Chief Economists From Reed Contruction Data, AIA and AGC Discuss 2014 Outlook in Upcoming Webcast

October 04, 2013

Bernard Markstein, Reed, Ken Simonson, AGC, and Kermit Baker, AIA, share their insight in a free economic webcast, The 2014 Outlook: Emerging Opportunities for Construction, on October 17, 2013.

Reed Construction Data announces its annual fall economic webcast, featuring industry-recognized chief economists, Ken Simonson of The Associated General Contractors of America, Kermit Baker of the American Institute of Architects and Bernard Markstein of Reed. The free webcast, The 2014 Outlook: Emerging Opportunities for Construction, is set for October 17, 2013.

By most accounts, the highly-anticipated construction recovery is underway and is expected to gain momentum in 2014. The three economic experts will address issues expected to affect the construction industry – positively or negatively - into 2014.

“Despite several potential pitfalls facing the economy this fall and beyond, including the shutdown and debt ceiling dilemma, many forecasters are projecting a turn-around for construction in 2014,” stated Bernard Markstein, Ph.D., U.S. Chief Economist, Reed Construction Data. “In this webcast, we will address positive signs, as well as risks that will affect construction in the upcoming year.”

Topics for the economy-based webcast include:
  ■  The outlook for single-family and multifamily residential construction
  ■  Bright spots for nonresidential construction
  ■  The effect congressional wrangling is having on the U.S. infrastructure
  ■  Implications of expanding North American energy supplies
  ■  Probable materials price spikes and shortages
  ■  The impact of the Affordable Healthcare Act on construction
  ■  Geographic markets with the best prospects for construction

The event also features a new host, economics and market intelligence expert, Louis Centorcelli of Reed.

“With the continued uncertainty surrounding federal government spending on construction, it is important to be engaged in those segments likely to grow in the year ahead,” stated Louis Centorcelli. “Strategic thinkers across the country can benefit from the insight provided by this outstanding team of economists.”

The live broadcast is October 17, 2013, and runs from noon to 1:30 p.m., EDT. Sponsored by InfoTech International, this lively, interactive webcast is open to everyone.

The economists take questions from the online audience in the last half-hour of the broadcast. Registered AIA members who watch the live broadcast will be eligible for 1.5 AIA CEU continuing education credit, and all non-members can request a certificate of completion. Those who cannot attend the live broadcast can register to view the archived presentation and download the presentation slides.

To sign up for the webcast, click here to register.

About The American Institute of Architects
For over 150 years, members of the American Institute of Architects have worked with each other and their communities to create more valuable, healthy, secure, and sustainable buildings and cityscapes. Members adhere to a code of ethics and professional conduct to ensure the highest standards in professional practice. Embracing their responsibility to serve society, AIA members engage civic and government leaders and the public in helping find needed solutions to pressing issues facing our communities, institutions, nation and world. Visit the AIA website at

About The AGC of America
The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) is a national trade association, dedicated to furthering the ever-changing agenda of commercial construction contractors, improving job site safety, expanding the use of cutting-edge technologies and techniques, and strengthening the dialogue between contractors and owners. Founded in 1918, the AGC today represents more than 33,500 member firms, including 7,500 of America’s leading general contractors and over 13,000 specialty-contracting firms. Visit the AGC website at

About InfoTech International
InfoTech International is a technology company focused on strengthening the channel for clients in the construction products industry. PT Lite, a cloud based software, helps clients sell smarter by finding leads matched to their product offerings, managing information critical to their sales process and adding value to their customers. cūbus, a market intelligence engine revealing the specification share and opportunities to clients throughout the United States, is offered through a strategic alliance with Reed Construction Data.

About Reed Construction Data
Reed Construction Data LLC (RCD), a division of Reed Business Information and the Inaugural Strategic Partner of the AIA, is a leading North American provider of construction information. Reed Construction Data’s diverse portfolio of innovative products and services includes national, regional and local project leads, accurate and up-to-date RSMeans cost data, marketing solutions and market intelligence to provide insight to construction industry professionals throughout the U.S. and Canada. Visit the Reed Construction Data website at


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