Incoming Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine's Cabinet Could be Most Diverse in Ohio History
By Jackie Borchardt, Cincinnati Enquirer
Incoming Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine has assembled one of – if not the most – diverse cabinets in Ohio history.
DeWine has nominated women to a majority of state agency director positions in recent weeks. A handful of the top jobs will be held by African-Americans.
Pittsburgh Creates Construction Fraud Taskforce
By Construction Dive's author Kim Slowey
This Pittsburgh City Council voted last week to establish the Joint Task Force on Construction Industry Fraud, which will work to identify and combat “unfair trade practices, including tax fraud” among the city’s construction businesses. The task force will not focus...
State and Local Investment Gets Lift From Rising Revenues
By Sarah Chaney and Heather Gillers, Wall Street Journal.
Now that coffers are brimming again, infrastructure spending is back on the agenda. State and local government investment in roads, bridges, buildings and other infrastructure hasn’t returned to its previous peak, but it is now showing signs—deep into the...
New ODOT On-The-Job Training Rules Take Effect January 1, 2019
Article written by Matt Grashoff and Jud Sheaf of Hahn Loeser & Parks LLP.
The Ohio Department of Transportation recently announced significant changes to the On the Job Training Program (“OJT Program”) that will take effect on January 1, 2019. Because these changes will impact on-going multi-year...
President Trump Signs Law Expanding Definition of Small Business
According to JD Supra.com, on Dec. 17, President Trump signed into law the Small Business Runway Extension Act (H.R. 6330), which modifies the method for assigning size standards for small businesses.
Under the existing law, the Small Business Administration (SBA) requires that businesses report their average gross...
Cleveland Celebrates the Life & Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Courtesy of This is Cleveland.
Cleveland remembers the influence, sincerity, determination and acts of kindness Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. showed the world during his pivotal life and career. And, every year, the city reflects on the life of King by coming together to express ourselves as he did. Join Cleveland as we commemorate what...
Why US Construction Looks Set for a Boon
By Gene Marks, Columnist on biz, economy, public policy, tech for The Guardian.
The new Congress is interested in making an infrastructure deal with Trump – which means good news for the construction industry."
Legislative Update - December 2018
The lame duck session is in full gear as the Ohio legislative session ends at the end of this month. While the legislature is deciding on what bills to send to governor for action, the newly elected statewide officials, including Governor-elect Mike DeWine, have started to name...
Beige Book Comments Relevant to US Construction and in OH, Western PA, Eastern KY and Part of WV
The “Beige Book” is a compilation of informal soundings of business conditions in each of the 12 Federal Reserve Districts, which are referenced by the name of their headquarters cities. The latest Beige Book , issued Dec. 5, is based on information collected from mid-October through late November and included these comments...
Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross says the Economy's Success Depends on Infrastructure
By Kevin Breuninger, CNBC.
Corporate earnings certainly have been very, very strong. there's no question about that. And it's also no question that market's job is to look ahead," Ross says. "I think a lot will have to do with whether infrastructure gets the kind of treatment that it really deserves."...