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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22 Utility Contractor | November/December 2018 NUCA Chapters Are Here to Help! Did you know that NUCA has 30 state chapters dedicated to helping utility construction professionals in their state or region? It's true! Local chapters offer a forum through which companies in your area can address local concerns in the utility construction industry, including government regulations and safety issues. They also provide valuable networking opportunities for your business. Interested in joining? Take a look at the list of current chapters below. For a list of chapters and links, visit https://www.nuca. com/chapters Interested in starting up a local chapter in your area? NUCA Director of Chapter Development Kenneth Sommer is available to help facilitate the startup and management of your new chapter. To discuss the possibility of starting a NUCA chapter in your area, contact him at 703.890.7805 or ken@nuca.com. NUCA Annual Convention & Exhibit Coming to Florida! NUCA's 2019 Annual Convention & Exhibit is set for March 14-16 at the Naples Grande Beach Resort in Naples, Florida. The convention will feature keynote speakers Major Dan Rooney, USAF, Ret., speaking on the topic CAVU: Ceiling and Visibility Unrestricted – Your Ascent to Greatness. In addition to committee and executive meetings and exhibit hall, highlights of the program include the Welcome Reception (sponsored by National Trench Safety (NTS)), Team Building (sponsored by Caterpillar) and Auction and Awards Gala (sponsored by John Deere). To register or for more information about the NUCA Annual Convention & Exhibit visit www.nuca.com. NUCA of South Florida and NUCA of Southwest Florida offer many reasons to get involved, including: government and legislative advocacy; safety; publications; networking; education, including opportunities for training; programs and events; a scholarship program; and membership and participation in NUCA. As mentioned, high on the priority list for NUCA and its chapters is workforce development. "In the short term, we need to reach younger workers – in the range 20-30 years old – and let them know that there are opportunities and high- paying jobs available," Cryer said. "Longer term, we need to reach the younger kids in high schools or vocational schools and make the aware that utility construction offers career opportunities with good pay and good benefits. There is truly no limit to what you can achieve if you are willing to work hard." With a strong member base and a sense of community, NUCA of South Florida and NUCA of Southwest Florida are well positioned to shape a positive future for our industry. "Being involved in NUCA has allowed me to truly forward my spot in the industry," Cryer said. "It provides an opportunity to learn about the keystone issues for the entire industry, and keep up to date on the latest developments. And, by attending the events, you are able to not only network with your peers, but also leading suppliers, engineers and municipal owners who are engaged in the industry." "Being involved has benefitted me and benefitted my company by making life easier because you are able to get problems resolved by working together," Chesney said. "There are things you can do with numbers that you simply can't do by yourself." Building a Brighter Future Arizona Arkansas Carolinas Colorado Connecticut DC Delaware Florida (State) Florida, Central Florida, North Florida, Northwest Florida, South Florida, Southwest Florida, Suncoast (SUCA) Hawaii Indiana Iowa Kansas City Region Nebraska Nevada Ohio North Dakota Pennsylvania Rhode Island Tennessee Texas (State) Texas, North Virginia Washington (State) Washington, Eastern

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