Chapter News

The state and regional chapters of NUCA are involved in many areas on behalf of their members. They provide many benefits and services, local events, networking opportunities, workforce development, and advocacy for favorable laws and regulations impacting the industry.

Here's the latest news from NUCA's 30 local chapters:

September 2020

NUCA of the Carolinas

Glad to be able to plan an outdoor event in a year full of indoor videos, the Chapter announced that it will be holding  its "NUCA Open" golf tournament on Oct. 22, at Pinehurst Resort, NC. This Chapter event is generously sponsored by United Rentals. More information here.

NUCA of East Tennessee

NUCA's newest Chapter announced that they have hired Wendi Mullins at their new staff Executive Director. She will represent NUCA  before our local construction industry, including are partners in local government, utility companies, utility districts, engineering firms, TOSHA, TDOT and more.

Wendi has extensive nonprofit management experience, growing and developing many cherished local groups.  These include Provision CARES Foundation, A Step Ahead Foundation, and American Diabetes Association. She can be reached at 

"Wendi knows firsthand what it takes to lead organizational causes and grassroots efforts.  Her expertise and community connections will help pave the way as we continue to build NUCA EastTN Chapter as the foremost organization for excavation and utility construction," chapter president David Hurst announced on Sept. 14. Welcome to the NUCA family, Wendi!

NUCA of North Dakota

The Chaper will be holding its first "Back to School" event on Oct. 8. It will be a hands-on introductory event for the industry, where Bismarck-area school-age attendees and their parents can learn about the construction workforce, explore an assortment of heavy equipment, and meet the people who make all of this happen.

NUCA of Pennsylvania

The Pennsylvania chapter reported on a new state law that requires all construction industry employers, on both public and private projects, to use the E-Verify program operated by the U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security to determine the eligibility of their employees to work. Pennsylvania House Bill 1170, known as the Construction Industry Employee Verification Act (Act 75), goes into effect on October 7, 2020.

August 2020

NUCA of Colorado

Each month, NUCA of Colorado holds a captivating Safety Program with an industry hot topic. This month's program will be a Virtual Safety Lunch on Normalization of Deviance with John Crawmer and Joe Newhouse, held on Aug. 21.

NUCA of Metro Washington, DC

The Chapter is holding its 3rd Annual NUCA of DC Golf Tournament at the Joint Base Andrews South Course, a facility that reflects both its military presence and a timeless elegance. Virus safety measures will abound during play, and the awards ceremony will be held virtually at the close of the Oct. 16 event. Due to the strict security requirements on base, all players will be required to submit personal information no later than Oct. 6 for a background check. 

NUCA of Las Vegas

The Chapter in its weekly newsletter informed its members that the Nevada OSHA had updated its guidance to clarify what face coverings are appropriate for industry employees.

NUCA of Nebraska

This summer, the Chapter hosted online interviews with state legislative candidates this summer. This intent was to begin building relationships with state legislative candidates and educate them about the issues impacting the underground utility construction industry. The candidates were asked why they are running for state legislature and described their public policy priorities. They learned about Nebraska’s One Call system, enforcement of One Call laws and regulations, and recent advocacy.  They also learned about some of the immediate and long-term infrastructure funding needs and opportunities. 

There was discussion about a recent legislative bill that would have turned back state sales tax revenue for the sale of potable water in Nebraska. Candidates were asked what they would do to address water and sewer and other underground utility infrastructure funding needs in our state and local municipalities.  Finally, the candidates were also informed about the significant labor shortages in the construction industry and NUCA members’ efforts to address that issue.

NUCA of New Jersey

NUCA NJ's General Counsel Shawn Farrell explained a legal matter taking place in neighboring Pennsylvania that may have a significant impact on the industry. Shawn explained that in the case of Cummins Construction, the facts of the case potentially expose "a trend to under-design a project and hold the contractor responsible to design a fix."

Filing an amicus brief in Cummins v. Bradford Sanitary Authority will assist in the contractor's appeal, help NUCA of Pennsylvania in a similar action, and make very clear that our association will not support the shifting of engineering liabilities onto the contractor. A victory in Pennsylvania on this issue will establish an important precedent to help our members when litigation arises in New Jersey. 

