Panel: The Need is Urgent

nssgaMarch 24, 2011 – I am blogging live this week from the ConExpo-Con/Agg show in Las Vegas. The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association is also holding its annual convention in Las Vegas to coincide with the show. At the group's Board of Director's meeting. I was the only aggregates industry editor on-hand to cover the action, as an all-star panel of experts was convened to illustrate the critically important issue of highway funding. Dennis Slater of AEM, Stephen Sandherr of ARTBA and other executives focused on the strategic difficulties of navigating the new Washington D.C. terrain, as well the equally daunting challenges of a Highway Trust Fund that is dwindling and the dramatic need for road and bridge repair. The take-away message was one of urgency, as the panel rallied NSSGA members to run a full-court press on their elected representatives to get a new highway bill passed soon.