As 2008 has progressed, I noticed that more of you have been visiting our Web site in recent months. In case you haven't visited lately, below are some of the new Web-based highlights that Concrete Construction now offers our readers. Additionally, I included some important tips and reminders regarding World of Concrete 2009, which will be here before long. Consider this to be five columns for the price of one—I know, too much of a good thing.
- This summer, we introduced our Residential Concrete E-Newsletter. The monthly newsletter complements the Residential Concrete Special Section we publish quarterly in Concrete Construction. The newsletter includes the latest news, Showcases, additional feature stories, and more. Even though the residential market is struggling, builders are constructing concrete homes—especially in areas prone to natural disasters such as hurricanes, floods, fires, and tornadoes. To receive the Residential Concrete E-Newsletter, click here.
- Also this summer, we unveiled Concrete TV on our Web site. Be sure to check out the latest episode, which features concrete's role in the retrofitting of the Oakland Bay Bridge. New episodes of Concrete TV currently are being produced, and will be posted in the upcoming months.
- I also want to note our 2008 Top Influencers program. Currently, we are accepting nominations through our Web site. In the past, we used a variety of methods to create a list of nominees for our Top Influencer Awards. This year, we are including recommendations from our readers. You can nominate a contractor, engineer, consultant, educator, or any individual that epitomizes a standard of excellence in the concrete industry. Be sure to nominate someone soon, as the deadline for submittals is approaching fast. Our Top Influencers are recognized in the December issue of Concrete Construction, as well as during a reception at World of Concrete 2009.
- Speaking of World of Concrete, the event is scheduled for Feb. 2–6, 2009 at the Las Vegas Convention Center. If you plan on attending World of Concrete, make your hotel reservations immediately. The Super Bowl is scheduled for Feb. 1, the Sunday prior to the show's opening. Thousands more people are expected in Vegas, in addition to those in town for World of Concrete.
- Finally, registration for World of Concrete is open. Visit www.worldofconcrete.com for more information.
As we approach World of Concrete 2009, be sure to check our Web site, as well as the Concrete Construction Business Update E-Newsletter for additional information on other World of Concrete features such as GreenSite, the Economic Forum, and the Artistry in Decorative Concrete demonstrations.