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Someone once said, “The world is run by those who show up.” At every level of government – local, state and national, AGC is showing up to protect and promote the interests of the hard-working men and women in the building construction industry. The chapter also supports local bond campaigns aimed at advancing the city and public education.

The AGC South Texas Chapter serves as the voice of South Texas’ commercial construction industry at the local, state and national levels of government. Thanks to the support of our membership, we are able to have a positive impact on business issues that affect all local commercial contractors, whether they are members or not. AGC promotes causes and supports issues that increase economic development and building opportunities while protecting the construction industry and your livelihood at local, state and federal levels. AGC facilitates meetings with officials as requested.

Local Issues
The AGC South Texas Chapter works on behalf of all local contractors on issues before local government entities and working with City staff to streamline permitting and inspections processes. AGC develops good working relationships with key officials to support and advocate for economic development and vitality.

State Issues
The AGC South Texas Chapter helps fund the AGC Texas Building Branch (TBB), the statewide advocacy office for all AGC building chapters in the State of Texas. Located in Austin, the TBB belongs to all Texas AGCs and serves as the collective representative of the Texas commercial construction industry in the state capitol. The TBB employs a full-time lobbyist and several contract lobbyists to work with the Texas legislature and state offices on issues of importance to our industry.

National Issues
Membership in the AGC South Chapter AGC helps support the work performed by the AGC of America at the Federal government level. Check out the legislative section of the AGC of America website for the latest information on national legislative topics.

The AGC is recognized as THE VOICE of the construction industry. AGC represents businesses which would otherwise be silenced. Through our strong relationships with City, State and Federally elected officials, The AGC ensures that pro-business policies are implemented for the success of our members. AGC was named as the most influential commercial construction trade association in the United States. Your membership is an investment in the future of your industry

AGC of America is committed to ensuring that its nearly 27,000 members are well-represented in Washington, DC. That’s one of the great benefits of being an AGC member – while you work hard to grow your company, you can rest assured knowing that your interests are being advocated for day-in-day-out in the halls of Congress and at federal agencies and departments.

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Building construction is a major contributor to employment and economic activity, in addition to producing structures that add to productivity and quality of life. In 2018, nonresidential construction spending in the U.S. totaled $748 billion ($453 billion private, $295 billion public) and nonresidential building and specialty trade contractors accounted for 3.4 million of the industry’s 7.3 million employees

AGC regularly engages with influential members of Congress and top officials with the federal agencies to implement AGC’s legislative and regulatory agenda.

Infrastructure Investment. AGC is advocating for expanded investment in our nation’s infrastructure and for improvements in the construction of our nation’s buildings.

Tax Policy. AGC supports lowering the federal tax burden on individuals, construction companies, and other business as a means of promoting investment, business development, and business expansion.

Key Issues
Lean Construction. The AGC Lean Construction Forum is an inclusive and collaborative community that is open to anyone with an interest in lean construction processes. The Forum is focused on information sharing through its website and developing a Lean Construction Education Program and learning opportunities on the use of Lean principles in the construction industry.

Building Information Modeling. AGC is a leader in the promotion of Building Information Modeling (BIM). AGC’s efforts are focused through the BIMForum, which is a group of leaders throughout the AEC (architecture, engineering, construction) industry who are working to facilitate and accelerate the adoption of BIM. AGC has also developed the AGC BIM Education Program and the AGC Certificate of Management-Building Information Modeling.

Contract Documents. AGC actively endorses the industry endorsed ConsensusDocs standard contracts, which fairly allocate risk among all parties on a project.

Project Delivery. AGC has information about all types of construction project delivery including case studies, educational programs, research, publications, articles, and presentations.

Business Development. AGC’s building development resources include publications, products, a peer network, and a knowledge source that are offered to help increase the profits and visibility of construction firms.

  • AGC Members helped to generate 9,098 media events, interviews, news releases, print articles and tweets last year as part of our effort to shape the perceptions and change the realities of the construction industry.
  • AGC Members have send more than 11,632 letters to Congressional officials using AGC’s Legislative Action Center.
  • AGC Members participated in more than 44 hours of Congressional tesimony on key issues affecting the construction industry.
  • Together, AGC, its Chapters and members continuously fight for smart infrastructure investment to give our broader economy a foundation for success.
  • We also work to protect the industry from unnecessary or onerous regulatory burdens, including recent successes such as persuading the government to repeal the three percent tax withholding mandate and delaying billions in new costs for contractors associated with the EPA’s “mud rules.”
  • AGC’s extensive efforts over the past few years to educate elected officials on the critical connection between a healthy, nationwide transportation system and a health economy helped persuade Congress to finally pass a new 27-month highway and transit bill.

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