The more I have an opportunity to meet with different state chapters and speak with concrete experts from around the country, the more convinced I am that concrete paving is well-positioned to take advantage of the current political climate. The durable, resilient, low-carbon characteristics of concrete and the product’s sustainable qualities will allow us to be part of the conversation at the state and federal levels. I look forward to working with our members to refine our story and use it as we look toward the future and implement strategic communications initiatives that leverage our strengths.

This week, I attended the Nevada Infrastructure Concrete Conference (NICC), where Gary Mitchell, Larry Scofield, and I were able to meet with Charles Stuart, Tom Tietz, and other Southwest Concrete Pavement Association Members. Charles and Tom put together a fantastic two-day program that was well attended by key stakeholders in the region. These conferences are invaluable as we work to better understand the challenges facing our concrete paving partners across the country.

Like all of us, their members are focused on the passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA). And while a date for final passage of the IIJA remains unclear, last week, Congress approved a one-month extension of Fast Act funding through December 3rd, aligning its end date with the current government funding extension. I’m confident that as we head towards our Annual Meeting, we will have more clarity on the IIJA and, more specifically, the provisions in the law that most directly impact concrete paving.

And speaking of the Annual Meeting, we’re less than a month away from the kick-off of our largest in-person gathering in nearly two years. There are only a few rooms remaining in our hotel block, so if you haven’t already, make sure you register this week before we sell out. It will be great to see everyone in person and renew our collective commitment to moving the industry forward. We’ve got a great agenda planned. Make sure you check out our Annual Meeting website and start planning your week in Huntington Beach.

Finally, next week is our second to last Tech Tuesday of 2021. Read more about this month’s topic as well as a summary of the NICC Annual Meeting, Eric’s presentation at the Concrete Overlay Summit, and Leif’s visit with AASHTO at their annual meeting last week in San Diego. Thanks again for reading our newsletter. In the coming weeks, we’ll be announcing some of the changes to our content and distribution schedule for 2022.