As we close out 2021 with our final newsletter of the year our thoughts are with ACPA members, colleagues, friends, and families impacted by last weekend’s deadly tornadoes. The images of towns destroyed by the violent storms is a reminder of how quickly things can change. But, as an ACPA member (from a town not far from where one of the tornados touched down) reminded me, in many cases, concrete paved roads and the resiliency they showed in the face of extreme conditions, aided in the rescue effort by providing safe passage for emergency responders. We all pray for the families of those impacted and a speedy recovery in all the communities suffering from the aftermath of the storm.

As I look back on the past year for ACPA, I am proud of the way the association responded to challenges during uncertain times. It is no secret we went through an enormous amount of change in 2021. But, our 58th Annual Meeting in Huntington Beach, California, was a tremendous success. Not only did we surpass the attendance of the last in-person Annual Meeting, New Orleans in 2019, but for the first time in a while, we were able to come together in person to celebrate the achievements of our industry. Our gathering was full of energetic, forward-looking discussions and decisions, including PCA President Mike Ireland’s presentation on PCA Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality, Associated Equipment Distributors’ President and CEO Brian McGuire’s discussion on the hot market for machinery in 2022, and the passage of our 2022 Government Affairs Agenda. The week was capped with an engaging Excellence in Concrete Pavement Awards banquet and the installation of our new Chairman, Ed Griffith. What a springboard going into the new year! If you haven’t already, please take a moment and let us know what you thought of the 58th Annual Meeting by filling out a short, 15 question survey. Your feedback will help us deliver an even better Annual Meeting next year in Nashville, Tennessee.

Now, we turn to 2022, where there are many exciting things on the horizon – from the ongoing implementation of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) to the World of Concrete and the Transportation Research Board meeting both coming up in January, it is going to be a packed year.

We are also excited to share that we are starting 2022 with the Concrete Paving Association of Minnesota back in the fold as an affiliated chapter! Led by Matt Zeller, we are looking forward to the expertise and energy Minnesota will bring to our efforts.

Also, this final edition of our newsletter for 2021 is full of valuable information. We have an RFP from the RT&I committee, a welcome to our newest member company, a look forward to TRB, WOC, the Pavewise Concrete Conference, and the SE Cement FDR Symposium. After a strenuous yet successful close to 2021, I am excited about the momentum we are carrying into what I know will be a great year. I would like to wish all of you a Happy Holidays, a joyous New Year, and I cannot wait to hit the ground running with everyone in 2022!