Also, I’m happy to report, we are moving away from virtual events and luncheons to provide the excellent resources we all rely on from CAGC. Now, we are back on track in 2022, with 100+ meetings and events planned.
Dave Simpson, Pat Mixon and all the staff did an amazing job reducing expenses and adding value to keep CAGC in excellent financial shape. Dave’s leadership during the last seven years has allowed us to emerge from some tough financial times and return to a financially strong organization.
Victor Barbour advocated for our NC highway members when the NC DOT budget was a billion dollars in the hole and made sure DOT funding was restored.
Bill Stricker has advocated for our utility division and provided excellent training opportunities to help all of us become better companies.
Lori McGovern has kept all the work CAGC is doing in the news as well as keeping us all informed. And I also must commend our other staffers who are doing a fine job in keeping us on the top of our game, including Cindy Phelps and Melanie Etters. Click here to see a look at our staff and their roles.
Most importantly, we all owe Casey Schwager a big thank you for his excellent leadership during these times. Being a board chair for one year is a lot of work and to do it for two years is an amazing accomplishment. He continued to implement the organization’s strategic plan and kept our board focused on making sure CAGC came out of this ready to grow and serve our members. Thanks to his—and past board chairs’—leadership, we have emerged as a stronger organization.
In 2021, we were able to finally have the CAGC Centennial celebration (325 attendees), resume in-person training and meetings (including 525 attendees at our 2021 Summer Summit), and enjoy seeing each other again. With the new federal infrastructure bill and increased construction funding in both North Carolina and South Carolina, the future looks very good for our industry. While we are grateful for the politicians’ approval of increased funding, our hats are off to the staff and lobbyists of CAGC for helping make this happen, along with our DC partners AGC of America and ARTBA.
Also in 2021, CAGC won the AGC national Chapter Public Relations award for our efforts to support the construction industry by getting a $3.75 million Construction Pandemic Mitigation and Education grant from the state of North Carolina and won the Chapter Workforce Development Award for all the work we are doing to increase our workforce. We were the only chapter last year to win two awards demonstrating the amazing work our CAGC staff does.
All the recent board chairs have picked a theme song for their term. I searched the internet and found “The Future’s So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades” by Timbuk 3. The lyrics don’t make a lot of sense, but the title seems perfect for where we are heading. I am honored to be able to serve as the next CAGC board chair and look forward to 2022. I’m sure there will be more COVID challenges, but we are a better organization for all we have been through and I am excited about where we will go from here.