Volume 43, Issue Number 3 March  5, 2009

Former Governor Mike Huckabee To Headline SMACNA’s 66th Convention

Mike Huckabee
Former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee will speak at Sunday evening’s opening session at SMACNA’s 66th Annual Convention in Palm Desert, Calif. The convention will take place at the Desert Springs JW Marriott Resort and Spa from Oct. 11-15.

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Capitol Hill Update: Recovery Plan Includes New Federal Construction Projects

The U.S. Congress recently passed H.R. 1, The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 and the President signed the bill into Public Law 111-5 on Feb. 17 in Denver, Colo. The recovery plan includes historic, massive levels of discretionary spending for infrastructure investment, particularly in energy efficiency retrofit projects across nearly all federal building categories. New federal construction is a prominent part of the federal building stimulus effort including military, health, transportation, public housing, environmental and general public office structures.

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Sign Up For March Webinar – Collective Bargaining In A Tough Economy

In this trying economic climate, bargaining will require more strategic business thinking, creativity, and effective communications across the table than ever before.

To tackle these challenges, SMACNA is offering the webinar, Collective Bargaining During Tough Economic Times, on Wednesday, March 25, from 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. (EDT). Registration is $95 per connection.

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BIM, Green, Energy Efficiency, LEED, Lean, Sustainability – SMACNA Convention Headliners

John Ilten
On the other side of this recession, I truly believe there are great work opportunities in store for SMACNA members. Now while things are a bit slow is the time to rev up on education and plan to attend SMACNA’s 66th annual convention, Oct. 11-15, in Palm Desert, California.

SMACNA members who are proficient in BIM (Building Information Modeling), “Green” construction, energy efficiency, LEED, lean construction, and sustainability, will own the marketplace within the next five years. SMACNA’s annual convention will provide intensive training in these areas and more.

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ASHRAE Research Receives SMACNA Support

ASHRAE President Bill Harrison (left) accepts a check for $10,000 from John Lindemulder Sr., SMACNA president-elect.
Continuing a longstanding tradition of supporting research by the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), SMACNA recently presented a $10,000 check for ASHRAE’s research project, “1319-RP Laboratory Testing of Duct Fittings to Determine Loss Coefficients.” SMACNA chapters are encouraged to designate their local ASHRAE contributions to this project.

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