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NACA Meeting Yields Positive Results

Representatives to the North American Concrete Alliance (NACA)* met in Washington, DC, for what Leif Wathne called a “fruitful meeting with lots of discussions about where we want to go.”  

“There was broad agreement that NACA is doing the right things as a coalition,” he says, adding the alliance is contemplating expanding its membership base. “We also plan to continue leveraging the website and making grassroots effort a priority when actionable legislation does surface in Congress.”

Discussions included scheduling plant tours with member companies; six legislative fundraiser events; the next NACA fly-in; and the future of infrastructure in the United States. 

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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.

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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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.

Follow this 
link to see ACPA’s government affairs repository.

NACA Sponsors Congressional Meet & Greet

The North American Concrete Alliance (NACA) held a “Meet and Greet” Monday afternoon.  The event provided an opportunity to welcome Members of the 116th Congress and for concrete industry representatives to visit informally with new and returning Members and staffers.  The list of Representatives who attended the function include:

  • Brian Babin (R-TX-36)
  • Mike Bost (R-IL-12)
  • Tim Burchett (R-TN-2)
  • Rodney Davis (R-IL-13)
  • Mike Gallagher (R-WI-8)
  • David Joyce (R-OH-14)
  • Rick Larsen (D-WA-2)
  • Daniel Lipinski (D-IL-3)
  • Carol Miller (R-WV-3)
  • Scott Perry (R-PA-4)
  • Lloyd Smucker (R-PA-16)
  • Ross Spano (R-FL-15)
  • Pete Stauber (R-MN-8)
  • Steve Watkins (R-KS-2)
  • Daniel Webster (R-FL-11)
  • Rob Woodall (R-GA-7)

To see more news and events from NACA, follow this link.  Interested in other government affairs news?  Follow this link to see ACPA’s government affairs repository.

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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.

NACA Letters Address Timely Topics

The North American Concrete Alliance (NACA) has sent three  timely letters to Members of Congress recently.  They include correspondence …

  • To welcome Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and Ranking Member Graves (R-MO) in their current leadership roles and outline support for increased investment in U.S. infrastructure.  Click here to view.
  • To express strong support President Donald Trump’s nomination of Acting Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) administrator of Andrew Wheeler to officially serve as Administrator of EPA. Click here to view.
  • To express strong support for the nomination of Nicole Nason to serve as Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration. Click here to view.  

To see more news and events from NACA, follow this link.  Interested in other government affairs news?  Follow this link to see ACPA’s government affairs repository.

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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.

 

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