Advocacy is in the air this Spring – and before you conflate advocacy for the concrete paving industry with American politics, pause to think about what advocacy for the paving industry means. It means making the connection of concrete paving to sustainability, resiliency and healthy competition objectives. It also means being a part of the relevant conversations and promoting concrete paving to decisionmakers because they help achieve these important societal goals. ACPA is advocating for increased concrete paving market share in three major ways this Spring and you matter in the equation.

First, ACPA has formed the Reduced Carbon Concrete Consortium (RC3) alongside the CP Tech Center and a number of qualified paving engineers to advance opportunities and information in reduced carbon concrete. Since the FHWA announcement on March 12 on $2B Low Carbon Transportation Materials (LCTM) grants, RC3 has been in communication with dozens of DOTs across the country advocating for them to pursue the grants and help reframe business as usual decision making. These grants offer the opportunity to put forward bold and transformational ideas to try to advance a low-carbon agenda. DOTs have until June 10, 2024 to submit an application. The next round of applications is expected in May for other LCTM qualifying entities. See the RC3 website for the most recent information and reach out to qualifying entities encouraging them to apply. Contractors, there is more information on Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) on the RC3 website, as well. Be sure to sign-up for our distribution list to receive regular communications.

Second, have you registered for ACPA’s Mid-year Meeting in Kansas City, MO? Our focus on smoothness will include an introduction to its importance, optimizing mixtures and the process, equipment types for smoothness, discussions on longevity and much more. Further, conversations will be had on the cement industry’s engagement with the Environmental Protection Agency and if threats of regulation are impacting cement mixtures and specifications. We will also advocate and interface with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), providing feedback on the LCTM program and EPDs. You can be a part of all of this by registering today, while the room block is still open, and help keep it smooth in Kansas City in June.

Lastly, ACPA’s Board of Directors and ACPA’s Chapter State Executives are travelling from around the country to advocate for concrete paving interests before Congress and the agencies in Washington, DC May 14 -16. As part of the Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) led by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) and the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), ACPA members and staff will advocate for continued infrastructure investment as inflation has had significant implications on the impact of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), redistribution impacts and continued support for the CP Tech Center funding.

This spring, ACPA is well out in front of the issues impacting our industry and we invite you to come along for the conversations. If you’re not at the table, then you’re on the menu. Let’s fight for our share and our future!