54 Colorado Public Works Journal CRMCA UPDATE CRMCA to Partner with NRMCA Hello Colorado Construction Industry. Hopefully your year has been a good one so far. Here are a few highlights regarding what is going on within the Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association: • The Colorado Legislative Session has recently come to a close. It has been a very active Legislative Session and I need to thank our lobbyist, Totsy Rees for all her work and dedication at the Capitol again this year. Totsy’s leadership, along with that of our Legislative Sub-Committee lead by Ben Frei (Frei & Sons and CSSGA) has focused on what is best for our membership. Thanks to those who have shown up Monday mornings at the Capitol basement and helped us with the fight! • With the session coming to an end, CRMCA again hosted our Concrete Day at the Capitol event. In partnership with the Colorado/Wyoming chapter of the American Concrete Pavement Association and the American Concrete Pipe Association, we served over 500 meals to elected officials, key staff members and employ- ees at the state Capitol. This is our way of thanking those who work in the law making process while promoting the use of concrete in a positive manner. Newly elected Governor Jared Polis joined in and addressed the crowd, noting the importance of our industry on the Colorado economy. Thanks to the Governor and all our volunteers for making it another great event! • In the recent months I have mentioned the emphasis CRMCA is putting towards the use of concrete in the low to mid rise building segment. We strongly believe concrete is a more sustainable and economical choice if building materials vs wood over the long run. We have partnered with the National Ready Mixed Concrete Associa- tion (NRMCA) and their "Build with Strength" (BWS) initiative. We continue to ramp up our efforts and have created 3 new Task Forces; including the ICF Task Force, Leads Task Force, and Schools Task Force. We are now positioned to make great strides in getting our message out and convert more buildings into concrete. If you would like to learn more about why we are so enthusiastic about this effort, please contact anyone at the CRMCA office by calling 303-290-0303. • As part of BWS, CRMCA sponsored a booth at the Rocky Moun- tain Green Building Conference in April. With the insulating abilities and sustainability of concrete and ICF structures, there was a lot of interest in our message. Many strong leads came out of this event as we continue to gain momentum. Also, in June we are partnering with Todd R. Ohlheiser Todd R. Ohlheiser is Executive Director for Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association and the Colorado Stone, Sand & Gravel Association. For more information on any of the topics discussed, please contact at firstname.lastname@example.org . NRMCA at the National Apartment Association Convention to be held in Denver. We remain focused on spreading the word regarding the benefits of constructing with concrete! • Lastly, I want to mention our CRMCA/CSU Pueblo Partnership that occurred in April. This involved certifying engineering students with ACI Field 1 Certification, and educating them on the versatility and many uses of concrete. I want to thank CSU Pueblo along with JT Mesite (CRMCA staff) and our many volunteers who helped make this session very successful and educational for the leaders of tomorrow. As we are a member driven association, I want to thank all our volunteers for continuing to make CRMCA the strong association it has become. I personally appreciate all the help we receive from our dedicated members. Let us know if we can be of assistance.