There are few things I love more than being on the road, seeing paving projects, and engaging with ACPA’s passionate membership. This week, I had the pleasure of traveling to North Carolina for the Spring Rigid Pavement Committee Meeting led by Greg Dean, Executive Director of the ACPA Southeast Chapter. The meeting featured great presentations from the DOT and the membership on BIL implementation, pavement design, RCC, and even a quick overview of the latest in slurry stabilization. It was a jam-packed two hours and I have to say, well done, guys! Lots to be optimistic about in the Carolinas!

This week on Capitol Hill is the North American Concrete Alliance’s Cement and Concrete Fly-In. ACPA was pleased to participate in a few sessions featuring lawmakers and key agency staff, addressing issues ranging from BIL implementation to robust carbon discussions. Special thanks to Lori Tiefenthaler of Lehigh, ACPA Chairman Ed Griffith, and PCA President Mike Ireland for making sure concrete pavement is always part of the discussion.

One important item to note in this issue-packed edition of ACPA’s newsletter is that ACPA is bidding farewell to Executive Vice President Leif Wathne after 17 years of service. While Leif may be leaving his role at ACPA, he is not leaving the industry, and as of June he will transition to Associate Director with the CP Tech Center. ACPA thanks Leif for all of his years of dedicated service.

Leif will be with ACPA through the Mid-Year Meeting, and I’d like to invite you all to come raise a glass to Mr. Wathne at a reception during the event wishing him all the best in his new role. Please also take the time to read the joint statement issued by ACPA and the CP Tech Center announcing the transition.

We’ve got a full slate of stories in this edition including our inaugural Tech Services report, a look at ACPA’s elevated engagement with NACE, a spotlight on a crucial session at the Mid-Year Meeting, the announcement of two staff changes, a story from KY on concrete enabling air cargo growth, our Q1 Government Affairs report, ACPA’s take on the DOT Strategic Plan, and a letter to Secretary Buttigieg.