MISS DIG 811 was established in 1970 by five major Michigan utility companies as a pilot program in Oakland County to reduce damages to their underground facilities, prevent injuries, and save lives. Since its inception, we have expanded significantly by adding two additional notification centers, moving from phone calls to primarily web-based ticket taking, and introducing the ability to place design tickets. Additionally, House Bill Public Act 174 was passed in 2013 to provide definitions and enforcement as key parts of the protection of underground utilities.
2020 marks our 50th year in operation. To celebrate, we will be hosting many events across the state to spread awareness of our organization and safe digging practices. Festivities were kicked off this January with our Annual Meeting and Education Expo in Mt. Pleasant; former employees and Board members were brought in to show our appreciation for their dedication to underground utility safety. To observe National Safe Digging Month in April, we are hosting an event in Utica at Jimmy John’s Field. In honor of 8/11 Day in August, we will have the 811 Hot Air Balloon present at celebrations at the Michigan International Speedway, the Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association, United Shore Professional Baseball League, and the Woodward Dream Cruise.
As we acknowledge our history, we look forward to a bright future!