June 08, 2022

10:30 AM CST


Are You Prepared for the Infrastructure Bill Impacts on the Damage Prevention Industry?

Every stakeholder group will be impacted by the construction projects included in the $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Bill. This Town Hall will focus on the steps we can take to ensure we’re prepared for the significant projected increase in 811 ticket submission. Do you have the right number of people on staff? Do you have mature/established operational processes in place? Can your critical technology scale with the increases that are coming? Together, our goal is to ensure excavator safety and prevent an increase in damages.  Moderator Jim Plasynski, KorTerra CRO, will moderate a panel of industry stakeholders while bringing forward the thoughts and ideas from the Town Hall participants. Sharing ideas and early preparation are essential to meeting the demands of the Infrastructure Bill.

ESA and ESA Town Halls are Infrastructure Resources Initiatives.



Jim Plasynski

CRO, KorTerra

George Kemp, VP, Safety, Government Affairs & Quality Assurance, MetroNet Inc. 
Mark Frost, Executive Director, Julie 1 Call
Stephen Schafer, Manager, Joint Use & Cable Locating, FirstEnergy
Shane Bryan, VP OSP Engineering & Construction, Ritter Communications 
Harley Hartman, President, ELM Utility Services 

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What is an ESA Town Hall?

Safety Alliance (ESA) virtual Town Halls are an open forum for all stakeholders to discuss concerns and present potential solutions to improve damage prevention and excavation safety. The ESA Town Halls are free to attend and are open to anyone.

The goal of each ESA Town Hall is to provide a forum for open discussion on key industry topics and to be a place where anyone can suggest solutions or improvements. There is rarely one solution that will work for everyone, but often someone has a solution that will work for others. While outlining the problems and causes is an important fi rst step, the goal of the ESA Town Halls is to end up focused on solutions and improvements.

Each ESA Town Hall will have a moderator and a panel. As a Town Hall these will be heavily weighted towards questions and comments from the virtual audience. At the end of each Town Hall there will be a short survey asking participants if there should be follow-up meetings on this topic to keep discussing solution ideas.

A summary of each Town Hall will appear in the dp-PRO magazine. Each Town Hall will also be recorded and available on the ESA website.

Guiding Principles of ESA

ESA is the place in the industry where solutions to industry problems are developed

ESA will not develop best practices, but ESA will post members best practices and/or solutions that have worked for them.

ESA is the place where subject
matter experts will have a platform to have their voices & ideas heard.

ESA is the go-to virtual resource for damage prevention and excavation safety education.

Every ESA member and member company is equal.

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