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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!   

CBO Evaluates VMT Tax on Trucks

As Congress seeks long-term funding solutions, one option lawmakers are considering is a vehicle miles traveled (VMT) tax.  LANDLINE magazine (Oct. 21) reported  the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) recently published its analysis of a VMT tax on commercial trucks. The report looks at the dynamics of such a tax, including benefits and disadvantages. 

The report identified three main areas upon which lawmakers will need evaluate, including:

  • The tax base – including the types of trucks to be taxed and on which roads the tax will apply.
  • VMT rate structure – whether the tax will be applied uniformly to all trucks or vary by truck configuration, weight or location. 
  • Implementation method – considering taxes using odometer readings, radio-frequency identification readers or onboard devices such as electronic logging devices.

Click here to see the full CBO report.

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Photo:  Steadily increasing truck traffic, including these semis traveling on an Indiana highway, will require various funding options to enable agencies to build and maintain durable highways.  (Credit: American Concrete Pavement Association.)

Airport Workshop Covers Specs, Standards and More

ACPA’s Airport Pavement Design and Construction Workshop this week provided training on best practices used in the design, construction, and rehabilitation of airport concrete pavements.  Led by Gary Mitchell, the workshop program included technical presentations by subject matter experts with practical experience in a wide range of topic areas. 

Gary and other experts from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineer’s Transportation System Center, the headquarters office of the FAA, and companies with direct involvement and vast experience in FAA and USACE projects led discussions and provided a wealth of information about FAA and military concrete pavement specifications.   One of the hallmarks of the annual training is the opportunities throughout the program to present questions and exchange information about current best practices in design and construction topics. 

Discussions and Q&A periods are candid, robust and aimed at improving awareness, interpreting differences, and applying practical information to FAA and military pavement projects.  The workshop this year included 65 participants, including owners’ representatives/engineers, contractor personnel, and others with an interest in concrete pavement design, construction, and rehabilitation for airport applications. 

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Photo:  Dr. Craig Rutland, Pavement Subject Matter Expert with the Air Force Civil Engineering Center, describes why strict requirements for high quality and durable pavements are vitally important to US Air Force. 

Countdown Continues to AM56. Are You Ready?

With fewer than 40 days 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! 

You won’t want to miss the other optional activities that we have arranged during breaks in our meeting schedule  Enjoy some great views of nature with our airboat  tour through the nearby bayous and swamps.  For those who dare, our “Spirits and Cocktails Walking Tour” offers some chilling experiences as you venture into some local haunts.  Bring your friends and colleagues for an evening of fun, some unforgettable selfies and some exceptional craft cocktails. If you’re bringing a spouse or guest, be sure to check out our Special Culture and Cuisine Tour … and remember, spouses are welcome at our Mardi Gras reception and of course, they may register to attend our closing awards banquet, too! 

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 1 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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