2019 Highway and Utility Contractors Conference

AGC’s 2019 Highway and Utility Contractors Conference, part of the Joint Contractors Conference, is the place to get ahead of your competition on all the issues impacting the highway, bridge, transit and utility construction markets. Find out the latest information about next year’s elections, Federal legislation, funding, regulations, technology, safety, workforce and other developing industry trends. This year’s conference will feature a futurist who will forecast what major trends will impact the US and how this will influence the transportation and utility construction industry.

Several of the information sessions, all of the social events and the Ritchie Brothers Golf Tournament will include participation from all three AGC Contractor Divisions – Highway &Transportation, Utility Infrastructure and Building. This is an opportunity to learn about issues in your own market areas but also to network with contractors involved in other markets.

Join your industry colleagues at the Loews Ventana Canyon Resort in Tucson, Arizona –  November 6-8, 2019 to network and hear about the latest industry issues and developments.


This is a tentative schedule of events. Please click on the session titles below for more information for each specific session. *Session titles & speakers are subject to change. 

7:00 AM 11:00 AM Highway and Transportation Division Leadership Meeting
Utility and Infrastructure Division Member Meeting
12:30 PM Ritchie Brothers Joint Contractors Golf Tournament
6:00 PM 7:00 PM Joint Contractors Reception
7:00 AM 8:30 AM Joint Contractors Breakfast
8:30 AM 8:40 AM Welcome Remarks
8:40 AM 9:30 AM Joint Session
Washington Legislative and Regulatory Outlook
Stephen Sandherr, CEO, AGC of America
9:35 AM 10:30 AM Joint Session
What Does the Future Hold and How Should You and Your Business Respond
Brian David Johnson, Futurist
10:30 AM 11:00 AM Break
11:00 AM 12:00 PM Joint Session
Work Force Roundtable: What are Chapters, Contractors and States Doing to Address Worker Recruitment, Training and Retention
12:00 PM 1:00 PM Joint Contractors Luncheon
1:00 PM 1:45 PM Work Zone Safety: The Future of Smart Work Zones
David Heiman, Trafficade
1:45 PM 2:15 PM Compatica: AGC’s Underground Utility Safety Initiative Allan Gray, AGC UI Division
2:15 PM 2:45 PM Break
2:45 PM 3:30 PM Fully Autonomous Excavators and Dozers (Invited)
Built Robotics
3:30 PM 4:00 PM New Threat to Infrastructure Funding: Americans for Prosperity Take Aim
Arizona AGC
5:30 PM 7:30 PM Joint Contractors Reception/Networking Activities
7:00 AM 8:30 AM Joint Contractors Breakfast
8:30 AM 8:40 AM Welcoming Remarks
8:40 AM 9:30 AM Key Market Trends for Highway, Transportation and Utility Contractors
Brian Moore, FMI
9:30 AM 10:15 AM Predicting the Weather: How Historical Weather Analytics Can Help Control Risk
Athenium Analytics
10:15 AM 10:45 AM Break
10:45 AM 11:30 AM A Freshman Congressman’s View of Congress: Is Any Hope of Bipartisanship Dead?
Rep. Greg Stanton (D-AZ) (Invited)
Member House T&I Committee


  • Tucson International Airport (TUS)


  • Uber and Lyft services are available in Arizona.
  • To reach the cab stand, exit Baggage Claim on the lower level and cross the first roadway. Taxis should be to your left at the second roadway.
  • Yellow Cab at (520) 300-0000

Hotel Parking

  • Complimentary valet and self-parking

Conference Manager
Brittany Buchanan
Ph: (703) 837-5380

Rockkie Dunton
Ph: (703) 837-5304

Program Questions
Paige Packard
Ph: (703) 837-5387


Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

7000 N. Resort Drive, Tucson, AZ 85750
Phone: (520) 299-2020
Website: Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

To make your reservations, call the reservations department at 1 (800) 228-9290 and please mention the “AGC Joint Contractors Conference” to receive your discounted rate.


Hotel Overview

Relax and recharge at Loews Ventana Canyon Resort, a top choice among Arizona luxury resorts. Stay in a luxury Tucson hotel room that’s spacious and comfortable. Start your day off with a game of at the Ventana Golf & Racquet Club, located just steps from the front lobby. Courses are designed to blend into the Santa Catalina Mountains’ natural features. Scenic canyons as well as a unique variety of desert fauna. Savor delicious cuisine at Flying V Bar & Grill. Unique Southwestern flair, steaks, fresh fish and scallops and regional favorites like grouper tacos, buffalo sliders, and ceviche. Explore the best of Tucson and enjoy the stunning Catalina Mountain range. During your stay, enjoy the sunshine, the miles of hiking trails, the 80-foot waterfall, and all of our other relaxing, indulgent offerings. Loews Ventana Canyon offers close proximity to the University of Arizona and to many other activities, making it ideal for convenient Tucson travel.

Group Rate: $189 + tax                         Cut Off Date: Monday, October 14, 2019

Check In: 4:00pm                                    Check Out: 12:00pm

Cancellation: Guestroom cancellation must occur 72 hours prior to arrival to avoid additional charges.

To make your reservations, visit the special group website or call the central reservation line 1 (800) 234-5117 and please mention the “Joint Contractors Conference to receive your discounted rate.


Complimentary wireless internet access will be available in guest rooms.

Health Club

Adjacent to the Flying V; 5 AM–8 PM

Wear layers meeting room temperatures can run hot and cold.

November 6-8, 2019: Business casual for all events.

The average weather in Arizona in October is a low of 56 degrees and a high of 85 degrees.

Emergency Information and Security Offices

In the case of an emergency contact the front desk at (520) 299-2020480) 293-5000 or dial 911, immediately.

Lost and Found

Contact front desk at (520) 299-2020 to be transferred to hotel security in the case of lost and/or stolen items.

Shipping Information 

The following information must be included on all packages to ensure proper delivery:

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort

2019 Highway & Transportation, Utility Infrastructure & Building Contractors Conference

Package Recipient Name:

7000 N. Resort Drive
Tucson, AZ 85750

To receive packages out of the hotel: 
Guests are informed during check in if they have a package. The package can be delivered to the meeting space, guest room or picked up at the front desk. Call (520) 299-2020 to be connected to the shipping department for additional information.

To mail packages out of the hotel:  
Attendees can use UPS or FedEx. If attendees do not have preprinted labels, visit the concierge for assistance. Additional charges can be applied to the room or individual.

UPS:  Call l 1-800-742-5277 or 1-800-PICK-UPS for any questions.
FED EX: Call 1-800-463-3339 for more information.