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8:30–9:30am WCOE Breakfast and Meeting
2013 ushered in a new set of rules for subcontractor relationships. And not playing by the rules has serious consequences. WCOE invites you to join us for breakfast, networking and a discussion of how California's new indemnity law has altered the playing field of construction contracting. The discussion will be led by Danette Jones, senior vice president and PacSouth Construction Practice Leader for Marsh. With her 14 years of experience developing, managing and delivering construction risk management services to all players in the construction industry, Danette is an expert at winning the blame game. With an assist from some WCOE legal eagles, Danette will discuss the legal impact of the new indemnity law, how to employ sound risk management techniques, how insurance will respond to claims under the new law, and how to start a collaborative risk management process early.
You must register in advance so that your name can be put on the security list for access. Call Reyna at Marsh at 213.346.5021 if there is an issue with security.
Have some fun, have some breakfast and get some sound advice.
Join the Women who Build America!
WCOE invites you to our annual conference, Women Build America: A National Conference on Construction Opportunities. The conference is April 22 -24, 2013, at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington DC.
Women are changing the construction industry with innovative ideas, leadership and vision. Join prominent speakers, leading construction companies and your peers in a series of gamechanging discussions, workshops and networking. The Women Build America conference is full of hard-hitting, real-world advice on creating contracting opportunities. This year’s conference is focused on project opportunities emerging from diverse market sectors as well as new approaches to construction such as Public Private Partnership models.
Confirmed speakers include
And more to come!
Visit WomenBuildAmerica.com to learn more!
Funding for the next phase of terminal expansion at JFK International Airport was approved in February. The additional expansion project is expected to cost $175 million and create 770 jobs. The expansion of Terminal 4 includes construction of 11 new gates. Work is expected to be completed in 2015.
The National League of Cities testified before Congress in February to indicate the need for water infrastructure improvements. Repairs, updates and expansions are needed for the country’s sewers, storm drains and drinking water systems. Costs for drinking water system upgrades are expected to be $334.8 billion over 20 years. Over the same time, estimates for updating wastewater and stormwater management infrastructure are pegged at $298.1 billion. A spokesperson for The National League of Cities stressed that these estimates might be too low.
In the previous Congress, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) worked to require DOD officials to examine the transition challenges that small businesses face when outgrowing small business set-aside programs. He wants recommendation on helping these companies survive the next phase of the business growth when they face off against the major federal contractors. In 2011, Connolly introduced the Small Business Growth Act that proposed a set-aside program with the GSA. Under that proposed Act, the GSA could award a program to a mid-tier business only if GSA officials believed a small business would not likely have received it. In addition, the mid-tier company was required to be mentoring a smaller company. Although the bill was not enacted, it is possible that it may be reintroduced in the current session of Congress.
WCOE is always interested in sharing member projects with other members. If you have a project that you'd like to showcase, please contact Jean Meyer, WCOE Executive Director,