As we reported previously in ACPA TODAY, the Association is moving forward with plans for the 57th Annual Meeting in Nashville.
“We are excited, but it is important for our members to understand that we are continuing to review all our options and closely monitoring Tennessee’s gathering limitations. We are also factoring in the Center for Disease Control’s meeting safety recommendations into our space plan.” Here’s a look at our initial plans:
- Tuesday, December 1 – The event begins with the Chapter/State Committee meeting, as well as special meetings of the CP Tech Center and RCC Pavement Council. Allowable optional activities, such as golf, will be in the afternoon.
- Wednesday, December 2 – ACPA’s new Market Forums will set the pace for the day. Facilitated discussions surrounding Highway, Airports, Industrial Pavements, and Streets & Roads meetings will take center stage. The Strategic Advisory Committee will meet to discuss key findings and deliverables from the forums. An evening gathering will allow attendees to enjoy an exclusive reception on one of the largest rooftops in Nashville—the “Cruise” rooftop at Florida-Georgia Line House—with stunning views of the Music City skyline. The large venue will provide ample room for appropriate social distancing.
- Thursday, December 3 – The final day will include the Board of Directors meeting, the Emerging Leaders Group, the Legislative Issues Steering Committee, and Concrete Pavement University tech transfer tracks. Capping off the 57th Annual Meeting will be a special presentation of the ACPA “Excellence in Concrete Pavements” program.
“Nashville’s central location means that many members (especially those in the Midwest) may be able to drive in for the event,” says ACPA 2020 Chairman Greg McCormick (Northern Improvement). He’s encouraging members and others to save the dates and make plans to participate.
“We are carefully planning to accommodate everyone,” Greg says. “We will include social-distancing precautions and provide hand sanitizing stations for everyone’s comfort level. We will serve plated meals (no buffets) and meeting room seating will be spaced for distancing. We’ll also encourage and provide masks for all attendees,” he says.
The meeting is set for December 1 through 3 at the Omni Nashville Hotel, which features meeting and entertainment space in the heart of Nashville and connection to the expanded Country Music Museum.