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In Pennsylvania, Product Knowledge Becomes a Lasting Tribute

Times have changed in Pennsylvania, and so too, have the ways of encouraging participation in the ACPA Pennsylvania Concrete Conference*, the most recent of which was held in Harrisburg, Pa. 

John Becker, P.E., ACPA Pennsylvania Chapter President, explained that a new incentive program has replaced the traditional prize drawing.  This was necessitated by a recent gubernatorial executive order that would have precluded PennDOT staff from participating.

The solution involved encouraging all conference attendees to visit with and dialogue with the 21 organizations that came together to exhibit products and services.  For every participant who visited with 16 or more exhibitors, a $10 donation went to the Pennsylvania Highway Memorial Scholarship Fund. This scholarship fund assists the families of  highway workers (industry or PennDOT) who have lost their lives in a work zone accident.   

The Chapter is appreciative of the conference attendees who worked the exhibit room, resulting in the Chapter making a $700 donation to this fund. ACPA applauds this innovative approach, which is not only a great way to learn about current and emerging product technology, but also contributes to a worthy cause.  

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* The 17th Annual Pennsylvania Concrete Conference was hosted by the Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Concrete Pavement Association, in cooperation with the PennDOT, the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, the Eastern Pennsylvania/Delaware and the Pittsburgh Area Chapter of the American Concrete Institute, the American Council of Engineering Companies of Pennsylvania, and the Central Atlantic Bridge Associates.  Also, the Federal Highway Administration, the Pennsylvania Aggregates and Concrete Association, the Pennsylvania Concrete Pipe Association, the Pennsylvania Precast Association, the Pennsylvania Concrete Promotion Council, the Northeast Region of the Portland Cement Association , and ACPA National.

Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter Names Promotional Director for Arkansas

The Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter of the American Concrete Pavement Association announced the appointment of Alan Meadors, P.E., as Promotional Director of Arkansas, effective March 1.

Meadors is a recently retired Engineer of the Arkansas State Highway and Transportation Department (AHTD). He received his Bachelors and Masters Degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Arkansas in the early 1980’s. His 35-year career with AHTD included 13 years as the Staff Research Engi-neer; 10 years as Division Engineer of the Planning and Research Division; and one year as the Division Head of the System Information and Research Division. He is a 20-year veteran of AHTD’s Specification Committee and served many years on the Pavement Selection Committee. He is a registered professional engineer.

Meadors and his wife of 30 years, Liane, have two grown children.

Save the Date for the ACPA Mid-Year Meeting

ACPA is encouraging members, Chapter/States, technology partners and others to save the date for the association’s Mid-Year Meeting.  

The Mid-Year Meeting is where the concrete pavement industry gathers to discuss current events and topics that have the greatest impact on the business opportunities and threats; industry best practices; specifications and standards; and more.

The ACPA Mid-Year Meeting will be held Tuesday, June 23, through Thursday, June 25, at the Palomar Chicago (A Kimpton Hotel).  Meeting participants are encouraged to register for sleeping rooms as early as possible to take advantage of the $259/night discounted rate.   Click here for online hotel reservations. 

About the Meeting
ACPA is planning a “Maintenance of Traffic” workshop from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on June 23. Task force meetings will follow the workshop on Tuesday afternoon and continue on Wednesday, June 24.   Also on June 24, ACPA’s Strategic Advisory Committee will meet.  This meeting is open to all registered guests. 

ACPA will host receptions on both Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, and all are welcome and  encouraged to attend these informal gatherings that include plenty of networking opportunities, as well as refreshments and snacks. The ACPA Mid-Year Meeting wraps up with the ACPA Board of Directors meeting, which is closed meeting.

More About the Hotel
HotelPalomar-Chicago-ACPAMYM2015Located at 505 State Street, south of Illinois, the Palomar Hotel is a contemporary, 4-star hotel just off Chicago’s “Magnificent Mile”  area of Michigan Ave. The hotel is very close (walking distance or a short cab ride) to some of the best restaurants, bars, shopping, and other attractions that Chicago has to offer. 

Hotel amenities include complimentary coffee and juice in the morning and a hosted wine hour in the evening. The Palomar was recognized as a “Best Hotels in the USA, 2014” by US News & World Report, a “Top 15 Chicago Hotel, 2013” by Conde Nast Traveler, and is one  is one of the highest rated/reviewed Chicago hotels on Google, TripAdvisor, and Yelp.

ACPA Announces Results of Annual Meeting Survey

Following the 51st ACPA annual meeting in Scottsdale, Ariz., ACPA conducted a survey aimed at collecting feedback for improving future meetings.  

Click here to view/download a short summary of the survey results.  ACPA staff is reviewing the complete results, including qualitative (narrative and short answer) responses.   Based on the complete responses, ACPA will present recommendations for improving the Annual Meeting to the ACPA Board of Directors for discussion and approval.51stAM-sm

As an incentive to survey respondents, ACPA offered a random drawing for two $50 Visa(R) gift cards.  ACPA congratulates Chuck Niederriter (Golden Triangle Construction) and Mark Wheeler (Arizona DOT), who were randomly selected as recipients of the gift cards, which will be mailed shortly.

ACPA staff thanks members and affiliates for responding to the survey and providing such useful feedback.  Last, but not least, ACPA thanks all who attended the 51st Annual Meeting. 

Quintessential ACPA Contractors

Special thanks to Don Beuerlein who provided  a great photo of five ACPA contractors — all former ACPA Chairmen–who gathered recently at Captiva Island, Fla.  

They are (from left to right) M. Lee Powell III (Chairman-1985 and 1999); Ed Egan (Chairman-1986); Don Beuerlein (Chairman-1997); Ed Denton (Chairman-1969), and Dan Keys (Chairman-2005).

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(Photo courtesy of Don Beuerlein.)

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