Volume 6/Winter 2010

The Dirt

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Holey Moley

Holey Moley is busy preparing for 2011 and what’s shaping up to be another busy year. You can keep track of Holey Moley by becoming friends with him on Facebook. Click here to view pictures and keep up with all the events Holey Moley is attending.

Don’t forget to invite Holey Moley to one of your 2011 events. Click here to request Holey Moley


Jan. 12 Meeting

Join us at the call center in Greenwood on Jan. 12 at 12 p.m. for a presentation of the 2011 Indiana 811 communications plan.


On The Calendar

Holey Moley is exhausted from communicating the importance of calling Indiana 811 before all digging projects at more than 45 events in 2010. Indiana 811 and Holey Moley attended parades, fairs, safety events, open houses, Indianapolis Indians games and trade shows throughout Indiana. To keep track of events happening in and around the Hoosier state in 2011, click here to view a complete calendar of events.

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Message from Dan Meiners

Indiana 811 Members:

As 2010 comes to a close, I'd like to take this moment to reflect on the year and the many accomplishments we've made together. Despite the ongoing recession and its effects on new construction, I’m pleased to report that as of the end of November, inbound requests to Indiana 811 are up 4.5% percent from last year.

Any increase during times such as these should not be taken lightly, since it is a reflection of the work we all have done to increase awareness of 811. As you’ll see throughout this final edition of The Dirt, the combined efforts of Indiana 811 and members has led to millions of free media impressions across the state, exposure at dozens of events, and unique sponsorships and partnerships.

The number of Indiana 811 members continues to grow, surpassing 1,000 earlier this year, and providing additional ambassadors for the 811 message in 2011.

Speaking of 2011, please be sure to check out the left side bar of this newsletter for information about a presentation of our 2011 communications plan on Jan. 12.

Happy holidays to you and yours,

Dan Meiners
Executive Director, Indiana 811

In The News

Indiana 811 was constantly in the news with more than 75 stories reaching more than 2 million Indiana residents through TV, online, radio and print throughout the year. More than half of these placements were seen in April during Safe Digging Month. All of the Indiana 811 news coverage was free and not connected to advertising. Check out all of the free television coverage Indiana 811 secured during Indiana Safe Digging Month by clicking on the image above.

The Latest

The most recent changes to the Indiana one-call law requires all utilities, including those owned by local governments, to join Indiana 811. Indiana 811 created a kit – an Indiana 811-branded shovel packed in a box with shredded paper serving as a bed of fake dirt – to get the attention of prospective members. The shovel carried a tag that educated recipients that failure to belong to Indiana 811 may lead to fines and forfeit their ability to recoup repair costs from any excavator who damaged their lines. The shovel tag also included a link to an animated video that offered more compelling reasons to join Indiana 811. As a result 98 members joined Indiana 811 in 2010, putting the total membership over 1,000.



Help promote Indiana 811 in 2011 by posting an Indiana 811 banner at a substation, job site or along roadways where there is heavy traffic. 8 ft x 4 ft Call 811 banners are available for your company to purchase at the bargain price of $43.95. All orders must be submitted to Chuck Muller by January 28, 2011 in order to receive prior to safe digging month. Click here to download the banner order form.


Did you know?
With the holiday season around the corner, don't forget to take into account federal and state holidays when planning your next project. Click here for a full list of holidays to consider when giving your two full working days notice as required by Indiana state law.

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