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Message from AGC MA Chairman

Fran Colantonio

Greetings!  Well, here we are, all in the same boat.  We are all figuring out how to work safely, stay connected, keep informed and plan for the future - during a pandemic.  Many of us must also balance work with extraordinary family responsibilities. One thing is for certain: few have experienced a more stressful time in our industry.

AGC MA is here to help you navigate these uncharted waters.  In early March, we set up website resources to keep you current with the latest COVID-19 news, state and city mandates, OSHA and CDC guidelines, re-opening information, and useful tools shared by Massachusetts industry experts.

For months, we conducted semi-weekly COVID-19 forums on safety, human resources, risk management and best business practices, lifelines for the 50-100 members on each call. We followed these with the Building Endurance Series, where special guest speakers from member law and insurance firms discussed topics related to the workforce, our employees and clients.  The Safety Committee has provided you with a comprehensive COVID-19 Safety Response Plan that supports state and federal regulations.

Moving forward, in addition to keeping you updated on pandemic-related matters, AGC MA will focus on critical employee and workplace initiatives.

The Committee for Diversity & Inclusion has launched its Diversity Dialogues, an ongoing series of candid discussions on diversity-related issues, designed to foster an inclusive environment in our workplaces. The Building Women in Construction (BWiC) Committee continues to empower women in their careers and personal life, whether they work onsite or back in the office. Workforce Development will educate the community and inspire future generations to explore the wealth of opportunities in the construction industry.  Through our Legislative Advocacy Committee, we will stay on top of key legislative issues that affect all of our businesses.

I urge you all, especially those who have not done so, to get involved and to take advantage of the exceptional resources provided by AGC MA.  Join one of our many committees to affect the changes you want to see. Get your OSHA certification. Learn from the Lean Construction Program Series. Engage in industry conversations.

In fact, I think most of us would benefit from some safe social events this year when we can share ideas and network as fellow members rather than competitors.  We will have plenty to learn from each other as we chart a new course on this unpredictable voyage. Stay tuned.

Lastly, I am always open to suggestions. Feel free to contact me directly to talk about any of your ideas or concerns. Reach me anytime on my cellphone at (508) 726-9840 or by email at fc@colantonioinc.com.  I hope to see and hear from you soon.

Fran Colantonio

AGC MA Chairman of the Board

Chairman and CEO, Colantonio Inc.