2009 Presentation

The Status of CGA Damage Prevention Initiatives

The Common Ground Alliance (CGA) is a member-driven association dedicated to ensuring public safety, environmental protection, and the integrity of services by promoting effective damage prevention practices. This presentation will speak to a number of issues including:

  • Current Best Practices that are under review
  • 811 initiatives and the effectiveness of the 3-digit number
  • Current progress of the Virginia technology trial
  • Status of the Regional CGA Programs along with some success stories
  • A summary o the Damage Information Reporting Tool results for 2007 and 2008
  • State enforcement initiatives of PHMSA

Speaker Biography

Robert Kipp has served as President of the Common Ground Alliance (CGA) since the organizations inception in 2001. Since 2001, the CGA has grown to represent more than 1400 national members and as many as 2000 members within the 44 regional CGA organizations throughout the United States and Canada. The CGA is now considered the leading organization aiming to reduce damage to the underground infrastructure.

Prior to his current role with the CGA, Mr. Robert Kipp served as President and Chief Executive Officer of BCI Inc., in Chantilly, VA from April 1994 until March 2001. During his career, Mr. Kipp also held various, senior-level management roles with Bell Canada and Bell Canada International.

Mr. Kipp has a Bachelor of Administration Degree from the University of Ottawa, in Ontario, Canada. He has received executive training at the FUQUA School of Executive Management, Duke University, NC.

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Robert Kipp
Common Ground Alliance

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