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Make Plans for Cement, Concrete Industry Fly-In

ACPA is encouraging members and affiliates to participate in the 2020 Cement & Concrete Fly-In, which will be held in Washington, DC, on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 19th and 20th.

Registered guess will have the opportunity for briefings and discussions, followed by group meetings with Congressional offices and top Federal officials to discuss issues impacting the industry. The cement and concrete industry collectively has 600,000 employees and contributes more than $100 billion each year to our nation’s economy.

Please make plans today!  Click here to register at the Conrad Hotel in Washington, DC, and here to register for the fly-in. A detailed agenda will be posted in ACPA TODAY as soon as it is available. 

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News from Capitol Hill

This is the latest installment of highlights of PCA’s “This Week in Washington” update. Interested in seeing more? Become an ACPA Advocacy Interest Member.* Advocacy Interest Members are eligible to participate in the Legislative Issues Committee (LIC). Click here to join!

The U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) announced the recipients of the most recent round of Airport Improvement Program funding. Specifically, DOT awarded $520.5 million in airport infrastructure grants to 287 airports across the country, ranging from rehabilitating runways to constructing taxiways.

OSHA has re-initiated its National Emphasis Program (NEP) on Respirable Crystalline Silica (RCS), which will increase the agency’s focus and frequency of testing for RCS in particular industries where workers are more likely to be exposed. Several concrete and related applications are targeted. See Appendix A of the OSHA Instruction for the full list of targeted industries. The NEP directs that at least 2 percent of inspections annually shall target RCS. Furthermore, the Office of Inspector General issued a memorandum to OSHA advising that the Inspector General’s office is initiating an audit of the agency’s RCS program.

* Advocacy Interest Membership is a special individual membership category. To be eligible for membership in this category, a member must be a stockholder, owner, director, or employee of a member admitted to any other class of membership (Article IV, Section a-i, and l). In addition, to become and remain eligible, individuals must affirm their Advocacy Interest Membership annually.

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Arkansas Appoints DOT Director

The Arkansas Highway Commission has named Lorie Harris Tudor, P.E. as Director of the Arkansas Department of Transportation (ARDOT).  The Commission made the announcement following a special meeting held last Thursday. Tudor will succeed Scott Bennett, who announced his retirement effective March 20, according to an ARDOT press release. 

Tudor began her 36-year career with what was then the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department in 1981 as a clerk typist.  She left the Department in 1995 to return to college, where she  received a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Memphis. She returned in 1998 as a Civil Engineer I in the Planning Branch. She held various titles in Planning, Research, and Program Management, becoming Assistant Chief Engineer for Planning in 2011.  In December 2014, she was named Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer. 

Tudor becomes ARDOT’s first female Director, and the fifth person to serve in that role in the Department’s last 47 years. She follows Henry Gray (15 years), Maurice Smith (6 years), Dan Flowers (17 years) and Scott Bennett (9 years).

Deadlines Approach for National Concrete Consortium Meeting

The National Concrete Consortium (NCC) hotel room block for the spring 2020 meeting is March 9th, according to the CP Tech Center, which manages registration for NCC.  If you still need a room at the Embassy Suites by Hilton-Nashvile Airport, please click here or call (615) 522-5444 and ask for the NCC block rate ($179).

A welcome reception kicks off the meeting from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. (CDT) on Monday, March 30. The meeting follows on Tuesday, March 31 through Thursday, April 2. Anyone interested in the meeting should register no later than Friday, March 20. 

Visit Us at ConExpo-Con/Agg

As you plan your visit to ConExpo-Con/Agg, be sure to visit ACPA in the Grand Lobby in booth GL32208. ACPA staff will be on hand during the week of March 10 through 14 to discuss programs and services, and of course, all aspects of concrete pavement research, design, construction and rehab.

The Grand Lobby is the area between the North and Central Halls of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

ConExpo-Con/Agg, is North America’s largest construction trade show. Held every three years in Las Vegas, the event features the latest equipment advances and newest technology applications in every aspect of construction. Show management expects 2,000 exhibitors. Click here to see a graphic that depicts the interior exhibit areas.

You still have time to register for the show.  Click here to see current registration rates and other details.

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