The Importance Of Fostering Good Relationships With Public Officials
For many years the ECA has hosted an evening where Contractors and Affiliates who build public works projects can mingle with public officials in an environment of good food and comradery. This year is no exception. We are gathering again on Thursday, April 6, 2017 at the Rohnert Park Community Center for our annual ECA Public Officials Night.
This year our Bridge Award will be presented to the Sonoma County Transportation and Public Works group led by Sara Fredricks and Team Ghilotti for their collaboration on the Liberty Road reconstruct project. We have contracted with Don Mills of Sound Ideas to make a short video (must shorter than last year’s Geysers Recharge Pipeline Bridge Award video) to highlight the project and the individuals who were responsible for working closely together and thereby delivering a project to the Public more efficiently. Bottom line? Tax dollars were used for public benefit more efficiently because of the extraordinary efforts of this year’s Bridge Award winners.
Our 2017 President, Dale Mahoney, and the Board of Directors, want to point out and highlight this year’s Public Officials Night for several reasons:
- The evening serves as an educational opportunity in that Public Officials can network with Engineers, Contractors and Suppliers and better understand how to deliver Public Works Projects that result in greater benefit to the Public.
- The Bridge Award recognizes and encourages collaboration between Public Officials and Contractors, Engineers, and Suppliers by publicly honoring those efforts that have resulted in the Public’s benefit.
- Despite not having the Maintenance Superintendents Association cooking for us this year, we will still serve up a great Rib Eye steak dinner to the attendees. Although their absence will be missed because of great relationships with the MSA members, we will also see an increase in our costs of the evening as we now have to pay a caterer for the work that the MSA so generously donated to us in years past.
We have a “Showcase Sponsor” for this year’s Public Officials Night and we are grateful to Ghilotti Construction Company for stepping up and helping us with the cost of the event. However, we are also seeking other sponsors for this event as we are continuing our great tradition of hosting the Public Officials at no cost to them. Please contact Mary and let her know you are willing to Sponsor this event. flyer
I hope you all agree with President Dale and our Board that this is one of the most important events of the year for the ECA and its members. Please invite your foremen, your estimators, your engineers, and your Managers to this event. I promise you the speeches will be shorter than last year, the food will be just as good, and the importance of fostering good relationships with our Public Officials is never more important than now in trying to deliver the best projects to the public! Come enjoy the evening with us!
Thanks for all you do!
That’s All Folks