Previous: Where do Americans Feel Safe? Next: The Benefits of Automating Mortgage Documents Print This Post Home / Daily Dose / Weighing in On Construction Spending Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago About Author: Donna Joseph The U.S. Census Bureau on Monday announced the values to be put in place for construction statistics in October 2018. The report provides monthly estimates of the total dollar value of construction work done in the U.S. and covers construction work done each month on new structures or improvements to existing structures for private and public sectors. Data estimates include the cost of labor and materials, cost of architectural and engineering work, overhead costs, interest and taxes paid during construction, and contractor’s profits.The report estimated total construction spending in October 2018 at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $1,308.8 billion, a 0.1 percent fall from the revised September estimate of $1,310.8 billion. The October figure reflects an increase of 4.9 percent from the October 2017 estimate of $1,247.5 billion. Construction spending amounted to $1,096.4 billion from January to October, increasing 5.1 percent above the $1,043.6 billion for the same period in 2017.Private construction spending recorded a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $998.7 billion, 0.4 percent below the revised September estimate of $1,003.0 billion. The report found that residential construction was 0.5 percent down in October at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $539 billion on a month over month basis. Nonresidential construction reflected a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $459.7 billion in October, declining 0.3 percent below the revised September estimate of $461.3 billion, the report revealed.According to the Bureau, the estimated seasonally adjusted annual rate of public construction spending for October rose 08. Percent month over month to $310.2 billion. It also noted that educational construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $76.9 billion, 2.6 percent above the revised September estimate of $75.0 billion.The report stated highway construction recorded a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $94.6 billion, 0.1 percent below the revised September estimate of $94.6 billion.Read the full report here. Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Subscribe Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Related Articles The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Donna Joseph is a Dallas-based writer who covers technology, HR best practices, and a mix of lifestyle topics. She is a seasoned PR professional with an extensive background in content creation and corporate communications. Joseph holds a B.A. in Sociology and M.A. in Mass Communication, both from the University of Bangalore, India. She is currently working on two books, both dealing with women-centric issues prevalent in oppressive as well as progressive societies. She can be reached at [email protected] Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Tagged with: Construction private construction public construction U.S. Census Bureau Construction private construction public construction U.S. Census Bureau 2018-12-03 Donna Joseph in Daily Dose, Featured, Market Studies, News The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago December 3, 2018 967 Views Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Weighing in On Construction Spending
Many University of Georgia Extension offices across the state have begun sign-up in advance of the March 3 opening of registration for summer camp at Georgia’s 4-H centers. Each year about 8,000 campers, along with adult and teen leaders, attend 4-H camp and create memories and friendships that last a lifetime.Randy Cruse, 55, of Griffin, still remembers his first week of camp as a Bibb County 4-H’er. “That first day, I called and begged my mama to come get me. By the end of the week, I hated to have to go home,” he said. Cruse attended camp again the next year and, as an adult, encouraged his son, Peter, to become involved in 4-H.Cruse recently visited Rock Eagle, some 40 years after his first 4-H camp experience. “Some things have changed physically, but it’s still the same,” he said as he began to recall memories of learning to braid, make woven baskets and graft plants. He also remembered attending the Rock Eagle pageant on the last night of camp.Campers to the Rock Eagle 4-H Center, Georgia 4-H’s largest center, will be housed in 22 new cabins this summer, in addition to 26 of the original cabins. “Not quite half of our cabins are new, but, by the 2016 camping season, we will have at least 28 new cabins and possibly 34 new cabins,” said Charlie Wurst, head of the Georgia 4-H camping program. “We certainly appreciate the public and private support that has made these improvements possible.”Camp officially begins on June 1 at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Wahsega 4-H Center in Dahlonega, Fortson 4-H Center in Hampton and Burton 4-H Center on Tybee Island. Camp on Jekyll Island is taking a hiatus while the facilities undergo renovations.In the meantime, Georgia 4-H is busy preparing for this season’s campers. “Lifeguards are being trained, background checks are being run on all of our volunteers – we are taking all the important steps to provide the safest atmosphere for all of our campers,” Wurst said. “We certainly want to have a safe week of camp, but we also want the week of camp to be fun. If it’s not fun, it’s not camp.”Even with the emphasis on safety and fun, Georgia 4-H’s summer camps take their educational mission very seriously, he said. “We provide classes for campers to learn more about healthy living through good fitness and nutrition choices,” Wurst said. “We use our indoor and outdoor classrooms to teach about wildlife and their supporting ecosystems and we are offering more workshops to spark interest in science and technology. And, of course, campers learn more about themselves as they experience being on their own away from home.” Many campers go on to become active 4-H’ers, teen leaders at camp, and 4-H summer camp counselors, like Abby Harrison of Royston.“Summer camp has been an absolutely amazing experience for me over the past four years. After ninth, 10th and 11th grades, I teen led for the Cloverleaf camps my county attended,” she said. “Now, having gone through my first year as a camp counselor, I feel like I not only learned even more about working with kids, but also valuable lessons about working with others and sharing living space.”Tyler Gray of Harlem was a summer camp counselor at Rock Eagle last summer. She taught canoeing classes and was a lifeguard. “The campers taught me how to always put others first and treat everyone with utmost kindness. I loved that I was given the opportunity to impact children simply by giving them the best thing of all – time,” she said.Georgia 4-H is filled with teenagers with individual stories about their own camp experiences. Wurst’s job is to help University of Georgia 4-H agents continue to help students create camp memories. “Our job is to give the kids a safe, fun and 4-H-focused experience,” said Wurst, a former Lincoln County 4-H’er. “The ultimate payoff is that the kids leave camp excited about becoming more involved or staying involved in 4-H and experiencing all the benefits of being involved in 4-H.”Camps are offered this summer for senior, junior and Cloverleaf campers. To learn more about Georgia 4-H camp or to register a camper, contact your local UGA Extension office at 1-800-ASK-UGA1.