Another Mid-Year Meeting (MYM) is in the books for the ACPA. Hosted in Kansas City, MO the meeting offered quality and timely content for engineering professionals and concrete paving contractors. Nearly 140 attendees gathered to hear panels such as the one moderated by former CALTRANS Director Randy Iwasaki. Panelists Tim Haile, Contra Costa Transportation Authority; Sean Winkler, Maryland DOT; and Tony Menke, Kansas DOT discussed IIJA’s funding and the implications of inflation as well as the ability to meet broad sustainability objectives. Nelson Gibson of FHWA – Department of Transportation briefed the conference on the Low Carbon Transportation Materials (LCTM) grant application process and the opportunity for grant funds to truly transform departmental programs.

On June 10th, applications were due for the FHWA’s LCTM grant program. ACPA, as a member of the Reduced Carbon Concrete Consortium (RC3), helped support application efforts from approximately 35 Departments of Transportation and other eligible agencies across the country. Under the leadership of engineering professionals like Tom Van Dam, Principal at WJE, and Larry Sutter, Principal Engineer at Sutter Engineering, ACPA will now assist those who successfully secure grants to complete the next phases. RC3 will also be working throughout the year to continue to “thread the needle” for DOTs with FHWA on reduced carbon efforts and will support contractors on Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs). ACPA will report on the efforts of RC3 throughout the year and hold sessions at the Annual Meeting. In the meantime, more information on the RC3 efforts can be found below and on our website.

ACPA has always offered strong technical sessions and will continue to provide expert tutorials and workshops, but we are also growing to ensure that we are providing more programing for contractors, connecting our members directly to decisionmakers across the country, while also growing our bench of next generation leaders. Dollar for dollar, participating in our meetings is one of the best ways for a paving professional to stay on top of innovation and open doors in our industry, while advocating for more opportunities to use concrete.

While ACPA’s meetings are a one-stop shop event for continuing education, these meetings are also a ton of fun. Mark your calendars now for ACPA’s Annual Meeting, to be held December 3-5 in Phoenix, AZ at the Camby Hotel. The Camby is located near fantastic shopping, entertainment and dining venues, and it is just a short 10 minutes away from Scottsdale, offering even more nightlife options. Now is also the time to gather submissions for our 2023 concrete paving projects for ACPA’s 2024 awards program, which will be hosted at our Annual Meeting. For over 30 years, the ACPA Excellence in Concrete Pavement awards have recognized and celebrated high quality concrete pavements. Submittals are due by Friday, July 12th via our awards website. Awards will be given to our nation’s best projects at our awards banquet on the evening of Thursday, December 5.

Summer is off to a great start. Keep the promotion and advocacy efforts coming so we can keep those pavers moving.