There goes Hal! Starting another group! Why? The answer is actually simple. I am trying to fill a niche which, based on recent experience on GovLoop, I believe has been under filled. As a result of participating in other groups including my own, I find people whose primary interests are not addressed. A little research shows that plays out in two possible ways: One, is they sign up in groups that address their secondary or “supplementary” interests and settle for that. or, they join the ranks of those who join GovLoop and are never heard from again after the first week. (Newcomers are usually not secure enough to start a new group) I have found “going away” to be the case with many involved with local government public works/construction. Included are construction project managers, public works directors, architects, engineers,estimators, inspectors, safety officials, attorneys who specialize in construction issues, construction related media services etc. In local government these professionals carry a huge responsibility. They are involved with the design and construction of all infrastructure. They perform contract administration and administer inspection and safety programs. They get intricately involved in issues related to LEED, BIM, commissioning, dispute resolution etc. I think we can all agree,these interests deserve a dedicated forum on GovLoop!
We do have excellent groups, which in the course of their focus on related or specialized subjects, overlap into some of the above issues. Transportation 2.0 is an example. ARRA is another. The new group will be careful to be complementary not competitive to the existing groups. The new group is supported by our own Pam Broviak, City Engineer/Assistant Director of Public Works for the City of Geneva, IL. Pam is one of GovLoop’s Top 100 Rockstars and is “renowned”. She also belongs to 36 groups including the groups which are the natural partners for the new group. I have asked Pam to be a co-administrator of the new group.
I have performed searches under “construction” “public works” “architect” “engineer” etc in the member search tool. Sadly most of those who signed up under those categories and are in construction services, are not currently active. Please help remedy that apparent gap in our coverage in the local government construction services area and help publicize the new group.