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.
As I look back on 2013, I am proud of the many accomplishments that TxDOT and AGC have achieved together, and I am encouraged by the way we addressed challenges that we faced. In 2014, I look forward to a continued effort to improve the highway construction industry and the Texas transportation system.
The M/U Division has seen a lot of action in the past few years, starting with the squeaker election for Proposition 2, to the more recent Proposition 6 election, which had an overwhelmingly strong approval. These two funding mechanisms give the Texas Water Plan the means to be implemented, if not fully, then at least enough to give the state a fighting chance for our future needs.
Happy New Year, Infrastructure readership! By the time this column reaches you, the races for statewide office, including both for the state senate and state representative, will be fully engaged.
Late in 2013, Executive Director Phil Wilson announced his resignation from the Texas Department of Transportation. Phil intends to take a job as Executive Director of the Lower Colorado River Authority.
Over the 90 years of our chapter’s rich history, each AGC of Texas president has focused on his or her own objectives, shaped in large part by the unique skills and perspectives he or she acquired while working in this industry. With this in mind, I’d like to share a bit of the historical journey that has brought me to serve as this Chapter’s President, a title which I am truly honored to accept.