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Industry Groups to Celebrate Colorado Concrete Day  

Three leading concrete industry groups today announced plans to participate in an event as part of State of Colorado recently proclaimed Concrete Industry Day, April 23.  

Governor Jared Polis recently issued the proclamation recognizing the importance of concrete to the state. The proclamation reads in part: “The State of Colorado recognizes the ready mixed concrete industry as important to furthering development in our state and appreciates the hard work, dedication, and the efficiency of its employees…”

The three industry groups include the American Concrete Pavement Association-Colorado/Wyoming Chapter, the Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association, and the American Concrete Pipe Association. The associations will host a picnic lunch for Colorado legislators and their staff members. The event, Concrete Day at the Capitol, will be held on the southeast corner of the Capitol grounds from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23.

“Concrete is a part of so many things we build,” said Governor Polis. “The concrete industry is an important contributor to Colorado’s infrastructure, economy, and future. We look forward to celebrating at the Concrete Day at the Capitol BBQ and recognizing the thousands of employees that are making a difference in our state.” The Governor will attend this year’s event and address attendees.

The aim of the event is to recognize the hard work of the Colorado Legislature and their staff members, as well as to raise awareness of the importance of the concrete industry to the state of Colorado’s economic growth and sustainable development practices. 

Finalize Your Plans for the ACPA Mid-Year Meeting

Don’t miss the ACPA Mid-Year Meeting, which will be held June 11 through 13* in Charleston, SC. Please see the meeting agenda before finalizing your travel plans. 

Due to popular demand, our discounted room block is filling up quickly. Please reserve your hotel room and register soon. Discounted rooms are available at $195/night until sold out or the deadline of Monday, May 13. 

The setting for our meeting is the Hyatt Place Charleston-Historic District, which offers exceptional dining, nightlife, and of course, historic sites to see. Here are a few highlights of the meeting: 

Tuesday, June 11

  • Our “Change Management Seminar” is both timely and important because we are approaching a different business climate in the concrete pavement industry. This seminar will provide insights into embracing technology advancements, changes in project requirements, new approaches, new people, new models, and new measures.
  • Our “VISION2040 Action Plan Forum,” is the next step in our VISION2040 initiative and is aimed at evolving from a vision to a tangible plan that will allow our industry to seize opportunities and address challenges now and for the future.
  • Next up is a reception at the Pour Taproom. There will be plenty of drinks, appetizers, lively conversations and fun with friends and colleagues.

Wednesday, June 12

  • The line-up includes task force and committee meetings, where we talk about current and emerging opportunities and issues.  We also provide updates on current programs and plans.  These meetings also give you the opportunity to shape our 2020 plans and programs.
  • After our meetings, it’ll be time to relax at our evening reception, which will be held at the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon. This is the perfect backdrop to network, relax, and enjoy refreshments with members.

Please finalize your plans as soon as possible. We look forward to seeing you at the ACPA Mid-Year Meeting!  For complete details, visit our Mid-Year Meeting event website.

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* Our invitation-only Board Meeting and Emerging Leaders Group will meet on Thursday, June 13.

 

ACPA Discusses Highway Investment on Podcast

Inaction is not an option for ACPA and its members. That was one of the key messages Jerry Voigt expressed in one of the latest PCA podcasts called “Hard Facts.”  

Jerry discussed the need for investment at the federal level, what’s driving the increasing focus on vehicle miles traveled (VMT) taxes, the realities of focusing too much on pavement preservation, and other points that support the critical need for investment in the nation’s highways and other infrastructure.

He also mentioned ACPA’s VISION2040 initiative, which is taking a long-term view of the nation’s surface transportation infrastructure needs. Jerry also mentioned the need for inter-agency competition, citing it as an example of good stewardship.  Click here for the podcast web page. Click on episode 7, “Leadership Wanted.”

