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newsandviews Going Forward It doesn’t seem possible. It doesn’t seem possible that over 40 years ago, my wife Norma and I drove from Queens, N.Y. to Wethersfield, Conn. We were relocating because I had accepted the position as executive director of the CT Labor Relations Division, of the New England Roadbuilders Association, Inc., which by the way was not a division of any New England Roadbuilders Association; my secretary and I were the sole employees. However, the membership represented 67 unionized companies for labor relations that were engaged in roadbuilding, sewer and utility construction, and construction equipment dealers. It doesn’t seem possible now, 41 years later, the Connecticut Construction Industries Association Inc., with its eight stand-alone divisions, is the largest and most highly visible and significant construction industry association in Connecticut. However, it is possible. CCIA is a reality because CCIA’s steadfast membership of approximately 400 companies is committed to the association’s mission of advancing and promoting the construction industry as a means of ensuring Connecticut’s high quality of life. By Marvin Morganbesser CCIA President CCIA continues to work with many state agencies on issues that impact the industry towards reasonable and productive resolutions; we always advocate a cost benefit analysis approach to government standards. CCIA is the leading example in our country where practically all our sectors of the industry are represented and receive a multitude of services. CCIA’s eight stand-alone divisions are: the Connecticut Road Builders Association, the Associated General Contractors of Connecticut, the Utility Contractors Association of Connecticut, Connecticut ReadyMixed Concrete Association, Heavy and Highway Division, Connecticut In-Plant Operators Association, the Equipment Dealers Division, and AGC/CCIA Building Contractors Labor Division of Connecticut, Inc. In addition, CCIA administers the Connecticut Ironworkers Employers Association. I am proud of the membership’s accomplishments. CCIA is an advocate for adequate funding for transportation, sewer and water, school construction, and other public works projects. As examples, the association was instrumental in establishing the Special Transportation Fund, the State Clean Water Revolving Fund, and the school construction priority list. CCIA also prides itself on advocating at the federal level with our Connecticut Congressional Delegation on infrastructure issues. CCIA initiated the first coalition to reform the state’s Workers’ Compensation System in 1991, which profoundly and positively affected the state. The coalition grew to more than 60 business associations and was successful in gaining major reforms of the workers’ compensation system that ultimately reduced employer costs while providing generous benefits to claimants. Throughout the years, CCIA has fought back many anti-progress, anti-development, and anti-construction bills and regulations. CCIA continues to work with many state agencies on issues that impact the industry towards reasonable and productive resolutions; we always advocate a cost benefit analysis approach to government standards. In the early years, we initiated addressing the challenges on the state, local, and federal level with success. We embraced various coalitions and CONNstruction / Summer 2008 / 7

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CONNstruction - Summer 2008
Going Forward
AGC/CT: Why Belong? Reasons Vary
Is the Glass Regulated Fill or Flowable Fill?
A Winning Strategy
Member Participation Vital to Success of Legislative Efforts
Just Cause...
Winner: Large New Construction Project
Winner: Large Renovation Project
Winner: Small Renovation Project
Winner: First-Time Applicant Award
Second Place Winners
Workshop Provides Education on Pervious Concrete as a Stormwater Solution
Guidelines for Stormwater Pollution Prevention Plans Available
2008 Build CT Awards
UCAC at the NUCA Conference
Keep CT Moving Transportation Summit
UCAC’s Spring General Membership Meeting
WorkZone Safety Press Conference
Index to Advertisers

CONNstruction - Summer 2008