Agenda - July 13

Opening Remarks and Return of the Economist: COVID-19 Economic Update 12:00pm - 1:15pm EDT

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Opening Remarks and Welcome by NAPA Leadership

Overview

Opening Remarks and Welcome by NAPA Leadership

Speakers

Jay Winford, Ph.D., P.E.
President
Prairie Contractors Inc. (2020 NAPA Chairman)

Audrey Copeland, Ph.D., P.E.
President & CEO
National Asphalt Pavement Association


Return of the Economist: COVID-19 Economic Update

Overview

COVID-19 has rocked what had appeared to be a nearly invincible economy – one defined by substantial job growth, historic lows in unemployment, salary increases, robust retail sales, low inflation, and a roaring stock market. Underneath that strong performance, however, lingered a set of frailties that have been exposed by the pandemic. This session will provide an overview of the current economic landscape, the likely challenges ahead, and the contours of recovery.

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Speakers

Jay Winford, Ph.D., P.E. (Moderator)
President
Prairie Contractors Inc. (2020 NAPA Chairman)

Anirban Basu
Chairman & CEO
Sage Policy Group

Visit the Exhibit Hall 1:15pm - 1:30pm EDT

How is Congress Addressing Coronavirus Impacts on the Asphalt Pavement Markets 1:30pm - 2:30pm EDT

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Overview

Roads and bridges are crumbling, and state departments of transportation need financial relief just to maintain their 2020 highway construction program.  With less drivers on the road as a result of COVID-19, critical transportation revenues are drying up.  The Federal Highway Trust Fund needs Congress to enact a bailout sooner than expected.  How Congress is addressing these and other infrastructure issues will be the subject of this virtual session that will explore the progress lawmakers are making in reauthorizing the FAST Act, which expires on Sept. 30, 2020.


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Speakers

Jay Hansen (Moderator)
Executive Vice President of Advocacy
National Asphalt Pavement Association

Steven Palmer
Vice President
Van Scoyoc Associates

Martin Whitmer
Founding Partner
Whitmer & Worrall

Laura Perotta
President & CEO
American Highway Users Alliance

Ashley Jackson
Senior Director of Government Affairs
National Asphalt Pavement Association

Visit the Exhibit Hall2:30pm - 3:00pm EDT

Responding to Health & Safety Challenges from Novel Hazards: Coronavirus and Monday Key Takeaways 3:00pm - 4:45pm EDT

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Responding to Health & Safety Challenges from Novel Hazards: Coronavirus

Overview

Under any business condition faced by the asphalt industry, safety is always a core value. Over the last few months, road construction companies have taken swift and unprecedented action to protect their employees from a novel hazard, COVID-19. Not unlike protecting employees from new chemical or physical hazards on the jobsite, ensuring employee protection from coronavirus has been an ongoing process, especially since government-specific requirements lag, differ, or rapidly change. Since the asphalt pavement industry encompasses a wide variety of job tasks and workplace constraints –  including working outdoors, in small shops, trailers, or offices, and potentially interacting with internal and external personnel in close quarters – consistent, standardized protocols to prevent workplace transmission of coronavirus continue to be fine-tuned. Further, new information and government agency recommendations evolve.

Hear from NAPA Member company health and safety representatives about the actions their companies took to quickly ensure employee safety and well-being during the pandemic. The moderated roundtable will highlight approaches by companies of different sizes and geographic operations with a focus on road construction and asphalt plant activity-specific best practices, as well as state-specific requirements. While a one-size-fits-all approach is difficult to implement, each company will share often overlapping tactics to ensuring workforce safety during the pandemic.

Speakers

Scott Seamon (Moderator)
Safety Manager
Ace-Saginaw Paving Co./Edw. C. Levy Co. 

Chris Kirby
Director of Risk Management
Colas Inc. (Multi-Facility/Operational Unit Challenges)

Mike O'Neil
Risk Management Director
Lakeside Industries Inc.(Regional Operational Challenges)

Craig Parker
President
Silver Star Construction Co. Inc.(Small Business Challenges)


Monday Key Takeaways

Speakers

Jay Winford, Ph.D., P.E.
President
Prairie Contractors Inc. (2020 NAPA Chairman)

Audrey Copeland, Ph.D., P.E.
President & CEO
National Asphalt Pavement Association