NJ is also working with the State Senate to ensure that language be inserted into pending legislation so that small mistakes on a jobsite do not result in disqualification. Assembly Bill 801, if not amended, could make small violations of OSHA, wage and hour, workers comp, and other labor laws a fatal offense while granting the state departments and agencies free reign to interpret and evaluate those violations as they see fit. For more on these stories, please visit the NUCA NJ blog

NUCA of North Texas

The Chapter announced its 7th Annual Clay Shoot and Porkapalooza on Friday, Oct. 23 at the Defender Outdoors Clay Sports Ranch. The help of the six presenting sponsors--Buyers Barricades, Frost, National Trench Safety, United Rentarls, US Shoring and Equipment, and PCL--was gratefully acknowledged by the Chapter.

NUCA of Washington

The Chapter announced a unique opportunity to sponsor a 24' trailer that will be used as storage for Dozer Day and as a mobile promotional billboard. The trailer will be parked at various places, towed through parades and encouraged member companies to get their company logo on the side as a sponsor for the next five years.

July 2020

Utility Contractors Association of Connecticut (UCAC) 

The Chapter announced on July 6 their 2020 scholarship winners. The UCAC Foundations Scholarship is exclusively awarded to promote the education of a deserving student interested in pursuing the trades, engineering or construction management. UCAC awarded this scholarship to Justin Marcotte, a graduate of Woodstock Academy who is planning to pursue a degree in Civil Engineering.  UCAC General Scholarships are also being awarded to these students who have persevered through an unprecedented senior year: Jack Tousignant, a graduate of Conard High School; John Johnston, a graduate of Simsbury High School; Olivia Bates, a graduate of Mercy High School; and Raegan Moore, a graduate of Coginchaug Regional High School.

Suncoast Utility Contractor Association

The Chapter announced their 2020 scholarship winner on July 14. Ashlyn Aupperlee, daughter of Dylan and Nicole Aupperlee, with RIPA & Associates, was awarded the chapter's 2020 scholarship resources of six thousand dollars. The Chapter thanked their scholarship committee members for their hard work selecting candidates.

NUCA of Iowa

The chapter and Iowa One Call created a survey on locate requests, which was sent to over 4,000 recipients. 600 returned the survey. One question on receiving located within the required 48-hour timeline found this result: 205 said always, 293 said usually, 58 responded "half the time,", 12 said less than half, and nine checked "rarely."

The chapter conclulded that locaters need to do a better job of communicating on requests regarding status and follow up. More then half of the contractors do not know they can file a complaint with the Iowa AG if the locate is not done within its defined time and work parameters. 

NUCA of Kentucky

NUCA's newest chapter-in-waiting held its first Board of Directors meeting on July 9th. During the 50-minute Zoom call, the new Board approved its leadership slate of 2020-2022 officers/directors, Chapter Bylaws, dues rates and policy, and core issues. The Board also approved its first Membership Report and Treasurer’s Report, showing membership and income growth. Among the core issues identified that will garner the Chapter's attention over the next several months: workforce development, Kentucky dig laws, safety promotion, infrastructure funding, and industry collaboration.

One of the Board's first actions was to launch a “Founding Members” campaign. All companies joining NUCA Kentucky during July and August 2020 become official “Chapter Founder Companies” in perpetuity. The membership information and Chapter website is

NUCA of Greater Kansas City Region

The Chapter held its latest Capitol Improvement Projects update event on Tuesday, June 30. Unlike earlier updates, this one was entirely held "virtually" because of Covid restrictions.  NUCA's Tony Privitera of Mark One Electric made introductions, and presentations by KC Water, KCMO Public Works, Kansas City (Kansas) Public Works, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Johnson County Wastewater, and other local infrastructure stakeholders informed viewers on the progress and future plans for building to improve the Kansas City area.  If you missed this Chapter's well-known infrastructure promotion event, you can watch it on YouTube.

The Kansas City chapter added an important new member earlier this month, Mears Construction. They've been trying for a while to get them to join, and brought them on board with NUCA's half-price membership program. Welcome to NUCA, and a terrific NUCA Chapter!

NUCA of Las Vegas

The chapter awarded its scholarships on July 8th at the Ahern Orchard during their 2020 Scholarship Award Ceremony.

