One of the benefits of membership in the Engineering Contractors’ Association is that we help reduce the number of meetings you have to attend, which, when you think about it, is a big plus.
In an average month the ECA team of staff, consultants and board members attend something between 18 and 20 meetings. These are meetings, in some cases, that the association’s participation protects you from potential harm. It could be a meeting with labor unions and their trust funds; with regulators at state and local levels; meetings with local governments, their engineers, public works directors, planners; meetings with special districts for water, sewer and other kinds of projects. Then we have meetings with other associations to discuss all the meetings we’ve had with everybody else to make sure we’re all rowing in the same direction.
Then there’s another kind of meeting, the one where we put together a lot of the information and people that we have picked up along the way to make the construction opportunities for our members both more frequent and more profitable.
This month, on September 20th at 11:30 am until 2:30 pm we are going to have one of those meetings with the Central Basin Municipal Water District and a few of their friends. We are going to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing both contractors and their customers like the 41 water agencies that Central Basin services.
While the Central Basin organization has had its challenges in recent years, it appears to have righted the ship through a combination of internal actions and state actions. It’s a big market for our members, who often do work for these smaller water districts. Central Basin provides water for nearly 1.7 million people in a 227-square mile area of eastern Los Angeles County.
Central Basin Metropolitan Water District
We’re going to be joined by John Hakel, executive director of the Southern California Partnership for Jobs, by the Laborer locals that cover the Central Basin area and representatives from the Laborers training school. We think this is an area rich with opportunity for ECA members, which is why we are attending this meeting, just like we do all the others on your behalf.
By Wes May ECA Executive Director Email: [email protected]