“North America's largest metal forming, fabricating, welding and finishing event will be held [in Chicago on Nov. 18-21.] The tradeshow and conference sets the stage for new ideas, products and technology through interactive exhibits, educational programming and networking opportunities.”<
"To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…" President Wilson, November 11, 1919.<
70 mph winds and up to 55 inches of snow arrived in the darkness of October 4th and cut through the Black Hills in western South Dakota. The 230 kV line that surrounds the Black Hills and was designed not to fail, did just that. Within hours, our Black Hills Power electric utility lost 2/3 of their customers. Entire cities went black. Few people were prepared for what was coming.
Why? Because it already takes so long to get permits, a few days doesn’t make much difference.
A little over a week ago, the area we serve in western South Dakota saw the second-worst blizzard in the region’s history. Winter storm Atlas dumped more than 40 inches of snow in some parts of the Black Hills, and many ranchers lost half of their cattle herds. About 28,000 of our customers were without power at some point during the storm.
Being nimble is the key to successfully navigating a series of congressional meetings on Capitol Hill. How long would you say a meeting to discuss the EPA’s proposed regulations on greenhouse gasses and possible cyber security legislation should take between an elected official and our company leaders (who traveled 1,600 miles to be there, by the way)?
One hour? Maybe a two? Try 20 minutes. And another 5 or 10 with the staff, if you’re lucky.