Governor Deal Proclaims April 2016 Safe Digging Month


Tuesday, April 19, 2016 – April 2016 has been declared Safe Digging Month in Georgia by Governor Nathan Deal. Joining Governor Deal for a ceremony at the State Capitol were:

Front Left to Right: Jan Phelps, Georgia Department of Transportation; Deborah Collins, Comcast; Frankie Rigdon, Ellijay Telephone Company and Georgia 811 Board Member; Terry McLaurin, Georgia 811; Tom Tarver, Southern Natural Gas/Kinder Morgan and Georgia 811 Board Member; Pat Wingo, AT&T and Georgia 811 Board Member, Governor Nathan Deal; Mike Bell, Georgia 811; Mark Woodall, Associated General Contractors (AGC); Vickie Consiglio, Georgia Utility Contractors Association (GUCA); Jim Laplander, City of Savannah and Georgia 811 Board Member; Bill Edge, Georgia Public Service Commission (GA PSC)

Back Row: Care Whitmore, Georgia Department of Transportation; Roy Rogers, Blount Construction; Mike Schmidt, Ringgold Telephone and Georgia 811 Board Member; Chris Voss, USIC; Will Culbreath, Georgia Public Service Commission (GA PSC); Artie Buff, Pipeline Hazardous Materials Administration (PHMSA); Dona Harrington-Burns, Colonial Pipeline; Megan Estes, Georgia 811; Rachel Marich, Georgia Power and Georgia 811 Board Member; Wendell Holbrook, Cobb EMC and Georgia 811 Board Member; Rick Routh, Georgia 811.

“Georgia has been recognizing Safe Digging month for more than 25 years, encouraging homeowners and professionals to call before digging. Safe Digging Month was first celebrated nationwide in 2007 with the rollout of 811 (the national call before you dig number). Through its nationwide use, 811 is recognized as the way that we are able to keep both homeowners and the professional excavator safe,” explains Georgia 811 President & CEO Claudette Campbell.

Contact Georgia 811 before you dig, every project, every time, dial 811 or online at For more about the Georgia “Dig Law”, visit the Georgia Public Service Commission’s website at