Keynote | Ken Simonson



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Ken Simonson

Chief Economist
Associated General Contractors of America


 KEYNOTE  |  OCTOBER 17  |  8:30 – 10:00 AM

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About the Speaker

Ken Simonson has been Chief Economist for the Associated General Contractors of America, the leading construction trade association, since 2001. He provides insight into the economy and what it implies for construction and related industries through frequent media interviews, presentations, and the Data DIGest, his weekly one-page e-newsletter that goes to more than 20,000 subscribers.

Ken has over 40 years of experience analyzing, advocating, and communicating about economic and tax issues. He currently serves as an advisor to the Census Bureau's construction data re-engineering initiative. He is a Fellow and past president of the National Association for Business Economics, and he is co-director of the Tax Economists Forum, a professional meeting group he co-founded in 1982.

Ken has a BA in economics from the University of Chicago, and an MA in economics from Northwestern University.


About the Talk

Mr. Simonson will discuss the current state and outlook for construction materials costs, supply chain issues, labor availability by region, and demand for construction projects by type.

Attendees will learn:

  • how to track changes in materials costs and contractors' pricing using producer price indexes
  • what data is available regarding employment by locality, job openings nationally, and wage trends
  • uses and limitations of data sources for construction spending and starts by project type
  • legislative, regulatory, and economic factors affecting the outlook for construction