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Regional Advisory Committees

RACs are responsible for developing local and regional programs for submission to the Board for investment consideration. Eligibility to participate in an RAC is deliberately broad. Masonry contractors, material suppliers, architects, engineers, labor specialists, members of academia and association personnel are all welcome and needed.
Concrete Masonry Checkoff Program - Regional Breakdown

Concrete Masonry Checkoff Program - Regional Breakdown

Region States
Region 1 Maine (ME), Vermont (VT), New Hampshire (NH), Massachusetts (MA), Connecticut (CT), New York (NY), Pennsylvania (PA), West Virginia (WV), Maryland (MD), New Jersey (NJ), Delaware (DE), District of Columbia (DC)
Region 2 Tennessee (TN), Mississippi (MS), Alabama (AL), Georgia (GA), Florida (FL), Virginia (VA), South Carolina (SC), North Carolina (NC)
Region 3 North Dakota (ND), South Dakota (SD), Nebraska (NE), Minnesota (MN), Iowa (IA), Wisconsin (WI), Illinois (IL), Michigan (MI), Indiana (IN), Ohio (OH), Kentucky (KY)
Region 4 Texas (TX), Louisiana (LA), Kansas (KS), Oklahoma (OK), Missouri (MO), Arkansas (AR), Arizona (AZ), New Mexico (NM)
Region 5 Washington (WA), Oregon (OR), Idaho (ID), Montana (MT), Wyoming (WY), Utah (UT), Colorado (CO), California (CA), Nevada (NV), Alaska (AK), Hawaii (HI)


Will our RAC receive an initial budget for program funding? Does that funding go directly to the RAC?

The Board’s 2023 budget will be shared with each RAC. At this time, revenues from assessments are just projections. Actual amounts available for investment in regional programs will depend on the volume of block sold and assessments remitted on the basis of those sales. Assessments will be tracked by Region and by District.

All program investments are made by the Concrete Masonry Checkoff Board. Each RAC is a subcommittee of the Board and makes recommendations for program funding and investment, but actual funding decisions need to be made by the board of directors.

RAC meeting and administrative expenses are paid by the checkoff. Program investments recommended by the RAC and approved by the board will be paid by the checkoff.

Who will oversee the day-to-day implementation of programs funded in our region?
Implementation of all programs funded by the CMC board of directors will be overseen by checkoff staff or designated representatives. Staff will be responsible for communicating progress and updates back to the board and committees, including RACs. RACs may designate RAC representatives to also oversee implementation of their programs in concert with checkoff staff.
What if our RAC identifies a program for funding that would not fall under priorities identified by the CMC board of directors?
The CMC board of directors is in the process of developing a strategic plan that will be used to guide funding. Part of the planning process includes outreach and input opportunities for RACs to identify needs specific to each region. It is the intent of the Board to incorporate regional priorities into the checkoff strategic plan, so that this possibility is avoided. Ultimately, anything funded with checkoff dollars will need to fall within the checkoff Act & Order, as well as the strategic plan.
Will the board identify/facilitate opportunities for multiple RACs to partner on programs?

Yes. One of the objectives and benefits of the Act and the Order is the coordination and cross pollination of successful programs. We anticipate sharing regional successes among all RACs and promoting the sharing of best practices.

Over time, it may become apparent that programs that start at the regional level are better implemented and managed as national programs. The Act and Order allow for adaptations such as this. Similarly, while some programs may not be suitable for national implementation and management, they may be better addressed across regional borders. Cooperation among RACs to jointly address common needs and opportunities will be encouraged.

Are RACs reimbursed for meeting costs and member travel/lodging? What is that process?

Meeting costs (including facility costs and RAC group meals) will be paid by the checkoff. Costs incurred by RAC members when executing checkoff programs and business are subject to reimbursement, although it is anticipated that checkoff staff will perform most of these activities and in turn, these costs will be minimal.

At this time, the Board has determined that travel and lodging costs associated with Board and RAC meetings should be borne by each Board and RAC member whenever possible, especially prior to receipt of assessment collections. That said, the Board recognizes that it may not be possible to get the best non-producer RAC volunteers involved as members without providing some reimbursement of travel and meeting related expenses. With that in mind, the Board has approved a reimbursement policy that allows each RAC to reimburse up to $500 of travel and lodging expenses per RAC member per meeting if approved by vote of the RAC members. There is a procedure available to submit a greater reimbursement to the Board for approval if sufficient need is demonstrated. However, all RAC member travel and lodging expenses paid by the checkoff will be treated as regional program expenses.

Who sets up the meeting logistics for the RAC and communicates to members?
The CMC Board of Directors is in the process of selecting an association management company that will handle meeting logistics. Once in place, that firm can assist with meeting logistics. For communications support, you can either communicate directly with your RAC members or reach out to CLUTCH (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).
Are there reporting obligations for RACs back to the board?

Communication between RACs and the Board is very important. The Board will strive to have a Board member present at all RAC meetings. RAC Chairs and Vice Chairs are invited to attend all Board meetings and regional activity updates will be included on all Board meeting agendas.

RACs should keep meeting minutes and submit back to CMC staff, which will become a part of the Board’s official records.

Documenting Return on Investment (ROI) is critical to checkoff program success. All regional-level programs funded by the Board will be required to include approved methodologies for demonstrating ROI. The Board is developing an evaluation and compliance policy that will suggest several different and/or alternate methodologies for demonstrating ROI. Regional programs that receive checkoff investment will go through the same reporting process as national programs. That process will be developed and refined by the CMC Programs Committee in the coming months.