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ACPA Signs on To Letter Supporting PFC Reform

ACPA has signed on to a letter to Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY-04) and Earl Blumenauer (D-OR-03) expressing “strong support” of H.R. 3791, the Investing in America: Rebuilding America’s Airport Infrastructure Act. Rep. Massie, a member of the of the House T&I Committee, and Rep. Blumenauer, a member of the House Ways & Means Committee, introduced the bill in mid-July.

The bill would eliminate the federally imposed cap on the Passenger Facility Charge (PFC) and provide airports with the ability to locally determine their own PFC rates based on their unique infrastructure needs.

Sent on behalf of the Beyond the Runway Coalition,* the letter states, “Congress last adjusted the PFC cap to $4.50 in 2000, but with inflation and rising construction costs , the purchasing power of the PFC has significantly eroded to barely $2.25. As a result, many airports have reached their debt capacity and either cannot finance new projects or have had to stretch their projects over a longer time frame, increasing the costs and delaying the benefits for passengers.”

The letter adds that eliminating the anti-competitive federal cap on PFCs would allow airports across the country to become more financially self-sufficient. “It is important to note that PFCs are not taxes, but rather local user fees determined locally and used locally to improve the passenger experience and spur airline competition,” the letter continues. Click here to see the letter.

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* The Airport Council International’s Beyond the Runway Coalition is comprised of a wide range of aviation industry stakeholders seeking to ensure that airports remain strong economic engines and job centers in their local communities.  The 77 member organizations are aligned in support of modernizing airport infrastructure financing to ensure airports in the United States have the resources they need to remain competitive, thriving hubs of economic opportunity.

Follow this link to see ACPA’s government affairs repository.

 

Finalize Plans for the Promoters’ Forum

ACPA, NRMCA and PCA’s  2019 Promoters’ Forum is only a few weeks away.   The associations are reminding those interested in the event to book hotel rooms by August  5 to secure the special pricing.

The Promoters’ Forum is a two-day forum aimed at providing industry promoters with best practices, the latest promotion techniques, and new (and existing) resources from national associations representing concrete and cementitious-material solutions.  The event provides regional, state and other local promoters with a unique networking experience, and a wealth of useful information from the associations.

The three Association hosts, along with national sponsors (ASCC, CRSI and NCMA) encourage promoters from member companies and associations to participate in this industry-wide event to network with colleagues and draw on resources from the concrete and cement industry. 

The forum will be held August 28-29, 2019 at the Loews Chicago O’Hare Hotel, located at 5300 N. River Road in Rosemont, IL.  The registration fee is $150.  Please click here for more information or to register for the event. Registration through the PCA website is simple and requires only basic information (contact information, a username, and a password) to enable the use of the Aptify registration site. 

Click here for a preliminary agenda and here to reserve a hotel room.  Please note the PCA group rate is $159 (plus tax) for single/double accommodations. 

Professors’ Seminar Recap

Eric Ferrebee was one of several industry experts to present at the PCA Education Foundation’s Professors’ Workshop last week in Farmington Hills, MI.  

Eric spoke for two hours last Thursday, presenting technical instruction on Joint Layout and Design and Pavement Thickness Design.  Other speakers included Wayne Adaska, PCA; Norb Delatte, Oklahoma State University; Seyedhamed Sadati, Institute for Transportation/CP Tech Center; Mike Ayers, Illinois Chapter-ACPA; and Robert Bowers, Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute.

The Professors’ Workshop is designed for professors and other instructors in civil engineering, architecture, architectural engineering, materials science, and construction management programs.  The program provides the academic community with tools to engage students in the latest developments in concrete design, construction, and materials.

Plan Now for the ACPA Annual Meeting

A fun-filled, information-packed annual meeting is in the works and ACPA is offering an early preview of the tentative agenda:  

  • Tuesday, Dec. 3– The meeting begins with the ACPA Chapter Committee Meeting, and meetings of the IGGA, RCC Pavement Council, and ACPA Emerging Leaders Group.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 4 – The day will be devoted to technical, legislative and strategic committee meetings and the Concrete Pavement University (CPU) opening plenary session. An early evening Mardi Gras reception will give all attendees a fun-filled opportunity to enjoy networking and spending time with other meeting attendees New Orleans style.
  • Thursday, Dec. 5 – The final day continues with our popular CPU tech transfer & educational event.  Eight CPU breakouts are divided into two concurrent tracks (a contractor-focused technical track and a more general interest track).  The 30th Annual “Excellence in Concrete Pavement Awards” dinner closes out the evening and marks the end of the meeting.

With record attendance at the 2019 Mid-Year Meeting, and an all-time high number of ACPA contractor members, we anticipate exceptional attendance and plenty of networking and fun! 

The meeting will be held at the New Orleans Marriott, located in the heart of the ‘Big Easy.’ ACPA is finalizing the preliminary agenda and registration details, which we plan to post in early August.  Until then, save the dates and plan to join us in New Orleans. For a quick preview please visit: http://2019meeting.acpa.org.

Conference Focuses on Highway and Airport Pavements

ACPA participated in the 2019 International Airfield and Highway Pavements Conference in Chicago this week.

Sponsored by the American Society of Civil Engineers’ Transportation and Development Institute (T&DI), included a presentation by Jerry Voigt on ACPA’s VISION2040 initiative. The presentation provides a long-term view of technology-driven changes anticipated in the next 20 years, as well as projections on how the concrete pavement industry will both adapt to and drive innovation. 

Eric Ferrebee presented on concrete pavement preservation and rehabilitation techniques and also did a poster presentation on PavementDesigner.org, the cement & concrete industry’s pavement thickness design platform.  Eric also participated in the highway- and airfield-pavements committee meetings.

Two pre-conference workshops were held on Sunday. Peter Taylor and Gordon Smith from the CP Tech Center were among presenters in the PEM workshop. The second workshop, led by Jeffrey Gagnon of the FAA, covered the agency’s pavement evaluation software. 

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