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Strong Industry-Government Partnership Key to Meeting America’s Infrastructure Demands by Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) I t is my sincere pleasure to extend a warm Las Vegas welcome to all those attending the 2011 NSSGA Convention. As the congresswoman representing Las Vegas, I am proud that one of America’s most important associations has again chosen my hometown as the location for this gathering. I hope you will take full advantage of Southern Nevada’s fabulous entertainment and recreational opportunities. I trust the 2011 convention will be an overwhelming success and that the excitement of Las Vegas will leave lasting memories for NSSGA attendees. As a member of Congress, I have worked closely with NSSGA for more than a decade on major infrastructure issues affecting Nevada and the nation. As a former member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, and through my current seat on the Ways and Means Committee, I continue to work directly on finding ways to meet the infrastructure needs of my community and others all across our country. I recognize that these critical investments must remain a priority in order to keep America competitive in the global marketplace and for the safety of the public who utilize our transportation network. As a nation, we must confront the challenge of addressing our crumbling infrastructure, and I support a strategic plan that seeks to reverse this trend. That is why I strongly support action in this Congress on a new surface transportation package that would provide funding for new projects and funding to modernize and expand existing roads, highways, bridges and other key transportation network components. The most recent version of this legislation, the Safe, Accountable, Flexible, and Efficient Transportation Equity Act (SAFETEA), was written last decade, has been extended several times and is again due to expire this year. While this framework has provided important funding for needs in Nevada and other states, updating this legislation will allow Congress to allocate resources and make decisions based on the most current data and the needs of today, not 2005, when this bill was last written. This year Congress will work on an FAA reauthorization bill that will provide a blueprint for investments needed to maintain and modernize America’s air travel network. As a global tourism destination that sees more than 40 million passengers travel through its airport each year, Las Vegas and its economy depends on reliable, safe airline service. I strongly support passage of an FAA reauthorization package that makes the right choices and that will create jobs and give a boost to NSSGA members and others who take part in these projects. I believe it is important to note the link between public construction projects and quality of life. NSSGA member companies provide the materials and expertise that make it possible for the economy to grow and to improve the quality of life for all Americans. For every road and interchange that reduces traffic congestion, we also eliminate pollution and reduce the amount of time and money spent in traffic congestion. This is true also of efficient airports and can be said for all types of infrastructure that provide for more efficient delivery of water and other resources. None of this is possible without the involvement of NSSGA. I look forward to continuing to work with NSSGA to build a more efficient, cleaner and modern America. There is much to be done and I am pleased to be a partner in meeting the needs of our communities. Here’s wishing you a productive meeting and a fabulous time in Las Vegas. ■ 15 Stone, Sand & Gravel Review, March/April 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Stone, Sand and Gravel Review - March/April 2011

Stone, Sand and Gravel Review - March/April 2011
Events Calendar
Legislative & Regulatory Calendar
Senate Majority Leader Welcomes NSSGA Members to His Native State
Welcome to Las Vegas!
The United States Must Have a Federal Commitment to Infrastructure
Reach Out to Your Peers With “One-to-Five”
What the Anatomy of a Legislative Success Looks Like
How Planning Ahead Will Enhance Your AGG1 Experience and Generate Your Highest ROI
Boxley Reports on the Company’s Sustainability Program – Greener. Smarter. Better.™
Pursuing Sustainable Business Initiatives From a Large Business Perspective
Learn Your New Congressional Leadership
Rip ’N Share Safety Handout
Products & Services Guide Listings
Buyers’ Guide

Stone, Sand and Gravel Review - March/April 2011