July 19, 2010 05:16

From the Publisher

Remember the stimulus package that President Obama promised that would help filter down some money for improvements and repairs? It seems that was a lifetime ago. Was that money ever released . . . and who received it?

I visited a government website and found a listing of the states that received stimulus money for their infrastructures. The site shows the top 10 states which received these funds and where the money is going. Of the top 10, eight of these states had their departments of transportation (DOT) at the top of the list.

In talking with some contractors, they felt some were beginning to see a slight trickle down of these stimulus funds. Hopefully, this is the beginning of rebuilding our infrastructure and repairing our highways and bridges.

Equally as important is the fact that this could generate work for the private sector. With all the money coming into the public sector, some cities and municipalities—as well as the states—are letting contracts for some of this work go to contractors.

Although construction is at a slow crawl, there are still some new projects being built and others coming on stream. It seems that slowly but surely we’re scratching our way out of this abyss. Although we still have a long way to go, I believe we are seeing some sort of recovery.

The other thing that comes to mind is the damage of all that oil in the Gulf, and how it is affecting those Gulf states. I believe some of our contractors in that region will be called upon to help, and although the situation is certainly tragic, it could be a blessing in disguise for us.

There is an old saying: When a door closes, a window opens.

Let’s stay alert and continue to look for opportunities—those open windows.

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