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AM56 Spotlights Transportation Topics and Peer Discussions

What’s the outlook for U.S. highway programs and other surface transportation investment?  This is one of the questions transportation experts will be addressing at the upcoming ACPA Annual Meeting.

Keynote remarks begin on Wednesday, December 4, with our CPU Opening Plenary Session, from 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  Speakers and topics include:

  • AASHTO’s Perspectives on the Future of the U.S. Highway Program – Jim Tyman, Executive Director; American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (invited) 
  • Federal Highway Administration Outlook – Brian Fouch, PE, Director, Office of Preconstruction, Construction, and Pavements, Federal Highway Administration, and  
  • The Value of Competition Between Industries: A Former DOT Secretary’s Perspective – Tom Smith, PE, Former Secretary, West Virginia Department of Transportation.

On Thursday, December 5, the 11th annual CPU program will continue after the ACPA distinguished service awards & recognition breakfast.  Participants can select from eight interesting and informative concurrent CPU technical sessions. Breakout sessions 1, 3, 5 & 7 form a contractor/construction track. Breakouts 2, 4, 6 & 8 form a track of general interest to all.

Please register early to reserve specially-priced hotel rooms at the New Orleans Marriott.  To take advantage of the discounted rate of $189/night, follow this reservation link or visit the event website.  For event registration, ACPA members are eligible to receive a 20% discount off any registration ticket type, including those for your spouse and guests for whom you are paying. To receive the discount, please enter the following promotional code at the top of the ticket selection screen before you proceed to checkout: member20.  Our one-stop registration/information website is http://2019meeting.acpa.org/.  

Join the Discussion on Concrete Roundabouts

The FHWA has declared this week as National Roundabouts Week.  To promote the safety, environmental and performance benefits of concrete roundabouts, ACPA National and affiliated Chapters are posting photos, videos, and infographics all week (Sept. 16 through 20). 

As part of our ongoing development of marketing and promotional strategies and tactics, ACPA developed a series of infographics earlier this summer to address some of the benefits of concrete pavement roundabouts. 

We encourage all members, affiliates, and technology partners to join us and others in discussing roundabouts on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Twitter and other social media and communications channels.  Be sure to tag your posts with #RoundaboutsWeek.

NACA to Provide Comments on Climate Crisis

ACPA and other partners of the North American Concrete Alliance* will be providing comments to the House Select Committee on the Climate Crisis.  

This collaborative effort will provide information representing the cement and concrete industry’s perspectives and positions on climate change and related matters. 

The U.S. House created this select committee to “investigate, study, make findings, and develop recommendations on policies, strategies, and innovations to achieve substantial and permanent reductions in pollution and other activities that contribute to the climate crisis, which will honor our responsibility to be good stewards of the planet for future generations.”

The committee has received recommendations from young climate leaders, policy specialists, business leaders, and state and local officials at meetings and hearings held in Washington, D.C., and around the country. To supplement its ongoing work, the committee officials sought additional detailed input from a broad range of stakeholders, including the cement and concrete industry.

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The North American Concrete Alliance is a coalition of 12 concrete-related associations formed in 2004 for the purpose of addressing industry-wide concerns & initiatives in the areas of research, safety, education, and government affairs. The coalition is comprised of the American Concrete Pavement Association, American Concrete Pipe Association, American Concrete Pressure Pipe Association, American Concrete Pumping Association, Concrete Foundations Association, Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute, National Concrete Masonry Association, National Precast Concrete Association, National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Portland Cement Association, Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, and Tilt-Up Concrete Association.

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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!

  • Congressional leaders are negotiating to stop a government shutdown before October 1 by passing a continuing resolution (CR). The CR would likely extend current funding levels through mid-November.  The House may vote on a CR as early as this week. 
  • The House Highways and Transit Subcommittee held another hearing on reauthorizing the FAST Act, this time emphasizing congestion pricing. Congestion pricing is a way to raise additional revenue and to address concerns that a vehicle miles traveled fee could unfairly penalize rural residents. Democrats and Republicans raised concerns about this topic. Some Representatives used the hearing to express their support for moving forward with a long-term reauthorization bill. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio (D-OR-04) emphasized the need for long-term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund, along with updating underlying policies within the surface transportation program.
  •  The Senate Appropriations Committee approved a plan to split $1.3 trillion in discretionary sending for FY20 across 12 appropriations bills. For the bill that funds the Department of Transportation, the committee allocated $74.3 billion, which is $1.5 billion less than the bill passed by the House.

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* 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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AHUA Names Perrotta as Chief Executive

AHUA has named Laura C. Perrotta as its next President and CEO, effective October 7, 2019.  Perrotta is currently with the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), where she serves as Senior Director of Legislative Affairs.

Tom Jensen, Chairman of the AHUA’s Board of Directors and Senior Vice President for Transportation Policy at UPS said, “The Executive Committee conducted an extensive, competitive search for a new leader of The Highway Users. After reviewing an impressive number of excellent candidates, I am very pleased that we have chosen Ms. Perrotta to lead the organization. ” 

Citing bipartisan consensus on the need for infrastructure investment, a one-year countdown to expiration of our national highway programs, and a looming shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund, he commented further, “Laura Perrotta’s expertise in the traffic safety and auto and truck industries, as well as her Capitol Hill experience, are exactly what the Highway Users needs to lead a nationwide charge for safer mobility and better roads and bridges.”

“I couldn’t be more excited to lead the American Highway Users Alliance,” Perrotta says. “Improving safety and mobility is important to every American. I am looking forward to working on such critical issues for an organization with a great reputation. This is an incredible opportunity to lead a group that has been at the forefront of transportation policy since 1932. I thank Greg Cohen for his past leadership and passion on everything relating to advancing the interests of the motoring public.”

Outgoing CEO Greg Cohen said, “I am thrilled that the Highway Users has chosen Laura Perrotta to serve as our next President. I am delighted that this organization, whose mission I deeply believe in and whose members and staff I care so much about, is in great hands. I am thankful to Chairman Jensen and the Executive Committee members for volunteering a significant amount of their valuable time to choose my successor. I am also very confident that Laura will continue to prioritize the motoring public’s interests as Congress crafts legislation to embrace new vehicle technologies and build the next generation of American highways and bridges.”

Perrotta is a nationally Certified Association Executive (CAE), past chairman and current board member of The Road Gang, former Director of Legislative Affairs for the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), and former congressional staff for New York Congressman Amo Houghton. While running ATSSA’s Capitol Hill office, she was named one of Association TRENDS Most Effective Association Lobbyists.

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