This February/March issue of Mountain States Construction represents another turning point for this relatively new publication. This is the first issue of the magazine’s new print publishing schedule, which has gone from monthly to 10 times a year.
We are living in a rapidly changing world, where news is increasingly delivered and consumed through digital means. And while Mountain States Construction has reduced its print frequency, we want you, our readers, to know that this publication is certainly not going away. Instead, we’re simply going a little more digital.
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 Mountain States 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, we 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 region’s construction and design industries on the Colorado Construction and Intermountain Contractor magazines’ Web sites.
We continued this when the two magazines merged into one Website at mountainstates.construction.com, which launched in December with an enhanced visual look. The biggest and most important stories are now displayed more prominently, front and center of the home page, for example. This layout improvement has strengthened the site by enabling us to prominently display breaking Mountain States-related stories from other McGraw-Hill Construction sites such as ENR.com so that our readers can find and read them quickly.
Along those lines, Mountain States Construction also has been venturing into the world of social media, via our presence on Twitter and Facebook. We use both pages to deliver the latest news stories and other items hitting the Web that are relevant to the regional construction and design industry, specifically Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming.
Of course, there’s also our digital newsletters for the Colorado and Intermountain regions and the photo galleries you can use to upload photos of your company’s recent accomplishments.
The bottom line is that, both online and in print, Mountain States Construction will be working hard to be your go-to source for regional construction industry news.
And just because we’re enhancing our digital coverage doesn’t mean our print magazine will receive any less attention. This magazine 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 20 Under 40, Top Specialty Contractors, Top Designers and Top Project Starts.
Plus, there will be plenty of improvements to the print version of Mountain States Construction as well. You’ll soon see a redesigned cover format, highlighting our connection to our parent publications, Engineering News-Record, 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.