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Top States for Infrastructure, Expansion

RR101119 highwayconstructionOct. 11, 2019 – The Global Groundwork Index rankings provided by corporate expansion agency Conway Inc., offer a snapshot of which territories are seeing concurrent strong investment trends in infrastructure projects and corporate end-user facility projects. The 2019 Global Groundwork Index State Rankings Top U.S. States are:

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What Forest? Trees Are in the Way

RR101019 RoadOct. 10, 2019 – I am trying to wrap my brain around infrastructure-advocacy group Transportation for America's announcement that it will no longer advocate for more money for transportation. According to the group, "We spend nearly $40 billion in federal tax dollars every year, which fails to bring us equivalent returns. The more we spend, the more that congestion, emissions and pedestrian fatalities seem to rise." Transportation for America now advocates three principles for any comprehensive federal investment in transportation: 1) Prioritize maintenance. 2) Design for safety over speed. 3) Connect people to jobs and services. Okay those are noble goals, but it seems to be we are not getting equivalent returns because our infrastructure is crumbling faster than we can fix it with the money allotted. A nice solution is greater infrastructure investment and then maybe their three core principals in the mix. To not advocate for greater investment is to not see the forest for the trees.

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NSSGA Hill Day Timing Critical

RR100819 CapitolOct. 8, 2019 – November is shaping up to be a busy month on Capitol Hill. When planning a fly-in for the industry, first and foremost is to ensure Congress will be in session. Well, the National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association's (NSSGA) Legislative & Policy Forum will not lack for activity and urgency this November. "As we gather our army of aggregates advocates to meet with members of Congress, funding for the federal government is set to expire Nov. 21 during the week of our Legislative & Policy Forum," NSSGA stated. "The funding was extended through this date to allow leaders of both political parties to negotiate the FY2020 spending bills. Among those spending bills are investments in road construction, runway and airport improvements, rail networks, port improvements and other infrastructure projects. As we storm the Hill on Nov.19, Congress will be keenly focused on federal funding important to your business."

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Doing It With Diesel

DTFlogoOct. 4, 2019 – In 2018, more than 1 million heavy-duty diesel engines were manufactured in facilities across the United States – a growth of 13% over the previous year, or nearly 120,000 engines, according to new data from the Diesel Technology Forum. Thirteen states are home to heavy-duty diesel engine manufacturing, with North Carolina producing more than one-in-three U.S.-made heavy-duty diesel engines. Other key states include Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and New York.

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Zatezalo to Speak at NSSGA Forum

RR100219 NSSGAlogoOct. 2, 2019 – U.S. Department of Labor Assistant Secretary of Mine Safety and Health David Zatezalo will be the featured speaker at the Lunch with a Lawmaker session of NSSGA’s Legislative & Policy Forum on Nov. 18 in Washington, D.C. Zatezalo, who has led MSHA since 2017, will discuss the importance of keeping our workers safe on the job and the agency’s efforts to prevent death, illness and injury on the work site. Also part of this session, NSSGA will highlight the exemplary aggregates operations and companies with the association’s annual safety awards. The Safety Excellence Awards, originated in 1987, are presented in recognition of individual operations for maintaining a safe workplace, evidenced by its safety performance over a consecutive period of time. Register today for the Legislative & Policy Forum by clicking hereand hear from Assistant Secretary Zatezalo and other important speakers that will named in the coming weeks.

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