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March 2010 Vol. 65 No. 3

New NUCA officers and board of directors
Earlier this year, National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA) members voted unanimously to streamline the association's board of directors, which now includes 27 contractor and associate member leaders from around the nation and from all segments of the excavation and utility construction industries. NUCA members also unanimously elected and installed the following officers and directors for 2010-2011:

Officers/Executive Committee

Chairman of the Board: Dan East, Reynolds Inc.; Chairman-Elect: Ryan Schmitt, Petticoat-Schmitt Contracting; Vice Chairman: Alex Paris, Alex Paris Contracting Inc.; Treasurer: Jim Barron, Ronkin Construction Inc.; and Secretary: Florentino Gregorio, Anchor Construction Corp. In addition, NUCA CEO Bill Hillman serves as permanent (unelected) Assistant Secretary.

Directors
Lane Berg, PipeCon Corp.; Kevin Cripps, Distribution Construction Co.; Virginia DiCristofaro, A.E. Bragger Construction Co. Inc.; Chuck Dimick, Dimick Development Co.; Alan Gravel, Willow Construction Inc.; Richard Harp, Richard Harp Excavation Inc.; Albert Heckmann, Heckmann Sales and Leasing Inc.; Tony James, CNA Insurance; Roger Mohr, John Deere Construction Equipment Co.; Ronald Nunes, R.T. Nunes & Sons Inc.; Chad Reed, Teal Construction Inc.; David Rice, Rice Construction; Jeff Rumer, Underground Infrastructure Technologies; Mark Scoccolo, SCI Infrastructure LLC; Mike Smith, Hydro-Systems Inc.; Keith Steen, P.F. Moon and Company Inc.; Brad Wegner, Midlands Contracting Inc.; Bruce Wendorf, Forsberg Construction Inc.; Andy Wolf, Foley Construction Co.; and Kirk Woodward, Fierro Utility Construction.

Rural broadband access explored
At the center of the federal stimulus broadband funding are conversations to bring broadband Internet connectivity to rural, underserved areas.

Telecompetitor, a telecom industry blog for competitive trends analysis and commentary, launched the Rural Broadband Opportunities webinar series to explore the opportunities available to rural broadband service providers as a result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Broadband Stimulus Program.

The Broadband Stimulus Program has allocated $7.2 billion for broadband — $4.7 billion through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration and $2.5 billion through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Utilities Service.

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