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CCIA Annual Report 2008 EDUCATION AND TRAINING CCIA’s education and training programs were well-attended in 2008. With the implementation of the OSHA 10-hour training requirement for many public building projects, CCIA members had the option to attend one of several in-house classes or train online via the association’s Web site. Training and educational programs in 2008 included: • OSHA 10-Hour Safety and Health Training • Confined Space Training • CPR/First Aid • Concrete Tiltup Supervisory Certification Course • OSHA’s Focus Four in the Construction Industry • Concrete Field Technicians and Flatwork Finishers Courses • State Ethics and Campaign Finance Training • Online 10 and 30-Hour OSHA Training • Managing Diversity in the Workforce • Highway Workzone Safety • Milliken Safety Solution Process • Trenching & Excavation • MSHA 8-Hour Refresher LEGISLATIVE – LOBBYING AND GOVERNMENT RELATIONS With a budget deficit for the current fiscal year projected at the end of 2008 to exceed $300 million and approaching $6 billion over the next two fiscal years, the Governor and state lawmakers ended the year confronting a fiscal crisis that the state had not experienced in almost two decades. Gov. Rell indicated she will present a very austere budget in February with significant cuts in state spending. Not all was negative, however, for the state or the construction industry. The General Assembly met in November to begin to address the crisis. The State Bond Commission met in December and approved funding for several transportation construction projects, including full funding at $75 million for the Fixit-First program for maintenance of roads, bridges and highways across the state. Much of legislative-lobbying and government relations revolves around the legislative session. The 2008 legislative session should be viewed in context of the 2007 special session, which continued well into the fall and resulted in several significant bonding measures that will benefit the industry for years into the future. Now that 2009 is here, it should provide some historical perspective on what the industry can expect, even as we enter what is viewed by many economists as one of the most challenging economic times our state and nation have ever experienced. Some highlights of construction projects approved in special session by the legislature at the end of 2007 include: • $864 million for transportation-related projects, including $150 million for a “Fix-It-First” program to repair state (860) 491-2283 FAY & WRIGHT INC. EXCAVATING ROCK CRUSHING E-mail us at: GOSHEN, CT CONNstruction / Spring 2009 / 23

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CONNstruction - Spring 2009

CONNstruction - Spring 2009
The Proving Year
AGC’s Building Division – Where the Value Shines Through
A List Worth Checking
In Defense of “Special Interests”
The Vexatious Litigant
Your Industry Association Membership - Now More Than Ever
Executive Summary
CCIA’s Executive Committee and Officers for 2009
CCIA Board of Directors 2009
Association Activities
Education and Training
Legislative-Lobbying and Government Relations
Labor Relations
CCIA Division Officers
CCIA Staff
Plenty of Parking
Building a Foundation
Connecticut Roadbuilders Fall Meeting
UCAC Annual Scholarship Auction
2008 CCIA’s Annual Membership Meeting and Reception
Diggers/Mixers/Fixers Golf Outing
AGC/CT Industry Recognition Awards Dinner
Index to Advertisers

CONNstruction - Spring 2009