Colorado Public Works Journal, Fall / Winter 2020

50 Colorado Public Works Journal CSSGA UPDATE In Person and Virtual Events all well Attended! Hello to everyone in the contracting and construction industry. The following is an update regarding the Colorado Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (CSSGA). I hope everyone is coping well as we continue to deal with the pandemic. Just as we start to think we have rounded the corner, the virus seems to raise its ugly head and make a bigger impact. We know we will get thru this and on to better days, and we are all very ready for that time. Regarding CSSGA, there is a lot going on so let’s get to it! Here is information regarding events: • CSSGA participated in a Clay Shoot along with CRMCA. The October 14 event held at Colorado Clays was a huge success. While we were unsure of the turnout during this time, it was clear members were ready to network in a safe, outdoor setting. So, instead of a low turnout as I had feared, it was almost a record re- garding participants. Our sponsorship remained strong as CSSGA and CRMCA members continue to step forward in support of the industry. Thanks to those that sponsored including; Mountain Cement Company, Chryso Inc., Bruckner Truck Sales, Brundage Bone/Eco-Pan, Martin Marietta, Rush Truck Center of Colorado, Vibra – Tech, and Yeh & Associates. • Industry Townhall with Cory Gardner. This event included out national partners at NSSGA, NRMCA and PCA. It was well attended and allowed members to speak to the Senator in a small group setting, although virtual. I want to thank Senator Gardner for participating and his continued leadership. • October Digital Discussion. On October 28, Denver Economic Development Corporation’s CEO, J. J. Ament, gave an update on the Denver and Front Range Economic Forecast followed by a Q&A session with members. A copy of his presentation is available upon request to learn more about the economic forecast and the Denver Economic Development Corporation’s role in the growth and expansion of primary jobs and promoting capital investment in the state. Thanks to Tod Knudsen (Action Ready Mix) for getting us this connection. Todd R. Ohlheiser • Safer at Home Webinar – Ergonomics in Home Offices. The virtual webinar occurred early November and was directed toward improving employee comfort, health, well-being, and productivity while working in a non-standard office environment. It emphasized the importance of being creative in your approach to workstation setup. This virtual education opportunity provided practical guidelines on optimizing a temporary office workstation and was presented by Chris Hamrick, Chubb Global Risk Advisors. • Also, for the first time in 12 years, CSSGA joined together with CRMCA in the creation of joint magazine regarding industry and association news. Named the CONROCK COLORADO magazine, it includes articles regarding key highlights driving each association. You will see the reoccurring theme of “Industry Resiliency” in this edition, and this is exactly what our industry has done. The industry has been tested to the max and everyone has proven the ability to remain resilient, adjust and change. Members have risen to the challenge of social distancing, employee testing protocol, enhanced disinfecting procedures, the list goes on. Also, the magazine includes great phots from our Industry Photo contest. Contact us at to receive a copy of the magazine. • At the time of this writing the 2020 election had not been held. As the results have a large impact on the future of Colorado and the country, I hope every voted and cast their ballot. • Lastly, the CSSGA/CRMCA 2020 Joint Annual Conference is scheduled to occur November 19 in a virtual format. The conference is free to all members and includes an election re-cap, award presentations, and association updates. The virtual format allows everyone to attend without travel or costs. Again, contact us at for any additional information. I hope everyone stays safe and healthy during the upcoming holidays. 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 .