Despite Economy, PCCA Enjoys Strong Year

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | February 2012, Vol. 67 No. 2

The Power & Communication Association (PCCA) and its members continued to navigate difficult economic times in 2011, looking for new opportunities and for ways to work smarter, reports Tim Wagner, PCCA executive vice president. PCCA maintained a positive bottom line throughout 2011, had strong attendance at its meetings, and had a solid 4 percent membership increase from 2010.

The generally positive outlook was dampened by the untimely death on Nov. 30 of PCCA’s 2011 President Larry Libla. President-Elect Tommy Muse assumed the association’s presidency four months before he would have taken office in March at the 2012 PCCA convention.

“PCCA members are deeply saddened by the death of our respected colleague and good friend, Larry Libla,” said Wagner.

Education and sharing information is one of PCCA’s primary goals, and the 2011 convention in March, attended by more than 300 industry professionals, included a standing-room-only crowd at the Construction Industry Roundtable, a Young Construction Professionals program on project logistics and a memorable keynote address from Pulitzer Prize-winning humorist Dave Barry. Educational sessions were presented about issues of great importance to association members: compliance with Davis-Bacon requirements on federally funded projects and Tier 4 emissions regulations,

The mid-year meeting in August included a roundtable led by the deputy assistant administrator of the Rural Utility Service telecom program discussing the agency’s grant and loan programs, a roundtable session of consultant group FMI’s conclusion that the utility sector is doing well in a weak economy, and a report concerning on-going shortages of fiber optic cable. The educational sessions were highlighted with a program about employee engagement and a YCP program on supply chain-client relationships.

Wagner said other association highlights during 2011 included: