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13 minutes | a year ago
Introducing the ROCKS Act!
Bi-partisan legislation was introduced in Congress which supports the construction of much-needed public works projects with the access to raw materials necessary to build and revive the roads, bridges and infrastructure projects in our nation’s communities.
12 minutes | a year ago
How to Talk to Your Lawmakers
Meeting your members of Congress can be intimidating, but there are simple things that separate good meetings from others! Mike Gula, of D.C. fundraising firm Gula Graham, and Michele Stanley, NSSGA vice president of government and regulatory affairs, share their tips for good face-to-face meetings with elected officials.
31 minutes | a year ago
The Impact of a Quarry Tour
Find out how to put together a quarry tour with Don Rosenbarger, business development manager with Delta Companies, Inc. Then hear about the impact of face-to-face meetings from Rep. John Shimkus, R-Ill., who toured the company's Goreville operation in August. The Delta Companies Inc., is a subsidiary of Colas USA, a leader in infrastructure construction and maintenance across the country.
26 minutes | a year ago
Teamwork Makes the (Advocacy) Dream Work
Ed Mortimer, vice president of transportation and infrastructure at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, joins Michael W. Johnson, NSSGA president & CEO, for a conversation on how these two groups come together for infrastructure advocacy and work within a larger community of infrastructure-focused groups to make a difference.
17 minutes | a year ago
Live from a Quarry Tour!
Luck Companies hosted the staff of members of Congress for a tour of the Bull Run Quarry in Chantilly, Va. It was the first time visiting a quarry for these staff members, who work for members of Congress that serve on the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee.
14 minutes | a year ago
A Senate Infrastructure Bill Is Coming
On Thursday, July 25, NSSGA met with Senate Environmental and Public Works Committee staff to learn about the committee’s infrastructure bill that they plan to unveil on July 29.
20 minutes | a year ago
Diversifying Highway Funding with Rep. Rodney Davis
Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., likens America’s need for diverse infrastructure funding to the need for a diverse retirement portfolio. “We, as a country, cannot continue to rely upon a very volatile source, and only one source, of revenue and that’s the gas tax. Your listeners have 401Ks. Not any of them, I bet, invest in just one stock,” he said.
27 minutes | a year ago
The Case for Being Proactive about Infrastructure
Rep. Garret Graves, R-La., talks about the need be proactive with infrastructure investment and planning. Short-term planning contributed to creating one of the worst bottlenecks in the country in the 6th District of Louisiana; the Interstate 10 bridge over the Mississippi River in Baton Rouge.
22 minutes | a year ago
We Are A Country on the Move
Rep. Sam Graves, R-Mo., is the ranking member of the House T&I Committee. “Infrastructure is something that the government should do – and should do well,” he says and elaborates on ways Congress can properly fund improvements to our infrastructure. Also, learn hacks to get in touch with your member of Congress and bring them to a quarry this summer from members of NSSGA's government affairs team!
20 minutes | 2 years ago
Recovery and Resiliency: Puerto Rico's Infrastructure Needs
Congresswoman Jenniffer Gonzalez-Colon is Puerto Rico’s Republican delegate in Congress. She fought to be a member of the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee and talks about Puerto Rico’s specific challenges and needs as it recovers from Hurricanes Maria and Irma in 2017. Puerto Rico's infrastructure challenges are no different than those facing the rest of the United States, but being an island exponentially increases the difficulty of solving them.
29 minutes | 2 years ago
Infrastructure Week Hits the Capitol
Members of Congress and the Highway Materials Group held a press conference on the grounds of the U.S. Capitol that focused on the impact of a strong federal investment in our nation’s infrastructure. Here are the remarks from Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Ill., NSSGA Chairman Bob Weldon and other speakers from the HMG.
12 minutes | 2 years ago
Leadership Advice from Young Executives
More than 300 people attended the 2019 Young Leaders Annual Meeting in Hilton Head, S.C. Four of NSSGA's Young Leaders discuss the best leadership advice they received and try to use in their careers: Aaron Ozinga, president of Ozinga Materials and Logistics; Brian Mahavier, vice president of business development at U.S. Concrete; Seth Hankowski, vice president of sales and supply at All States Materials Group; and Rick Everist, Midwest division vice president at L.G. Everist, Inc.
14 minutes | 2 years ago
Our Materials Feel Indispensable
The second season of NSSGA’s podcast begins with an interview from the 2019 Chairman, Bob Weldon. He talks about growing up in the aggregates industry and his goals for the association as it seizes an advocacy moment and creates a three-year strategic plan.
31 minutes | 2 years ago
For decades, uncertainty surrounding the scope of federal authority over “waters of the U.S.” (WOTUS) has resulted in regulatory uncertainty. Litigation over the broad and overreaching 2015 WOTUS rule has added to the confusion. The EPA and Army Corps recently proposed a new clean water rule that would provide clarity over federal jurisdiction. In this podcast, Emily Coyner, senior director of environmental policy at NSSGA, and Don Parrish, senior director of federal relations at the American Farm Bureau Federation and chairman of the Waters Advocacy Coalition, discuss the need for clean water and clear rules.
14 minutes | 2 years ago
There's a New Congress in Town
At the start of the 116th Congress next year, the aggregates industry has an opportunity to build strong relationships with both new and returning members of Congress. In this episode of NSSGA’s podcast, Michael W. Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO, highlights the importance of reaching out to new members as they begin their work in the new year.
28 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 11 - Is Infrastructure on Congress’ To Do List?
After seeing incredible bipartisan support for aviation and water infrastructure bills, the 116th Congress is poised to take action on a substantial infrastructure bill in 2019. So while a $1.5 trillion infrastructure bill never emerged in this session of Congress, Brian Dabbs, a National Journal reporter, and Michele Stanley, NSSGA senior director of government affairs, break down who will become infrastructure champions on Capitol Hill next year.
13 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 10 - Highlights from D.C.
Influential regulators from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Transportation (DOT) recently shared updates on the issues that impact the aggregates industry with NSSGA members at the 2018 Legislative Policy & Forum. Listen to highlights from lawmakers and administration officials in this new episode of NSSGA’s podcast.
17 minutes | 2 years ago
China's Infrastructure Boom with Axios’ Bill Bishop
In this episode of NSSGA’s podcast, Axios reporter Bill Bishop discusses Chinese infrastructure plans with Michael W. Johnson, NSSGA president and CEO, and host Patrick Dunne. Most recently, Bishop wrote about China’s plans to create a megacity with Hong Kong and Macau by uniting them with new roads and bridges, similar to sprawling mega-cities like San Francisco’s Bay Area. This is another part of President Xi Jinping’s plan to supercharge growth in one of the country’s already powerful economic regions. “They believe infrastructure is key to their economic prosperity,” Bishop said.
28 minutes | 2 years ago
Face to Face with Congress
Experts break down the steps to have an effective meeting with a member of Congress - and then use that to build a relationship. From what to expect after walking in the door, to telling a short and compelling story and then following up after the meeting. Build a relationship with your elected officials with these tips from John Hay, senior vice president of government affairs at CRH Americas Materials, and Laura O'Neill-Kaumo, NSSGA senior vice president of government and regulatory affairs.
13 minutes | 2 years ago
Episode 7 - Leadership Lessons with Ted Baker
In this episode of NSSGA’s podcast, Ted Baker, president and CEO of Blue Water Industries, shares his thoughts on discipline and leadership. Also highlighted are upcoming opportunities for operators to engage with lawmakers on how rocks build the future.
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