ACPA, PCA, NRMCA and MIT held a joint conference call on Tuesday to discuss ways that MIT’s recent and ongoing work could be helpful to economic recovery efforts in the wake of COVID-19. 

Communicating the overall short and long-term economic benefits of investment in durable, long-life infrastructure (such as concrete pavements) was a significant focus of discussion.

Another major area of discussion included the value of a diversified system (short, medium and long term, as well as various competing alternatives) in extending the effectiveness of highway investments – an approach similar to the way one would diversify their 401(k) or investment portfolio.    

Conversation also touched on FEMA’s  Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC) Program. FEMA has solicited comments to their program by May 11th, according to Scott Mueller, who along with Leif Wathne, participated in the call.

Several disparate Congressional teams working on economic proposals and the four groups (PCA, NRMCA, MIT and ACPA) agreed that it’s vital to be aligned to ensure that the concrete pavement groups together or separately are ready when called upon. The aim is for the group(s) to respond with good factual data that supports national economic recovery with the effective and beneficial engagement of the broader concrete and cement industries.

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