The arrival of spring has signaled the start to the 2014 construction season, and if the activity in many areas of the state is any indication, 2014 will be a strong year for construction aggregates in Colorado. During the first four months of the year, the association has focused on several areas, such as the Colorado Legislature, permitting, and developing structured approaches to education development and governmental effectiveness. As we move into the busier season for our industry, the association is focused on activities that will strengthen our foundation for long-term viability and growth of the industry.
The Sand and Gravel Stormwater Permit is entering a critical phase within the next few months as the draft permit is released for public comment. CSSGA is working with CDPHE to find balanced approaches to such issues as selenium and additional testing or permit requirements. Our association at all levels is very focused on developing a workable permit for our industry; a key to our success will be the active participation by all of our members during public comment periods and participation in various meetings scheduled around Colorado, such as the meeting on the Western Slope on May 22, 2014.
In addition to the focus on the permit rewrite, the association is focusing on the upcoming election cycle, as the legislative session is concluding. We are committed to supporting candidates who are supportive of our industry, committed to investing in Colorado’s infrastructure, and building an environment, which increases economic development. An important element in executing our strategy is funding through the Colorado Rock PAC. In the last election cycle, the PAC raised $7,200; our goal for this cycle is $14,400. The association’s ability to influence the national and state legislatures depends on our ability to not only financially contribute to supportive candidates’ campaigns but also to establish strong working relationships with elected officials through our grassroots initiatives. Our success in all of these endeavors requires active participation and the support of all our membership.
This is an exciting time for our industry with many opportunities and challenges in front of us in 2014. I know through our continued commitment and diligent efforts, we will make 2014 a successful year for our industry and our respective companies. I look forward to working with you on these important issues over the next several months.
David Hagerman, CSSGA Board President