For the past several years, the DPS Commercial Vehicle Enforcement (CVE) Training Unit has made presentations at the AGC Spring Conference. These interactions have improved communication and the exchange of information between enforcement and industry.
With the inclusion of voter approved Proposition 1 and Proposition 7 funding, the 10-year Unified Transportation Program is anticipated to increase over $38 billion --- from $28 billion to over $66 billion --- or an average of $6.6 billion per year.
As a native Texan, I understand well the phrase, “If you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes.” While our great state may have its share of unpredictable weather patterns, one thing is certain: Texas’ long-standing pattern of recurring drought. Safeguarding Texas’ water supplies and the ongoing vitality of our economy, farms, ranches, homes, and businesses continues to be a challenge that affects all of us.
Ask any road builder that you know about the subject of work zone safety and the sad fact is every one of them has a story about a car crashing into one of their job sites. Even worse, most of them have colleagues who were seriously injured or killed in one of those crashes. Now ask any office worker how many colleagues they have lost because a car came crashing into their office space. I am pretty sure the response will be quite different.
The AGC of Texas Scholarship Committee met early May to make the final selections for the next round of AGC Scholarships. The committee decided to award 22 scholarships this year. The new recipients will be recognized during the June 7 membership luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel in Austin.
The timing of this column coincides with our submission to National AGC for our Chapter to once again be recognized as the best AGC chapter in the nation. Our Chapter won the award in 1976 under President Zack Burkett which, incidentally, happened to be the first time for the recognition to be given.
In just five short years, our Scholarship Gala rivals the Management Conference as our premier event. In that time, our association raised and incredible $2,989,705 for the program and distributed 107 scholarships to deserving college- and vocation-bound youth that will help bolster our industry in the coming years.