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Advocacy

Secretary Foxx Joins 2016 PCA D.C. Fly-In

Secretary Anthony Foxx of the US Department of Transportation will join the 2016 PCA DC Fly-In. 

This marks the first time that the Secretary has addressed the PCA members, as PCA hosts its first Fly-In May-24-25. Registration for this historic event is still available by clicking here. 

With the addition of Secretary Foxx, the Fly-In offers a robust program featuring prominent DC leadership including Janet McCabe, U.S. Department of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) acting assistant administrator for the Office of Air and Radiation, Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA) and Rep. John Shimkus (R-IL). 

Contact Rachel Derby

Market Intelligence

PCA Evaluates Concrete Pavement’s Competitiveness in Light of New Economic Realities

Paving Reoort 2015 framedPCA’s recently released 2016 Paving Report examines concrete pavements’ competitiveness in the context of the current economic situation with the decline of oil prices. Some erosion in concrete’s competitive cost position is expected; however, according to the report the erosion is expected to be minor.

Removal of market impediments remains the critical determinant in the movement in concrete’s share of the paving market. This implies that political successes, which have materialized in recent years, must continue to be won at statehouses in the context of the forbidding strength of local asphalt lobbyists.

The full report includes the latest Oman data measuring Department of Transportation (DOT) paving activity, congestion and transportation network conditions, the relationship between oil and asphalt paving price indexes, asphalt supply mechanisms, domestic oil production, econometric analysis of market share and relative price movements, as well as discussion of policy roadblocks that stand in the way of free market dynamics.  

Contact Andy Moss

Market Development

National Infrastructure Week Casts Wide Net

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May 16-23 is National Infrastructure Week - Seven days of events, media coverage, education and advocacy efforts to elevate infrastructure as a critical issue impacting all Americans. Under the theme “Infrastructure Matters,” the initiative brings together traditional stakeholders with those whose lives, livelihoods and businesses run on infrastructure: manufacturers, retailers, passengers, travel and tourism companies, and the towns, counties and cities home to them. The week is coordinated by a steering committee of business, labor, and policy makers and supported by more than 100 organizations. Be a part of Infrastructure Week on Twitter and tell how #InfrastructureMatters to you. Watch a PCA video or go to the Infrastructure Week website for more information.

Contact Alpa Swinger

Research/Technology

April Meetings Addressed Key Areas

Fire protection, building performance, and sustainability were issues addressed by the Codes and Standards team in recent meetings. At the ASTM E06 Building Performance Committee Meetings, April 11-14, ASTM E60 Sustainability Committee Meetings, April 12-15, and International Code Council Action Hearings, April 17-27, PCA staff advocated for the concrete industry and gathered information on proposals which may affect members. See links for staff reports.

Contact Steve Szoke

Market Intelligence

2015 Cement Industry Economic Impact by State Sheets Available

Updated industry economic impact sheets for the 48 contiguous United States are now available.

These fact sheets are powerful tools to illustrate the economic impact that the cement industry has on a state. They provide basic information that will be of interest to elected officials and key senior management within decision making organizations such as state departments of transportation and other agencies. 

Each fact sheet contains a map of cement offices, plants and terminals, as well as cement industry economic data for each state including:

  • Clinker capacity
  • Cement production
  • Cement consumption
  • Cement employees
  • Cement and concrete-related employees
  • Cement contribution to state revenue
  • Cement and concrete-related contribution to state revenue

Contact Brian Schmidt 

Advocacy

Waugh Joins PCA Government Affairs

Waugh, Seth framedSeth Waugh joined the Washington, D.C. PCA office last week as a Director of Government Affairs. 

Waugh comes to PCA from the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) where he managed their legislative agenda. Prior to his service at NSSF, he held positions with several other trade associations, including the Enlisted Association of the National Guard and the National Rifle Association. In addition, for four years he served on the legislative staff for Senator George Voinovich (R-OH).

Waugh received his B.A. in Political Science from The Ohio State University and is a graduate of the United States Air Force Air Command and Staff College. With his strong background in federal advocacy and legislative affairs, he will assist the Government Affairs team in accomplishing the Association’s public policy goals on Capitol Hill. His email is swaugh@cement.org,

Contact 
Todd Johnston

Education

Professors' Workshop Invites Registrations


Educators teaching concrete structures, materials, and paving are invited to the Skokie campus July 20-24 for the PCA Education Foundation Professors' Workshop. Besides the opportunity to network with colleagues from other universities and colleges, the professors and graduate students will receive valuable information on the latest developments in concrete design, construction, and materials to bring back to their classrooms. Scheduled topics in the week-long workshop include concrete materials properties, engineering and economics of concrete structures including bridges, and design, construction, and performance of concrete pavements. The workshop fee of $395 includes handout materials, demonstrations by software vendors, resource literature, lunches, and receptions. See the PCA website for registration and schedule.

Contact Michelle Wilson