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Association & Industry News

The latest video from the MIT Concrete Sustainabilty Hub (CSHub) focuses on what it will take to make the nation more hurricane resilient. Citing CSHub research, Executive Director Jeremy Gregory explains the cost and safety benefits of hazard-resistant construction and how America can build more resilient communities. The MIT CSHub is co-funded by the RMC Research & Education Foundation and Portland Cement Association.

Click here to learn more about the MIT CSHub's resilience research and here to access the CSHub YouTube channel for more videos.

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Government Affairs

NRMCA and PCA will host a joint government affairs meeting on Tuesday, October 13, at 2 p.m. Eastern time. Make plans to attend this meeting for an update on what’s going on in Washington along with NRMCA and PCA’s positions on industry priorities.

This year’s ConcreteWorks will have a strong focus on government affairs; the opening general session will be an election and political update with Charlie Cook, and the second general session will be a presentation on how the election could impact the cement and ready mixed concrete industries. We strongly encourage every member of the NRMCA Government Affairs Committee to attend this important industry event.

Click here to register for the joint NRMCA-PCA government affairs meeting. For more information, contact Andrew Tyrrell at atyrrell@nrmca.org.

House Democratic leadership is preparing a $2.4 trillion COVID-19 relief package for a vote as early as this week. While there have been reports that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Secretary Treasury Steve Mnuchin have resumed talks, the House has begun to prepare for a vote on a new $2.4 trillion relief package. The House previously passed a $3 trillion package in May, but negotiations between Congressional Democrats and the White House broke down in August over the ultimate price tag of the legislation as well as the terms of unemployment compensation and liability protections.

NRMCA continues to advocate for an additional COVID-19 package including reforms to the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP), emergency funding for state departments of transportation to reinstate canceled and delayed projects, and liability protections for businesses operating through and after the pandemic.

Earlier this week, NRMCA and a broad coalition of small business groups sent a letter to Congressional leadership supporting Rep. Jamie Herrera-Butler’s (R-WA) procedural effort to force the House to consider a bill that would allow hard-hit businesses to take a second round of PPP; streamline forgiveness for loans under $2 million and allow 501(c)6 non-profit organizations to access PPP loans.

For more information, contact Andrew Tyrrell at atyrrell@nrmca.org.

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On Saturday, September 26, President Donald Trump nominated Judge Amy Coney Barrett to fill the seat on the Supreme Court vacated by the passing of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Beginning the confirmation process by mid-October will allow Republicans to fill the seat before the November 3 election. NRMCA has applauded President Trump’s policy of nominating judges in the mold of late Justice Antonin Scalia, for whom Judge Barrett clerked, with a skeptical view of the administrative state and broad reaching actions by the Executive Branch. NRMCA will be paying close attention to the confirmation hearings and process to determine how Judge Barrett’s decisions may impact issues important to the ready mixed concrete industry.

You can read more on her views from Politico and The Wall Street Journal.

The Senate is set to vote on the House-passed continuing resolution (CR) to fund the government through December 11 as well as extend the FAST Act and the National Flood Insurance Program for one year. The legislation will provide a $13.6 billion transfer from the general fund into the Highway Trust Fund, providing $10.2 billion to the Highway Account and $3.4 to the Mass Transit Account.

For more detailed information on how this will impact a longer-term FAST Act reauthorization, you can view this free webinar from the Eno Center for Transportation.

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The next NRMCA Plant Manager Course will be offered online from December 11-18. Why attend? Never has it been more critical for your plant manager operator to be at the top of his/her game. Efficiency and productivity impact every penny in this tight economy. Plant managers serve a vital function, with responsibilities that affect issues from regulatory compliance to product quality, safety and profitability. NRMCA’s certification program helps you make sure that they are up to speed on product knowledge, plant safety, environmental regulations, plant operations and ready mixed concrete industry business principles. This course establishes the basic industry standard, measured through certification.

Click here to learn more and to register. For more information, contact Gary Mullings at gmullings@nrmca.org.

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The Financial Performance Improvement Group will meet at 11 a.m. Eastern time Thursday, October 15, as part of NRMCA’s ConcreteWorks 2020. This event will be held virtually. An agenda for the meeting and minutes from the June 10, 2020, meeting will be circulated.

Click here to register. For more information, contact Andrew Tyrrell at atyrrell@nrmca.org.

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Workforce Development

Please mark your calendar for this fall’s online Workforce Development Committee meeting on Friday, October 16, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Eastern time. The three new task groups will update everyone on their progress. All are welcome – our workforce is inextricably linked to the vitality of the ready mixed concrete business. You and your colleagues' input and thoughts are appreciated.

Click here to register. For more information, contact Eileen Dickson at edickson@nrmca.org.

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Calendar

*Please note that e-mail and direct links to each event listed below can be accessed from NRMCA's Web site.

October 5 - 6, Online Course
Handling Concrete Specifications Online
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

October 5 - 9, National Mixer Driver Appreciation Week
Sponsored by TMMB
Email: Kevin Walgenbach, 703-706-4857

October 7 - 8, Online
NRMCA's ConcreteWorks 2020
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

October 19 - 23, Online Course
Concrete Safety Course Online
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

October 21-23, 28-30, Online Course
CCSP Module I: Concrete 101
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

November 2-3, 5-6, 9-10 and 13, Online Course
Short Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

November 16 – 20, Online Course
Environmental Course for the Ready Mixed Concrete Industry
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

November 16 – 17, Online Course
Improving Concrete Quality Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

November 30 - December 10, Online Conference and Expo
Global Concrete Summit
Sponsored by NRMCA & Grey Matters | Use coupon code NRMCA40 when you register for a 40% discount.
Email: Lionel Lemay, 847-922-7995

December 11 – 18, Online Course
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

December 14 – 18, Online Course
CCSP Module II: Understand the Concrete Contractor’s Business Model
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

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2021

January 12 - 14, San Antonio, TX
Dispatcher Training Forum
Email: Mason Jean, 703-706-4852

January 26 – 29, Charlotte, NC
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

February 10 – 12, Dallas
Effective RMC Supervisor Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

March 23 – 26, Boston
Plant Manager Certification Course
Email: Jessica Walgenbach, 703-706-4852

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