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AGC Members are Stepping Up in Salem

Yesterday, the Senate confirmed David Andersen, president of Andersen Construction Company, Inc. and AGC past president from 2001, to the Workers’ Compensation Division’s Management Labor Advisory Committee. Once David Andersen expressed an interest in serving on this influential committee, AGC’s Government Affairs Department assisted him in receiving the governor’s nomination. He was confirmed yesterday by the Oregon State Senate. Congratulations to David!

In the 2011 Legislative Session, proposals to redefine the use of CM/GC (alternative contracting methods) for construction purposes were abundant. In late 2011, a public contracting work group was appointed by legislators who were looking for a full discussion by contractors and public owners with real knowledge of the use of CM/GC and alternative contracting methods and the complex intricacies of it. AGC has two members directly appointed to speak on the behalf of our chapter: AGC First Vice President Tom Gerding of T Gerding Construction represents AGC’s building side, and past AGC President Scott Williams of Hamilton Construction Co. represents the highway side. The work group has met once and is expected to meet monthly until the fall. There is a wide range of knowledgeable individuals who comprise the work group, ranging from contractors to public owners to legal experts. Board Counsel Jeremy Vermilyea co-chairs the group and AGC Secretary Larry Gesher of Slayden Construction Group, Inc. has filled a slot on the committee as a highway contractor. If you are interested in the issues being discussed by the public contracting work group, please feel free to contact the AGC representatives named above; if you have questions on the legislative history of this issue, please contact AGC Government Affairs Director John Rakowitz.

The Construction Contractors Board has a new AGC member, Andrew Colas of Colas Construction, who replaced long time CCB member Rob Hernandez of S & B James Construction Company. AGC Workforce Development Committee Chair Sandy Trainor of Kodiak Pacific Construction continues her service at least through the end of this year.

Thank you to all our members who represent AGC in these important positions!

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