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FHWA Group Focuses on Sustainability Resources

The 18th meeting of the Sustainable Pavements Technical Working Group (SPTWG) gave stakeholders the opportunity stakeholders to provide technical input on sustainability and environmental aspects of pavements and pavement materials. The meeting, which began with opening remarks by Heather Dyllla, FHWA Sustainability Program Manager, also created a forum to share information and discuss resources.

Held in Detroit last week, the two-day meeting covered a wide variety of topics, including streets and urban sustainability, innovations by the Michigan DOT, and product category rules (PCRs) and environmental product declarations (EPDs). The meeting also addressed life cycle analysis data issues and included a demonstration of the FHWA’s LCA tool.

Participants also heard a presentation on pavement vehicle interaction (PVI) by Karim Chatti, Michigan State University; Imad Al-Qadi, University of Illinois; and Jeremy Gregory, of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (and CS Hub). A PVI panel discussion followed and addressed timely questions about PVI, including gaps in modeling, as well as implementation steps for using PVI models in the short term. Technical updates presented by the FHWA included an update on the FHWA PVI study and sustainable pavement studies. 

Facilitating and participating in the discussions were Kurt Smith and Prashant Ram of ApTech, an ACPA member. Leif Wathne participated in the meeting, representing ACPA and the concrete pavement industry’s perspectives. 

Final Days to Register for AM56

The final days for hotel room and online event registration are rapidly approaching. The room block for ACPA’s 56th Annual Meeting is scheduled to expire on November 11, followed by the November 15 deadline for online event registration.

If you have not finalized your plans, we encourage you not to miss the discounted rate of $189/night or the opportunity by following our reservation link or visiting the event website

When registering for the annual meeting, don’t forget to select the optional golf outing and other exciting and fun-filled excursions. ACPA will provide transportation to and from the event, so bring your sticks (or rent clubs onsite) and enjoy a great time with friends and industry colleagues! 

ACPA members are eligible to receive a 20% discount off any registration ticket type, including those for your spouse and guests for whom you are paying. To receive the discount, please enter the following promotional code at the top of the ticket selection screen before you proceed to checkout: member20. Our one-stop registration/information website is http://2019meeting.acpa.org/. Scheduled for December 1 through 5, ACPA’s 56th Annual Meeting will be held at the New Orleans Marriott. 

FHWA Offers Workforce Insights in Partnership Meeting

A Highway Construction Workforce Partnership (HCWP) partners’ meeting provided insights into the solutions to federal programs aimed at addressing workforce issues, including shortages and developmental programs.  

The meeting began with opening remarks by Tony Furst, FHWA Chief Innovation Officer, and Nancy Rooney, U.S. Department of Labor Deputy Assistant Secretary. Leif Wathne of ACPA and Jay Hansen of NAPA both had an opportunity to share comments with the group.

The meeting covered a variety of topics, including outreach/marketing, FHWA HCWP grants, and a notice of proposed rulemaking for an apprenticeship program. Participants also received a summary of HWCP activity in various states and cities.

The meeting was held on November 4 and was  hosted by the FHWA’s Center for Transportation Workforce Development and took place at the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) headquarters in Washington, DC. In addition to the key agencies, other partners include AGC, ARTBA, AASHTO, the DOL’s Employment and Training Administration, and NAPA.  

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HMG Urges Support of Pell Grants

Weighing concers about the workforce shortage in the industry, the Highway Materials Group (HMG) last week sent a letter urging the leaders of the House Committee on Education and Labor to include Pell Grant program considerations.

The letter was sent to Chairman Bobby Scott (D-VA-03) and Ranking Member Virginia Foxx (R-NC-05) in advance of mark-up of the Higher Education Act (HEA). HMG partners urged the leaders to include provisions in the College Affordability Act that allow “high-quality, short-term programs that partner with local industry to participate in the Pell Grant program.” 

Reinforcing concerns about workforce issues, the HMG noted “our nation’s construction and trade industry is facing a historic and widening skills gap. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, some 6 million Americans are unemployed today, but 7.3 million jobs stand empty – often because employers can’t find workers with the skills to fill them.”

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The Highway Materials Group is comprised of eleven national associations, representing companies that provide the construction materials and equipment essential to building America’s roads, highways and bridges. The HMG associations’ members employ tens of thousands of men and women in well-paying American jobs and support increased investment in America’s surface transportation network. Members include: American Coal Ash Association; America Concrete Pavement Association; American Traffic Safety Services Association; Associated Equipment Distributors; Association of Equipment Manufacturers; Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute; National Asphalt Pavement Association; National Ready Mixed Concrete Association; National Stone, Sand & Gravel Association; Portland Cement Association; and Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute.

Final Days for Hotel Registration

With just about a month to go until ACPA’s 56th Annual Meeting, our recently expanded hotel room block will soon be completely sold out!  ACPA is once again reminding anyone who hasn’t yet finalized plans to do so as soon as possible.   To take advantage of the discounted rate of $189/night, please register as soon as possible by following our reservation link or visiting the event website

When registering for the annual meeting, don’t forget to select the optional golf outing and some of our exciting and fun-filled excursions. ACPA will provide transportation to and from the event, so bring your sticks (or rent clubs onsite) and enjoy a great time with friends and industry colleagues!  Also, be sure to check out our spouse/guest program and our optional activities to make the most of your visit to the Crescent City! 

As a reminder, ACPA members are eligible to receive a 20% discount off any registration ticket type, including those for your spouse and guests for whom you are paying. To receive the discount, please enter the following promotional code at the top of the ticket selection screen before you proceed to checkout: member20.  Our one-stop registration/information website is http://2019meeting.acpa.org/.  Scheduled for December 3 through 5, ACPA’s 56th Annual Meeting will be held at the New Orleans Marriott.  This year’s theme, “Concrete and all that jazz!” highlights the spirit and culture of New Orleans, and of course, the focus on concrete pavements!   

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