Tuesday, January 8, 2019


legislative update

Legislative Session Starts Today!

Minnesota is the only state in the nation with a divided legislature. The Democrats have the majority in the House and the Republicans have a one-seat majority in the Senate.

Governor-elect Walz has almost completed his cabinet appointments for all the Commissioner posts. In addition, the leadership for both the House and Senate Committees have been determined.

I am hopeful the “One Minnesota” mantra popularized by our incoming Governor will be successful; experience tells me to wait and see.

To take a deeper dive on political news, click on the photo above.


Stephanie's Sidebar Conversation

Top Golf
DIG, PAVE and DRIVE to the TOP (GOLF)!

March 7, 2019
3-7 PM

MUCA is pleased to join with the Minnesota Asphalt Paving Association and the Minnesota Transportation Alliance in hosting an industry event at Top Golf in Brooklyn Park.

Together, we have reserved an entire floor of Golf Bays for sponsors to invite their favorite clients to "swing into spring."

Sponsorship options include: Sponsoring a Golf Bay, Sponsoring the Food or Beverages, Sponsoring the Hole-in-One Contest, Sponsoring the Venue.

Individual registration is also available, but limited (25 of the 34 Golf Bays are reserved for our vendors and their guests!).

Top Golf is the hottest ticket in town!

Register today!

Education and Workforce Development Help Request

MUCA is seeking talented individuals to help us upgrade our Erosion Control re-certification training and testing.

As part of our strategic plan, we have some specific initiatives to save contractors time and money in recertification of their Erosion Control Site Management certification.

Please contact me if you’re interested in helping us to help you!

–– Stephanie

MUCA Member Update

The Time for Training Is Now!

Your best investment in the New Year always begins with ensuring your field leaders, supervisors and project managers are ready for the coming construction season. Here are a few offerings from MUCA that can help your team be prepared:

Alpha Dog

Alpha Dog Leadership Workshop
February 19, 2019; 8 AM - Noon
Ewald Conference Center, St. Paul

This is the follow-up session to the popular Five Minute Foreman workshop MUCA provided over the last two years. Speaker Mark Breslin returns to provide concrete lessons for construction professionals who want to improve team and individual performance. Purchase the book here.

Class is limited to 70 attendees — Register now!

Erosion Control Site Management Certification
February 7, March 7 or April 11, 2019
WSB University, St. Louis Park, MN
7 AM – 5 PM

MUCA’s successful partnership with WSB to offer the best Site Management Certification program continues. This program is annually audited for compliance with both MnDOT and the MPCA. Registration includes an excellent workbook and resource guide, as well as a handy Field Guide for use as an on-the-job reference tool. Learn more and register here.

Pipelayer Certification
In-Person: February 13, or March 27, 2019
The Builders Group, Eagan, 8 AM – Noon
On-Line: Available 24/7; 365

MUCA’s Pipelayer Certification Training serves over 300 construction professionals annually. Two years ago, we put the training online to save contractors time and money in ensuring their crews are certified. If you have more than 15 people who need certification, we can also bring the class to your facility.

Learn more and register here.

Additional Training Resources

MUCA works with several organizations to provide access to accredited safety training and educational resources:

United Rentals Trench Safety:
Confined Space Entry (online)
Confined Spaces in Construction (classroom or online)
Excavation Safety/Competent Person (online)

OECS, Inc.
Offers Safety Assessments, Training Programs, Audits, OSHA Assistance and much more.

Others include: the Excavation Safety Guide, FREE Damage Prevention Meetings from the Minnesota Common Ground Alliance, Excavation Videos from Planet Underground TV, and 8 free online courses from DiggingSafely — a Service of MEA.

All of the above can be accessed on MUCA’s Additional Training Resources page.

Thank You for Renewing!

Thanks to the following companies for renewing their investment in MUCA for 2019!

Stinson Leonard Street LLP, Belair Sitework Services, GM Contracting, Inc., HG&K, LTD, G.F. Jedlicki, Inc., St. Paul Utilities, C.W. Houle, Inc., and Esch Construction Supply.

To join or renew, simply log in to the MUCA Membership page on the website. You’ll need your login and password. If you don’t know it, email or call (651) 735-3908.

Mark Your Calendars!

Don't forget these upcoming events!

  • Alpha Leadership — Register Here
  • Erosion Control Site Management — Register Here
  • DIG, PAVE and DRIVE to TOP GOLF — Register Here
  • Pipelayers Certification Training — Register for the Online Pipe Layers Certification course — available 365 days, 24/7

Stephanie Menning, Executive Director
Phone: 651-735-3908 | Fax: 651-290-2266 | Email: info@muca.org | www.muca.org