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Associated Builders and Contractors Release Construction Backlog Indicator
Coconut Creek, Fla. -- Associated Builders and Contractors released its Construction Backlog Indicator for the first quarter of 2012. CBI declined 5.4 percent from the previous quarter, dipping from 7.8 months to 7.4 months, but is slightly higher compared to the first quarter of 2011. CBI is a forward-looking economic indicator that measures the amount of construction work under contract to be completed in the future.

Global Construction Credential to Address Skilled Workforce Shortage
ALACHUA, Fla. -- The availability of qualified workers, according to a survey published in a recent report on workforce mobility by the World Economic Forum, was the most important factor for multinational companies in selecting locations to expand businesses. The report also found critical skills gaps exist between what employees possess and what businesses need. Because of these gaps, businesses cannot find the skilled workers needed, and individuals may be ill-equipped for the jobs of the future.

AGC Releases Latest Employment Figures
Construction employment declined in 157 out of 337 metropolitan areas between April 2011 and April 2012, increased in 120 and stayed level in 60, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said construction employment continues to suffer from relatively weak demand being driven largely by declines in public sector investments.

Construction Career Day Puts North Carolina Students in Driver’s Seat
ALACHUA, Fla. -- On May 16, the Build Your Future campaign co-sponsored a Construction Career Day at the Carrabus Arena & Events Center in Concord, N.C. The event featured hands-on demonstrations in welding, electrical, plumbing, masonry and heavy equipment and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series driver David Starr spoke to students about his path to success through career and technical education.

Small Business Administration Honors Centennial with Dwight D. Eisenhower Award
RESTON, Va. -- Centennial Contractors Enterprises was recently awarded the Dwight D. Eisenhower Award for Excellence in Construction by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The award recognizes large prime contractors who have excelled in utilization of small businesses as suppliers and subcontractors.

Bella Energy Completes Largest Solar Array in Utah
Bella_EnergySALT LAKE CITY, Utah -- Denver, CO-based Bella Energy has completed the 1.65 megawatt solar array atop the Calvin L. Rampton Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake City, Utah. Covering 3.85 acres of rooftop, the project is currently the largest solar photovoltaic system on Rocky Mountain Power's entire electric grid. It is also the largest solar array in Utah.

HOK's Patrick MacLeamy Elected Chairman of Construction Industry Round Table
Patrick_MacLeamyWASHINGTON, D.C. -- Patrick MacLeamy, FAIA, has been elected national chairman of the Construction Industry Round Table for a term of one year.

Also named as officers of the Construction Industry Round Table were: Steven T. Halverson, president and CEO of The Haskell Co. as vice chairman and Joseph M. Cibor, president of Fugro Consultants, Inc. as treasurer. Robert E. Alger, CEO and president of The Lane Construction Corp., will continue on the Executive Committee as immediate past chairman.

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