 

ACPA Featured in Construction in Focus

ACPA was featured prominently in the printed and digital editions of CONSTRUCTION IN FOCUS magazine (April 2019). Jerry Voigt and Bill Davenport collaborated on the article, which provides insights into a few of the high priority initiatives and issues on which ACPA is focused, including competition, VISION2040, and the association’s role in the concrete pavement industry. 

The magazine reaches 112,000 construction professionals throughout North America.  About 44% of the readers are senior management officials. More than 65% of the readers are contractors, suppliers, and engineering/consulting firms.  Click here to read the complete issue and here to read the article, “Driving the Concrete Pavement Industry Forward.”  

Bomb Cyclone is No Match for the Colorado/Wyoming Chapter

In this week’s continuing coverage of “Gold Standard” Chapter events, we’re pleased to highlight the Colorado/Wyoming Chapter’s 2019 Annual Concrete Pavement Workshop, held March 14.

The “Pi Day” theme of the annual workshop gave Angela Folkestad, Jamie Johnson and Emma Dolan the opportunity to add some humor to the day-long event, but as the day of the workshop drew closer, talk of a large-scale snowstorm moving across the region proved to be no laughing matter.

“My first thought was, ‘will it really happen?’ But, there was no way I was going to cancel just because of a snowstorm,” Angela says.  “People in Colorado know how to get around in snow, especially people in the construction industry.”  After all, big trucks and four-wheel drive vehicles are common, she adds.

As the storm approached, calls started coming in from speakers, who said their flight plans (including double- and triple-booked alternative flights) were being canceled.  Eventually, all but two out-of-state participants were grounded at home or at intermediate connection points.

That’s when Angela reached out to ACPA staff, and Jerry Voigt (one of the grounded speakers), Andy Gieraltowski, and Bill Davenport to put a plan into action.  With support from ACPA and the CP Tech Center, all the “remote” speakers were able to participate through live web-based broadcasting programs.  “I was very relieved to have ACPA helping out throughout the day,” Angela adds.

By the morning of the event, the bomb cyclone had dumped 5 to 20 inches of snow throughout the state, delivered winds gusting up to 80 mph, and dropped the  barometric pressures to historically low levels, according to 9News.com. 

Angela praised Melody Perkins of the Colorado DOT, who was stuck in the storm on her way home the night before.  After spending most of the night trying to get home, and then after only an hour of sleep, she presented at the workshop. Angela recognized Colorado DOT Chief Engineer Joshua Laipply for presenting at the workshop, in spite of the severe weather.  It’s also worth mentioning Colorado DOT materials engineers from around the state spent most of the day before the workshop meeting in a dark conference room after the power went out in their building.  “They didn’t want to miss their opportunity to meet while the whole group was in town,” she says.

Angela also commended the remote speakers for delivering presentations seamlessly and complimented presenters and moderators who were at the conference, noting their flexibility in adapting to time changes and jumping in where needed. 

The use of the “webinar” program to link the remote speakers wasn’t the only technology put to use during the workshop.  Two undergrads studying with Dr. Tyler Ley at Oklahoma State University, were able to attend, thanks to their arrival earlier in the week. Emily Rideout and Hailey Goodale, participated in the program and assisted with the Q&A following the presentations. They used a toll-free number where participants could text questions, a technology that led to a very robust exchange of questions and responses. “About half of the questions came through the texting program,” Angela says. 

Although the conference fell a little short of the anticipated attendance, Angela said there were more than 225 attendees.  “To have more than two-thirds of our expected attendance is really amazing,” she says, adding, “A few people were not able to attend because roads were closed in Wyoming and south of Denver.”

Throughout the day, this writer observed that Angela, Jamie, and Emma, exhibited tremendous grace under pressure.  The workshop delivered a wealth of technical information, program updates, and some hospitality and networking events, along with the Chapter’s paving awards program.  Along the way, there were plenty of “Pi” jokes, which underscored the humor and forethought that went into the workshop.  In the end, the workshop also showed that ACPA members, national and chapter staff, agency customers, and others excel through even the harshest conditions.

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