NUCA of Washington

The Chapter's new quarterly newsletter announced that the NUCA of Washington Board of Directors is expanding its website and offering "NUCA Online", a series of virtually "live" member meetings to deliver the same benefits in a more convienent and no-contact method.

June 2020

NUCA of Colorado

Colorado Governor Jared Polis has declared June 15-19, 2020 Trench Safety Stand Down Week! Check out the proclamation (PDF).

NUCA of North Florida

This month the Chapter welcomed two new members:  Burnham Construction, Inc. (Contractor member) and Bouchard Insurance (Associate member). They held a Safety Director’s Forum via Zoom, with the guest speaker as OSHA's Buddy Underwood who talked about COVID-19 and trench safety. The group also discussed the upcoming Trench Safety Stand Down and invited United Rentals's Trench Safety office to talk about their webinar program.  The chapter's scholarship night will be held on July 15 at 6:00pm at River City Brewing Company, and will be awarding our J. Richard Baker and Mike Allen scholarships.

NUCA of Iowa

The Chapter reported that all of its events for April and May were cancelled because of the coronavirus. NUCA of Iowa has remained in the top three NUCA Chapters for membership retention rates (over 90%) and the highest rates of growth this year. The Chapter is also redesigning its webpage, and hopes to have it completed by late spring.

NUCA of Middle Tennessee

The latest "We Dig Tennessee" Chapter podcast features an introduction of the chapter's new Interim Director, Heather Jones, along with what is ahead for the Chapter and what it is doing for Trench Safety Stand Down week. The podcast can be found here.

Suncoast UCA

The chapter reported that Florida Gov. DeSantis approved on June 30 the association’s 2020 priority bill, HB 279, "Local Government Public Construction Works," sponsored by Fla. Rep. David Smith. The new law will help level the playing field between private bidders and local governments, who want to self-perform. 

HB 279 specifies the manner in which the estimated cost of a public building construction project must be determined when a governing board is deciding whether it is in the local government’s best interest to perform the project using its own services, employees, and equipment. 


May 2020

NUCA of the Carolinas

The May Safety and Risk Management meeting in Raleigh, N. Carolina was cancelled because of the pandemic emergency. It has been rescheduled for August. For the most recent update, go to

NUCA of East Tennessee

The Chapter's popular new "Digging East Tennessee" podcast is available to all NUCA chapters to enjoy. Your fellow utility contractors Michael Adams and David Hurst invite you to listen in on the latest episode, “Changing the Way We Do Business.” As more businesses re-open, safety protocols are expected to remain in place. Plus a discussion on electronic bids and mandatory pre-bidding, among other key topics in our line of work.

Search for “Digging East Tennessee” on your podcast app and subscribe. It is avalable on Apple, Google Play, and Spotify.

NUCA of Nebraska

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and social distancing restrictions in our state, the NUCA of Nebraska Golf Tournament has been postponed to Friday, October 9, 2020 at Quarry Oaks Golf Course, Ashland, NE. If social distancing restrictions are lifted, the Chapter plans to open registration later this summer. There will be challenge hole and hole sponsorship opportunities for any company or organization that did not purchase a 2020 sponsorship package.

April 2020

NUCA of Florida

On July 23-26, 2020, the sumptious Ritz-Carlton in Naples, Fla. will be the site of NUCA of Florida's 20th Annual Conference.

NUCA Of Middle Tennessee

In March, Chapter President Matt Mingus of Team Construction sent out letter to members asking for donations to help members hurt by the state's destructive February tornadoes. Each Middle Tennessee members was asked to donate $1000, or an amount that was  appropriate. The Georgia industry chapter was also asked to donate. As a result of that effort, NUCA of Middle Tennessee announced that a combined total of $24,250 was raised.

Have you listened to NUCA of Middle Tennessee's weekly industry podcast? “We Dig Tennessee” is about all things excavation related in the area of the Chapter. Chapter president Matt Mingus discusses topics such as COVID-19, talks to other chapters, interviews industry leaders, and holds contests to keep us all together in a time of limited contact. You can find it on Apple Podcasts or via this link.

NUCA of Nebraska

Nebraska high school seniors enrolling into a construction-related degree program can apply for the $1,000 scholarships offered by the the Chapter. The program must be a (2-year or 4-year programs) including engineering, architecture, surveying, welding, mechanic or anything in the technical programs and trades. Applications (available at are due July 1.

