The upcoming February/March issue of Southeast Construction represents a turning point in the history of the publication, which first launched in December of 2000. That’s because this is the first issue of the magazine’s new print publishing schedule, which is now bi-monthly, instead of monthly. This means we will publish six issues of the print magazine this year, instead of 12. (The print issues will publish on the first day of the second month of the cycle. For example, the February/March issue will hit the streets March 1.)

We are living in a rapidly changing world, where news is increasingly delivered and consumed through digital means. And while Southeast Construction is reducing its print frequency, we want you, our readers, to know that this publication is certainly not going away. Instead, we’re going digital. A little more digital, actually.

Actually, as you probably have noticed, this has been going on for awhile now, as part of McGraw-Hill Construction’s overall transition to an increasingly digital platform. As part of this transition, McGraw-Hill Construction has been investing in the future of Southeast Construction by providing us with the digital tools we need to provide our readers with better and more timely information than ever before.

Earlier this year, for example, began publishing a newswire feed with stories from the Associated Press and major metro dailies from throughout the region that relate specifically to what’s happening in the Southeast’s construction and design industries.

More recently, we relaunched our web site,, with a much-enhanced visual look designed with the visitor in mind. The biggest and most important stories are now displayed more prominently, front and center of the homepage, for example. This layout improvement has strengthened the site by enabling us to display breaking, Southeast-related stories from other McGraw-Hill Construction sites, such as, prominently so that our readers can find and read them quickly.

Along those lines, Southeast Construction also has been venturing into the world of social media, mostly via our presence on Twitter. And while Twitter is actually fun--I encourage you to try it out and "follow" us--we’re definitely getting down to business with it, too. The magazine's account, @SEConstruction—which you can find at—now has more than 1,300 “followers,” as they’re called. Also, we’re ranked by wefollow, a prominent directory of Twitter users, as one of the top 10 “Most Influential” twitterers tweeting about the topic of construction.  (Translation: In plain English, I think that means we’re worth following because you’ll get plenty of good construction information, on an extremely timely basis.)

In short, Southeast Construction is not shrinking, but expanding. We’ve never been as well-equipped as we are now to deliver you, our readers, the relevant news and analysis you seek about the regional construction market, and we hope to prove that to you throughout 2010 and beyond.

Of course, there's also our digital newsletter (click here to subscribe to this free news product) and the photo galleries you can use to upload photos of your company's recent accomplishments. (Click here for our Green gallery, and here for the main photo showcase.)

The bottom line is that, both online and in print, Southeast Construction will be working hard to be your go-to source for regional construction industry news.

And just because we’re going digital doesn’t mean our print magazine will receive any less attention from us. Our print publication will still be the place to see—and be seen in—all of the “Top” rankings that readers have come to crave over the years, such as Top Contractors, Top Specialty Contractors, Top Design and Top Project Starts.

Plus, there will be plenty of new improvements to the print version of Southeast Construction as well. You’ll soon see a redesigned cover format, a highlighting of our connection to Engineering News-Record inside the magazine and other content improvements.

It comes down to this: Just keep reading! We’ll be here, working harder than ever to give you all of the information today’s busy business world requires.

Scott Judy
Southeast Construction