Tuesday, October 27, 2015

UAPA Executive Director Message October 2015

Although leaves are falling and days are getting shorter, there seems to be plenty of work to get done before the first snowflakes fall in November and December.  Part of that work for UAPA involves preparing and planning for the 2015 Southern Utah Seminar happening on
November 17th at the Dixie Center in St. George.  The Seminar this year will deliver on great educational topics from the importance of tack coats in pavement construction to a review of maintenance options and applications available for your road.  You can find out more or you can register for the Seminar HERE.  CE Credits will be available for each of the four breakout sessions.
In looking back, October was yet another month full of meetings for the association.  In addition to our regularly scheduled committee meetings (Board, Executive Committee, Technical Committee, Membership Committee, and Operations Committee) the month quickly passed with additional meetings to review and recommend changes to the APWA Specifications for the next construction season and a great partnering meeting with the LDS Church for a review of their asphalt pavement specifications.  Much of this work is ongoing, but it is wonderful to see true partnerships and friendships grow through UAPA and these organizations.
In the next few days UAPA will also be headed up to the University of Utah to hold our first-ever Asphalt Seminar with students from the Civil Engineering Department at the university.  This event promises to be a great relationship building avenue, as we continue to seed the UAPA Scholarship Fund through events such as our golf tournament and asphalt conference.  
Of course, the month of October would not be complete without UAPA’s attendance at the APWA Fall Conference and Annual UDOT Conference.  Both of these venues have proved valuable in building new connections while helping to spread the word to some of our biggest supporters about all of the good work UAPA continues to do.  This includes participating in another productive and informative UDOT-UAPA Quarterly meeting held a little earlier this month.
As always, here’s to hoping that end of the month and construction season brings us lots of treats and no tricks!  Thanks for all you do for industry and for this association.
Best regards,
Reed Ryan

UAPA Executive Director

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