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PCCA Journal - Q4 - Available Online
The latest edition of the PCCA Journal is in the mail but you can avoid the wait by reading it online.
This issue Toasts Another Successful Mid-Year Meeting , features PCCA's Year-End Product Showcase, takes an in-depth look Inside Washington and more.
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PCCA Foundation Accepting Scholarship Applications
November is National Scholarship Month, referred to by the National Scholarship Providers Association as a time to raise awareness of scholarship opportunities for current and future college students.
The PCCA Education and Research Foundation will begin the scholarship application process for the 2018-2019 academic year on November 15.
Applicants can apply for one of three $10,000 scholarships. Previous applicants can log in to the Foundation's website using the account they've already created to update their applications as needed.
PCCA Foundation to Support Puerto Rico Relief Efforts
Dear Members and Friends of PCCA:
As you know and have heard over the past couple of weeks, Hurricane Maria has wreaked havoc and devastating destruction over the entire island of Puerto Rico. Also, many of you know that longtime PCCA member, past president, and Hall of Famer Steve Spears and his wife, Flory, have their business and live on this beautiful island.
Supplies and financial assistance are needed now, but as is the case in all these many catastrophic situations, it is difficult to know the most efficient and effective means to achieve the most bang for your buck. We have been in contact with Steve Spears over the past couple of weeks, and in his words:
Fighting Daily to Recover
All, I will try to highlight first all those things that are getting better. First, the supply chain for foodstuffs is much better. Commercial centers have been targeted for power restoration, and that allows the associated commercial establishments the opportunity to reopen. Second, more than 75 percent of hospitals are back on the power grid or have FEMA-supplied generators, and that alleviates the problem with generators sucking up all the diesel supply.
Also with that, aid for the chronically ill and aging is somewhat improved. Third, more small businesses are reopening at least on partial schedules. Those that are electrical energy intensive generally remain closed. Fourth, remedial work for road clearing is pretty much done, and excluding landslides and bridge washouts, most all areas now accessible by land so the need for helicopter supplies is diminished. Fifth, schools and government offices are reopened on limited schedules. Sixth, police are now available at rush hour only to direct traffic at intersections in a city of 3 million that has only 30 percent of power on. Seventh, lines at gas stations, ATMs, banks, megastores, etc., have gone way down or disappeared. However, the lines continue at the unemployment and FEMA relief offices. Eighth, communications are still difficult but much improved. Internet access is probably around 50+ percent in San Juan and 25 percent on the island. Calls and texts are available for more than 75 percent in San Juan and probably 40+ percent on the island. Like in the early days of cell service, you move to where the signal is, and landlines generally work where power is available.
BRON is proud to make the following donation to the PCCA Scholarship fund.
$1,500 on behalf of Global Machinery who purchased a BRON 150 Utility Plow.
$1,000 on behalf of Anderson Underground who purchased a BRON V-100 Add On Utility Plow.
$1,000 on behalf of Mastec who purchased a BRON V75-3 Add on Utility Plow.
We thank BRON for this generous donation and invite you to contribute to the future of our industry!