From a burgeoning population and shifting sources of power, to increased demand from electric buses, cars and household technologies, how will New York’s energy infrastructure cope with current and future demand? Join the GCA on October 18 at the Cornell Club for a thoughtful conversation about energy issues in New York State with Richard Kauffman, Governor Cuomo’s energy czar, and Kenneth Daly, President of National Grid New York. For more information and to register click here.
Join the GCA and the Rudin Center on June 13 for an informative conversation with the Commissioners to NYC DOT, DDC and DEP. Denise Richardson, Executive Director of the GCA and Mitchell Moss, Director of Rudin Center for Transportation Policy will moderate a panel discussion on infrastructure investment, economic development and sustainability in New York City. For more information and to Register Click Here.
Heavy civil construction is a demanding business. Night work, lane closures, subway track shutdowns and tight deadlines are challenging in and of themselves. Add on safety protocols, procuring supplies and keeping up with paperwork requirements, and one can understand why construction – especially public works construction – can be such a daunting undertaking.
The course is designed for DMWBE firms that work on heavy civil projects who are signed to a union agreement or are willing to work under a project labor agreement, or are interested in learning more about how to work union. It covers items such as negotiating with suppliers, understanding site safety plans, conducting a job hazard http://onhealthy.net analysis, properly developing project submittals and understanding union agreements and PLAs. For more information and to register click here.
John Porcari, Interim Director of the Gateway Development Corporation and former U.S. Deputy Secretary of Transportation, joined the GCA and over 150 participants in an informative and lively conversation about the status of the anticipated $24 billion Gateway Program.
One of the most exciting and critical infrastructure projects to be undertaken in the metropolitan region, Gateway will not only construct two new passenger rail tunnels under the Hudson, but will upgrade and ultimately expand virtually all the rail infrastructure between Newark and New York’s Penn Station. The $1.5 billion phase of the initial element, replacement of New Jersey’s Portal Bridge North, is slated for bidding in 2017. While the ultimate sources of funding for the overall project remains uncertain, Porcari noted that there are a host of options, including Railroad Rehabilitation Improvement Financing (RRIF) loans, passenger fees, and Federal Transit Administration New Start grants, as well as state participation from New Jersey and New York. Porcari noted his most immediate focus is on getting funding included in the upcoming federal budget—the last of President Obama’s administration.
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DMWBE Networking Events
The General Contractors Association is committed to providing opportunities to work on heavy civil construction projects to certified DBE and MWBEs. The GCA’s targeted networking events provide unparalleled opportunities for these firms to meet with GCA members and discuss subcontracting opportunities.
The popular Speaker Series keeps our members and other stakeholders informed of the latest perspectives on the political and technical aspects of heavy civil construction. The Speaker Series offers insight into cutting edge industry developments and attracts important players and critical thinkers from around the region.
Education and Training
Educational events and training programs help GCA members and their employees develop the skills required to be successful. Events include educating the next generation about the importance of infrastructure investment for the future. Other programs are targeted to helping minority and women owned businesses succeed in the challenging heavy civil construction marketplace.