NUCA of Pennsylvania

For the past several years, NUCA PA has joined with the NFIB for our Legislative Reception. COVID-19 forced us to change our date from early April to September 28 and 29, 2020. The legislative reception will be held at the Appalachian Brewery on Monday night, September 28 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Live jazz music and an opportunity to network with other small business owners and legislators always make for interesting conversation! Early Tuesday, September 29, 2020, we will meet with individual legislators and key Committee Chairmen to promote our safety and business issues.

NUCA of South Florida

Before the COVID-19 emergency engulfed the state, the Chapter held its "Come Meet Your Contractors" networking social event on March 5. It was held at the Islamorada Fish Company in Dania Beach. Generously sponsored by Shenandoah Construction, it was a well-attended event with lot of new attendees.

NUCA of Washington

The Chapter announced that due to the coronavirus situation in their state the June 6-7, 2020 Dozer Days event has been cancelled. The leadership said they saw this as an "opportunity to plan for a bigger, better, dare we say, *best* Dozer Day ever in 2021!" Their plans for the 2021 event includes expanding Dozer Day to include a component to get high school age students a hands-on look at the utility construction trades to get interested in our industry.

March 2020

NUCA of the Carolinas

The chapter held its quarterly Safety and Risk Management meeting in Raleigh, N. Carolina in February, with United Rentals Trench Safety serving as their generous host.  The meeting's guest speaker was Jay Wilkerson, of Conner Gwyn Schenck PLLC, who spoke on the ramifications of a trench collapse. Over 40 attended this popular chapter event.

The Carolina's annual Spring Conference is April 23-25th at the Wild Dunes Resort, Isle of Palms, S. Carolina. The chapter is looking forward to having NUCA CEO Doug Carlson and COO Chris Barrett in attendance!  Registration for the conference is open and available at

NUCA of Colorado

The chapter held on March 11 its monthly meeting of safety professionals. This month's topic was Temporary and Young Workers. The chapter also holds a captivating monthly Safety Program on a current hot topic, with this month's safety lunch scheduled (on March 20) to discuss "Rigging Inspection and Rejection Criteria." There is more information about these events on the chapter's website,

NUCA of Greater Kansas City Region

The Kansas City chapter is postponing their Greater Kansas City Area FY21 Capital Improvement Projects Update, to be hosted by the chapter at 1414 Genessee St., KCMO.

April 7th was the registration deadline, but the chapter postponed the event to a later date because of the coronavirus national emergency.

NUCA of New Jersey

Chapter Executive Director Evan Piscitelli was invited to provide testimony before the N.J. State Senate on the Water Quality Accountability Act of 2017. Evan's testimony to the state lawmakers highlighted the need to upgrade the state's water infrastructure and to build upon this law. Read more here.

February 2020

Suncoast Utility Contractors Association

NUCA's Suncoast Utility Contractors Association (SUCA) chapter is holding its Sawyer Memorial Scholarship spring golf tournament on April 3. The annual event will be held at the Club Renaissance in Sun City Center, FL. Registration opens at 7:00am with breakfast and a shotgun start at 8:00am. Lunch and awards immediately after. Information about registration and sponsorships can be found via this link.

NUCA of Florida

NUCA of Florida's Legislative Days will be held in the state capital of Tallahasee on Feb. 17-18. The event's headquarters will be the Aloft Hotel on 200 N. Monroe St. You can find more information about the two days of assocation and legislative meetings via this link.

NUCA of Iowa

In the Chapter's latest From the Trenches newsletter, the final page's "NUCA of Iowa Impact" report listed some important industry statistics for the state:

  • Our members employ over 2,500 Iowa families
  • Total wages earned amount to over $150 million
  • Total revenue generated is over $300 million
  • As an association, NUCA of Iowa is one of the top 25 employers in the state

State-wide aggregate statistical lists like this can be very useful when presenting the industry's strength to both state and Federal legislatures.

NUCA of Nebraska

The association celebrated its 10th anniversary this year at its Annual Conference in Omaha (right), on Feb. 7. There were a slew of educational sessions held, including employee drug testing issues, contract clauses, preserving rights through liens, and OSHA jobsite inspection details. The convention also featured eight engineering firms and municipalities seeking contractor information about upcoming bids, and 18 exhibitors demonstrated their latest technology, products, services, and equipment.

