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Economic Webcast

The economy has limped through much of 2016. Some analysts say uncertainty over the U.S. presidential and congressional elections has caused businesses and consumers to hold off committing to construction and other spending. Once the election is finally over, will construction get a bounce or fall into a sinkhole? What are the likely impacts on housing, private nonresidential investment, infrastructure and other public projects? Will labor availability ease or continue to plague many contractors? Are materials prices heading up, down or sideways?

Post-Election Outlook for 2017 Design and Construction
November 17, 2016
2:00 p.m. EST

Join Kermit Baker of the AIA, Ken Simonson of the AGC and Alex Carrick of ConstructConnect, three of the design and construction sector's leading economists, and add your own questions in a live, fast-paced webcast:

  • 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 the largest gains?
  • Where is construction on-site and planning activity speeding up?
  • Where are the biggest opportunities and what are the biggest risks?
  • Which election results will have the greatest influences on construction?

The three economists team up for this complimentary webcast on Thursday, November 17 at 2:00 p.m., EST. The webcast is open to everyone, and all who register can download the economists’ presentation slides or view the archived presentation after the live broadcast. AIA members who attend the live webcast are eligible to receive 1.5 AIA CEU credits.

Sign up today for an informed view of the 2017 construction outlook.

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, a leading construction industry trade association, since 2001. Ken has 40 years of experience analyzing, advocating and communicating about economic and tax issues. His weekly Data DIGest goes to 47,000 subscribers. Ken is a Fellow and past president of NABE, and he serves as an appointed member of the Census Scientific Advisory Committee and the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ Data Users Advisory Committee. Ken has a BA in economics from the University of Chicago and an MA in economics from Northwestern University.

Kermit Baker
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.

Alex Carrick
Chief Economist, ConstructConnect

Alex Carrick is the North American Chief Economist for ConstructConnect and CanaData. Alex has been analyzing U.S. and Canadian construction activity for more than 40 years. An award-winning author of thousands of economic articles, Alex loves social media and posts his articles daily. He is regularly quoted and interviewed by major news outlets, and his columns are a popular feature of the Daily Commercial News and the Journal of Commerce. Alex has a BA in Economics from the University of Western Ontario and an MA from the University of Toronto.

Laura Marlow

Laura Marlow is the Vice President of Strategic Partnerships at ConstructConnect. She manages relationships with AIA, AGC, USGBC and many AEC industry partners. Laura also leads ConstructConnect’s corporate social responsibility and sustainability efforts. She graduated from the University of South Carolina and is a LEED AP.

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.

Provider number: K054
Program number: 14CFW111716
Program Name: Economic Webcast: Post-Election Outlook for 2017 Design and Construction

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