Texas SOUTH & WEST TEXAS Covering San Antonio FIELD REPORTS By Lee Taylor The South and West Texas Areas are currently in the middle of their forecast meetings. The first was held in Yoakum in August, at which time Lonnie Gregorcyck presented his forecast for 2012, which held projects for all contractors, including super 2, bridges, overlays, and maintenance projects for 2012. San Antonio held its annual forecast meeting in September, and forecasts were given by TxDOT, City of San Antonio Public Works, City of San Antonio CIMS, San Antonio Water System, Bexar County, and City Public Services. Each agency presented an excellent forecast for 2012, with CIMS discussing its upcoming bond election next May. Later in September, Brownwood and Abilene held their joint forecast in Abilene. Lynn Passmore and Lauren Garduño both gave great forecasts for 2012. In addition, John Obr and Mike McAnally also presented healthy forecasts for San Angelo and Odessa.
The infusion of Proposition 12 money from TxDOT has significantly improved work opportunities in South and West Texas, so we expect equally strong forecasts in October for Laredo, Corpus Christi, and Pharr.
The Administrative Conference held in July set a new standard for excellent and timely speakers—far more excellent and timely than Tropical Storm Don. When you see Jennifer Newton, thank her for laying out the schedule and inviting the speakers. Of special interest were presentations by David Casteel, Russel Lenz, and Lonnie Gregorcyk of TxDOT.
August brought the first Scholarship Gala for AGC. The event raised money for our scholarship program. It was held in the ballroom at the Four Seasons, which was full of supporters for this program. The silent and live auctions featured excellent items donated by our members and purchased by our members in attendance. Following the dinner and auction, Ray Benson and Asleep at the Wheel entertained the group with their music. It was a memorable night, the proceeds of which will go to fulfill young industry hopefuls’ dreams of furthering their education.
We still continue to meet with The City of San Antonio CIMS group and the San Antonio Water System, which prove to be very productive for both members and the respective organizations. We look forward to continuing our partnership with these agencies as well as our partnership with TxDOT.