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ACMA Hosts Infrastructure Day

Monday, March 2, 2020

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Roughly 50 composite manufacturing business owners and leaders gathered earlier this month for American Composites Manufacturers Association’s fifth annual Infrastructure Day.

The event was hosted on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., Feb. 12-13.

About the Event

This year, industry professionals gathered to advocate for increased use of composites and advanced materials in upcoming infrastructure legislation.

“The nation’s aging infrastructure is top of mind in Washington and around the country,” said ACMA President Tom Dobbins. “The nation’s leaders have noted America needs more than a trillion dollars’ worth of investment to rehabilitate bridges, water systems, dams and the electric grid.

“Composites are uniquely poised to provide real-world solutions to meet this demand. ACMA’s membership is actively engaged with Members of Congress and other government officials to advocate for our industry and lobby for the IMAGINE Act and legislation to launch a standards and research program at NIST.”

During the first day of the event, attendees experienced a half-day of programming regarding the current political landscape and review pro-composites legislation. The programs covered the IMAGINE Act and NIST Composites Standards Act.

Following program education, Dobbins provided an overview of the organization’s recent advocacy accomplishments including advancements for new standards for FRP utility pole crossarms, new building codes and research and development.

Attendees were then directed to Capitol Hill for meetings with Congressional leaders, and in the evening shared a dinner discussion with Sen. Shelly Moore Capito (R-West Virginia), Chairwoman, Subcommitee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

The following day, attendees resumed with congressional meetings and concluded in the afternoon after a panel discussion featuring panelists from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Federal Highway Administration and the Associated General Contractors.

Political and legislative infrastructure-related developments discussed during the panel included, among others, clean and safe water systems, water infrastructure, modernizing infrastructure, environmentally sound infrastructure, fuel tax, private investments, workforce development and Trump’s budget proposals.

To review the full event agenda and speaker details, visit the 2020 Infrastructure Day website, here.


Tagged categories: American Composites Manufacturers Association; Conferences; Government; Industry News; Infrastructure; Infrastructure; NA; North America; Program/Project Management

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