It’s hard to believe, but in just a little over three weeks, ACPA’s membership will gather in Newport, Rhode Island, for our Mid-Year Meeting. With the enactment of the BIL and key issues to address, there’s never been a more important time for our industry to gather. We’ll outline the goals and objectives for the ACPA Strategic Plan and cover other critical topics in the concrete pavement industry. I don’t know about you, but I can’t wait for the workshop on sustainability.

Speaking of sustainability, this week, I participated in an Advancing Sustainable Solutions for the Cement and Concrete Materials meeting hosted by FHWA and the CP Tech Center in Rosemont, IL. The meeting was a workshop with various stakeholders who talked about their perspectives on sustainability. I applaud the FHWA and the CP Tech Center for bringing these groups together and listening to how we can achieve certain goals. Special thanks to ACPA member Amy Brooks with Castle Rock Construction for participating in the session. ACPA looks forward to continuing our work with FHWA, other agencies, our Chapter/State Partners, and DOTs on advancing the message of concrete pavement’s important role in a sustainable future.

I recently completed the first nine months of my tenure at ACPA as President & CEO, and we shared a member communication as a recap of all we’re working on and have delivered in response to your input. To continue building on the excellent feedback that’s critical to our success, I’d like to invite our membership to connect with me and set up a time to talk. I want to hear from our contractors about what they are experiencing on the grade, and the perspectives of everyone representing our association.

As usual, we have a great newsletter this week, packed with content; the stories include CO/WY staff elected to the RPUG Steering Committee, an exciting addition to the Mid-Year speaker lineup, the FHWA Mobile Lab in NY, the opening of the Excellence in Concrete Pavement Awards, and a look at the White House’s Permitting Action Plan.