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).
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PCA Evaluates Concrete Pavement’s Competitiveness in Light of New Economic Realities
PCA’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
National Infrastructure Week Casts Wide Net
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.
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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.
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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
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Waugh Joins PCA Government Affairs
Seth 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 firstname.lastname@example.org,
Contact Todd Johnston
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
The Executive Report is distributed free of charge to members of PCA and to individuals interested in PCA activities or the cement, concrete, and construction industries. Email email@example.com to subscribe.
Meetings and Events
IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference
May 15-19, 2016
Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center
2016 DC Fly-In
May 24-25, 2016
The Liaison Capitol Hill
PCA Centennial Celebration Cocktail Reception and Dinner at The Hay Adams on Tuesday, May 24
PCA Education Foundation Professors' Workshop
July 25-29, 2016
PCA Centennial Outing and Celebration (picnic)
July 27, 2016
PCA Fall Congress
August 29-31, 2016
InterContinental Chicago Magnificent Mile
PCA Centennial Celebration Associate Member Recognition Reception on Tuesday, August 30
Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures: The Course
September 12-15, 2016
PCA Annual Summit
November 13-15, 2016
Palm Beach, Florida
PCA Centennial Celebration Board Dinner on Monday, November 14
2016 Self-Consolidating Concrete Conference (SCC) and 11th annual International Concrete Sustainability Conference (ISCC)
May 15-18, 2016
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOID) Conference
May 22-26, 2016
University of Toronto Chemistry of Cement and Concrete Course
June 6-10, 2016
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
European Cement Research Academy (ECRA) Seminar: Emissions Monitoring
June 7-8, 2016
Energy & Environmental Building Alliance Houses that Work™ Program
June 9, 2016
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Concrete Canoe Competition
June 9-11, 2016
See full event calendar
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