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CMD Announces Fall Economic Webcast: Is the Pace of Construction Investment Set to Quicken?

ATLANTA -CMD, one of the leading providers of construction information in North America, today announced its sixth annual fall free economic webcast: "Is the Pace of Construction Investment Set to Quicken?," will take place from 2:30-4 p.m. EST on Nov. 20, 2014. The complimentary webcast will feature chief economists Kermit Baker of the AIA, Ken Simonson of the AGC of America and Alex Carrick of CMD. With many anticipating growth and a generally positive outlook for construction next year, the webcast will reveal what economists inside the construction industry expect in the months ahead. All three economists will take questions from the audience in the last half hour. "By the end of 2014, the total number of jobs in the architectural and engineering design professions will recover to their pre-recession peak," stated Alex Carrick, U.S. chief economist for CMD. "The year-over-year employment gain in the sector has been a strong, plus 4 percent. This is good news for on-site activity levels, since new projects appear on drawing boards first." The webcast will cover numerous topics important to the construction industry including: Trends helping construction growth
  • Mild material costs and the items most at risk of price spikes
  • Labor shortages – widespread or isolated?
  • Single-family homebuilding – picking up speed?
  • Regions showing the strongest growth
  • Risks and wild cards that can affect the upcoming season
To take part in the webcast sponsored by Info Tech International LLC, register here. AIA members who attend the live broadcast will receive AIA CEU credit, and all who register can download the presentation slides and view the webcast archive. "We are excited to bring together this panel of economic thought leaders," stated Wendy McBay, senior director of marketing for CMD. "Their insights into the construction industry will benefit professionals seeking strategic direction for their business."

About The American Institute of Architects

For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct to ensure the highest standards in professional practice. Embracing their responsibility to serve society, AIA members engage civic and government leaders and the public in helping find needed solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit the AIA website at

About The AGC of America

The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is a national trade association, dedicated to furthering the ever-changing agenda of commercial construction contractors, improving job site safety, expanding the use of cutting-edge technologies and techniques, and strengthening the dialogue between contractors and owners. Founded in 1918, the AGC today represents more than 33,500 member firms, including 7,500 of America’s leading general contractors and over 13,000 specialty-contracting firms. Visit the AGC website at

About CMD

CMD, the Inaugural Strategic Partner of the AIA, is a leading North American provider of construction information. CMD’s diverse portfolio of innovative products and services includes national, regional and local project leads, marketing solutions and market intelligence to provide insight to construction industry professionals throughout the U.S. and Canada. Visit the CMD website at
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