Utility Contractor

NOV-DEC 2018

As the official magazine of NUCA, Utility Contractor presents the latest information affecting every aspect of the utility construction industry, including technological advancements, safety issues, legislative developments and instructional advice.

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20 Utility Contractor | November/December 2018 Founded in 1990, NUCA of Southwest Florida covers Charlotte, Collier, DeSoto, Glades, Hardy, Hendry, Highlands and Lee counties. The chapter, like NUCA of South Florida, has experienced an upswing in membership recently, upping the ranks to 51 member companies. Like its counterpart, NUCA of Southwest Florida hosts an annual Fishing Tournament and Golf Tournament that are increasing in popularity too. The Southwest chapter also had they largest turnout for its Fishing Tournament (held in October), attracting 250 people. The annual Golf Tournament (held in May) raised enough money to issue $8,000 in scholarships to six recipients ranging from $750 to $2,500. Additionally, the chapter hosts the biennial NUCA South- west Chapter Trade Show that draws in excess of 400 people and 60 exhibitors. "The Trade Show is an opportunity for consulting engineers and municipal representatives to come in and learn about our industry, as well as see the latest tech- nology available on the market," said Rhonda Cason, NUCA of Southwest Florida executive director. Raising awareness about the work of NUCA contractors, with a particular eye toward workforce development, has been front and center for NUCA of Southwest Florida. The chapter has been represented at career fairs and has published publicity materials including DVDs and pamphlets to high- light the opportunities that exist for workers in the utility contracting market. "Contractors are struggling to get work done because they can't field crews to do the work – even finding people with commercial driver's licenses is difficult," Cason said. "We need to find people who want to work with their hands and train them. We have a whole new generation of potential workers who are being encouraged to go to college, and schools aren't making students aware of other opportunities." NUCA of Southwest Florida

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