Trenchless Technology

JAN 2019

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NASSCO News 2470 Longstone Lane, Suite M, Marriottsville, MD 21104 | Phone: 410.442.PIPE (7473) | Email: info@nassco.org SHEILA'S CORNER NASSCO BECOMES NATIONAL SPONSOR OF SKILLSUSA NASSCO serves a very unique purpose in supporting contractors in the sewer service in- dustry. Through our mission to set standards for the assessment, maintenance and rehabilitation of un- derground infrastructure, along with our commitment to assure the continued acceptance and growth of trenchless tech- nologies, NASSCO strives to provide contractors with resources and support to help them succeed in the field. After all, when con- tractors are armed with the knowledge, specifications and know- how to get work done right, the system owners, engineers and en- tire communities benefit. But what more can NASSCO do beyond certifying workers in PACP®, developing specifications, building awareness for critical federal funding of wastewater infrastructure and awarding scholarships to deserving individuals? How can we help contractors further succeed in their day-to-day operations? The answer to that question came to me loud and clear one day as I was driving into the NASSCO office. I consider myself lucky to enjoy a commute through the beautiful, bucolic hills of Northern Virginia. One day, surrounded by farms and sunrise, I noticed a building in Leesburg, Virginia with a SkillsUSA sign out front. I was curious, so when I got to the office I fired up my computer and Googled "SkillsUSA". Turns out, the organization is exactly what I had been looking for; an established association that can help NASSCO build awareness of the sewer ser vice industr y as an hon- orable, respected and extremely viable employment opportunity. Founded in 1965 and endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education, SkillsUSA is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization whose goal is to en- sure America has the skilled workforce it needs to stay competitive. Accomplishing this by pro- viding a vital solution to the growing U.S. skills gap, SkillsUSA partners with students, instruc- tors and industries to achieve that mission. Serving more than 360,000 students and in- structors each year in middle schools, high schools and colleges across the country, the Association's programs integrate career opportunities and education through a framework of personal, workplace and techni- cal skills grounded in academics. With construction as a major industry category, NASSCO has a significant opportunity to introduce the im- pressive technologies available to assess, maintain and rehabilitate un- derground infrastructure in a way that resonates with and attracts young people choosing a career path. I am pleased to report that NASSCO is now a proud, na- tional sponsor of SkillsUSA. Through this relationship, NASSCO will support the construction industry, build awareness for the many opportunities in the sewer service industry, and – most importantly – give young students the confidence and tools they need to make the most impor- tant career decisions of their lives. To learn more, please visit skillsusa.org. Sheila Joy is ExecuƟve Director of NASSCO. She can be reached at director@nassco.org . NASSCO is located at 2470 Longstone Lane, Suite M, MarrioƩsville, Maryland 21104. Sheila Joy We say it every year, and it always seems to happen: This year's Annual Conference will be bigger and better than ever before! Scheduled from April 10-13, 2019, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, NASS- CO members will enjoy traditional events from years past, including a welcome reception, golf outing, dynamic general meeting, committee participation and our special awards banquet. New this year will be "The Exchange" – a half-day event that encourages par- ticipation and input from attendees and honored guests alike to address sig- nificant industry issues surrounding something we all care about: Safety. The Conference will also include special recognition of new members and attend- ees, a special event to honor NASSCO's Past-Presidents, and so much more. Held at the Ritz Carlton in Fort Lauderdale, NASSCO has secured ex- ceptional rates and rooms are selling out fast! Visit nassco.org/events now to learn more about the Annual Conference and book your space. Share the Need for Funding with Washington, D.C. NASSCO's online tool to reach Congressional leaders is making a major impact! Even if you contacted your representatives with our earlier cam- paign, we need your help once again with new communications focusing on the FY20 Budget. It's extremely easy for you to reach your Senators and Representatives via email to communicate the need for increased funding for wastewater conveyance infrastructure. In fact, it takes less than a minute or two and can be accomplished in three easy steps: 1. Visit nassco.org/get-involved 2. Select the Government Relations drop-down 3. Click the "Take Action" button, provide your personal information, and hit send. NASSCO'S 2019 ANNUAL CONFERENCE – JOIN US! 22 T R E N C H L E S S T EC H N O LO GY JA N UA RY 2019

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