Associated General Contractors: Benefits for Professionals & Customers

With well over 10 different professional associations the construction industry in the US is very well represented. The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) has a specific focus on contractors, both general and specialty. With so many construction-based associations it becomes confusing for the average customer to know what the benefits are of working with members and why some contractors choose not to be members.

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Why are contractors members of building contractors associations?

Many contractors working in America's commercial construction industry will choose to become members of an association for general contractors as they believe it gives them a competitive edge.

Membership benefits

Professional associations offer a variety of benefits to their members, which may be worth the membership fees, for some. These include:

  • Networking opportunities with entertainment options
  • Workforce development and training opportunities
  • Community offers and discounts
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In some locations, the networking options that come with membership can lead to opportunities for new ventures with other members. For some, the online site-provided education services can be helpful and informative. “Home builders near me” are the brick, stone, or concrete contractors that work in the particular area of your city.

Many professionals believe that the association representing their interests on a national level and providing advocacy at a state and national level are the most helpful services.

However, for other professionals there are so many different associations they could be a member of, they simply don't have time to attend that many upcoming events, and perhaps even disagree with some of the traditional values represented by these organizations.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the function of the Associated General Contractors?

One of the main functions of the AGC is as an advocacy and lobbying body for contractors across America. They focus on issues including:

  • Health & safety services
  • Taxation
  • Construction Law
  • Environment and energy
  • Labour law and HR
  • Risk management
  • Infrastructure
  • Procurement
  • Technology
  • Professional education and training

  Commercial construction associations such as the AGC also provide a range of services along with membership, usually including some sort of continuing professional development or education, a few discounts, and events and meetings.

What is the AGC in construction?

When talking about construction the AGC is the Associated General Contractors of America, not the association of general contractors or the American general contractors association, one of the professional associations for members of the construction industry. It is one of the larger general contractors associations in the US, with 89 chapters nationwide.

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Does GC mean general contractor?

The acronym GC has many different meanings depending on the context, however in the context of the building and construction industry GC means general contractor.

A general contractor is responsible for overseeing and managing a construction project and construction site on a day-to-day basis. They will hire and manage subcontractors, buy materials, make sure project milestones are met, and report to the project owner.

Some of the more unusual meanings of GC are garbage can, Greek Cypriot, and grand champion.

How many types of general contractors are there?

While there is only one type of general contractor, when it comes to building a house there are many different types of specialty contractors. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Roofers
  • Masons
  • Electricians
  • Plumbers
  • Carpenters
  • Ceiling contractors
  • HVAC installers
  • Painters
  • Floorers
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