Texas Asphalt - Spring 2016 - (Page 11)
associate member FORUM
Random Musings to Open 2016...
By Dallas Little
As an association,
it is our civic and
ethical duty to see
to it that these
funds are properly
is and always
will be centered
on producing a
product at a
ith each passing year, our industry
strives to find silver linings in
light of perpetually pessimistic
economic indicators. Until late 2015, this
trend appeared to once again be the model
for 2016. Then it happened...
Thanks to a large voter turnout in the
great State of Texas, Proposition 7 passed
with greater than 80 percent support. Prop. 7
authorizes a stable source of funding for construction and maintenance projects over the
next several years. Around the same time that
the excitement over the passing of Prop. 7
began to finally subside, Congress authorized
an 11th Hour, $305 billion extension to the
Federal Highway Bill. Each of these pieces of
legislation will go a long way toward ameliorating the funding shortfalls that have beset
our industry since 2008.
As an association, it is our civic and
ethical duty to see to it that these newlyapportioned funds are properly managed. Our
objective has, is and always will be centered
on producing a quality, long-lasting product at a competitive cost. TXAPA's membership will be challenged to work together to
ensure that asphalt products are positioned
to be the best choice for specifiers as we
move into the dawn of a new age.
This year, the Associate Members'
Committee will assume an active role in vetting a host of concepts intended to increase
pavement/mix performance, operational efficiencies and decrease cost. Principally comprised of material and equipment suppliers,
the Associate Members' Committee has historically been responsible for hosting one technical showcase per year along with supporting
efforts to educate producers on methods aimed
at producing higher quality products. This
year's goal will be somewhat more ambitious.
As of the publishing of this piece, I, along with
the Associate Members' Board, will be assessing topics to be presented at two different
Technical Showcases throughout the year. We
are inviting equipment or material suppliers
to approach the Board with ideas that make
a sound technical and business case for consideration. The goal will be to present these
concepts at the Strategic Planning Program
in February in order to receive peer feedback
on each topic submitted.
As an affiliate of the Associate Members'
Committee for 2016, I would like to challenge
our committee to make a difference - not only
with regards to providing much appreciated
social services at our bi-annual functions, but
in an effort to present innovative solutions
across our entire industry.
It's time that all divisions of our association take an active leadership role toward
ensuring that the asphalt industry is left in
capable hands for the foreseeable future. I am
honored to have the opportunity to help guide
the efforts of our committee. I look forward
to helping build a lasting legacy for future
committees to follow. I openly encourage
participation, discourse, free flow of ideas
and a challenge to the status quo. This year's
Associate Members' Committee will build off
of the excellent leadership provided by past
boards and committees. Thanks to this selfless group of individuals, a collective voice
has been developed. Now it's time for us to
positively affect the hot mix industry through
our innovative solutions.
On a personal note, I am humbled by the
opportunity to hold such a position for the
next 12 months. I would like to extend a
personal thanks to Armando Sotelo for leaving the Associate Members' Committee in the
best condition I've witnessed since being a
part of TXAPA. I will continue to rely on his
guidance as we chart a new path for this committee. I would also like to thank the Board
of Directors for their continued support of
our committee. Communication is paramount
in all industries. However, the camaraderie
between the committees in TXAPA has gone a
long way toward supporting continued growth
in the industry.
In short, the funding outlook is optimistic.
The need for an overhauling of the nation's
transportation infrastructure is pervasive.
Economies don't thrive without the ability to
move goods and services. It's our responsibility to continue to support economic development. We reside in the best state, in the best
country on God's Earth. The pressure on the
asphalt industry is great. We will respond.✪
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Texas Asphalt - Spring 2016
Executive Vice President’s Message
Associate Member Forum
The Major’s Perspective
2015 TxDOT/HMAC QC/QA Technician of the Year Awards
Paving Roads for Safer Wet-Weather Travel
Starting the Season with Safety in Mind
PaveXpress: A Simplified Pavement Design Tool
Calendar of Events
Products & Services Marketplace
Texas Asphalt - Spring 2016