NUCA Greater
Kansas City Long-Range Strategic Plan 

OUR VISION 

The National Utility Contractors Association Greater Kansas City Region will be the leading trade association and voice for the utility construction and excavation industry in Greater Kansas City, serving as the driving force for improving conditions in the underground utility and excavation industry, for both open-cut and trenchless contractors. 

OUR MISSION

NUCA Greater Kansas City helps improve the operational proficiency, safety, and financial performance of its member companies by providing services that focus on shared industry issues; and works to secure more funding for America's aging underground infrastructure. 

 FOCUS AREA 1: INDUSTRY PARTNERSHIPS 

ISSUE:

An organized effort will be developed and maintained by NUCA Greater Kansas City and its members to advocate for laws, regulations, and specifications that promote safety and compliance standards without undue burden on utility contractors and excavators. 

 

GOALS:

  1. Enhance relationships with stakeholders (e.g., municipalities, contractors, suppliers, federal lawmakers, and regulators) to help advance the mission and goals of NUCA Greater Kansas City.

  2. Determine advocacy priority issues.

 

INDICATORS OF SUCCESS:

  1. Laws, regulations and/or project specifications will be modified to help ensure adequate funding is allocated and timely completion of underground infrastructure projects occurs.

  2. Operational proficiency and financial performance of NUCA Greater Kansas City member companies improves.

  3. 50% of members and municipalities participate in the Capitol Rollout Improvement Projects Event.

  4. 10% of members, municipalities, utilities, and engineering firms in the Kansas City metro area will participate in the monthly NUCA Greater Kansas City meetings to advocate for changes in project specifications, mapping, timeliness and beneficial use, and address damage prevention and One Call issues.

STRATEGIES:

  1. NUCA Greater Kansas City’s Government Relations Committee will meet with local municipalities and jurisdictions to foster relationships and work to improve specifications and working conditions within those municipalities and jurisdictions on a regular basis.

  2. Members will participate in NUCA’s Washington Summit and meet with members of the Kansas and Missouri Congressional delegation to educate them about issues impacting infrastructure funding and the underground utility construction industry.

  3. Members will get at least 1-2 legislators to an active job site annually.

FOCUS AREA 2: MEMBERSHIP GROWTH, RETENTION AND ENGAGEMENT 

ISSUE:

NUCA Greater Kansas City will experience membership growth and engage members who are connected and involved in advancing the association’s vision and mission and experience value and support through their membership. 

GOALS:

  1. Retain and engage 90% of the membership annually.

  2. Increase membership by 10% by April 1st annually.

  3. Maintain a diverse and growing membership that recognizes NUCA Greater Kansas City as its primary resource for advocacy, education, tools, and information.

  4. Each Board member will recruit at least one new member annually.

  5. Produce a membership directory annually and distribute to all members.

INDICATORS OF SUCCESS:

  1. 80% of NUCA Greater Kansas City members will provide a rating of “meets expectations” on the annual Membership Satisfaction and Needs survey.

  2. At least 50% of NUCA Greater Kansas City member companies will be engaged by attending events, serving on committees, being involved in advocacy, or in another manner.

  3. Membership Committee members will make annual contact with member companies that have not participated in at least one NUCA Greater Kansas City event, initiative, or other area.

  4. A majority of underground utility contracting companies in the Kansas City metro area will be aware of the benefits, services, and support that NUCA Greater Kansas City offers.

 

STRATEGIES:

  1. Develop and disseminate an annual Membership Satisfaction and Needs survey to the membership.

  2. Based on member needs and feedback, re-evaluate NUCA Greater Kansas City committees to help achieve the association’s vision, mission, and goals. Create committee job descriptions, recruit committee chairs, and members by December 1st and schedule and hold initial committee meetings by February 1st.

  3. Plan and host an annual Capitol Rollout Improvement Projects Event, Golf Tournament, Sporting Clay Shoot, Annual Meeting, and Top Golf event with networking opportunities.

FOCUS AREA 3: FINANCIAL SUSTAINABILITY 

ISSUE:

Increased revenue and being good stewards of NUCA Greater Kansas City’s resources results in an association that can meet and exceed its members’ expectations through delivery of value-added programs and services and remains a viable and sustainable association.

 

GOALS:

  1. Secure $80,000 in annual sponsorship support through sponsorship packages.

  2. Explore and implement other opportunities to generate non-dues revenue for NUCA Greater Kansas City.

 

INDICATORS OF SUCCESS:

  1. Non-dues revenue will be 75% of the overall Greater Kansas City operating budget, to help enhance membership value, services, and support.

STRATEGIES:

  1. Contact industry partners and invite them to take advantage of sponsorship packages.

FOCUS AREA 4: WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT, ADVANCEMENT, AND TRAINING 

ISSUE:

NUCA Greater Kansas City member companies are experiencing shortages in the number of qualified employees, which delays replacement and construction of infrastructure.

 

GOALS:

  1. NUCA Greater Kansas City members will seek opportunities to advance the industry with young people within the community.

  2. Increase and enhance visibility and recognition of the underground utility construction industry, career paths, and job opportunities through NUCA Greater Kansas City member companies.

  3. NUCA Greater Kansas City will provide safety training opportunities to its members and their employees.

 

INDICATORS OF SUCCESS:

  1. An increasing number of high school students will participate in post-secondary education or training related to the utility construction industry.

  2. NUCA Greater Kansas City members will experience an increase in the number of employees that are trained and/or prepared to enter (or be retained in) the workforce and be successful in their jobs.

STRATEGIES:

  1. Establish a Safety/Education Committee.

  2. Plan and offer education and training events, including a Trench Safety Stand Down event, to meet the needs of members.

  3. Plan and host an annual training class on damage prevention and claims avoidance, One Call compliance or related topics.

  4. Host an annual Dozer Day event with participation by 75% of members and goal of raising $10,000 to support local children’s charities and to connect with more high school students, parents, and young children and enhance their understanding of career paths and opportunities in the underground utility construction industry.

  5. Offer two (2) new annual scholarships of up to $5,000 for students attending junior colleges and pursuing post-secondary training and careers in the trades.

FOCUS AREA 5: COMMUNITY OUTREACH 

ISSUE:

NUCA Greater Kansas City wishes to be recognized as a partner and supporter of organizations and initiatives that help advance the underground utility construction industry.

 

GOALS:

  1. The Charitable Giving Committee will identify and recommend to the NUCA Greater Kansas City Board community outreach projects, initiatives, and events that members will support through financial contributions, volunteer time and other in-kind service.

  2. Coordinate volunteer involvement and set fundraising goals for identified community outreach projects and initiatives.

 

INDICATORS OF SUCCESS:

  1. NUCA Greater Kansas City will raise $10,000 for community outreach projects annually.

  2. 25% of NUCA Greater Kansas City members will participate in annual community outreach projects, initiatives, and events.

 

STRATEGIES:

  1. The Charitable Giving Committee will meet, plan projects and initiatives, and coordinate volunteer involvement.

  2. NUCA Greater Kansas City staff will inform members about volunteer opportunities for the community outreach projects, initiatives and events.

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