3/1/13 Winning The Blame Game: Understanding California's New Indemnity Law


Winning The Blame Game:<br />
Understanding California's New Indemnity Law

8:30–9:30am WCOE Breakfast and Meeting
Thursday, March 14, 2013

2013 ushered in a new set of rules for subcontractor relationships. And not playing by the rules has serious consequences. WCOE invites you to join us for breakfast, networking and a discussion of how California's new indemnity law has altered the playing field of construction contracting. The discussion will be led by Danette Jones, senior vice president and PacSouth Construction Practice Leader for Marsh. With her 14 years of experience developing, managing and delivering construction risk management services to all players in the construction industry, Danette is an expert at winning the blame game. With an assist from some WCOE legal eagles, Danette will discuss the legal impact of the new indemnity law, how to employ sound risk management techniques, how insurance will respond to claims under the new law, and how to start a collaborative risk management process early.

8:30–9:30am WCOE Breakfast and Meeting
Thursday, March 14, 2013

777 S. Figueroa Street
24th Floor Boardroom
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Registration is $10 for WCOE members and $15 for non-members. To register, call 800.788.3548, fax the registration form to 202.330.5151 or register online.

You must register in advance so that your name can be put on the security list for access. Call Reyna at Marsh at 213.346.5021 if there is an issue with security.

Have some fun, have some breakfast and get some sound advice.
We look forward to seeing you!


Women Build America

Join the Women who Build America!

WCOE invites you to our annual conference, Women Build America: A National Conference on Construction Opportunities. The conference is April 22 -24, 2013, at the St. Regis Hotel in Washington DC.

Women are changing the construction industry with innovative ideas, leadership and vision. Join prominent speakers, leading construction companies and your peers in a series of gamechanging discussions, workshops and networking. The Women Build America conference is full of hard-hitting, real-world advice on creating contracting opportunities. This year’s conference is focused on project opportunities emerging from diverse market sectors as well as new approaches to construction such as Public Private Partnership models.

Confirmed speakers include

  • Samara Barend, Director, AECOM Capital
  • Cosema Crawford, Senior Vice President, The Louis Berger Group
  • Lorraine D’Angelo, Ethics & Corporate Compliance Officer / Counsel, Dragados USA
  • Michael Garner, Chief Diversity Officer, Metropolitan Transit Authority
  • Nancy Aber Goshow, Founder, Goshow Architects
  • Carla Howard, Manager for Resource Assistance, USDOT Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
  • Carla Julian, Senior Public Relations / Business Development Manager, Granite Construction
  • Michelle Kantor, Head of Federal Government Contracting Practice, McDonald Hopkins LLC
  • Cheryl McKissack, President and CEO, McKissack & McKissack
  • E. Colette Nelson, Executive Vice President, American Subcontractors Association
  • Robert Passwell, Director, University Transportation Resource Center
  • Carol Patterson, Senior Partner, Zetlin & De Chiara
  • Loryn Riggiola, Member, Sill Cummis & Gross
  • Dorothy Robyn, Commissioner, Public Building Services, U. S. General Services Administration
  • Gloria Shealey, President, National Association of Minority Contractors
  • Karen Sweeney, Vice President, Diversity and Inclusion, Turner Construction
  • Lina Telese, Partner, Zetlin & De Chaira
  • Christopher Ward, Executive Vice President, Dragados USA
  • Warren Whitlock, Associate Administration for Civil Rights, Federal Highway Administration
  • Deborah Wilder, President and Owner, Contractor Compliance and Monitoring

And more to come!

Visit WomenBuildAmerica.com to learn more!


Delta Airlines, the Port Authority of NY and NJ, and JFK International Air Terminal Unveil Plans for Next Phase of JFK International
Airport Terminal 4 Expansion

Funding for the next phase of terminal expansion at JFK International Airport was approved in February. The additional expansion project is expected to cost $175 million and create 770 jobs. The expansion of Terminal 4 includes construction of 11 new gates. Work is expected to be completed in 2015.


U.S. Water Infrastructure Costs Expected to Increase

The National League of Cities testified before Congress in February to indicate the need for water infrastructure improvements. Repairs, updates and expansions are needed for the country’s sewers, storm drains and drinking water systems. Costs for drinking water system upgrades are expected to be $334.8 billion over 20 years. Over the same time, estimates for updating wastewater and stormwater management infrastructure are pegged at $298.1 billion. A spokesperson for The National League of Cities stressed that these estimates might be too low.


Set-Aside Program for Mid-Tier Companies Still Possible

In the previous Congress, Rep. Gerry Connolly (D-VA) worked to require DOD officials to examine the transition challenges that small businesses face when outgrowing small business set-aside programs. He wants recommendation on helping these companies survive the next phase of the business growth when they face off against the major federal contractors. In 2011, Connolly introduced the Small Business Growth Act that proposed a set-aside program with the GSA. Under that proposed Act, the GSA could award a program to a mid-tier business only if GSA officials believed a small business would not likely have received it. In addition, the mid-tier company was required to be mentoring a smaller company. Although the bill was not enacted, it is possible that it may be reintroduced in the current session of Congress.


Got Projects?

WCOE is always interested in sharing member projects with other members. If you have a project that you'd like to showcase, please contact Jean Meyer, WCOE Executive Director,
at 1-800-788-3548 or info@wcoeusa.org.

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