Over the last several months, as I researched the Engineering Contractors’ Association (ECA) in making my decision to pursue the position of Executive Director and as I prepared for the interview process, I learned a lot.
I quickly learned the association has deep roots in the southern California construction industry. We have generations of members who have supported and shaped ECA into an amazingly effective voice for the underground/utility construction industry by partnering with many other groups.
I learned ECA knows all construction work is local, on the ground in our 12-county area and that we keep our focus on local governments and agencies, both large and small. With our partners, ECA emphasizes providing help to all its members when they ask for it, or when they just plain need it. I learned that ECA members are actively engaged in the association’s committee structure. As I studied more, and as I asked questions throughout the interview process, these were the compelling reasons that appealed to me on both a professional and personal level. Without a doubt, the ECAis where I wanted to be.
Since arriving into the position in August, I’ve also learned we do keep a close eye on the major projects and entities in the region—the city of Los Angeles and the counties of Los Angeles, Orange and the Inland Empire—and are actively engaged with them at multiple levels. ECAhas the longest continuous history of working with Los Angeles City Hall of any association in our region and our members perform more work on city underground/utility projects than any other group.
Just because we are laser-focused on local issues, governments and agencies, doesn’t mean we ignore the powers of the State of California. I now know that during the last general election ECA and its Political Action Committee strategically issued campaign contributions to state officeholders of both parties and were major contributors to the successful NO on the Prop. 6 Campaign, securing a solid foundation for transportation funding for California’s future.
The final (for now…it is just my first month) thing I’ve learned is that ECA even has a voice in Washington, D.C., through our support and participation with the Clean Water Construction Coalition (CWCC). This organization includes groups like ours from the top 23 states in the nation dedicated to improving the flow of federal money for water project improvements supporting all of our local projects.
Finally, I’ve learned that ECA members and the association itself are well-positioned to prosper, evolve and grow far into future generations.
By Ray Baca Executive Director Email: [email protected]