SOURCE: Construction Writers Association

Construction Writers Association

May 24, 2012 16:39 ET

Construction Writers Association Announces 2012 Annual Conference, CONNECTED

CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - May 24, 2012) - The Construction Writers Association's (CWA) 2012 Annual Conference, CONNECTED, featuring economic and political reports from construction industry economists writers, leaders and analysts; several professional development seminars on social media and building effective content; and a construction tour of CityCenter, will take place Oct. 22-24 at the DoubleTree Hotel by Hilton in Crystal City, Va., just minutes from downtown Washington, D.C.

CWA's annual conference begins with a construction tour on Oct. 22 of the Washington, D.C., CityCenter project, giving conference participants a firsthand, hard-hat view of the mixed-use development rising on the former convention center grounds.

A welcome reception at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C., kicks off the first evening of the annual conference on Oct. 22. Free admission will be available to the exhibits prior to the welcome reception for registered attendees. The networking event is hosted by Turner Construction Company.

The conference sessions will begin the following morning with the Keynote Economists' Panel. Three panelists will provide their organizations' views of the economic recovery, its strength, sustainability and forecast. Panelists are Allison Black, chief economist and vice president of policy, American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA); David Crowe, chief economist, National Association of Home Builders; and Ken Simonson, chief economist, Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

The luncheon speaker, Ashley Halsey, The Washington Post transportation writer, will provide her perspective on what to expect in 2012 and beyond in the transportation sector of the built environment.

Dave Bauer, vice president of government relations, ARBTA, and Jeffrey Shoaf, senior executive director, AGC, will weigh in on the question, "What impact will the upcoming election have on the transportation and construction industries?" during an afternoon legislative session.

In addition, four professional development sessions throughout the day will focus on themes and issues relevant to journalists, corporate marketers, public relations professionals and writers in the construction industry.

They include:

  • Google 101 for Journalists: Jake Parillio, Midwest Manager, Global Communications and Public Affairs at Google
  • Building on a Content Foundation: How to Get More Out Your Media Material: Andrew Hanelly, Director of Digital Strategy, TMG Custom Media
  • Mis-Underestimating the Future of Construction: Michael Chusid, FCSI, President, Chusid Associates
  • The Aging Workforce and Its Impact on the Construction Industry: Don Whyte, President of National Center for Construction Education and Research and Steve Green, Vice President of National Center for Construction Education and Research

The annual conference concludes with the Grand Awards Reception and Dinner on Oct. 23 celebrating winners of CWA's Journalism Awards, Marketing Communications Awards, Photography Awards, Hall of Fame Award, and the prestigious Silver Hard Hat Award. We thank our sponsors for their support in making this an outstanding event. Platinum Sponsors are Caterpillar, John Deere, and Marketwire. The Gold sponsors are American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), Award Company of America, Golden Square, Randall Reilly, and Turner Construction. The Silver Sponsors are American Institute of Steel Construction (AISC) and Hilti. The Bronze sponsors are Bobcat and Doosan.

For more information about CWA's annual conference, visit the Events section of the CWA Web site, To join the outstanding sponsors of this event and be recognized as a supporter of journalists, writers, and marketing communicators in the construction industry, contact Deborah Hodges, CWA executive director, for more information at or at 1(773) 687-8726.

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Contact Information

  • For more information contact:
    Deborah Hodges
    Construction Writers Association
    1(773) 687-8726
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