Colorado Public Works Journal, Fall/Winter 2022

54 Colorado Public Works Journal CSSGA UPDATE Hello construction industry professionals. The year and construction season continues to fly by. Now that Thanksgiving is upon us we realize how quickly the year is going by. I hope your year continues to be safe and prosperous. Here are a few updates regarding the Colorado Stone, Sand & Gravel Association (CSSGA). Governmental Affairs • CONCRETE PAC Contributions: Thanks again for all those who participated and contributed to the Colorado ROCKPAC. Several thousand dollars were raised and distributed to the campaigns of those that support the aggregate mining industry. • Candidate Endorsements. As with other election years, CSSGA also created and distributed a candidate endorsement list. It included candidates from both sides of the isle, with a focus on those in support of the construction aggregate and mining industries. Regardless of who you voted for I hope everyone exercised their right to vote. It is an important part of what makes our democracy work! • Lastly, regarding Governmental Affairs, I need to mention the passing Colorado House Minority Leader Hugh McKean in late October. The House Minority Leader and Loveland Republican was widely known for his warm personality and efforts to try to build legislative consensus at the state Capitol. I have personally met him at his office in the Capitol and always appreciated his broad understanding of our industry issues and sincere efforts to improve the situation. At the young age of 55, his passing was way too soon. His leadership and passion will be greatly missed. Recent Events • ACI. Many of the quality control and quality assurance specifications and standards for aggregates are through the American Concrete Institute (ACI). I was able to attend the national ACI convention in October to serve on various committees and industry discussions. Both JT Mesite (CRMCA) and I are engaged with several committees that change and modify the specifications and uses of construction materials. Also, the ACI Rocky Mountain Chapter was recognized at the Awards banquet for having one of the top projects from all global entries. Congratulations to the Rocky Mountain Chapter for this welldeserved recognition. • Safety Roundtable Our joint CSSGA/CRMCA Safety Committee hosted a very successful Safety Roundtable on November 10th at Todd R. Ohlheiser the CSSGA office. These Roundtables focus on a wide variety of industry representatives and experts including MSHA, OSHA and DOT/Highway patrol. Those interested in participating from outside groups are welcome to join in. Contact our office for additional info. Upcoming Events • Networking Event. Understanding the importance of Networking, we will host a joint Networking Event in the Northern part of the State. This will occur on Nov 17 in Ft. Collins. Make plans to attend with producers, vendors, suppliers and prospective members. These interactive sessions are always a great way to engage with industry associates. • The CSSGA/CRMCA Joint Annual Conference will take place December 6–7 at the Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs for active members. This years event is moved back a few weeks from previous dates, allowing our members to experience the Broadmoor while fully decorated for the Holidays. We have great speakers lined up for educational and informative sessions which are designed to help you back at your place of business. If interested in joining our group, contact our office. • Legislative Breakfasts. As we look ahead to next year and the upcoming Legislative Session, our first Legislative Breakfast of 2023 will take place on Jan 18. • Ski Day & Networking Event. Lastly, all members should mark your calendars for February 27-28 to participate in the upcoming CRMCA/CSSGA Ski Day. Thank you and again, reach out to us at or call our office at 303.290.0303. Todd R. Ohlheiser is Executive Director for Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association and the Colorado Stone, Sand & Gravel Association. He can be reached at Governmental Affairs and CSSGA Events