29Sep, 2022

What Happened In DC

After years of considering the Minnesota Transportation Alliance’s DC Fly-In, attending this year was perfectly timed. The conference was centered on the new IIJA funding information and how projects were selected, as well as other opportunities for the municipalities to …

29Aug, 2022

Where’s My CERT Certificate?

I have worked as a liaison between members and the Central CERT agencies on multiple certification issues. As noted in a previous blog, mentoring our AWC members through certification has always been a function here. So many of our members …

09Aug, 2022

Where’s Barb

This week’s blog is more of a “Where’s Waldo” for what has been happening behind the scenes at AWC this summer. A “Where’s Barb” if you will. Often Summer is my slow season – when you all are busy, I …

11Jul, 2022

Public Owners – Final Answer

In my Federal Reserve council meetings in 2020, I told the Governors that our industry was working but we were going to be hurting in years to come and to please save us some relief. My first meeting with a …

30Jun, 2022

Federal Contracting

Federal Contracting – Are you ignoring this business opportunity? When AWC was started in 1995, a handful of the membership was bidding and performing on federal contracts. This number has completely dwindled over the past decade – while membership has …

21Jun, 2022

J&L Steel Erectors / 3 Members

Founding AWC Member, LouAnne Loewen of J&L Steel Erectors, shares her It Starts With Us Stories from this year: MC Tool & Safety: “It was great to work with Erika. We needed several changes to the order because we were …

21Jun, 2022

J&L Jobsite Solutions / 3 Members

Founding AWC Member, LouAnne Loewen of J&L Jobsite Solutions, shares her It Starts With Us Stories from this year: Air Fresh Industries: “We have used Air Fresh on many of our sites. When I purchased J&L Jobsite Solutions they had …

20Jun, 2022

Gratitude

Today’s blog is a public Thank You note.   Last Friday was the AWC Scholarship Golf FUNdraiser Event. This is the sole funding source for our scholarships awarded to women entering careers in construction. We have awarded over $230K since 2003 …

06Jun, 2022

Legislative Inaction

Today I want to talk the failure of the Minnesota legislature this past session. I believe that the divided government should be referred to going forward as “Government of Ineffectiveness” or “Do nothing Legislature”. I can assure you that if …