With the start of a new year, it is time to understand and prepare for the challenges and opportunities that await our industry and our association. Of course, as our chief economist Ken Simonson notes, we expect the economy will continue its painfully slow recovery. But with mid-term elections, growing worker shortages, key legislative challenges and some exciting new and improved educational programs and events scheduled for the year, 2014 will be an eventful one for the construction industry.
There is no doubt that our industry and association have been tested these past few years. We have weathered one of the most severe and longest-lasting construction downturns most of us will—hopefully—ever have to endure. We have faced major regulatory challenges and coped with politicians that, at best, don’t understand our industry and, at worst, don’t trust it.
Only a few months in and the 2007 Trade Show has begun to take shape. Sponsorship opportunities are available, so make sure to get your name out there. Remember, this is the biggest (and best) Trade and Equipment show in the state, and you’re certain to get a lot of exposure.
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