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Make Plans to Attend TCC Fly-In

With the President’s infrastructure initiative being a top priority, this is one of the most important times in recent history to be in Washington, D.C. for the annual Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) Fly-In.  ACPA is encouraging members and Chapter/State affiliates to participate in the event, which is scheduled for May 17 and 18 in Washington, D.C. 

Although the five-year “Fixing America’s Surface Transportation Act,” or FAST Act, authorized funding levels for federal aid highway spending through FY 2020, additional revenue will be needed to support a growing program into the future. It is important that the Administration and Congress hear from industry that any infrastructure proposal must address the long term solvency of the Highway Trust Fund. 

The TCC fly-in begins with a legislative briefing from 2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (EST) on Wednesday, May 17.   The briefing will include an update on policy funding proposals, as well as other timely information.   A Capitol Hill Reception will follow at 6:00 p.m., and this is a good opportunity to visit with legislators and staff members, as well as others in the industry who share the common interest in a strong, well-funded, and sustainable program.

On Thursday, May 18th, attendees are encouraged to start their day with a breakfast at 7:00 to 8:00 a.m., and then to visit Capitol Hill from 8:00 to 5:00 p.m.  Participants will receive educational briefing materials on key industry priorities for use in meetings with their congressional delegation(s).

Now is the time to shape your future by participating in this event and using the Hill visits to convince elected officials of the importance and urgency of the nation’s federal-aid highway and airport programs. 

This year’s meeting will once again be held at the Hyatt Regency Washington, 400 New Jersey Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20001.  For registrations, please call 1.888.421.1442 or 1.202.737.1234.   To register for the briefing, which also includes the reception and breakfast, please click here to visit the Blueskyz.com registration website.   The registration fee is $175. 

ACPA Hosts Road Construction Delegation

Leif Wathne, ACPA, presents an overview of the association and concrete pavement industry. (Photo: Tanner Johnson, International Trade Administration.)

ACPA hosted a delegation of approximately 20 mid- to senior-level industry professionals from Eurasia, as part of the International Trade Administration’s Special American Business Internship Training (SABIT) program.  

The focus of the event was road construction, and the delegates–who were screened and selected by the Commerce Department–began their three-week tour in Washington, D.C., where they met with government agencies and associations.  

The group then moved to other cities across the United States (including a visit to ConExpo-Con/Agg) to meet with companies, local government agencies, and other industry representatives.

In Washington, D.C., ACPA Executive Vice President Leif Wathne, P.E., provided an overview of the association and insights into key issues ACPA is addressing in the marketplace.  This marks the fifth time ACPA has hosted the SABIT delegation since 2007.

The International Trade Administration is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter Seeks Executive Director

The Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter is seeking an executive director. The Chapter Executive Director serves as chief paid executive, recommending and participating in the formulation of new chapter policies, and making decisions within existing policies, as they have been approved by the Chapter’s officers and Board of Directors. 

The Chapter Executive Director plans and organizes chapter activities to assure that its objectives are attained, plans are fulfilled, needs are met and provides leadership for economi­cal, productive, and forward-looking market and membership growth programs.   Click here for additional information, which may be found in the formal position description.

ConExpo-Con/Agg Highlights

Strong optimism about the economy was a common theme among many ACPA members and other attendees and exhibtors at ConExpo-Con/Agg earlier this month.

Representing ACPA at the construction industry’s triennial trade show and educational event were Lori Tiefenthaler, ACPA 2017 Chairperson, along with ACPA staff members, Jerry Voigt, Leif Wathne, Andy Gieraltowski, and Bill Davenport.  

During on-site visits with ACPA members, we had the opportunity to see new products and supporting technology resources, and of course, to hear positive reports about current economic outlook for the construction industry. Many equipment and materials members reported robust year-to-date sales of capital equipment and other products. Most also reported a sharp increase in orders and leads during the show.

Attendance at the five-day show was strong, according to show management, which reported almost 128,000 registrants.

“I think there is a noticeable difference in the attendees at this show, and the difference is their optimism,” said 2017 Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) Chair Michael Haberman. “Optimism was on display throughout the show, and the traffic was excellent.”

In addition to visiting members at their booths,  and meeting with members and prospective members, ACPA also posted social media messages and photos of member’s exhibits.  Highlights of the social media blasts can be seen in the photo gallery below. 

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ACPA Names Winner of ConExpo Prize Drawing

Rick Harbaugh, PowerCurbers, Inc.

Congratulations to Rick Harbaugh, Product Support 3D/Machine Controls Specialist at Power Curbers, Inc. (an ACPA member), winner of ACPA’s 2017 ConExpo-Con/Agg prize drawing.

Harbaugh’s name was selected at random from hundreds of visitors to ACPA’s booth at the triennial construction trade show.  The prize was a YETI® Hopper 30 portable cooler.

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