Event:Economic Webcast: Riding the Roller Coaster: Ups & Downs in Construction Spending, Materials, Labor
From:Reed Construction Data
When:2:00 - 3:30 p.m., EDT, 05 09, 2013
Where:Online (Webinar)
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Spring Economic Webcast 2013




The economy and construction have been on quite a ride for the past few years. While we are still looking at some potential ups, downs and tight turns ahead, the track over the last several quarters has been relatively flat. Will we continue at a crawl or will the next turn take us into a much faster-paced recovery?

Leading industry economists from Reed Construction Data, the AIA and the AGC join forces for the upcoming webcast:

Riding the Roller Coaster: Ups and Downs for Construction Spending, Materials and Labor

Join us from 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. on May 9, when chief economists, Bernard Markstein, Ken Simonson and Kermit Baker share their insight into 2013 construction activity:

  ■  What issues are directly affecting the construction outlook?
  ■  Which markets are showing the most growth?
  ■  Will housing numbers continue to climb?
  ■  What’s ahead for the home improvement industry?
  ■  Which building material prices will spike? Which will fall?
  ■  Which areas of commercial construction will perform best?
  ■  What are architects seeing for commercial construction?
  ■  Have unemployment numbers really fallen?
  ■  Will labor shortages derail the industry’s rebound?
  ■  Which areas are experiencing the most change?
  ■  What are the top risks to the 2013 economy?

The live webcast airs on May 9, 2013, from 2:00 – 3:30 p.m., EDT, with the speakers accepting questions from the online audience in the last half hour. An archived version will be available after the broadcast.

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Meet the Experts

Ken Simonson
Ken Simonson
Chief Economist, AGC of America
Ken Simonson has more than 35 years of experience analyzing, advocating and communicating about economic and tax issues. He is interviewed and quoted almost daily by local and national media, including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and CNBC. Ken has a BA in Economics from the University of Chicago and an MA in Economics from Northwestern University.



Kermit Baker
Chief Economist, AIA
Kermit Baker is the chief economist for the American Institute of Architects. In this capacity, he analyzes business and construction trends in the U.S. economy and examines their impact on AIA members and the architectural profession. Kermit originated the AIA Architecture Billings Index, as well as the AIA Consensus Construction Forecast Panel. He received his Master's degree in Urban Planning from Harvard University and holds a Ph.D. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the same field. In 2002, Kermit was named honorary member of the AIA.


Bernard Markstein
Chief Economist, Reed Construction Data
Bernard M. Markstein is chief economist for Reed Construction Data. Dr. Markstein has extensive experience analyzing, interpreting and forecasting commercial construction, housing, real estate, financial markets and regional markets. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Brown University and holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University.

AIA Learning Units

AIA members are eligible to receive 1.5 learning units for attending the live webcast. Members must include their AIA member number during registration. Non-member architects can request a certification of completion.

Provider number: K054
Program number: 13CFW5913
Program Name: Riding the Roller Coaster: Ups and Downs of Construction Spending, Materials and Labor

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