It’s only Wednesday, and this week has already been amazing. To begin with, the Detroit Lions played a football game on Sunday and didn’t lose for the first time since December 6th, 2020. But even more important is that on Monday, President Biden signed into law the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), officially launching what has been described as a “transformational moment” in United States transportation history. As this influx of federal roadway and airport funding flows to the states, ACPA staff will work closely with our FHWA and FAA partners as well as other key stakeholders to ensure that our members can take full advantage of the myriad of opportunities IIJA offers for concrete paving.

We’re also entering the home stretch to start the 58th Annual Meeting in Huntington Beach, CA. Registration for the event has officially closed, and I’m pleased to report that attendance is expected to rival our last in-person Annual Meeting in 2019, when more than 300 people joined us to celebrate stellar concrete paving projects. This year’s meeting has a great program filled with an amazing lineup of speakers. I’m really looking forward to seeing you all there.

Last week I had the pleasure of visiting with Dan DeGraaf in Michigan, and I want to give a special thanks to Ed Griffith of St. Mary’s Cement for making me feel extra welcome in my home state. We had another great Tech Tuesday last week where 102 agency officials tuned in, making up 55% of the 184 people in attendance. For those unable to join the presentation, it will be available soon on the CP Tech Center Website. Also, this week the CP Tech Center released an update to the Guide for Concrete Overlays. More about that in this week’s newsletter, alongside the latest edition of On The Grade, the ramp-up to the 2022 World of Concrete, and a mourning of GOMACO’s Rich Smith.

A quick housekeeping note; After this week, we’ll publish two more newsletters in 2021- the week of December 6th and then a final issue for the year the week of December 20th. For 2022 we’ll go with a bi-weekly distribution beginning the week of January 3rd. I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving and that you’re all able to spend time with friends and family.

See you in California,

Laura