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A Letter from the President January 2012

Dear CAM Members: I would like to wish each and every one of you a happy and prosperous New Year. Although the past year remained a challenge for Michigan’s construction industry, some indicators are pointing toward a positive turnaround. CAM is doing its best to help your company succeed, save money, find more work, and maintain the competitive edge over our non-member competitors. 2011 brought some exciting changes and accomplishments at CAM, as we celebrated our 126th anniversary as an association. The CAM Annual Meeting/Michigan Construction & Design Tradeshow was held at a new venue, MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit. Despite the weather challenge that was presented to us by Mother Nature, this one-day event was a huge success. Last year, CAM retained Lansing-based Kindsvatter and Associates, Inc. as our full-time lobbyist in Lansing. It is important that our membership has a seat at the table when - and even before - vital issues are being decided. The CAM Board of Directors authorized the hiring of this Government Relations firm to carry the collective voice of CAM’s 3,000 members to the halls of power. Additionally, we formed the CAM Government Affairs Committee to identify governmental issues and/or trends which impact the construction industry in Michigan. In June 2011, nearly 250 construction professionals attended the CAM-BIA Mid-Year Economic Forecast. This was the first joint partnership event between the CAM and the Building Industry Association (BIA). Two VIP speakers were featured at the event: Mr. Paul Traub, business economist with the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, and Mr. John Rakolta, Jr., chairman and CEO of Walbridge, Detroit. Both presented their views and statistics on the current state of Michigan’s business climate, especially pertaining to the construction industry. The entire event was well-attended and wellreceived. The end of the year also brought the results of the Biennial Business Survey, conducted jointly through the efforts of CAM and Plante & Moran, PLLC. Conducted online, the responses on this survey reflected the current state of the construction industry in Michigan, and the extended outlook for the coming 18 months. As this year’s survey indicated some positive trends and outlooks, we sincerely hope that this is indicative of an economic turnaround for the construction industry in Michigan. CAM continues to work hard legislatively and in the media to serve our members well. As our mantra states, we are “One Industry, One Resource, One CAM.” We eagerly await our 2012 CAM Annual Meeting and Michigan Construction & Design Tradeshow which takes place at MotorCity Casino Hotel on Wednesday, February 8th, from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Response has been very positive, and at press time, booth space is nearly sold out. The Annual Meeting will induct three newly-elected members to the CAM Board of Directors, and we will present the CAM Magazine Special Issue Awards, Green Project Awards, and the 2011 Project of the Year Award. This year’s host will be “Al the Only,” magician and amusionist, whose performance is a Don’t Miss. You can register to attend the Tradeshow via the CAM website at www.cam-online.com. See you at the show and the Annual Meeting. Sincerely,

Kevin N. Koehler President Construction Association of Michigan

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