By writing job stories, profiling contractors, discussing equipment uses and trends, and introducing new developments to readers, we try to provide the ?how to? information that will help contractors thrive and the industry continue to grow.
Associations do their part, too. For years the North American Power Sweeping Association (NAPSA) has worked to broaden its services and grow its membership. While it?s still not a large organization, NAPSA is a vibrant and growing group that convenes annually at National Pavement Expo, offering free and discounted sessions to its members (among other benefits). The National Pavement Contractors Association (NPCA), a marketing/education/networking organization, also is making strides. NPCA operates as a clearinghouse for paving and pavement maintenance contractors and as an educational resource for consumers. NPCA lists members on its website according to the markets they serve and the services they offer; then commercial and residential customers looking for a contractor can find one through the NPCA site. Last year NPCA established a regional board of directors, then reached out to NPE to offer education credits to NPCA members who attend specific NPE seminars. It?s a great step. The more you know, the better work you can do, the more you can help your customers, the more profitable you can be ? and that helps the industry.
We support the efforts of both organizations and to that end you now will find NPCA and NAPSA ?reports? in each regular issue of Pavement Maintenance & Reconstruction (see pages 70-71 in this issue). If you are a member of either of these groups, good for you. If you?re not, a few minutes spent visiting their sites (www.napsaonline.com or www.PavementPro.com) will give you some insights into why becoming a member might be good for your business.