Colorado Public Works Journal, Winter 2024

WINTER 2024┃53 President’s Address: 2023 Accomplishments & 2024 Goals Christine Barnes is the Executive Director of the Colorado Chapter of NUCA and can be contacted at As we stand on the cusp of a new year, I am delighted to reflect on the remarkable achievements and growth that our association has witnessed in 2023. It has been a year of collective dedication, innovation, and progress, and I am honored to share with you the accomplishments that highlight our commitment to excellence. Safety/Training/Compliance: Our commitment to safety and compliance remains unwavering. In 2023, we organized 12 virtual safety roundtables, providing a platform for knowledge exchange and best practices. Our four Lunch and Learn sessions facilitated interactive discussions, enriching our understanding of industry trends. The Trench Safety Stand Down saw over 100 participants, emphasizing our collective responsibility towards safety. NUCA Colorado took a pioneering step by being the first chapter to host the Advanced Crew Leader training, a testament to our dedication to advancing professional skills. The Trench Safety Summit, attended by 500 individuals, showcased our industry leadership in promoting safety and compliance. As we set our sights on 2024, our commitment to excellence remains steadfast. In the realm of safety, we aim to increase our involvement with TEST (Trenching and Excavation Safety Taskforce) in Colorado, enhance in-person free quarterly trainings, and expand our quarterly lunch and learns to reach a broader audience. Membership: In pursuit of a thriving community, we set a goal of 90% retention from the national membership, and we proudly achieved 88 members. As we look forward to 2024, our goal is to reach 100 members, fostering an even balance between Contractors and Associates. Our quarterly prospect lunch initiatives will facilitate networking and collaboration, ensuring a vibrant and engaged membership. Scholarship: Education is the cornerstone of progress, and in 2023, we awarded 18 scholarships to deserving individuals. As we move into 2024, our aim is to extend the impact of our scholarship program by ensuring that information reaches every HR representative in NUCA Colorado member companies. This proactive approach will empower us to support the educational pursuits of future leaders in our industry. Government Affairs/Advocacy: Our advocacy efforts have taken a significant leap forward. Formerly members of a coalition, NUCA Colorado now boasts its own lobbying representation through Sewald/Hanfling, dedicated to representing our interests in the state legislature. Looking ahead, we plan to deepen our involvement in the election process, increase Government Affairs NATIONAL UTILITY CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION Christine Barnes