What to Remember When Working Through a Recession

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BY: CASSIE SKONIECZNY, PRECONSTRUCTION SPECIALIST, CLARK ASSOCIATES, INC.ABC KEYSTONE YP COMMITTEE MEMBER I can still remember the tension that lived in the air during the 2008 recession. Hearing about family friends being laid off became so normalized that I began to forget how to have empathy. Times were tough, but before long, the economy recovered, […]

The COVID-19 Storm: What Boat are You In?

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We are several months into this wild ride – emotionally drained, frazzled, short-tempered, and less patient – all in the same storm, but not necessarily on the same boat.

Three Helpful Tips for Marketing During COVID-19

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COVID-19 has hit the construction industry hard, but as we adapt back to the new normal, being able to balance social distancing while remaining relevant is a steep hill to climb. Here are three tips to enhance your online presence and marketing abilities:

An Interesting and Unique Political Season

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In typical years, June is an active month, as Legislators put the final touches on a state budget and other agreed-to bills before recessing for the summer. While the state budget was – at least temporarily – completed before June, this month was extremely active from a political and legislative perspective – and we are only at the midway point! Here is a recap of two major happenings:

Types of Claims that May Arise from Construction Project Losses Related to COVID-19

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Since March, all contractors and subcontractors have been addressing the impact of COVID-19 on the industry. Contractors/subcontractors have prepared COVID-19 protocols, revised their employment practices to address the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA), evaluated financing options under various stimulus and loan packages, and handled multiple issues arising from government orders.

ABC Keystone Announces National Safe and Healthy Construction Pledge

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Associated Builders and Contractors Keystone Chapter recently announced the launch of the Safe and Healthy Construction Pledge, an industry-wide call to action to redouble construction jobsite safety commitments under new protocols due to the coronavirus outbreak. Open to all U.S. contractors and industry associations, the pledge calls for prevention, preparedness, and response plans to prevent injuries and disease and safeguard total human health.

Effective Leadership in Times of Crisis

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BY: JEFF WITMER , OWNER , PATHWAY  BUSINESS ADVISORS “The true test of Leadership is how well you function in a crisis.”- Brian Tracy   Being in leadership during “normal” times can be challenging, at best. In this time of crisis, focus on self-leadership. It’s perfectly normal to question your own ability to handle the […]

When Times Get Tough, Leaders Step Up

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BY: MIKE GREENE, PRESIDENT, INTEGRITYWORKS COACHING In October 2001, I was attending a regional sales meeting. It was a month after 9/11, and I was with a group of salespeople discussing the impact of the aftermath on our sales. Most people were talking negatively, were very pessimistic, and were sharing expectations of a downward spiral […]

Safety Update: Social Distancing and Assessing the Workplace

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As we all work through the challenges of dealing with the impacts of COVID-19, we need to remember that this is not different than dealing with any other type of hazard in the workplace. We must always assess the workplace to identify the areas of concerns and take steps to address the issues. OSHA has […]

Getting Back to Business – Advocacy Update

In these unparalleled times, your service and membership with the Associated Builders and Contractors is greatly appreciated. While our methods have changed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to be engaged at all levels of government. In fact, in the past month, we have seen record actions from our members. On behalf of ABC […]

NO-COST LIVE DISCUSSION WEBINAR: Implementing a “Pandemic Safety Officer” – Q & A

This live discussion webinar is now full. | The safety guidelines issued by Governor Wolf for construction to operate safely during the COVID-19 crisis include the requirement of appointing a “Pandemic Safety Officer.” Many questions have been brought forth regarding what that position should entail and how to enforce safety guidelines among employees. Join us Tuesday, May 5, for a no-cost live discussion webinar answering your questions regarding the Pandemic Safety Officer Position. Please submit your questions to kevin@abckeystone.org by Monday, 5/4, at noon.