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From the monthly archives: February 2019

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Erland Construction Completes The Fenn School—Dining Hall & Academic Center

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EJ Callahan & Associates Names Steve Zaremba Partner

Steve Zaremba, Partner, EJ Callahan & Associates EJ Callahan & Associates, a leading CPA firm providing accounting, audit, tax and business advisory services to some of New England’s most prominent businesses, today announced Steve Zaremba has been named partner.  With a decade of experience as a Certified Public Accountant at both regional and national accounting firms, Steve most recently served as Senior Manager at EJ Callahan.  In his new role, Steve will continue to service his portfolio of clients while helping to spearhead the Manufacturing & Distribution practice and continue to grow the Construction and Real Estate practices.  Learn more about Steve HERE. Prior to EJ Callahan, Steve held leadership positions at Feeley & Driscoll and BDO and honed his skills in essential services including tax planning and compliance, business strategy, and bank and surety bonding relationship management, among others.  Over the course of his career, Steve h ...

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NEI General Contracting’s Marc Marcelli Gives Back Through Small Contractors Program

Marc Marcelli, Director of Northeast Construction Operations NEI General Contracting, an award-winning general contractor and construction management firm, recently announced that its Director of Northeast Construction Operations, Marc Marcelli, is donating his time to the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation (JPNDC) to assist minority business enterprises (MBE) and women-owned business enterprises (WBE). JPNDC created the Small Contractors Success Initiative in 2018 to assist small MBE and WBE contractors located in the City of Boston. The project involves free technical assistance and business education as well as connecting contractors with seasoned industry professionals like Marc. NEI General Contracting is involved in the small business pilot as both a sponsor and a mentor. As a mentor, Marc, along with staff and other volunteers, interviews and vets candidates for the program. Once accepted into the program, the contractors meet with staff to assess their needs, e ...

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ABC MA Members Meet with MAPC on Climate Change Impacts on Construction

On February 5th, the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) conducted a focus group on climate resiliency with our members to learn about their experiences and perspectives on climate change. Over the past few years there have been a number of extreme weather events and trends that brought MAPC to this topic, such as: ​ The five warmest years in the global record have all happened since 2010. 2018 was the wettest fall on record since 1891. There’s been a 71% increase in the amount of rain during 100-year level storm events since 1950. Last March’s repeat Nor’easters resulted in severe flooding across Eastern MA communities. Towns’ storm water and wastewater systems were overwhelmed. Some communities even had sewage backup in their streets.   MAPC solicited our members on-the-ground knowledge and expertise to build an understanding of climate change impacts on construction in New England. This will help inform regional planning ...

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Mass. may reduce how much money unions can donate to back political candidates

Boston Globe (2/5/19) - State campaign finance regulators want to rein in the money labor unions can give their preferred candidates each year, under a newly released proposal that could dramatically alter Massachusetts’ political fund-raising landscape.

Labor unions are currently allowed to give up to $15,000 annually to a single candidate. But draft regulations quietly released Friday by the Office of Campaign and Political Finance would slash the limit to $1,000, as well as cap donations to political action committees at $500 and to a political party’s committee at $5,000. Read More Here...

ABC MA 2019 Installation of Officers and Directors

last week, ABC MA hosted its 2019 Installation of Officers and Directors for ABC MA and the Gould Construction Institute. We have a great leadership team this year that is ready to tackle the many challenges and opportunities impacting the construction industry. During the Installation, Greg Sizemore from ABC National discussed what ABC is doing to assist members in meeting the workforce challenge, outlined the progress that has been made and what can be best addressed in a united effort with ABC National, ABC Chapters and member contractors. Thanks to everyone who joined us and we look forward to a great year! 

Chairman's Message: The Opioid Crisis

Karl Hudson, 2019 ABC MA Chairman ​You can’t listen to tv or radio for very long without hearing more bad news about the opioid epidemic that’s engulfing our country. Unfortunately, no industry is being hit harder by the crisis than construction.   Recently Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts, in collaboration with ABC and the other industry trade groups, presented a seminar on this issue that highlighted some sobering statistics – over 72,000 people in the United States died of drug overdoses in 2017 – more than 2,000 of them in Massachusetts.  And while the overall number of deaths was down slightly from 2016 in our state, the numbers continued to rise among Hispanics and African Americans.  For every death, there are 130 people with a substance abuse problem.  ​ In terms of economic impact, the state economy lost nearly $6 billion in 2017 from the opioid epidemic and people being unable to work.  The national economic impact ...

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