Members also had fun at the Chapter's team building event and closing reception, where numerous awards were presented, including Chapter scholarship winners.

NUCA of E. Washington & N. Idaho

The chapter's "Ax Throwing with NUCA" will combine light snacks, soft drinks, chapter planning...and ax throwing! Members are invited to Heber Hatchets Ax Throwing in Spokane on Feb. 19 at 4pm. Besides skillfully hurling hatchets at targets, the chapter will discuss the upcoming May 2020 Dozer Days, new Spokane hydrant permitting processes, an update on state dig laws, pavement cut policies, and increased OSHA trench inspections in the area.

January 2020

NUCA of the Carolinas

The Carolinas's latest The Pipeline chapter newsletter reported that their Board of Directors meeting and Clay Shoot held on Jan. 17 at Drake Landing in Fuquay Varina, NC, turned out to be a great event. Participants were provided with a full round of sporting clays, shotgun shells, lunch, water, sodas, and an event t-shirt. The event's sponsors helped with donations for the Chapter's raffle, reported Chapter president John Barringer of B.R.S. Inc.

NUCA of D.C.

NUCA of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. Executive Director Debora Harvey presented testimony on behalf on NUCA members to the D.C. City Council on October 30. She spoke about proposed legislation related to the city's Dept. of Employment Services Workforce Development Programs and the programs at the D.C. Infrastructure Academy.

Debora's testimony pointed out that our industry is in constant need of new workers who are able and willing to accept the challenges of working in a tough, yet rewarding industry. Work in the utility contracting arena may not be the easiest work, but it offers a chance to make a good living. NUCA has requested that the D.C. Council continue to support and seek expanded funding for the city's Infrastructure Academy to expand training courses and post-employment support for both employers and employees.

Suncoast Utility Contractors Association

SUCA, the Florida DOT, the Florida Transportation Builders Assn., and industry partners are hosting the Tampa Bay Construction Career Days on Feb. 20, 2020. The event, being held at the Hillsborough County Fairgrounds, introduced high school students in grades 11-12 to various areas of construction. Throughtout the day, students expereince various jobs in learning lab activities such as operating heavy equipment, testing materials, traffic safety, and more. For more information, go to

NUCA of North Florida

At the Chapter's Jan. 23rd Board meeting at Maggiano's, the members welcomed Wesley Cook of Florida Roads Contracting, Rick Parker of Standard Precast and Barry Watson of Fortiline Waterworks to their Board of Directors.

The North Florida Chapter also awarded several annual chapter awards, including Outstanding Individual Contributor (Alexis Saffer, T.B. Landmark), Outstanding Board Member (Rob Pinkston, Ferguson Waterworks), and the President's Award (Mike Kivlin, John Woody, Inc.).

NUCA of Southwest Florida

NUCA of Southwest Florida held in November their inaugural Shooting Clay Tournament to benefit Construction Angels at the Bermont Shooting Club in Punta Gorda, Fla. Their member's generosity allowed the chapter to donate $5,000 to the Construction Angels Charity.

NUCA of Greater Kansas City Region

From the proceeds of our very successful Dozer Days in October, our chapter was able to present in November 2019 to Operation Breakthrough a sizeable donation to help their charity. Operation Breakthrough is a local Kansas City organization which provides a safe, loving and educational environment for children in poverty and empowers their families through advocacy, emergency aid and education. NUCA KC presented this worthy organization a check for $10,000.

NUCA of Hawaii

The 2020 NUCA Hawaii Legislative Walk took place on January 15, starting early at 9:00 a.m. at the State Capitol building in Honolulu. The NUCA members who attended met with their federal Congressional delegation and staffs.

NUCA of North Florida
Pictured left to right: Mandy Landau, Seamark Dir. Of Operations & Finance; NUCANF Executive Committee members Marty Adams, Gabe Powers & Chad Cockrell; Fred Meiners, Seamark Executive Director; and Kathy Blackman, NUCA Florida Executive Director.

In December, NUCA of North Florida held at their Top Golf event a benefit raising funds for Seamark Ranch, located in Green Cove Springs, Fla.

