09Jan, 2023

Federal Reserve: Inflation Economics

After my term serving on the Community Advisory Council to the Federal Reserve, I became much more intrigued with economics and policy. On the CAC we were asked questions on lending, housing, homelessness, labor and more by the Governors. I …

22Dec, 2022

RJM Construction / MN Street Works

Construction Associate Member, RJM Construction, reports on utilizing WBO Member, Minnesota Street Works: “Several of our Superintendents have reached out to Minnesota Street Works for sweeping services on construction project sites. Our team has all been consistent in their feedback. …

09Nov, 2022

Employee Performance Reviews

In the early ‘90s I was working for a design firm as part of the administrative team. I remember my mentor Barb year after year procrastinate the annual performance review process. Writing reviews for all 30 employees was a struggle …

29Sep, 2022

What Happened In DC

After years of considering the Minnesota Transportation Alliance’s DC Fly-In, attending this year was perfectly timed. The conference was centered on the new IIJA funding information and how projects were selected, as well as other opportunities for the municipalities to …

29Aug, 2022

Where’s My CERT Certificate?

I have worked as a liaison between members and the Central CERT agencies on multiple certification issues. As noted in a previous blog, mentoring our AWC members through certification has always been a function here. So many of our members …

09Aug, 2022

Where’s Barb

This week’s blog is more of a “Where’s Waldo” for what has been happening behind the scenes at AWC this summer. A “Where’s Barb” if you will. Often Summer is my slow season – when you all are busy, I …

11Jul, 2022

Public Owners – Final Answer

In my Federal Reserve council meetings in 2020, I told the Governors that our industry was working but we were going to be hurting in years to come and to please save us some relief. My first meeting with a …

30Jun, 2022

Federal Contracting

Federal Contracting – Are you ignoring this business opportunity? When AWC was started in 1995, a handful of the membership was bidding and performing on federal contracts. This number has completely dwindled over the past decade – while membership has …

21Jun, 2022

J&L Steel Erectors / 3 Members

Founding AWC Member, LouAnne Loewen of J&L Steel Erectors, shares her It Starts With Us Stories from this year: MC Tool & Safety: “It was great to work with Erika. We needed several changes to the order because we were …