"GCAA -- the voice for Georgia's aggregate industry"
From the Executive Director, Jeff Wansley
2016 has been a great year for GCAA and its membership! We’ve seen significant growth for our member companies thanks to funding which is now coming from the passage of HB 170 in the Georgia General Assembly and the Fast Act passed by Congress. GCAA has met our 2016 goals and we continue to reach new heights thanks to the engagement of our members – producers and associate members played equal roles in our success.
In 2016 we continued to grow our presence with the Georgia General Assembly as well as with members of the Georgia Congressional delegation. With the help of our Board, Government Affairs Committee and our team at Mathews/Maxwell, GCAA participated in over 40 meetings with legislators and staff this year. We contributed over $9000 to state elected officials and we raised over $31,000 for our federal delegation.
We continued to educate our managers with 24 students participating in the GCAA Management Class this year. We provided over $10,000 in scholarships to students whose parents work in the aggregate industry. Our HR Committee made strides with GCAA engagement in the annual CEFGA conference. In addition, we had a record number of attendees at the GCAA Annual Midyear meeting at the Omni/Amelia Island, Florida. Highlights of that conference included Tom Hill, Chairman and CEO of Vulcan who gave an industry update and we heard from legendary pro football player and coach, Dan Reeves.
Safety remains a high priority for our industry and GCAA continued our long standing engagement with the Georgia Mining Association by hosting the annual GMA/GCAA Safety Conference. GCAA also provided testimony at an important MSHA hearing this fall. GCAA is continuing to heighten our presence with the Georgia Department of Transportation. We hosted an open house with GDOT employees, hosted the GDOT board at a dinner with the GCAA Board and Technical Marketing Committee as well multiple meetings with GDOT staff to voice our issues and concerns.
We’ve spent a good bit of time on issues at the Ga EPD this year. GCAA has a great relationship with EPD staff and we are continuing to forge ahead with several issues. In 2016 GCAA held over 12 meetings and calls with EPD staff and we hosted a site tour with key staff this fall. The Environmental Committee has worked tirelessly this year under the leadership of our environmental counsel, Randy Quintrell and committee chair Jim Zadorozny (Hanson).
GCAA is looking forward to a busy 2017 and we will continue to build relationships with key legislators and agencies that impact our industry. We will continue our engagement with key partners like the Georgia Transportation Alliance, Georgia Highway Contractors Association, Georgia Ready Mix Concrete Association, Georgia Mining Association, Council for Quality Growth, Georgia Chamber, the National Stone Sand and Gravel Association – just to mention a few!
We wish each of you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
GCAA 4th Quarter Board Luncheon Meeting December 7, 2016
Atlanta Athletic Club, Johns Creek, GA
Ray Lambert, DNR Board Member
Ray Lambert, Georgia DNR Board member was our special guest December 7th at the Annual GCAA Board Christmas luncheon. Mr. Lambert is a longtime friend to our industry and he shared insights and updates with our board regarding the DNR and EPD. We were honored to have him join us for this end of the year luncheon.
3rd Annual Georgia Transportation Summit Wednesday, November 30, 2016
The Classic Center in Athens, Georgia
On November 30, GTA partnered with the American Council of Engineering Companies of Georgia, the Georgia Department of Transportation, and the Georgia Chamber Commerce to host the third annual Georgia Transportation Summit. Over 1,000 attendees converged at the Classic Center in Athens, Georgia to hear “State of the System” addresses from senior executives at GDOT, the State Road and Tollway Authority, MARTA, Georgia Ports Authority, Center of Innovation for Logistics, and Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.
Gwinnett Chamber Legislative Luncheon December 2, 2016
Infinite Energy Forum, Duluth, GA
Vulcan and GCAA participated in a luncheon with the Gwinnett Chamber - 2017 legislative preview. House Minority Leader, Representative Stacey Abrams and Senate Pro Tem David Shafer addressed the group.