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CAWV 101

Contractors Association of West Virginia

If you’re like most construction professionals, you have little time, but plenty of challenges, needs, questions and concerns. If there was only one resource that allowed you to easily expand and strengthen your business, facilitate knowledge, provide solutions, protect your interests and serve as your “partner” – that resource is the CAWV. Our collective wisdom, experiences and expertise create make us a “One-Stop Shop” for West Virginia’s construction industry.

Who we are

Contractors Association of West Virginia

The CAWV is the state chapter of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America and the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA). Founded in 1923, the association serves contractors who perform commercial building, utility, industrial, highway and heavy construction throughout the state of West Virginia. The CAWV represents nearly 450 construction-industry businesses.

Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America

Founded in 1918, the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America represents more than 35,000 firms associated with the construction industry. AGC’s focus is on growing construction markets, reducing regulatory burdens, shaping emerging industry issues and trends and honing contractors’ business practices from the office to the job trailer. The national association works through a network of 96 chapters that serve each member firm, AGC has presence in every state and local community, ultimately binding the seamless relationship between members and their association. AGC offers many products and services to association members.

American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA)

ARTBA was established in 1902 as a national transportation construction-related association with a focus on the need for a federally-built network of Interstate highways. Headquartered today in Washington, D.C., just blocks from the White House, ARTBA's mission is simple: We are a federation whose primary goal is to aggressively grow and protect transportation infrastructure investment to meet the public and business demand for safe and efficient travel.  In support of this mission, ARTBA also provides programs and services designed to give its 5,000+ public and private sector members a global competitive edge.

What we do

AGC and ARTBA work on a national level to affect legislation that will have a positive impact on the nation’s construction industry. The CAWV does the same on the state level. Whether by ensuring the appropriateness of government regulations, increasing or maintaining funding levels, or building relationships with federal contracting agencies, the associations’ work is focused on establishing and maintaining a healthy construction industry.

  • Educating the industry to employ the finest skills
  • Promoting use of the latest technology
  • Advocating building the best quality projects for owners – public and private

With a focus on providing our members

  • Legislative support, representation and lobbying.
  • Information and access to cutting-edge ideas, insights to trends and developments,
  • how-to information, professional development and skills training.
  • Value. Direct and measurable benefits saving members more than they are spending on their membership dues.
  • Industry advocacy
  • Education and training

The CAWV welcomes contractors and associates (service/suppliers) who are committed to the principles of Skill, Integrity and Responsibility in their business and are committed to the support of the construction industry.


Skill – the possession and application of the necessary technical and practical experience to execute the projects undertaken in a professional and efficient manner.

Integrity – The character to comply with the spirit and letter of contracts undertaken and to handle every transaction with fairness and honor.

Responsibility – The possession and application of the necessary finances, cash or credit, together with the needed equipment and organization and manpower to fulfill all commitments promptly and completely.


Joining the CAWV gives your company a chance to get involved in an organization that works every day to make the construction industry strong. Theodore Roosevelt once said, “Every man owes a part of his time and money to the business or industry in which he is engaged…” If you are currently not a member of CAWV, join today and help us build a better West Virginia.

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