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Transportation Advocates to Gather

ARTBA is hosting a July 16 event in the Nation’s Capital for transportation advocates to gather “best practices” and learn “playbook secrets” that were critical to the recent success of high-profile road, bridge and public transit funding victories in several key states.

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Construction Materials Prices Increase

Overall construction materials prices increased 0.4 percent in April and are up 1.5 percent year over year, according to the May 14 Producer Price Index released by the U.S. Department of Labor. Nonresidential construction material prices were up 0.5 percent for the month and are 1.4 percent higher than the same time last year.

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Carmeuse Fuel Project Earns International Award

Carmeuse’s alternative fuel project at its Grand River, Ohio, operation has earned the “Outstanding Alternative Fuel Project” award at the 8th Global CemFuels 2014 Conference, held in Vienna, Austria, at the end of February.

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Survey States Case for Infrastructure Investment

Global competitiveness and economic and job growth are all severely imperiled by the United States’ collapsing transportation infrastructure, overwhelming numbers of business leaders say in a survey conducted by Building America’s Future and the U.S. Travel Association.

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WRRDA Report Approved by House

The U.S. House of Representatives approved the conference report on water resources legislation by a vote of 412 to 4. Six months of intense negotiations between House and Senate conferees produced a bipartisan bill aimed at reforming and streamlining an outdated bureaucracy, increasing flexibility for public-private investment and eliminating earmarks. The Senate may vote on the conference report by the end of this week.

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