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President’sMessage Lincoln Speaks to Leaders By Michael G. Williams, GHCA President oday’s economic climate beckons like a huge storm heading in our direction, and we can only imagine the residual damage to be left behind. Please allow me to articulate some feelings many of you have in your gut and mind. Work opportunities have dwindled to a drip from a flow that once ran full and continuous. Profit is not considered in current bids. That word is an adjective from the past, and, instead, great attention is given to making sure all costs are covered. Layoffs are more and more prevalent, to the point where hard-working friends and even family members are being released from duty. And we cannot hide our emotions even with an “honorable discharge” from years of excellent service. Minds are not capable of 100 percent effort at work, because workers are unsure if the present job might be their last with the company. And though the phrase “it’s lonely at the top” is sometimes hard to believe, I assure you that truth is real. In the Bible, we read that fear is the root of unbelief. As I listen to so many of you in this season of uncertainty, I know great concern and empathy is T present in many company owners for the well-being of their employees. No facet of our industry has gone untouched by this economic downturn. Patience, hope and money are running at or near empty, and the political horizon – nationally, statewide and locally – appears conflicted on what steps are necessary to kick start things in a meaningful way. Nearly all of us admit to the emotions and feelings I’ve described. If you have not, I suspect there’s been either total denial or a two-year vacation from reality. During these trying times, I urge everyone to not let fears hold us back! Risk-taking is an essential element of success. Abraham Lincoln failed politically many more times than he succeeded before becoming president. For you or me to lead like Lincoln, we have to learn to fail like Lincoln. If you fall, pick yourself up and see what you have left. Then, as the saying goes, “try, try again.” We must also heed the words of Sir Winston Churchill when he said, “Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty. Never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense.” Please continue to know your GHCA staff and elected volunteers remain fully engaged and committed to doing everything in our power to help the industry recover sooner vs. later. We have been heard regarding political options for our state in November, and we believe our needs have been communicated clearly and distinctly. When votes are cast and new leadership positions have been decided, we will again engage and be assertive to our industry needs and we will covet your support and participation in the dialogue. Thank you in advance for your spirit of cooperation and for helping us when we call upon you individually or collectively. I earnestly believe we will see better times soon. In the interim, I encourage all to stay strong in the Lord and treat others in the manner we would like to be treated. Kindness and patience can go a long, long way. ● “Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty. Never give in, except to convictions of honor and good sense.” Sir Winston Churchill FALL 2010 GEORGIA TRANSPORTATION BUILDER | 7

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Transportation Builder - Fall 2010

Georgia Transportation Builder - Fall 2010
President’s Message
Commissioner’s Message
Road Investments Make an Impact
Unclogging Georgia’s Arteries
Health-Care Reform is Final… Now What?
Decision 2010: Vote YES on Referendum #3
News & Notes
Index to Advertisers

Georgia Transportation Builder - Fall 2010