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CAAG President Pat Rogers  Attends Governor's High Demand Career Initiative (HDCI) Construction 

Task Force Meeting



The Georgia Department of Economic Development, in partnership with the Construction Industry Employer Roundtable (CIER) and the Trade Five Initiative, held a meeting of the Governor’s High Demand Career Initiative (HDCI) Construction Task Force.   CAAG is a member of the CIER and CAAG President Pat Rogers and Bruce Widener attended this important meeting on May 22, in Atlanta. 


The attendees were a variety of contractor associations, contractors, educators and economic development representatives. 

The Governor’s High Demand Career Initiative formed this task force to address acute workforce shortages within the Construction industry. In Georgia, this industry accounts for billions of dollars of investment and is a key economic driver for the state. However, companies both large and small have identified a growing skills gap and shortage of talent as critical factors affecting their businesses. The goal of this task force is to address current workforce needs and anticipate future trends to ensure Georgia’s construction industry continues to thrive. By working with industry representatives, education partners, and economic development professionals throughout the state, the task force aims to uncover systemic barriers and develop innovative strategies to utilize existing resources and explore new policies and programming to communicate back to state leaders.


It was said that to make the Construction Task Force effective, it is paramount that we have strong participation from industry representatives who can provide firsthand insight into the workforce challenges of construction employers in terms of training, experience, and availability. Through this partnership, we aim to maintain the longevity of the construction workforce and ensure the construction industry in Georgia remains positioned for growth and success.


We are greatly encouraged at the prospects of what this could do for the construction industry and CAAG will continue to participate in every way possible. 



   

EPA's Response to 

Refrigerant Question


One of our members had the following question:

“Do you have any idea what the state licensing board AND the EPA has to say about the refrigerant handling and selling units with refrigerant to non-certified customers?”


I have not yet heard from the licensing board but below is a short synopsis of what I have received from EPA.  I have also enclosed the email string if you would like to see it.

You do not need to be certified to sell refrigerant, whether from a physical location or via the internet.


Sellers need to obtain documentation proving that a purchaser is either

·         certified or

·         the employer of at least one 

                  certified technician.

 

They must also document

·         the type and amount of refrigerant

                   sold,

·         the date it was sold, and

·         the identity of the purchaser.

You must be either certified or the employer of at least one certified technician to purchase ozone depleting substances.

Beginning next year, you must also be certified to purchase substitutes.

Beginning January 1, 2018, this certification requirement will be extended to the purchase and handling of most substitute refrigerants, such as R410A.

Please note, however, that the January 1, 2018 sales restriction will not apply to refrigeration and air-conditioning equipment - or components - with a fully assembled refrigerant circuit.

 

However, regardless of the refrigerant used, EPA encourages homeowners to use EPA certified technicians to install equipment containing refrigerant.

If you know of a violation of the Clean Air Act or any other environmental law, you may report it directly to EPA's Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance (OECA) at https://www.epa.gov/enforcement/report-environmental-violations. You may do so anonymously. 



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Business License / Occupational Tax You Pay


As you know CAAG got the law changed years ago to say that you only had to buy ONE Business License (now called an Occupational Tax) and that was in the jurisdiction where your office is physically located IF the require a business license. 

Some jurisdictions charge extremely high fees for this.  Please send me what you pay for your Business License / Occupation Tax in your city or county.  I would like to see what might be done about this in light of the fact that the "$400 Club" still exists where a certain group of professions like doctors, lawyers, architects, engineers, land surveyors, etc. only pay $400 per licensed person. This used to be $200 until I brought up adding Conditioned Air Contractors to this elite list.  I have contacted our attorney about this but we need to show how much our members are paying.  Please send this in.

 

 

 

 



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    Why CAAG?

    Recently we asked CAAG members why they belong to CAAG and we got some really interesting responses. Click the image to the right to download the entire details.  We hope you will take a minute to read some of these and think about whether YOU should join with us to.

    Below are a few of the comments that our members made in a very much abbreviated version. I hope you will take the time to read their entire comments. When you do, I think you will agree that YOU will also benefit from being a member of CAAG. I hope you will join us today and help us, help YOU!

    • I believe CAAG dues are the best investment I make in my business
    • Responsible for numerous positive changes we take for granted
    • When I had a problem CAAG RAN to my rescue
    • Without unified representation we would be much different today
    • Identifies potential legislative/bureaucratic threats to my lively-hood and works to stop them
    • CAAG “has my back” so I can focus on running my business
    • Provides strong industry voice
    • Educational opportunities
    • Keeps up to date on latest industry trends
    • Code and law advocacy
    • Right thing to do for our industry
    • CAAG supports US
    • Gives opportunity to interact with other HVAC dealers across the state and learn what is working/not working in their business
    • A voice on legislative matters
    • Cutting edge Continuing Education
    • Keeps me informed
    • Mail in permits
    • Only buy 1 Business License
    • Helps on Sales Tax issue
    • Promotes and increases professionalism and ethics
    • Awesome members and maintains high quality
    • Continually makes an effort to stop unlicensed contractors
    • Helps maintain high level of competency
    • Provides innovative ideas, training
    • Political updates
    • Helps contractors do a better job
    • Makes our job easier
    • Provides us with buying power
    • Stays on top of new codes and laws that I don’t have time to do
    • It is VALUABLE to us
    • A voice at the Capitol
    • Members understand value of high ethical standard
    • And much, much more!

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