2014 should be the turnaround year everyone in construction has been waiting for. With the ripple effects of severe winter weather across much of the nation, is the anticipated economic growth still on target? What are the hottest market segments? Will rising temperatures this spring also heat up materials prices and competition for skilled labor? What opportunities – and risks – are in store for construction this coming season?
Find out when industry-leading chief economists from Reed Construction Data, the AIA and the AGC of America join forces for the annual spring economic webcast:
2014, Breakthrough Year for Construction
On Thursday, April 17, from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. EDT, join Ken Simonson of the AGC, Kermit Baker of the AIA and Bernard Markstein of Reed Construction Data for insight into the outlook for 2014 construction:
■ What are the bright spots for non-residential construction?
■ How does employment compare to its peak?
■ Which positions are proving difficult to fill?
■ Which trends are helping construction growth?
■ Will the Fed's winding down of quantitative easing spike interest rates?
■ Will housing continue its upward trend or has it already run out of gas?
■ Which regions are showing the strongest growth?
■ What risks and wild cards can affect the upcoming season?
This complimentary broadcast is open to everyone. All who register can download the presentation slides and view the archived presentation, when available after the live broadcast. AIA members who attend the live broadcast are eligible to receive 1.5 AIA CEU credits.
Join us for the live broadcast 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. EDT on April 17, 2014. Sign up today to find out what the experts expect for 2014. All three economists will take questions from the audience in the last half hour of the live presentations.
Meet the Experts
| Ken Simonson |
Chief Economist, The AGC of America
Ken Simonson has been the chief economist of the Associated General Contractors of America since 2001. His weekly summary of economic news relevant to construction, The Data DIGest, goes to 47,000 subscribers. Ken was the 2012-2013 president of the National Association for Business Economics, the professional organization for individuals who use economics in their work. He has 40 years of experience analyzing, advocating and communicating about economic and tax issues. Ken has a BA in Economics from the University of Chicago and an MA in Economics from Northwestern University.
Chief Economist, AIA
Kermit Baker is the chief economist for the American Institute of Architects. In this capacity, he analyzes business and construction trends in the U.S. economy and examines their impact on AIA members and the architectural profession. Kermit originated the AIA Architecture Billings Index, as well as the AIA Consensus Construction Forecast Panel. He received his Master's degree in Urban Planning from Harvard University and holds a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the same field. In 2002, Kermit was named honorary member of the AIA.
Chief Economist, Reed Construction Data
Bernard M. Markstein is the chief economist for Reed Construction Data. Dr. Markstein has extensive experience analyzing, interpreting and forecasting commercial construction, housing, real estate, financial markets and regional markets. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Brown University and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University.
Senior Marketing Director, Reed Construction Data - Moderator
Wendy McBay is Senior Director of Marketing at Reed Construction Data, with 18 years experience in construction industry marketing. Wendy has a background in channel marketing, market research, pricing and marketing communications. She holds an MBA in Marketing from Auburn University and has achieved Six Sigma Green Belt certification.
AIA Learning Units
AIA members are eligible to receive 1.5 learning units for attending the live webcast. Members must include their AIA member number during registration. Non-member architects can request a certificate of completion.
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