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The 811 number is a national “Call Before You Dig” phone number designated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to eliminate the confusion of multiple “Call Before You Dig” numbers.

Gary Montgomery, Chairman of the Board of Montgomery & Associates Inc., a Houston-based civil engineering and consulting services firm, has announced that Wendell (Buddy) Barnes has taken over as president. Montgomery will remain as chairman.

Traci Read, Senior Editor

Riazul Mia, director of Environmental Services for the city of Laredo, TX, addressed the bi-monthly meeting of the Gulf Coast Trenchless Association on Feb. 11, in Houston.

On the heels of the $6 billion emergency funding in the stimulus package for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds, President Obama has proposed a huge increase for both funds in fiscal 2010, which begins Oct. 1.

Effective March 1,2009, Multiquip Inc. has become the exclusive distributor of EZ Grout equipment in the United States and Mexico.

Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers held a three-day unreserved industrial equipment auction from March 25-27 at its new permanent auction site in Houston, 15500 Eastex Freeway.

According to statistics published by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM), U.S. construction equipment exports totaled more than $20.7 billion for 2008, a 20 percent gain over 2007.

Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor

The population of the city of San Antonio has quietly grown to make this pleasant south Texas city the second largest city in the state and seventh largest in the U.S. With a population of more than 1.3 million, San Antonio ranks just behind Houston and ahead of Dallas in population.

Stephen Barlas, Washington Editor

The economic stimulus package passed by Congress and signed by President Obama on Feb. 17 will unleash a national flood of wastewater and drinking water construction funds with the $4 billion and $2 billion emergency appropriations for the federal Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs).

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