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CMD Announces Fall Economic Webcast – Construction 2016: How Sustainable is the Economic Recovery?

November 09, 2015

ATLANTA - CMD, one of the leading providers of construction information in North America, today announced its seventh annual fall economic webcast: “How Sustainable is the Economic Recovery?,” will take place from 12 – 1:30 p.m. EST on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. The free webcast will feature chief economists Kermit Baker of the AIA, Ken Simonson of the AGC of America and Alex Carrick of CMD. AGC professionals and media attending Greenbuild in Washington D.C. are encouraged to view the panel live at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in conference room #159. 

Despite the recent slump in construction activity, many anticipate growth and a generally positive outlook for 2016. The webcast will reveal what factors well-respected economists inside the construction industry think will affect forecasts and allow participants to ask questions during the last half hour.

“The construction economy in the U.S. seems to be on solid ground, with the major building categories seeing steady volume increases and all forward-looking indicators appearing positive,” stated Alex Carrick, chief economist for CMD. “In 2016, construction starts are expected to pick up to 8.4% growth, as rising household incomes boost growth in the residential sector and stronger business investment props up the non-residential segment.”

The webcast will answer numerous questions important to the construction industry including:
• What trends are driving construction growth?
• Which markets are surging ahead of predictions?
• How tight is the competition for skilled labor?
• Has housing reached its full potential?
• Which regions are showing signs of slowing?
• Where is construction on-site and planning activity speeding up?
• What are the wild cards that can affect the upcoming season?
To take part in the webcast sponsored by Plumbing Manufacturers International (PMI) and the International Code Council (ICC), 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.

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About The American Institute of Architects
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About The AGC of America
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