New NAPA Committee Tackles Competitiveness Issues

NAPA has established a Pavement Economics Committee (PEC) whose mission is to grow the market for asphalt pavements and counter the cement/concrete industry’s assault on asphalt’s share of the pavement market. The Board of Directors was polled by email and mail and they expressed unanimous support for the new initiative. Similarly, unanimous support has also been pledged by the State Asphalt Pavement Associations (SAPAs). The PEC’s activities will be funded by a new Asphalt Pavement Economics Fund (APEF), which will be financed by contributions from both NAPA and the SAPAs.

To date, 12 SAPAs have submitted financial commitments and more are pending. The PEC is working through six NAPA–SAPA task groups — Best Quality and Competition, Environmental Sustainability, Legislative, Pavement Design, Pavement Type Selection, and Pavement Preservation. The task groups have already held conference calls and are scheduling face-to-face kickoff meetings. Each task group includes five SAPA executives and five NAPA members, for a total of 30 SAPA and 30 NAPA representatives. The task groups’ activities and budgets are coordinated by the PEC, whose members include SAPA executives and NAPA officers and committee heads. For more information, please contact NAPA President Mike Acott at 888-468-6499 or macott@asphaltpavement.org.

(source: NAPA Action News)

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