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BUILDING OFFICIALS MEET WITH GOVERNOR WILSON TO HELP JUMP START CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

 BUILDING OFFICIALS MEET WITH GOVERNOR WILSON TO HELP
 JUMP START CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY
 SACRAMENTO, Calif., Feb. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Top state government officials, representatives of the construction industry and members of California's building trade unions met with Gov. Wilson this week in Sacramento in an unprecendented effort to help revive the flagging construction industry within the state. The construction summit, "Jump Starting Construction -- A Public/Private Partnership" was designed to address the broad range of issues that are affecting the current downturn in the California construction market.
 Gov. Wilson stated that, "The recession has hit California's construction industry particularly hard. Construction jobs fell by 18 percent last year. This summit will be a giant step forward in finding both short- and long-term resolutions to revitalize our construction industry."
 The summit was held on Monday, Feb. 10 and co-hosted by State and Consumer Services Agency Secretary Bonnie Guiton and Business, Transportation and Housing Secretary, Carl Covitz. The summit's moderator was the director of the state Department of Consumer Affairs, Jim Conran.
 "Throughout California the same question is being asked, 'What can be done to alleviate the crisis in the construction industry?'" said Secretary Guiton. "I believe that this meeting has marked the beginning of an era of cooperation between the three entities that can do the most to put construction workers back to work: labor, business and government."
 "The building slowdown means lost jobs and hurts the overall economy of California," added Secretary Covitz. "The construction industry has led America and California out of every recession since World War II."
 In addition to Secretaries Guiton and Covitz, representatives of California's construction industry and building trade unions were in attendance. Among those making presentations were Ken Gibson of Associate General Contractors, Bob Rivinius of the California Building Industries Association, and Jim Green of the Bay Counties District Council of Carpenters. AGC's Ken Gibson stated that the Governor should be given a high level of credit for supporting the summit session. According to Gibson, the Governor is "very serious about this construction coalition."
 Industry and union representatives who participated identified areas of potential reform including accelerated public works projects, regulatory reform and infrastructure development. Additionally, the countervailing public needs of environmental protection, transportation planning, and building safety standards were addressed.
 The approximately 50 attendees concluded the meeting by establishing action committees with action plans for implementation. They will meet again in the future to review accomplishments and chart progress.
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