PCCA Enjoys Strong, Productive Year

By Jeff Griffin, Senior Editor | February 2009 Vol. 64 No.2
PCCA President Ron Tagliapietra

Regarding the RDUP program, Tagliapietra said that a PCCA delegation met with RDUP officials and ACE members in August for a frank exchange of experiences and opinions. A group that includes members of PCCA, ACE, the Organization for the Promotion and Advancement of Small Telecommunications Companies (OPASTCO), and the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA) is preparing a document of suggested contract revisions that will be presented at the ACE summer meeting in Washington, D.C. Kevin Mason and Greg Spalj represent PCCA on this group.

Tagliapietra said PCCA's top priority in 2009 is to help keep all industry colleagues productive and profitable in the changing economy.

"For example," he said, "at the 2009 PCCA Convention Feb. 27 through March 4, we will have a session on wind energy, an industry sector that seems to really be taking off. Many of our members are already building wind farms, and many more will be exploring opportunities as the Obama administration pushes its renewable energy agenda. We also have a session explaining the smart grid for electric utilities and discussing opportunities in both electric distribution and communications. Another session is about steps that can assist contractors in getting paid for the work they do.”

He said The PCCA Journal will continue focusing on new opportunities like wind energy, broadband over power lines, and the smart grid, as well as our bread and butter work, industry news, safety, human resources and legal issues.

The YCP will have a full program at the 2009 annual convention and will also hold sessions at the mid year meeting in July. The RDUP Task Force will continue its work on contract revisions with a report due in August.

Founded in 1945, the PCCA is composed of leading construction, manufacturing, supply and service companies in the United States, Canada and Mexico. In addition to the telecommunications and power industries, PCCA contractors do both open cut and trenchless construction for natural gas and oil pipelines and water and sewer utilities. PCCA is headquartered in Alexandria, VA.

PCCA: (703) 212-7734, www.pccaweb.org

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