Heading into the holiday season, it is time to think about the gifts we have received during this past year.
First on the list is that we have survived what may be the strangest year of the new Millennium. While Covid-19, bizarre political gyrations and an economy that looks like an EKG printout challenged our ability to cope, we have come to the end of the year with a new appreciation of our resilience.
We learned new skills and coping mechanisms, from working at home to dealing with Zoom. We learned patience with the seemingly never-ending rash of ever-changing government regulations. We discovered that our industry is essential to our society in ways we already knew but were glad to see confirmed.
Our association has been strengthened through all this turmoil, just as iron turns into steel through fire and pressure. Our officers and board members are active participants in all our decision-making. They never lost sight of planning for the future while dealing with the commotion of seemingly daily unique challenges.
All of this practice will stand us in good stead as the coming year looms with new challenges.
Financial management challenges, both with our customers and our member organizations, are surfacing now and could deepen in the coming year. We will be keeping a close eye on local government budget actions as they cope with unanticipated costs, making sure that funds earmarked for essential projects stay where they belong. Our continued strong support and participation in the Rebuild SoCal Partnership is a critical component in this effort. We also actively work with the Construction Industry Force Account Council (CIFAC) to keep government contracting on the mark.
Some of these new problems will be a continuum of what we have and are still going through. Worksite rules to deal with the coronavirus will continue to evolve. Health will become a more substantial component of our “health and safety” skill sets. As viable vaccines against this disease move mainstream, a much brighter third and fourth quarter of 2021 could be on everyone’s horizon.
To help deal with these issues, ECAis strengthening its member education opportunities through online webinars, providing a safe learning experience with expert advice and guidance. When we have passed through the pandemic, we will also offer in-person workshops on industry topics.
The future is full of unknowns, but we are hopefully better prepared through the gifts we have received in the past year.
By Ray Baca Executive Director Email: [email protected]