission Releases Sharply Worded Report

Construction leaders Scott Negwer and T.R. Carr were part of a commission that produced a report that sharp delineates the different experiences of white and black residents of metro St. Louis. "If you live in a safe suburb, and you've got a good job, and you've got health insurance, and you never worry about your kids' schools, and you don't wonder if you might get pulled over because of the color of your skin, then maybe the status quo is working just fine for you," the report states. Keep Reading

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