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Finalize Plans for this Important Industry Event

The countdown continues to the third annual North American Concrete Alliance* (NACA) annual fly-in, which is just over a month away. The final day for hotel registration is Tuesday (Mar. 12), so the NACA partners are encouraging members to finalize plans as soon as possible. 

The fly-in will be held Tues., April 9, through Wed., April 10, at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel, 999 9th St. NW, Washington, DC. First-timers and experienced advocates are welcome and encouraged.  The NACA team will help you make the most of your participation.  

Elected officials in the House and Senate and on both sides of the aisle are increasingly voicing support for infrastructure investment, so the timing has never been better to share the concrete industry’s views on this critical and timely topic. The most powerful voices and most convincing arguments will come from people directly affected by the next highway bill, so be a  part of this important and timely event!

The first day of the event will include briefings and a cocktail reception/dinner. The second day will include a breakfast and policy panel, small-team Congressional meetings, a lunch briefing, and a Congressional reception honoring 2019 Cement Champions. Click here to see NACA fly-in information page, which includes links event and hotel registration details, the agenda, and other information.

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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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US DOT to Appear at South by Southwest

The U.S. Department of Transportation (US DOT) will be appearing at South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin, TX, next week.

The agency is hosting special events, interactive sessions and a demonstration room next Monday and Tuesday (March 11 and 12). The special events will be held Monday at the Hilton  Downtown and Tuesday at the Courtyard by Marriott Austin/Downtown Convention Center.  The five interactive sessions will be held Tuesday at the Courtyard. 

One session will discuss automation and its potential to transform the nation’s freight transportation system, as well as other topics that focus on the future of transportation, technology, investment, and innovation.

The US DOT’s goals for the event are to “…Support innovation, discuss key technologies that will shape transportation in the next 10 to 20 years, and help us pass the research baton to inspire the next big market solution.” Experts will be onsite to discuss featured projects, discuss US DOT services and to provide other information. Click here for more information about the event along with details about how the agency is preparing for the future of transportation. 

SXSW started as a music festival in 1987 and has since evolved into a mega event with gaming, a film festival, comedy event, speakers, and other special events, according to the SXSW website and wiki. The complete event runs from Mar. 8 through 17. 

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FHWA Offers Funding for Advancing Innovations

The FHWA is seeking innovations that may need some assistance to become market ready. 

The agency issued a broad agency announcement about the FHWA Accelerated Market Readiness (AMR) program, which will provide resources for the rapid, national assessment of emerging innovations and for the development of documentation of these assessments.

According to the announcement, these activities are intended to help advance the innovations to a more complete market-ready status, which in turn should accelerate the adoption of the innovations by transportation agencies. A total of $3 million in funding–ranging  in value between $200,000 and $500,000–is available for all awards under this announcement. The FHWA anticipates  that it may award up to eight contracts, cooperative agreements or funding allocations. 

The announcement includes questionnaires and forms that must be reviewed and completed, as indicated. Click here to read the announcement on FedBizOpps.

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Don’t Miss this Important Industry Event

There’s still time to register for the third annual North American Concrete Alliance* (NACA) annual fly-in.

With elected officials on both sides of the aisle expressing the need to invest in infrastructure, the timing has never been better to share the concrete industry’s views on this critical and timely topic. 

The fly-in will be held Tues., April 9, through Wed., April 10, at the Renaissance Downtown Hotel, 999 9th St. NW, Washington, DC. First-timers and experienced advocates are welcome and encouraged.  The NACA team will help you make the most of your participation.  

The first day of the event will include briefings and a cocktail reception/dinner. The second day will include a breakfast and policy panel, small-team Congressional meetings, a lunch briefing, and a Congressional reception honoring 2019 Cement Champions. Click here to see NACA fly-in information page, which includes links event and hotel registration details, the agenda, and other information.

Be a part of this important and timely event, which will make a “concrete” difference for your company and our industry! 

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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 Supports State Legislation to Study Pavement Materials

ACPA endorsed a bill recently introduced in the Maryland House of Delegates that would direct the state’s DOT to “analyze alternatives to the use of asphalt as roadway surface materials that are used in other states and countries.” 

A letter to the sponsor of the bill, Delegate C.T. Wilson, expresses ACPA’s strong support House Bill 1013, which would require the state DOT to “conduct a study and make certain recommendations on roadway surface materials.”  The letter also offers assistance to support the study, as well as to provide “information that supports the ways pavement material analysis and comparison benefits taxpayers, agencies, and the traveling public.”   

The letter is one of the latest examples of ACPA’s ConcreteCOMPETES program, which provides direct support to ACPA-affiliated chapters and members, as well as transportation agencies/owners. The program is a top priority for ACPA Chairman Jim Mack  (CEMEX) and was first initiated by 2018 Chairman Chuck Niederriter (Golden Triangle Construction).  Click here to see the letter.

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