Associated Contractors of New Mexico

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Mark Your Calendars – Tell Your Co-Workers

The 2014 ACNM State Convention is sure to be a great time!

Thursday, July 24 - Sunday July 27, 2014

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First Quarterly Lunch & Learn Event

 

Friday, March 28

March 28, 2014- Lunch & Learn Series: EPA’s Tier 4 Final Overview
Please follow this link to a PDF version of the PowerPoint presentation from the March 28th Lunch & Learn at ACNM. For a video or audio copy of the meeting, you may contact Dino Franco at dfranco@aconm.org.

Win the War for Talent:
An Introduction to the BirdDog Recruitment Software & Services

Presented by Bryan May, EVP, BirdDog
Thursday, April 17, 2014
2:00 PM ET / 1:00 PM CT / 12:00 PM MT / 11:00 AM PT

As a new Affinity Program Provider for the AGC of America, BirdDog can help ACNM members overcome the challenges of recruiting top talent and maintaining compliance with the OFCCP. Join Bryan May, EVP at BirdDog and construction industry recruitment expert on an educational webinar to learn more about: top techniques companies are using to build bench strength, the BirdDog ATS in action—case study from Martin Marietta Materials and winning the battle with technology.

Register for the webinar today

 

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ACNM seeks support for the "HARDHATS FOR HIGHWAYS" Initiative

The Federal Highway Trust Fund, which is the origin of Federal construction dollars received by the New Mexico Department of Transportation amounting to roughly half of the annual NMDOT budget, has been projected to run short later this year, and may be unable to support any new highway, bridge and public transportation improvements beginning in fiscal year 2015.  A national coalition of construction and business associations, of which AGC of America is included, has announced the launching of a new campaign called "Hardhats for Highways", aimed at helping to educate Congress about the connection between local jobs and federal highway and transit investment.  

“Hardhats for Highways” is encouraging transportation construction firms and their employees to contact their Congressmen in Washington DC to share with them the importance of continued federal participation in our nation's transportation infrastructure, and to let them know the impact on their businesses and ability to provide local jobs in the event such federal transportation funding were to become unavailable.

Below is a link to the "Hardhats for Highways" website, which provides information to be included in a letter to Congress stressing the need for a revenue increase and implementing a long term authorization to continue to support the Highway Trust Fund.  There is also an option available on the website to forward an "e-hardhat" if you prefer.  Either way, it is critical to let our members of Congress know now what the result will be if New Mexico does not continue to receive these valuable funds - basically that without the $400 - $450 million received by NMDOT through distributions from the Federal Highway Trust Fund, NMDOT will not be able to adequately self fund much needed statewide construction projects, and our state transportation construction program will become virtually non-existent beginning as early as September of this year.

www.HardhatsforHighways.org

Listed below is contact information for each of New Mexico's Congressional Delegation:

Senator Tom Udall
110 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC  20510
202-228-3261 (Fax)
tomudall.senate.gov
Senator Martin Heinrich
702 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC  20510
202-228-2841 (Fax)
heinrich.senate.gov
Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham
214 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC  20515
202-225-4975 (Fax)
lujangrisham.house.gov
Representative Steve Pearce
2432 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC  20515
202-225-9599 (Fax)
pearce.house.gov
Representative Ben Ray Lujan
2446 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC  20515
202-226-1528 (Fax)
lujan.house.gov

Thank you for your attention to this very important matter, and for asking your employees to participate in this endeavor as well.  The sooner we let our members of Congress know what New Mexico's construction industry is facing, the better the chance that we might be able to avert this very real threat to our state's contracting community.

 

 

Some States Looking at Payment and Bidding Slowdowns

The U.S. Department of Transportation confirmed statements made at Congressional hearings last week that the cash balance situation in the Highway Trust Fund is more dire than first projected. DOT updated its online tracker showing that the highway account of the HTF could potentially fall below $4 billion in late July, weeks before its initial early August forecast. The updated figures show the highway account running out of money in early September, several weeks earlier than previously estimated.

The $4 billion balance is significant because below that amount DOT will be forced to institute strict cash management procedures that will likely result in slow and/or reduced reimbursements to states for ongoing construction work. USDOT reported that the mass transit account of the HTF will end the year with a balance of about $1 billion. The Highway Trust Fund ticker is available here.

 

Mountain States Constructors Presented AGC of America National Safety Award

AGC of America's Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA) Program is the construction industry's elite safety excellence awards program for AGC member firms of all sizes and occupational divisions.  CSEA recognizes those companies that have developed and implemented premier safety and loss prevention programs, and showcases companies that have achieved continuous improvements and maintenance of their safety and health management systems.

CSEA recognizes those construction firms that excel at safety and health performance, and who place a strong emphasis on safety and occupational health management and risk control.

At this year's annual AGC National Convention held earlier this month in Las Vegas, Nevada, AGC members from around the country were recognized both for their commitment to safety for their workforce and for developing a culture that emphasizes safety throughout their companies.  ACNM is pleased to announce that Contractor Member firm Mountain States Constructors was recognized for their accomplishments in this area by being awarded the 2014 Construction Safety Excellence Award as the top construction firm nationally in AGC's Highway Division amongst those companies reporting 100,000 to 300,000 work hours.  This is the second consecutive year that Mountain States Constructors has been recognized as a leader nationally for their strong commitment to workplace safe practices.

