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TCC Advances Discussion on Proposal to Renew Interstate Highways

The Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) has formally encouraged Congressional Leaders to support a report and underlying plan called, Renewing Our Commitment to the Interstate Highway System: A Foundation for the Future, which was first reported by ACPA in January.  ACPA’s Board of Directors also formally endorsed the report in March.

TCC wrote and sent letters to U.S. House and Senate Leaders, urging the lawmakers to “build on the recommendations made in this report by passing legislation that makes a meaningful investment in the nation’s transportation system.” TCC also urged the Leaders to advance an infrastructure investment bill which will “address the shortfalls in investment in our transportation system highlighted in the report.” 

Click here to see the letters to the House and Senate minority and majority leaders. Click here to see the original report by ACPA, along with links to the recommendations made in the report, the presentation made at the TRB Chairman’s Luncheon in January, and a video presentation. 
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Duit Honored with Golden Anniversary Celebration

A surprise celebration was held last week in honor of Duit Holding’s 50th anniversary.  

Highlighting the event, Jim’s daughter Kimberly and son Tim shared poignant speeches about Jim and his endeavors. Many other people were also recognized for their commitment and accomplishments in their dedication and service over the past five decades. Other highlights included the presentation of a bronze bust of Jim created by renowned artist Paul Moore of Oklahoma City. He was also presented with a special keepsake, a framed flag emblazoned with the company logo and a special 50-year emblem. 

On Monday of this week, Jim opened the regularly scheduled staff meeting by saying, “I was so overwhelmed with all the people there in my honor.” He attributes his years of success to all the people who have worked with him. He also joked that he was a little worried that so many people close to him could keep a secret that long. 

Duit Holdings started with Duit Construction Company, Inc., which was founded in Iowa Falls, IA, in 1969.  The company relocated to Edmond, OK, in 1981.

Countdown to the ACPA Mid-Year Meeting

ACPA staff is reminding members and others to complete hotel and event registration soon. Registration counts have been increasing rapidly, and although discounted hotel rooms are still available at the special rate of $195/night, rooms are expected to sell out before the Monday, May 13, deadline. 

If you are unable to secure a room because of a sold-out situation, please email your arrival/departure dates to Elke Allen (eallen@acpa.org). Elke will assist members who need help securing a room between now and the deadline date of May 13.

The setting for our meeting is the Hyatt Place in the Charleston, SC, historic district, which offers exceptional dining, nightlife, and of course, historic sites to see.  Highlights of the meeting are shown by date below:

Tuesday, June 11

  • ACPA’s “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 Social Media Spotlights Infrastructure Investment

Ahead of and following the pivotal meeting among Congressional leaders and President Donald Trump, ACPA and other advocacy groups turned to social media (notably Twitter and Facebook) to build awareness and inform public officials and others of the critical importance of infrastructure investment. 

Also this week, working with information supplied by Will Wilkins and Lisa Templeton of The Road Information Program, ACPA launched a week-long social media campaign aimed at informing and increasing awareness about the links between highway investments and the economic development, jobs, safety and overall highway and bridge conditions. 

The campaign will continue through Friday, and ACPA is inviting members, chapters and allies to join the discussion.  We have prepared preformatted messages (optimized for Twitter) and easily adaptable to Facebook, LinkedIn, and other channels.  To join the dialogue, click on the Twitter and Facebook links above, or alternatively, cut & paste messages from the special web page at:  http://www.acpa.org/join-the-discussion/.  Questions or comments?  Please contact Bill Davenport (847.423.8703 or bdavenport@acpa.org).

Hundreds Gather to Celebrate Concrete Industry Day  

An event held last week  in Denver drew more than 500 invited guests who gathered to celebrate Concrete Industry Day.  

Colorado Governor Jared Polis recently issued a proclamation, which declared April 23 as Concrete Industry Day, which helped raised awareness about the importance of the concrete industry to the state of Colorado’s economic growth and sustainable development practices.  

A barbecue, perfect spring weather and plenty of good cheer added to the celebratory mood of the event, which was sponsored by ACPA-Colorado/Wyoming Chapter, the Colorado Ready Mixed Concrete Association, and the American Concrete Pipe Association. Attendees included Colorado legislators, non-partisan staff from the legislative council, Colorado State Patrol officers assigned to the Capitol, building maintenance personnel, and other state employees, along with association members and staff who gathered on the lawn of the State Capitol. 

In issuing the proclamation, the governor  recognized 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 event also provided the industry groups the opportunity 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. 

“Concrete is a part of so many things we build,” Governor Polis said in advance of the event. “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.”

During the event, Gov. Polis welcomed participates and wished everyone a happy Concrete Day, exclaiming, “We count on Colorado concrete!”

“I signed a budget just last week that invests $300 million in transportation and infrastructure across our state,” he says, adding, “We are excited to work with you and others in a coalition to make sure we have the resources to meet infrastructure needs, not only where our state is today, but also where we expect to be in 5 years, 10 years and 20 years.  We see you as an important partner in helping us achieve that goal.”

Click here to watch a video featuring the Governor’s remarks. 

 

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