Seamark Ranch’s vision is to break the generational cycle of failure that affects the families they serve, and to nurture purposeful living in children who have experienced the impact of broken families.

Members of the chapter's Executive Committee presented Seamark’s executive director Fred Meiners with a check for $10,800.

NUCA of Nebraska

The Chapter is watching several pieces of legislation in the state legislature that could affect their membership. These issues include an extension of a business incentives program that expired in Dec. 2019, where to direct the state's $266 million budget surplus, and property tax relief. NUCA of Nebraska is holding its Networking Reception with State Senators on Feb. 20 at 5:30pm; registration for members can be found on the Chapter's website at

NUCA of Las Vegas

The Chapter will be holding its first meeting of the year on Feb. 20 at Miller's Ale House in Town Square Las Vegas, starting at 4pm.

NUCA of North Texas

The chapter on Jan. 17 held its NUCA Family Night at the Rodeo and Annual Meeting at the new Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas. Thanks to the Chapter's generous sponsors, the event also featured a delicious dinner and the inauguration of their new Chapter Board of Directors members. It was quite a turnout, as the pictures show.

December 2019

NUCA of the Carolinas

Our NUCA chapter held our Fall Conference in October at the historic Homestead resort in Virginia. We welcomed John Barringer as our chapter's incoming president. NUCA Chairman Dan Buckley and NUCA Government Relations principal Eben Wyman, as well as Steve Brown, State Utility Contractors, Paul McCain of McCain Special Project Servies, and Stan Phelps, the "Purple Goldfish", spoke to the attendees. The 2019 Ditch Digger of the Year award was given to Wes Sells, of B.R.S., Inc. Associate of the Year was won by James River Equipment.

Utility Contractors Association of Connecticut

UCAC members are invited to an evening tour of the Indeco North America (INA) manufacturing facility in Milford, Conn., on Jan. 27, 2020. For over two decades, Connecticut-based INA has been a leading manufacturer of heavy-duty hydraulic breakers, mulching heads, steel shears, compactors, pulverizers and pedestal booms for demanding demolition, scrap, recycling, mining and road construction applications. Members can attend this free event in a casual atmosphere to learn more about UCAC and Indeco with cocktails, dinner, and door prizes. For more information or registration, visit

NUCA of North Florida

On Nov. 5 the North Florida chapter held their 8th Annual NUCA Sporting Clay Challenge. We had a great turn out, with all who attended having a great time. Cecil Powell brought home the first place this year, followed up with TB Landmark in second and Pro-line in third. We would like to thank all that attended and all of our sponsors.

Suncoast UCA

The chapter has been going through a lengthy discussion with the City of St. Petersburg, Florida. SUCA was addressing with the city and our industry the institution of a mandatory apprenticeship program for all large contracts. This was problematic to our industry due to the fact that there is not a program for underground utility contractors at this time. After many meetings with the city council and attending council board meetings SUCA was able to convince the city that FDOT on-the-job training will be adequate to satisfy their requirement. SUCA has won a victory as throught their work because the city adopted this training as acceptable.

NUCA of Iowa

Under beautiful weather, the NUCA of Iowa Competition Shooting event took place Sept. 26 at the Big Springs range in Searsboro. 10 different shoot-ing stations were set up to challenge the shooters. The 120 shooters from 30 teams kicked off the event after lunch was served by Contractor Solutions. The 10 stations included 4 trap stations, and then different shooting platforms, types of firearms and varied distances and targets. A full-auto station was a new feature for this year’s event, and greatly enjoyed by all. 

This event would not have been possible without the support of our sponsors. With all the sponsorships, we were able to have gun door prizes with many of the guns we used at the event. That included two Henry rifles that were engraved with the NUCA logo.

NUCA of Middle Tennessee

The chapter presented its first-ever NUCA Middle Tennessee Ditchdigger of the Year Award at its December holiday party. Founded this February, the new chapter was able to recognize all 40 founding members who played an enormous role in starting their chapter. 2020 promises to be another year of growth, as their members and leadership will be working with TN 811 on some changes to the Tennessee Underground Damage Prevention Act.At the event, the chapter also heard from NUCA National Chairman of the Board, Dan Buckley. He spoke about how important NUCA chapters are to the success of NUCA as an association and how much strength in numbers there is with NUCA as a whole.