Our congratulations go out to Mountain States Constructors for this prestigious recognition of their outstanding safety performance in 2013, and for their continued commitment to provide a safe work environment for their employees.

 

 

April Alexander Benefit Fund

Most of you remember, and many of you worked with, Bill Alexander, a longtime member of ACNM through his work in the construction industry, who passed away in 2009.  Earlier this year, Bill’s daughter April contracted the H1-N1 virus and became seriously ill, requiring hospitalization for over 3 weeks.  She's been out of the hospital for a few weeks now, but still needs to be on oxygen.  Unfortunately April does not have adequate health insurance coverage to meet all of the medical bills that have accumulated.

An account has been established at Bank of the West for those wishing to help April with her medical bills.  Anyone interested and able to help can go directly to any Bank of the West location and make a deposit (check or cash) to the "April Alexander Benefit Fund".  I'm told that donations may also be forwarded through Roy Ballard at Lafarge ((505) 433-9954 or roy.ballard@lafarge.com), who will then get them deposited into the account.

Additionally, a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser has been scheduled as a benefit for April.  It will be held this Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 12:00 noon to 4:00 pm at Geomy Pohl's office, located at 8014 Edith Blvd. NE.  There will also be a raffle of donated items such as gift cards, gift baskets, certificates etc. at the dinner. Tickets for the dinner are $10 each and may be purchased from Roy at Lafarge, or Ken Wylie has indicated that tickets are also available at the AMEC office.

For additional information on the account or the fundraiser dinner, Roy Ballard is the point person to answer any questions or to provide further information. 

 

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7th ACNM Transportation Industry Golf Classic
Monday, May 12, 2014
Canyon Club Golf Course (formerly Four Hills Country Club)

 

Join Associated Contractors of New Mexico at our 7th ACNM Transportation Industry Golf Classic, this year being played at the beautiful new Canyon Club Golf Course (formerly Four Hills Country Club).  ACNM events are a great way to network with other industry professionals and enjoy a fun time with colleagues and friends.  What better way to show your support for your industry and enjoy the wonderful New Mexico Springtime weather than a day on the golf course!

Tournament Format:  Four-person team - 18 hole scramble.  Prizes will be awarded to the Top team, and two additional teams chosen at random.
Registration:  $125.00/player - includes lunch, range balls, green fee and cart      
Schedule of Events:  11:00 am     Registration, Lunch & Warm-Up      
  12:30 pm     Shotgun Start      
  5:00 pm     Awards Reception      
 
Please mark your calendars and make plans to join us for this fun afternoon of golf, and consider helping out by selecting a sponsorship level from below:
 
 

Hole Sponsors (36 available) @ $100.00/each
Beverage Cart Sponsors (2 available) @ $250.00/each
Practice Green Sponsors (2 available) @ $375.00/each
Driving Range Sponsors (2 available) @ $375.00/each
Golfers Lunch Sponsors (2 available) @ $750.00/each
Awards Reception Sponsors (2 available) @ $750.00/each
Major Event Sponsor (1 available) @ $1,500.00

 

(All sponsorship opportunities will be awarded as available on a first-come, first-served basis)

The ACNM Transportation Industry Golf Classic provides a great opportunity for you to get your company name, your key employees, and the products you represent in front of the people you need to be doing business with.  Past participants in this outing have included state Legislators, NMDOT Commissioners and Administrative staff, City and County Administrators, and members of New Mexico's transportation construction community.

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Please contact Mary Ann (information@aconm.org) or me (mbeck@aconm.org) for additional information.

We hope to see you there!!!

 

 

ACNM to host Reception at Transportation Engineering Conference in Las Cruces

Associated Contractors of New Mexico will host an evening reception for ACNM members and invited guests in conjunction with the 2014 Transportation Engineering Conference to be held in Las Cruces.  The Reception will take place on Wednesday evening, April 23rd from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm at DeLaVega's Pecan Grill and Brewery, 500 S. Telshor Drive, and will immediately precede the April ACNM Board of Directors Meeting.

Invited guests include local Legislators from across southern New Mexico, Gubernatorial Candidates, and NMDOT Administrative staff.  This is your opportunity to meet and network with those who have a tremendous impact on this Association, our members, and the future of the construction industry.

If you plan to attend the Transportation Engineering Conference, we hope you'll also make plans to join us for this event.

 

2013 ACNM State Convention.

We would like to express our gratitude to the many participants and presenters that came together at the Annual ACNM State Convention to make the Business Sessions a success. As always, participation is the key to any successful endeavor, and this year’s sessions were an example of how powerful combined industry efforts can be.

 

 
Red Cross

 

The NMED – Air Quality Bureau

Fugitive Dust White Paper

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ACNM and TTCP Training Schedules can be accessed under the “Training and Safety” tab.