Quarry Plan in Maine Cause for Concern

A proposed quarry has shaken some Sebago, Maine, residents and they are urging townspeople to vote in support of a moratorium banning mines, gravel pits and quarries in the Village District. Gorham Sand & Gravel, the Buxton, Maine-based company that plans to open the quarry off Route 11, said it wants to work with residents to ensure that its operation…

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Understanding Public Opinion

Common Ground Must Be Discovered And Rapport Must Be Built Through Good Faith Negotiation. By Thomas J. Roach Public opinion is arguably the most powerful force impacting corporate America. To survive, companies must maintain a degree of consensus with neighborhood groups, shareholders, customers and employees.  Public relations professionals manage this by overseeing communication processes like advisory boards, public meetings, focus…

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How to Deal With a Poor Listener

Your Strategy Will Change Depending On Your Relationship With Them. By Steve Schumacher First, let me say that in my decades of training, coaching and consulting I have rarely come up across people who are truly good, active listeners. When I say active listeners I mean people that seek to understand what you are saying, ask good questions, show true…

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Standing Tall

Hubacz-Kiley Flips The Script On Community Outreach, Noting Operators Should Be Proud Of What They Produce. By Therese Dunphy Historically speaking, aggregate producers have kept a low profile, operating under the philosophy that out of sight equals out of mind. But the time for such an outlook has long passed. “There’s no reason for us to hide because we’re not…

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The IIJA Is An Historic Achievement

Fire up the plant and start putting product on the ground. The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), passed Nov. 5, is the most important piece of transportation legislation since the Federal Aid Highway Act of 1956. Yes, it is big and that consequential. Michele Stanley, the National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association’s (NSSGA) vice president of government and regulatory…

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MSHA’s Response to President Biden’s Vaccine ‘Mandate’

MSHA Deputy Assistant Secretary Jeannette Galanis, Informed Stakeholders That MSHA Would Not Issue An ETS. By Brian Hendrix Writing yet another column about the COVID-19 pandemic was high on my “To Don’t” list. You may feel the same way about reading another column about the pandemic. Yet, here we are, and we have President Biden to thank or to blame…

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