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Newsletter 2018-52                                                                                         December 28, 2018


Weirton-Steubenville, WV - Ohio METRO AREA Has Largest PERCENTAGE Gain in construction employment


Construction employment grew in 265, or 74 percent, out of 358 metro areas between November 2017 and November 2018, declined in 45 and was unchanged in 48, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released this week by the AGC of America. The Weirton-Steubenville, WV-OH Metropolitan Statistical Area continues to be a robust construction area ranking first in the nation in percentage gain with a 26 percent increase in jobs in November. Another 500 construction jobs were added in the last year bringing the total to 2,400. The Charleston MSA is on the other end of the spectrum. Charleston ranked 4th worst percentage losses in a year’s time – a reduction of 500 jobs from 7,400 to 6,900 - a 7 percent decline. Members can click the following links to view the metro employment metro employment data, rankings, top 10, and history.


Cawv announces new member portal in 2019


The CAWV is excited to announce that at the start of the New Year, a switchover to the association’s new membership management software and member portal to GrowthZone will be finalized. The CAWV’s current integrated system, MemberFusion, has been in place since 2010. Members will receive next week an invitation email in which new log-in credentials can be created. The primary contact of each member firm will have access to constantly update / change their company information listed on the new online directory. (To see the updated online directory, click here.) 


As a reminder, CAWV (as well as AGC of America) membership is corporate. This means everyone in your company, from the receptionist to the CEO, has access to CAWV’s and AGC’s many services and benefits including: Weekly Newsletter and project information, assistance with laws and regulations, professional development, event and committee participation, member discounts, and communications. Members are encouraged to make sure everyone in their organization knows about their CAWV membership. More information on GrowthZone and its new features, and how to sign up everyone within the company, will be sent to members next week. Members can contact Cassidy Webb at (304) 342-1166, or email, for more information.




CAWV President Roger Thomas recently assembled the Workforce Development Task Force which will be charged with developing programs that will encourage high school and middle school students to consider a career in the construction industry. The task force will work with the Department of Education, career and technical colleges as well as other workforce development groups to implement a sustainable program. John Boyle, Source Contractors, and Mark Urso, Bear Contracting, CAWV Workforce Development Task Force Co-chairmen, have scheduled the initial meeting of the CAWV’s newly created task force for Wednesday, January 16, at 10:00 a.m. at the CAWV Headquarters. Dr. Steve Paine, West Virginia state Superintendent of Schools, will attend the meeting at 11:00 a.m. to give information on what the school system and career and technical center programs currently offer. If you are interested in serving on this task force, contact Pat McDonald at or at 304-342-1166.


Midyear Meeting 2019 - SPONSORSHIPS still available


Over 250 members are registered for the 2019 CAWV Midyear Meeting which will be held February 8-13, 2019 at the Westin Grand Cayman Seven Mile Beach Resort & Spa. The CAWV Program Committee offers exciting sponsorship opportunities for the Midyear Meeting that give members impressive benefits. Members can click here to obtain the full sponsorship packet. Contact Cheryl Clark at (304) 342-1166, or email for more information. Sponsorships are limited and are sold on a first-come, first-served basis, so don’t delay in securing your sponsorship package today!


EXPO early payment discount ends january 15


The West Virginia Construction & Design EXPO is accepting exhibitors, honor exhibitors and sponsors for the 40th annual event. Members get $50 off per booth before January 15 with the early payment discount. The region’s largest - and West Virginia’s only - trade show for the construction and design industry is excited to celebrate their milestone anniversary at the Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center, formerly known as the Charleston Civic Center, on March 20-21, 2019. See the impressive $100 million renovation/addition project at the facility. Don’t miss out on EXPO’s biggest show yet! The CAWV encourages all members to participate as an exhibitor, honor exhibitor (non-displaying participant), sponsor, advertiser, or attendee. Visit the website at, or contact EXPO at (304) 342-3976, for additional information.




Advertising is available for the 2019 issues of West Virginia Construction News magazine. Several spots are available in the 2019 WVCN Professional Directory. For a yearly cost of $195 for 1" or $390 for 2", ads are distributed in all six issues of the magazine to state and federal contracting agencies, legislators, contractors, subcontractors and suppliers. A form is attached to this week’s newsletter. Contact Cassidy Webb at for more information.