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Heading Higher: Construction Spending, Materials Costs, Labor Shortages

Webinar Date:
      March 15, 2018 at 1:30 pm ET
Contractors start off 2018 with optimism about all categories of construction spending, including previously sluggish public segments. But they are contending with a new bout of materials price increases, following several tame years, and ever-tightening labor markets. What does it all portend for budget-setters and project managers?  Ken Simonson, chief economist for AGC of America, will look into his crystal ball and also present the results of his members’ annual outlook survey. 

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Ken Simonson has been the chief economist of the Associated General Contractors of America, the leading trade association for the construction industry, since 2001. His weekly summary of economic news relevant to construction, The Data DIGest, goes to 43,000 subscribers. He is a Fellow and past president of the National Association for Business Economics, the professional organization for individuals who use economics in their work. Currently, he serves as an appointed member of the Census Scientific Advisory Committee and the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Data Users Advisory Committee. Ken has 40 years of experience analyzing, advocating and communicating about economic and tax issues. He received a BA in economics from the University of Chicago and an MA in economics from Northwestern University.


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