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Chairman's Message

Chairman's Message: Programming and Events that Unite Us

Karl Hudson, 2019 ABC MA Chairman Despite an impending snowstorm, over 80 ABC members from more than 35 different companies attended our Future Leaders event at Lord Hobo’s beautiful brewery in Woburn last month.  ABC’s Program and Events Manager Dan Gearin said the great turnout was bolstered by 20-30 attendees who are employees of member companies that he had not seen at previous events. ABC hosts a number of events and seminars throughout the year to provide your company with great networking opportunities and give employees the ability to hone their skills by interacting with fellow members. For instance, ABC offers informational programming that cover topics ranging from new industry requirements to HR and legal issues, often sponsored by our Government Affairs Committee, Future Leaders, Human Resources Committee, or Legal Roundtable, to name a few. This is a great way for members to get involved in the organization, which helps us unite and grow. And there are things you can do ...

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Chairman's Message: The Opioid Crisis

Karl Hudson, 2019 ABC MA Chairman ​You can’t listen to tv or radio for very long without hearing more bad news about the opioid epidemic that’s engulfing our country. Unfortunately, no industry is being hit harder by the crisis than construction.   Recently Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts, in collaboration with ABC and the other industry trade groups, presented a seminar on this issue that highlighted some sobering statistics – over 72,000 people in the United States died of drug overdoses in 2017 – more than 2,000 of them in Massachusetts.  And while the overall number of deaths was down slightly from 2016 in our state, the numbers continued to rise among Hispanics and African Americans.  For every death, there are 130 people with a substance abuse problem.  ​ In terms of economic impact, the state economy lost nearly $6 billion in 2017 from the opioid epidemic and people being unable to work.  The national economic impact ...

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Chairman’s Message: The Year Ahead

Karl Hudson, 2019 ABC MA Chairman It is my honor and privilege to serve as chair of ABC Massachusetts as we enter the new year.  I’d like to start by acknowledging the hard work and dedication of outgoing Chair John Anderson, as well as President and CEO Greg Beeman and the entire staff, who work diligently on behalf of our members.    We are in the midst of a five-year strategic plan that includes three primary goals: Workforce Development, Membership Development and Legislative Effectiveness.  And I’m happy to say that we have made significant progress on each of them. ​ In terms of workforce development, we graduated the first class of our pre-apprenticeship program in 2018, which was funded by a grant from the Commonwealth Corporation. This program is helping give member companies access to a much-needed group of eager young men and woman with basic construction training.  Most have already been placed.  We have also created the new position of Di ...

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