50 Colorado Public Works Journal CRMCA UPDATE A Most Challenging Year As we now approach the fall, it has clearly been one of the most challenging years we have ever faced. I hope everyone is safely maneuvering through these unprecedented times. While we are fortunate to be included as an Essential Industry, running and operating these businesses has been an extreme challenge. Everyone I speak with has stated they had to completely rework their operating models while challenging themselves and employees to quickly adapt and make changes like never before. With this in mind, I want to thank the leadership, and every employee of the concrete industry for stepping up and rising to these challenges. They are to be commended for keeping our industry and the entire construction segment moving! Here are a few specific items going on at CRMCA: • The CRMCA and CSSGA boards made the difficult decision to move our Annual Conference to an online version. We will strive to bring members a unique experience, however, it will be difficult to recreate the experience of meeting in person at the Broadmoor this year. I look forward to a great event at the Broadmoor in 2021. For those interested, go to our website at crmca.org for information on the upcoming Virtual Conference. • One event that will occur in person is the CRMCA Clay Shoot on Oct 14 at Colorado Clays. As with everything this year, the Clay Shoot will be different, but will occur none the less. We must take ad- vantage of outdoor activities like this when we can. Similar to previous years, proceeds from this years event will go to “Support a Soldier” which is a great group to be associated with. They are doing great things for our military and we are glad to help. • The Southern Market Committee also held a golf event on Aug 21. While only a small group was able to attend, it was another outdoor event that could be conducted within the CDC guidelines. • One thing that has been moving forward is our American Concrete Institute (ACI) certifications. This is the program that certifies concrete testers and inspectors throughout the state. I want to thank JT Mesite for conducting several small certification sessions/day to keep the groups under 10 people, while meeting the demand for ACI certifications. This remains a critical component of CRMCA for our members and the entire concrete industry. Todd R. Ohlheiser • CRMCA is also very proud to have created Online Concrete Procedures videos for the training aspect of certifications. These free videos are great way to train personnel on the ACI Field 1 testing procedures. There are now 7 videos for the Online Concrete Proce- dures series. These videos cover various concrete testing proce- dures including making and curing concrete specimens, roller meter, and initial curing, among others. Check them out at crmca.org • Our Build With Strength promotional efforts carry on. Video semi- nars continue in an effort to keep pushing our message on safe, cost effective buildings constructed with concrete. Additionally, the South- ern Market Committee has been successful in converting an entire Habitat for Humanity complex from stick built to concrete/ICF construction! The groundbreaking just occurred last week. The hard work of our members is paying off and I want to thank Southern Market Committee Chairman Darrin Borgschatz and the Southern Market Committee team in leading the way. • Last, but not least is the CONCRETEPAC which we fund and support. The joint Governmental Affairs Committee has met and determined contributions for the CONCRETE PAC. Thanks to all the individuals and member companies who have contributed to the 2020 CONCRETE PAC fundraising efforts! Again, I hope everyone is staying safe and maneuvering though these crazy times as well as possible. As usual, please reach out to me or one of the other team members if there is something we can do to assist. Thank you. 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 Todd at firstname.lastname@example.org .