From its modest beginning with 11 charter members in 1921, the New York Building Congress is stronger and more relevant today than at any other point in its 97-year history.
2017 was a historic year for the organization, featuring records in both total membership (622) and new members in a year (133), the formation of two new committees, and a move to state-of-the-art offices at 1040 Avenue of the Americas. As the president and CEO and new chairman of the Building Congress, we salute the talented industry executives who have preceded us in our positions and laid the groundwork for our continued success, most recently former chairman Richard Cavallaro. We look forward to building on all their accomplishments and leading this esteemed organization to new heights through a member and policy-driven agenda focused on growth and service.
The Building Congress is enormously proud to be the leading voice of our industry, and we work tirelessly to ensure that the construction sector’s accomplishments and contributions to the success of New York are fully appreciated. We have expanded our advocacy efforts on the city, state and federal levels of government, and in 2018, we will launch an annual legislative agenda, outlining our priorities and positions on a myriad of policies and bills. We will also embark on our second Building Congress delegation visit to Washington, D.C., where we will meet with leaders on infrastructure in Congress and the President’s administration.
Along with the annual Construction Outlook and the monthly series of updates, the Building Congress will also issue two additional documents in 2018. One is our signature report highlighting construction in New York’s culture and tourism sector and all the economic development opportunities it creates. The other will be the organization’s first-ever Strategic Blueprint leading up to our 100th anniversary in 2021.
It is critical for the Building Congress to remain forward-thinking and innovative. While continuing to lead the charge on projects presently being planned and developed, the organization will also have one eye fixed firmly on the future, formulating groundbreaking ideas and advocating for the projects of tomorrow and beyond.
We hope you will agree that this is an exciting time to be a Building Congress member and a part of the construction industry in New York. If you are a member, we encourage your active involvement. If you are not a member, we urge you to join our growing coalition.
The construction industry is woven into the fabric of New York, and working together, we will build a better city and state.
Very Truly Yours,
Carlo A. Scissura, Esq. Milo Riverso
President and CEO Chairman