Editor's Log: Honoring Quiet Success

October 2011, Vol. 66 No. 10

Guthikonda will be presented the MVP Award at the annual banquet, held in conjunction with the UCT (Underground Construction Technology International Conference & Exhibition), on Tuesday, Jan. 24, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hilton Palacio del Rio’s Pavilion in San Antonio. To register for this special event, go to www.uctaonline.org.

Defining infrastructure
Here we go again. The President’s latest blueprint for solving all the economic ills of the nation – and effectively, the world – will come from The Stimulus, Round 2, or, Another Government-Based Employment Plan, al la The Great Society of Lyndon Johnson.

Pardon my skepticism, but throwing money around without a tangible plan doesn’t strike me as much of a plan. But my skepticism doesn’t stop with the President. I think we can all agree that the last session of Congress failed miserably in many ways, but it was very successful in losing the confidence of the American people.

Which brings us back to TSR2 and jobs. One of the prime talking points of the President was aiding infrastructure – road, bridges and airports. Conspicuously absent from the conversation mix to date has been the needs of the water and sewer infrastructure.

Our industry is in a better position now than at any point in the past in terms of Congressional awareness. But the underground infrastructure market still lags behind other infrastructure organizations in terms of political power.

While I’m very dubious about prospects for funding such programs without burdening businesses (or as I like to call them – job creators) even further with taxes and fees, any conversations or action about infrastructure absolutely must contain strong support for the underground infrastructure. Not only is it equally effective and beneficial in generating jobs, it also deals with an essential public trust – the health and well-being of American citizens