June 6-8, 2023 at Omni Austin Hotel Downtown
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Program Highlights
Featured Sessions

Three workshop sessions will cover competition in a climate-focused world, effectively using concrete in the urban environment, and optimizing performance with long-life paving success.

Social and Networking

On Tuesday, join members and guests for a reception at the Speakeasy Austin for games, drinks, food, and fun. On Wednesday, enjoy Texas BBQ and beverages onsite at the Chairman's reception.


Join ACPA members at committee meetings to engage in the work of the Association and further our strategic objectives.

Event Schedule

8:00 am - 4:00 pm Registration – Balcony Alcove

8:30 am - 9:30 am Welcome Breakfast with Ed Sullivan, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Portland Cement Association (PCA) – Bridge Ballroom
Ed Sullivan, Senior Vice President and Chief Economist of the Portland Cement Association, will provide a breakfast briefing on current market conditions, such as inflation and supply chain considerations, impacting the cement industry.

9:30 am - 11:45 am Workshop Session 1 - Optimizing Performance and Long-Life Paving Success - Bridge Ballroom
Key factors for obtaining the best performance of concrete pavements is the theme for this workshop. Presenters will discuss a range of innovations and technologies that can be applied today to achieve long-term performance success. Actual agency performance data as well as case studies will be presented by pavement engineering experts.

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Luncheon with Guest Speaker - Lance Simmons, Chief Engineer for TXDOT – Bridge Ballroom
Lance Simmons, Chief Engineer for TXDOT, will join for lunch to discuss IIJA implementation within TXDOT along with discussing how TXDOT grapples with key issues that are facing many state DOTs as they implement the IIJA such as safety and inflation.

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Workshop Session 2 - How to Effectively Use Concrete in the Urban Environment – Bridge Ballroom
In this workshop, presentations will examine the new frontier for concrete pavements. This session explores case studies and the use of roller compacted concrete, concrete overlays, and the use of jointed concrete over cement treated bases in the urban environment. The technical sessions and case studies will be followed by a roundtable discussion of local agency and industry professionals on the use and performance of concrete pavements in local markets.

4:15 pm - 5:15 pm The Story of Austin Walking Tour - History, Scandal & True Crime (Optional Activity) - Depart from Lobby
From cowboys to condos, take a walk through the weird and wild tales of Austin's people, music, true crime, and scandal that turned a tiny frontier settlement into the vibrant ATX we love today. We'll begin at the Omni Hotel in the heart of downtown and end at the Speakeasy Austin, ACPA's reception site.

5:00 pm - 6:30 pm Reception at the Speakeasy Austin - Depart from Lobby
Located in the heart of the Warehouse District and short walking distance from the Omni Hotel, Speakeasy has become one of downtown Austin’s most celebrated venues. Join with members at Speakeasy's bowling mezzanine for a memorable night of games, drinks, food, and fun. Speakeasy will provide a truly unique evening for all with its roaring 1920s speakeasy vibe.

7:00 am - 5:00 pm Registration - Balcony Alcove

7:00 am - 8:00 am Breakfast – Atrium

8:00 am – 9:30 am Workshop Session 3 - How to Talk About Competition in a Climate-Focused World – Pennybacker
Competition is a cornerstone for economic sustainability. This workshop will feature how competition fits within overarching sustainability before diving into the fundamentals of competition, how it works, and what agencies can do to encourage it. The session will then go on to discuss real world examples from around the country including success stories and challenges along the way. The workshop will conclude with a discussion on how to talk about and message competition within the context of sustainability for agencies and other decision makers.

10:00 am – 11:30 am Quality Construction Functional Committee – Bridge Ballroom A
At the 2021 Mid-Year meeting, the Quality Construction Committee (QCC) recommended a quality control manual be developed to aid construction professionals in development of quality control plans and provide guidance for contractors who construct airfield pavements. The QCC further recommended that the Airport Concrete Pavement Technology Program (ACPTP) be leveraged to have researchers address the quality control initiatives as an ACPTP project, which would solicit all stakeholder input. Tara Cavalline, PhD, PE, Associate Professor, UNC Charlotte, was selected as the principal investigator to develop the quality control manual and work is ongoing by her team to draft the manual. Dr. Cavalline will be on hand at the QCC meeting to provide an update to QCC on the effort to date.
18:00 am – 10:00 am Marketing and Communications Functional Committee - Bridge Ballroom B
The Marketing and Communications Functional Committee will convene to discuss marketing updates, alongside Advancing Organizational Excellence (AOE), discuss current campaigns with sustainability and permanent pavements, and look forward to the priorities for the rest of the year.

11:45 am - 12:45 pm Luncheon with Guest Speaker - LaToya Johnson, Pavement Design & Performance Team Leader, FHWA – Pennybacker
Join us for lunch and conversation from LaToya Johnson, Team Leader for Pavement Design and Performance with FHWA. Jackson will share updates on FHWA initiatives and updates on current programming within IIJA such as the Climate Challenge Program.

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm Research Technology and Innovation Functional Committee – Bridge Ballroom A
The RT&I Group will meet to discuss accomplishments to date, to identify any needed research or problems requiring solutions, and to chart the effort during the 2023 and 2024 years. Currently, the RT&I has five task forces and any necessary additions or changes will be discussed.

8:00 am – 0:00am Design and Engineering Functional Committee - Bridge Ballroom B
The Committee will meet to discuss current issues and specifications with design and look forward to priorities heading into the second half of the year.

2:45 pm - 3:45 pm Strategic Advisory Committee – Pennybacker
The committee will review strategic plan progress, functional committee projects, and awards programs to develop recommendations to the Board of Directors for areas of future focus.

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Government Affairs Committee Meeting - Pennybacker
The Government Affairs Committee will hear from Mark Copeland, an expert legislative and policy strategist from the firm OS Strategies. Previously, Mark worked for the House of Representatives and US Senate working on transportation and infrastructure portfolios. Mark will provide a historical perspective on past multi-year surface transportation investment and the pace of project letting. He will also provide an update on federal appropriations, the IRA, and the impact to infrastructure spending. Be sure to add your name to the AIM list at registration as there will be Political Action Committee (PAC) discussions.

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm Chairman's Reception - Guadalupe
Join ACPA for a networking reception before a night on the town in Austin. Attendees can expect to enjoy drinks, Texas BBQ, and music from Django Walker. A great way to kick off the evening! Thank you to our reception sponsors for their support this evening!

8:00 am - 9:00 am Board of Directors Breakfast – Bridge Ballroom A (by invitation)
9:00 am - 12:00 pm Board of Directors Meeting – Bridge Ballroom A (by invitation)

9:30 am - 11:00 am MIT CSHub – Sustainability and Asset Management Updates - Bridge Ballroom B
As sustainability continues to be a major priority for many government agencies, advancement on tools and other resources is essential to promoting the benefits of concrete pavement. The MIT Concrete Sustainability Hub has been busy working to quantify concrete pavement’s use phase benefits and simplify their calculation, while also looking at reducing impacts from other life cycle phases. These efforts tie into various state’s Climate Challenge projects and are essential to helping the concrete industry address various Buy Clean efforts being developed around the country. Additionally, while many agencies grapple with sustainability, working to incorporate concrete pavement solutions in asset management programs can prove to be both a sustainable option and one that helps evaluate and improve competition. This session will review the Hub’s accomplishments and on-going works on both sustainability and asset management, while also looking to the future of concrete pavement research.

Event Venue
Omni Austin
Online registration closed on Wednesday, May 31st, but you can still register onsite. We hope to see you in Austin, Texas!
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