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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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link to see ACPA’s government affairs repository.

ACPA Participates in Infrastructure Discussion

ACPA participated in discussion forum that presented the “Prospects for Infrastructure in the 116th Congress.”  Co-hosted by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers and No Labels(1), the forum included two panels, one comprised of Members of Congress; the other comprised of infrastructure stakeholders.  

The conversation with Members of Congress was moderated by the Hon. Tom Davis (former Republican House member representing Virginia’s 11th District and No Labels Co-Founder). The discussion included comments and questions with Rep. John Katko (R-NY-24); Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-OR-5), and Rep. Jim Costa (D-CA-16).

The discussion with infrastructure stakeholders was moderated by President and CEO of the Eno Center for Transportation. Other panelists included Stephen Roy, President Sales Region Americas, Volvo Construction Equipment; Wes Stowers, CEO of Stowers Machinery Corporation; Dr. Alison Black, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, ARTBA; and Ed Mortimer, Vice President, Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Americans for Transportation Mobility Coalition.

During the Q&A portion of the first panel discussion, Leif Wathne, ACPA Executive Vice President, presented a question and presented information about the RAMP proposal(2) developed by the Hon. Norm Mineta and others. He framed around the question and comments in the context renewing the commitment to our nation’s highways and other infrastructure. The first panel was recorded and aired on C-SPAN. Click here to view the panel discussion, including the Q&A portion.

Interested in other government affairs news?   Follow this link to see ACPA’s government affairs repository.
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(1) Founded in 2010, No Labels is an organization focused on transcending political lines to “usher in a new era of focused problem solving in American politics,” according to Wikipedia.
(2) For more details about the RAMP proposal, see the news brief, Presentation Outlines a Viable Plan for Interstate Highway Investment, published in ACPA TODAY on Jan. 23.

NACA Website Addresses Timely, Weighty Topics

The North American Concrete Alliance* (NACA) has launched a website provides a wealth of government affairs-related information and resources for the broader concrete industry.

NACA is focused on addressing industry-wide legislative and policy related concerns & initiatives in the areas of infrastructure investment, research, safety and education.

ACPA and the other NACA partners encourage you to visit the site and explore the content. The site features information and links to help you take action on the following topics:

• Infrastructure
• Resiliency & Sustainability
• Workforce Development
• Environmental & Regulatory Reform
• Health & Safety

NACA encourages all members to connect, stay informed, and take action.  Please spread the word in your company and organization and encourage others to visit and bookmark this website.  As the concrete industry associations address legislative and regulatory matters that have a direct impact on you and your business, this website will serve as a vital communications and grassroots advocacy link. 

Click here to visit the website.  Also, please share this post and this informative PDF flyer with your colleagues!

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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 & 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.

Interested in other government affairs news?  Follow this link to see ACPA’s government affairs repository.

ACPA Presents at Concrete Pavement Workshop

In support of the Cement Association of Canada, an ACPA affiliate, Leif Wathne participated in the 2018 BC Concrete Pavements Workshop in Burnaby, BC, last week. He spoke about competition, asset management, and on concrete overlays.  In the concrete overlay presentation, Wathne cited several resources, including the CP Tech Center’s “Guide to Overlays,”  which is just one of a large collection of manuals & guidelines, reports, tech briefs and other overlay resources the Center offers. 

Workshop participants included industry and agency officials, Wathne says, noting that Omar Swei, Assistant Professor at the University of British Columbia, presented on improving infrastructure design and maintenance. LCCA and project examples from across Western Canada also were focal points of the workshop.

Wathne says, “An ongoing dialogue with the concrete and cement industry in BC can help agencies better understand what steps to take to start benefitting from inter-industry competition.”

ACPA, NACA Webinar Update

As we reported last week, ACPA and other member associations of the North American Concrete Alliance (NACA) presented a webinar on Feb. 13 to discuss the current status of infrastructure proposals being advanced in Washington, D.C.

The webinar, “Cement and Concrete Industry: Infrastructure State of the Union” featured an overview and insights into the Trump Administration’s infrastructure proposal (released Feb. 12), as well as those being advanced on Capitol Hill. 

An estimated 220 registrants participated in the webinar, which also included a robust Q&A session.  ACPA’s Leif Wathne participated in the webinar, sharing perspectives on highway and airport reauthorization, including funding. 

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