Summary of Positions
Transportation/InfrastructureStatewide Transportation Infrastructure:
The current funding sources that provide for a sustainable multi-modal statewide transportation program in Nebraska must be preserved. User fees have historically funded transportation infrastructure and are still the preferred solution by a majority of Nebraskans. However, new sources must also be pursued in order to fund unmet needs at the state, county, and city levels.
It is critical that the infrastructure funding progress made in the past half decade be preserved so projects that Nebraskans need and are promised are delivered on a timely basis and can contribute to growing Nebraska’s economy.
Skilled Workforce, Training & Education:
Industry Workforce Capacity
The AGC Nebraska Chapter supports efforts that will improve the technical skills, attitudes, and awareness of the construction industry workforce needed to increase productivity and prepare for the ever-changing nature of work.
Our association encourages: reform of the Perkins Act; promoting post-secondary technical education as an alternative to four-year college; and educating middle and high school students about the career opportunities available in the highway construction industry.
The AGC Nebraska Chapter has pledged a total of $500,000 in private money to Central Community College’s Heavy Equipment Operator Technician program in Hastings over the course of 10 years to train individuals to work in the construction industry. In the first two years, 23 students have completed the program and 14 students are currently enrolled for the third year.
The future of the construction industry depends on the future workforce available.
The AGC Nebraska Chapter supports a clean environment by working with the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality and federal and state legislators as well as other industry stakeholders. The association supports environmental laws and regulations that protect the environment while still allowing the construction industry to effectively and efficiently build private and public projects without placing an undue burden on the construction industry. The AGC Nebraska Chapter supports the common sense application of environmental regulations.