First of all, I would like to thank all of you for your renewed investment in the Colorado Stone, Sand, and Gravel Association. As the new president, I am grateful for your 2009 membership support. Without the ongoing financial commitment from our producer and associate members, CSSGA would not be able to continue with our important regulatory, legislative, and safety committees. Secondly, I would like to thank you for your continued time commitment to CSSGA. Every member’s involvement is voluntary, and seeing the participation by our members to serve on the board and committees is impressive. For CSSGA to be successful, it takes a strong obligation, and I encourage all of our members to get involved anyway they can.
For those of you wondering what CSSGA can do for you, remember that return on investment (ROI) is a critical aspect of any business endeavor. CSSGA’s niche is providing broad-based regulatory and legislative oversight and advice to all members within the aggregate industry. As president, my motto is straight forward, “If you are mining stone, sand, or gravel in the state of Colorado, you should be a member of CSSGA.” This year clearly presents tough economic challenges for our industry as well as for every business and working family across Colorado. The recently passed federal stimulus package does not do enough to provide a strong and significant investment in Colorado transportation projects. The aggregate industry, as well as our affiliate organizations, such as CAPA and CRMCA, is not clearly understood by policymakers and citizens. It is critical to promote the value of our products–whether rock, asphalt, or concrete–in a good and bad economy. So please visit with legislators, friends, associates, and colleagues to promote the importance of the aggregate industry and to teach them how highway transportation projects can help put Coloradans back to work. I know our partners in the concrete and asphalt industries share our desire for significant road and bridge investments this year and in the future. CSSGA has set some aggressive goals it hopes to accomplish in 2009, and I hope you will continue to be a strong and vocal advocate for the construction-materials industry.