EVP JENNIFER WOODARD HUDDLES WITH PRESIDENT ADAMSON AND LEGISLATIVE DRAFTING AND REVIEW COMMITTEE CHAIRMAN TRACEY SCHIEFFER PRIOR TO THE NOVEMBER BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING.
The Webster's definition of “2020” references perfect vision. However, for most of us, 2020 has meant one heck of a difficult year. It certainly has not amounted to the dawn of a new decade full of hope and promise. We are all working to remain healthy and productive in a global pandemic that has surged and resurged since March. The country is struggling for economic stability due to the pandemic’s lockdown on our society. We have concluded a contentious and chaotic national election. There has been civil unrest and multiple natural disasters and we dare not ask if it can get any worse.
Perhaps what 2020 has provided for us though, is the opportunity to have a clearer, sharper, better, vision of our priorities amidst the difficulties of the last 12 months. If we focus on that vision, important things come into view.
Despite the challenges, AGC of Texas has been steadfast and resilient. Chapter operations and functions have remained ongoing, although mostly in a virtual setting. Our infrastructure construction industry was recognized as a critical and essential service in the early days of COVID 19 and thus allowed us to continue working. We persevered with our partners at TxDOT and local governments across the state to navigate the economic shutdown and the public health crisis. It has not been easy or without setbacks, but a new vaccine and a new year are in sight. Our “2020” vision will guide us to better days ahead.
In January 2021, the 87th Texas Legislature will convene. The first full week of pre-filing in November was robust and the chapter was already tracking some fifty-plus bills. The early feedback is that criminal justice reform, election reform, education, and the economy will be priorities. Our Legislative Drafting & Review Committee is prepared and already working to analyze and track bills that will impact our members. We have begun discussing the state budget and transportation funding with TxDOT leadership and key legislators. Regardless of the effects that the pandemic may have on how the legislature conducts its business next year, AGC of Texas will be active and engaged as always.
I would like to recognize and thank President Robert Adamson for his leadership during unprecedented times. It was not the year he anticipated or planned for, but Robert went above and beyond in carrying out his duties. Thank you, President Adamson, for your strength, wisdom, calm, and unwavering leadership this year.