CGA’s Big Plans for 2017

Dear CGA members,
As my tenure leading this organization comes to an end, I am thrilled to
be leaving on the heels of another record-breaking year for damage prevention.
In 2016, CGA members’ shared responsibility led to an all-time high
level of 811 awareness, the production of our most accurate DIRT Report
to date and an innovative new data analytics platform – Tableau – that
makes DIRT data more accessible and actionable than ever before, as well
as the distribution of 30,000 Best Practices Guides that put consensusbased
information in the hands of stakeholders across the country.

In our constant effort to decrease damages to buried utilities, CGA members
are already hard at work on national outreach for 2017. This year
marks the 10th anniversary of 811 – a major milestone for damage prevention
stakeholders who led the charge for this federally-designated N11
number and those who have worked so diligently and creatively to promote
safe digging practices in the decade since.

We have certainly come a long way, but we still have much ground to cover.
The 2015 DIRT Report detailed an estimated 317,000 damages to buried
facilities, and while this represented a nine percent decrease from the year
prior, our work will not be done until that number is zero.

CGA and 811 are poised to create even bigger initiatives in 2017. You can
look for the national “call before you dig” number in Big Game media coverage
in February; we’ll be making a splash as we re-launch 811 on April
1, and the DIRT Report released next year will benefit from seamlessly
integrated reporting.

As we enter 2017, CGA asks you to do everything you can to work towards
achieving our ultimate goal of zero damages. I can tell you that CGA is
poised to execute some particularly innovative and increasingly far-reaching
initiatives this year.

Thank you for all that you do,
Bob Kipp
CGA President

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