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Chapter Events Set the Gold Standard – Utah

In this week’s coverage of Chapter events, we’re pleased to highlight the Utah Chapter’s 18th annual workshop, held at the Sheraton Hotel on Feb. 20.

Chairman Cody Preston (Geneva Rock Products) kicked off the event, which included opening sessions by Kris Peterson, Director of Project Development for the Utah DOT.  He spoke about “UDOT Funding and Concrete Project Development for the Future.”  

Breakout sessions followed and were organized into three categories:  Excellence in Paving; Building to Last, and Technology and Innovation. In the “Excellence” session, six presentations covered some of the top airport, highway and road construction and rehab projects. 

In the “Building to Last” session, presentations included, “Getting Pavement Right: It Starts with Sampling,” and “LTAP:  A Resource for Better Work.” In the “Technology and Innovation” session, Dr. Shaun Dustin presented on, and was followed by Dr. Mike Darter, who presented on key distress types in concrete pavements … and how to avoid them.

Carlos Braceras, Executive Director of the Utah DOT and current President of AASHTO, was the keynote luncheon speaker, sharing perspectives on transportation construction in Utah, while also providing a national perspective. Matt Morrison of GOMACO followed with a presentation on paving machine technology, “Where we are, how we got here, and where we are headed.” Leif Wathne ended the presentation portion of the workshop with remarks about ASCE’s Grand Challenge, which is at enhancing the performance and value of infrastructure projects over their life cycles by 2025, as well as fostering the optimization of infrastructure investments for society.

The program ended with closing remarks and door prizes. The Utah Chapter workshop has grown into a popular and well-attended workshop, offering attendees a great opportunity for tech transfer/education, discussion of timely topics, and networking. 


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Save the Dates for ACPA’s Annual Meeting

Be sure to save the dates for ACPA’s 56th Annual Meeting (AM56).  The meeting will be held December 3 through 5 at the New Orleans Marriott, located in the heart of the ‘Big Easy.’

At this writing, the event site is set up as a ‘save the dates’ reminder only, although it also allows visitors to get an advance look of the full website, not to mention a glimpse of the vibrant area where the meeting will be held.

ACPA is continuing to develop the one-stop event website with details about the meeting, including an agenda, event registration links, and hotel registration details. For now, please visit: for a preview.   

Since 2016, ACPA annual meetings have been held in urban areas, situated near or in dining and entertainment options for all to enjoy after a day of business, tech transfer, and peer discussions. 

The setting for AM56 is no exception. The site of our meeting offers plenty of options and opportunities for guests to relax, dine out, explore and enjoy all that jazz!  

Don’t Miss this Important Industry Event

There’s still time to register for the third annual North American Concrete Alliance* (NACA) annual fly-in.

With elected officials on both sides of the aisle expressing the need to invest in infrastructure, the timing has never been better to share the concrete industry’s views on this critical and timely topic. 

The fly-in will be held Tues., April 9, through Wed., April 10, at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel, 999 9th St. NW, Washington, DC. First-timers and experienced advocates are welcome and encouraged.  The NACA team will help you make the most of your participation.  

The first day of the event will include briefings and a cocktail reception/dinner. The second day will include a breakfast and policy panel, small-team Congressional meetings, a lunch briefing, and a Congressional reception honoring 2019 Cement Champions. Click here to see NACA fly-in information page, which includes links event and hotel registration details, the agenda, and other information.

Be a part of this important and timely event, which will make a “concrete” difference for your company and our industry! 


The North American Concrete Alliance is a coalition of 12 concrete-related associations formed in 2004 for the purpose of addressing industry-wide concerns and 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.

Interested in other government affairs news?  Follow this link to see ACPA’s government affairs repository.

ACPA Supports State Legislation to Study Pavement Materials

ACPA endorsed a bill recently introduced in the Maryland House of Delegates that would direct the state’s DOT to “analyze alternatives to the use of asphalt as roadway surface materials that are used in other states and countries.” 

A letter to the sponsor of the bill, Delegate C.T. Wilson, expresses ACPA’s strong support House Bill 1013, which would require the state DOT to “conduct a study and make certain recommendations on roadway surface materials.”  The letter also offers assistance to support the study, as well as to provide “information that supports the ways pavement material analysis and comparison benefits taxpayers, agencies, and the traveling public.”   

The letter is one of the latest examples of ACPA’s ConcreteCOMPETES program, which provides direct support to ACPA-affiliated chapters and members, as well as transportation agencies/owners. The program is a top priority for ACPA Chairman Jim Mack  (CEMEX) and was first initiated by 2018 Chairman Chuck Niederriter (Golden Triangle Construction).  Click here to see the letter.

Interested in other government affairs news?  Follow this link to see ACPA’s government affairs repository.


Chapter Events Set the Gold Standard

Throughout the year, ACPA-affiliated Chapters hold workshops, conferences, and other events that provide members, agencies/owners, consultants and others with tremendous opportunities to learn more about the best practices, new resources, emerging technologies, developing trends, and more.

Beginning with this issue of ACPA TODAY, we are including a few highlights of these events.  Our goal is to provide insights into the major topics discussed, while also sharing other details, including the innovative and creative things the Chapter executives and staff are doing to make these events even more valuable to attendees and guests.

As you read their stories, please consider that registration totals can be impacted by travel policies, weather, and a number of other factors.  The real story about the attendees is that Chapters are drawing the ‘A-list’ of customers, members, and other stakeholders who are not only important to the success of the event, but to the concrete pavement industry throughout the United States.

Our reports are in order of information received, so given the workloads and schedules of the chapter executives and staff, the events are not in chronological order.  Click the links below to see the stories about the great work ACPA Chapters are doing.  Also, don’t miss additional stories in future issues of ACPA TODAY. 

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