The country needs us to rebuild its real foundation, which is based on concrete and masonry.

I've chosen to present these views in this World of Concrete issue. I hope our coverage will encourage you to view these times as an opportunity, not a calamity. Use these observations to convince your team to put in that extra effort, knowing that a payoff will happen sooner rather than later.

If you agree, I invite you to attend the 2009 World of Concrete. We've done our best to provide an economical, one-stop event, combining education, innovation, and industry fellowship at a time when we all need reassurance.

It's time for our industry to expand its share of the construction materials market. You have all worked hard to place our industry in this position. We should be proud of our accomplishments and ready to take on the future.

Let me know you if you think I'm correct. Click Here to take our short survey asking for your views of the promise of change that happens later this month in Washington, D.C.

EDITOR IN CHIEF

ryelton@hanleywood.com