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AHUA Names Perrotta as Chief Executive

AHUA has named Laura C. Perrotta as its next President and CEO, effective October 7, 2019.  Perrotta is currently with the National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA), where she serves as Senior Director of Legislative Affairs.

Tom Jensen, Chairman of the AHUA’s Board of Directors and Senior Vice President for Transportation Policy at UPS said, “The Executive Committee conducted an extensive, competitive search for a new leader of The Highway Users. After reviewing an impressive number of excellent candidates, I am very pleased that we have chosen Ms. Perrotta to lead the organization. ” 

Citing bipartisan consensus on the need for infrastructure investment, a one-year countdown to expiration of our national highway programs, and a looming shortfall in the Highway Trust Fund, he commented further, “Laura Perrotta’s expertise in the traffic safety and auto and truck industries, as well as her Capitol Hill experience, are exactly what the Highway Users needs to lead a nationwide charge for safer mobility and better roads and bridges.”

“I couldn’t be more excited to lead the American Highway Users Alliance,” Perrotta says. “Improving safety and mobility is important to every American. I am looking forward to working on such critical issues for an organization with a great reputation. This is an incredible opportunity to lead a group that has been at the forefront of transportation policy since 1932. I thank Greg Cohen for his past leadership and passion on everything relating to advancing the interests of the motoring public.”

Outgoing CEO Greg Cohen said, “I am thrilled that the Highway Users has chosen Laura Perrotta to serve as our next President. I am delighted that this organization, whose mission I deeply believe in and whose members and staff I care so much about, is in great hands. I am thankful to Chairman Jensen and the Executive Committee members for volunteering a significant amount of their valuable time to choose my successor. I am also very confident that Laura will continue to prioritize the motoring public’s interests as Congress crafts legislation to embrace new vehicle technologies and build the next generation of American highways and bridges.”

Perrotta is a nationally Certified Association Executive (CAE), past chairman and current board member of The Road Gang, former Director of Legislative Affairs for the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA), and former congressional staff for New York Congressman Amo Houghton. While running ATSSA’s Capitol Hill office, she was named one of Association TRENDS Most Effective Association Lobbyists.

ACPA Annual Meeting Offers Options for All Guests

ACPA’s Annual Meeting is always planned with attention to all participants, including spouses and guests.  Our 56th Annual Meeting is no exception.  The meeting, which runs from Tuesday, Dec. 3, through Thursday, Dec. 5., includes several special activities, including: 

Tuesday, December 3
Golf Outing – 12:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. 
All guests are welcome to sign up for the golf outing at nearby English Turn Golf Club. Bus transportation will be provided.

Personal and Thrilling Airboat Swamp Tour – 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 
All registered guests are invited to sign up for a high-speed airboat tour of the South Louisiana bayous and tidewater cypress swamp. Bus transportation will be provided.

Spirits and Cocktails Walking Tour – 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  
Enjoy signature New Orleans cocktails while hearing about ghosts and spirits said to still haunt the legendary Vieux Carre.  All cocktail samples are included in the ticket price.  

Wednesday, December 4
Special Culture and Cuisine Tour (for registered spouses/guests) 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 
Sample 6-8 samples of dishes for which the city is famous, including red beans and rice, po-boys, gumbo, chargrilled oysters, and more! (Separate sign up necessary—see website.)

“Mardi Gras” Theme Reception (for all registrants, guests and spouses welcome)  – 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  
Kick back and enjoy some New Orleans jazz, great conversation and some laughs with friends and colleagues. Don’t arrive late and don’t leave early, because we have a few surprises planned!

Please register early to reserve specially-priced hotel rooms at the New Orleans Marriott.  To take advantage of the discounted rate of $189/night, follow this reservation link or visit the event website.  For event registration, 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  


See the Latest Concrete Pavement Progress

The third-quarter 2019 issue of ACPA’s CONCRETE PAVEMENT PROGRESS (CPP) magazine is now available.  In the 3rd quarter isssue, we cover projects in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida.  We also include another installment of the popular construction law column by Tom Olson and Rielly Lund of Olson Construction Law, an ACPA member.  You can view the current issue online using our digital flipbook option.

CPP traces its roots back to 1965, but in its current form, the publication is more popular than ever, thanks to a clean, quick-to-read format, large photos, and short summaries of projects.  Shouldn’t your most recent concrete pavement construction, rehab or CPR project be featured in the magazine? 

Click here for more information or to submit a project story for consideration, for subscription information, editorial/photo guidelines and other information about CPP!

See Highlights from CP Road Map and NCC

The latest issue of the National Concrete Consortium (NCC) News* provides an update on the CP Road Map plan jointly developed and implemented by concrete pavement stakeholders, including ACPA and the CP Tech Center. Here are summaries of three reports that caught our eye:

Investigation of the Iowa DOT bridge deck epoxy injection process – This report summarizes how the injection of epoxy resin into the cracks and voids on concrete overlays has been used across Iowa.  The technique has had positive results in preserving concrete overlays, which have been used on bridge decks in Iowa since the 1970s.  

Environmental Impacts and Design on Performance – This report details a study of the effects of environmental factors and pavement design on pavement performance in the absence of heavy loads. Results showed an average of 36% and 24% of total damage was related to environmental factors for flexible and rigid pavements, respectively, at 15 years.

A Cost-Effective Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC) – This report presents the development of UHPC using locally available materials in Colorado.  Locally sourced materials are said to reduce construction costs when compared to commercially produced products. The report examines implications of various constituent types with an emphasis on silica compounds, steel and polypropylene fibers.

Click here to see these and other reports.

* The NCC E-News is the newsletter of the Long-Term Plan for Concrete Pavement Research and Technology (CP Road Map), a national research plan developed and jointly implemented by the concrete pavement stakeholder community. If you’d like to find out more about the CP Road Map or learn how you can get involved, contact Dale Harrington ( | 515.290.4014). The NCC E-News is produced by Dale Harrington and Sabrina Shields-Cook. 

ISCP Calls for Conference Papers

The International Society for Concrete Pavements (ISCP) is reminding authors and co-authors whose abstracts were accepted that the deadline for submitting final papers to the technical committee is  September 30. 

The 12th International Conference on Concrete Pavements (ICCP 2020) will be held August 30 through September 3 in Minneapolis.  Click here for additional information.

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