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Democratic Leaders to Discuss Infrastructure with President Trump

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA-12) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) will meet with President Donald Trump next week to discuss infrastructure, according to a story in POLITICO this morning.  

The meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 30, at 10:30 a.m., the story reported, citing a senior Democratic aide. Pelosi is said to have requested the meeting during a phone conversation with the President on April 4.  

The transportation-construction industry, along with many others, will be eager to learn the outcome of the meeting, which if newsworthy, will be reported to ACPA members. Also today, ACPA and other transportation-construction industry leaders are particularly active on social media, calling for infrastructure investment and underscoring the urgent need to focus on highways, bridges and other surface transportation infrastructure. 

Click here to read the full story by POLITICO.

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Photo credit: Andrew Harnik/AP Photo for POLITICO.

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NACA Fly-In Soars to New Heights (Part 2)

As we reported last week, the third-annual North American Concrete Alliance* fly-in reached new heights with industry participation, an excellent program, and engagement by Federal government officials. 

In all, more than 140 participants representing 12 cement and concrete trade associations came to Washington to represent the industry. Speakers from nine federal agencies and Administration offices included the U.S. DOT, FHWA, The White House and the Office of the Vice President.

Officials included James Redstone, Special Assistant to the President, White House Domestic Policy Council; Phillip Pinegar, Domestic Policy Advisor for the Office of the Vice President; Paul Teller, Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs; and Brandye Hendrickson, Acting Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration.

From Congress, 11 U.S. Representatives and three Senators presented remarks during the two-day event.  From the House, featured speakers included Ranking Member Sam Graves (R-MO), House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee; Ranking Member Lloyd Smucker (R-PA-11), House Education & Labor Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Investment; and Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-IL-3), member of the T&I Committee and 2018 Cement & Concrete Champion. Other T&I Committee members also spoke during the event. 

From the Senate side, EPW Chairman (and 2016 Cement and Concrete Champion) John Barrasso (R-WY); Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV), Chair of the Senate EPW Infrastructure Subcommittee and 2019 Cement and Concrete Champion; and Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD), also with the Senate EPW Committee.  

The event also included issues-specific sessions that covered some of the cement and concrete industry’s highest priorities.  In addition to the presentations and discussions, the attendees also visited Capitol Hill to discuss funding and other topics. In all, 14 small teams attended more than 160 meetings on Capitol Hill and spoke with officials from an estimated 30% of Congressional offices.  

Among the discussion topics were highway reauthorization, the highway trust fund, resiliency, truck weights, LCCA, and airfield pavement research to name a few. 


Photo: 
(L-R) ACPA Legislative Issues Committee Chairman Dan Rozycki (The Transtec Group) discusses infrastructure investment with Paul Teller, Special Assistant to the President for Legislative Affairs, during the NACA Fly-In cocktail reception and opening dinner. (Photo courtesy of PCA.)

Editor’s note:  Information for this story was provided by Rachel Derby, PCA.

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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.

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ACPA Presents Concrete Benefits to County Officials

ACPA chapters had the opportunity to discuss the features and benefits of concrete pavements with county officials this week during the National Association of County Engineers’ Annual Meeting/Management and Technical Conference. 

Held in Wichita, KS, the annual event is a prime opportunity to meet with county officials responsible for infrastructure policy administration, funding and construction.  Discussion topics included concrete overlays and PavementDesigner.com, the cement and concrete industries concrete pavement thickness design platform.

Todd LaTorella and Ken Liescheidt of the Missouri-Kansas Chapter and Alan Meadors Oklahoma/Arkansas Chapter represent ACPA for the two days of the exhibitor program, one of the highlights of the annual meeting and conference. 

FHWA Takes Aim at Workforce Challenges

The Federal Highway Administration is working to address workforce shortages and other challenges. In December, the Office of Innovative Program Delivery completed the evaluation phase of the two-year Highway Construction Workforce Pilot program, according to Tom Deitering, FHWA Project Delivery Team Leader.

The pilot program, involving AGC, ARTBA, AASHTO and the Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, is now transitioning to the Highway Construction Workforce Partnership (HWCP).

With the evolution of the program, the FHWA has released a HCWP Playbook which provides a concise set of approaches or plays to help States, Tribal transportation authorities and local areas form partnerships to help fill highway construction jobs.

The playbook includes best practices for organizing state, local, or tribal stakeholders; success stories from multiple pilot locations; complete, and “game-ready” programs that can be implemented immediately. The resource also includes observations about issues others have faced in identifying, training and placing workers in highway construction jobs. The resources also include a web resources (including a main website at http://www.fhwa.dot.gov/RoadsToYourFuture) and other support activity.

 

NACA Fly-In Soars to New Heights

By all accounts, the third annual North American Concrete Alliance* annual fly-in will end on a high note as the partnering cement and concrete industry associations mark another successful advocacy event.  We will include more details about the event next week, because at this writing, the event is continuing the third day activities, including Hill visits, briefings and a reception.

The preliminary feedback is positive, based on excellent engagement with key officials in the Administration and Congress and excellent participation by the NACA partners and member companies.

The event began Tuesday with updates and discussions on key transportation issues, followed by briefings and Hill visits and a reception and dinner. 

An active social media campaign was launched, and ACPA was a leading contributor to the discussion. To see examples, follow these links to see examples of ACPA and other NACA partners’ messages  on Twitter and Facebook(Social media users–Look for these tags: #2019NACAFLYIN, #CONCRETE4AMERICA, #CONCRETETOCONGRESS, #infrastructure and variations of these topics.) 

Photocaption: The Hon. Brandye Hendrickson, FHWA Deputy Administrator (2nd from left), visits with Lori Tiefenthaler, Lehigh Hanson and 2017 ACPA Chairperson, Jerry Voigt, ACPA CEO, and Pat Long, Indiana Chapter Director of Marketing and Government Affairs. 

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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.

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