NUCA News Summary – October 2020
NUCA Washington News
One-Year FAST Act Extension Lobbied by NUCA, Authorized by President
One of NUCA's priorities at Washington Summit was to advocate for a one-year extension to the existing surface transportation law, the FAST Act. Our Summit attendees made it a priority to explain to their lawmakers about the importance of a one-year extension instead of one only lasting a few weeks. Our industry's projects need the stability of long-term planning--and Congress listened. President Trump signed the extension legislation through September 2021 into law hours before the law was set to lapse on Sept. 30. Read more here.
811 Public Awareness Reaches New Heights
The Common Ground Alliance, of which NUCA is a member, released its findings from its 2020 public awareness research on Call 811. Overall awareness of 811 services has reached 50%, the highest point to-date, and the majority of respondents said they were likely to contact 811 when planning a future project. Read more here.
Election 2020: Make Sure You and Your Employees Vote!
As NUCA begin planning our 2021 legislative strategy, please make sure that you are registered to vote and have a plan to cast your ballot, be it by mail or in-person, either early or on Election Day, November 3. If you or your employees are not sure how to register to vote, or unsure of your registration status, you can find more information at USA.gov/voter-registration or at your state board of elections website.
Digging Deep: Read Our Expert Analysis of the U.S. Senate Races
NUCA's government affairs department released in early October their analysis of the 2020 U.S. Senate races. A new and exclusive NUCA member benefit delivered by email to you, "Digging Deep" examines your U.S. Senate race and the ones in your region and delivers NUCA's expert analysis of the contest and how its result may affect Congress next year. A U.S. House analysis will be released shortly for selected House lawmakers who wield influence upon our industry. Read more here.
NUCA Association News
NUCA (Virtual) Washington Summit a Success
NUCA's first-ever virtual Washington Summit delivered successful results towards our advocacy goals. The 142 attendees registered for the Sept. 23 event participated in over 75 meetings with their elected officials and staff. Our attendees were able to make their priorities known to their lawmakers, and promised to stay in contact with them to follow through with their commitments in FY2021 infrastructure resources. If you would like to read more about the Summit, go to our special Summit webpage at www.WeDigAmerica.org.
We are grateful to our National Partners for helping NUCA put on this year's Summit.
Have You Checked Out NUCA WINS?
NUCA's Workplace Incident Notification System (NUCA WINS) is an incident recording app that employees' can easily operate on their mobile device to document the situation at the point-of-occurrence. In a matter of a few minutes' incidents can be easily and completely documented, including: injuries and illnesses; property, liability, and utility strikes; near misses; safety observations; and more. Learn more here.
Industry Relief: Registration is Now Open for the NUCA 2021 Annual Convention
NUCA is headed back to the Naples Grand Beach resort for our 2021 annual meeting & convention, February 4-6, 2021. We are excited to revisit an amazing location on the beautiful beaches of Florida for another memorable NUCA convention! Get out of the house and come network with your fellow NUCA members and industry professionals in a beautiful setting. Learn more here.
Is Your Company's Information Ready for the Industry's Premier Buyer's Guide?
Utility Contractor's next issue is the annual NUCA's Buyer's Guide. Make sure your contact and product information is up-to-date and accurate to help potential business find your company. Log into your NUCA member's account at www.nuca.com and update your online profile before October 30, 2020. If you need assistance logging into your account, please contact NUCA's membership manager Meredith Leutbecker at 703-358-9300 or by email.