|NAPA’s Midyear Meeting is where you need to be.
NAPA has planned a dynamic three days, packed with top-notch educational sessions and networking events. The setting is The Drake Hotel on the Magnificent Mile, steps away from the best dining, shopping, and sightseeing in Chicago. It’s also next to a breakthrough paving project that you’ll hear about, and be able to visit, during the meeting.
What you learn at NAPA’s Midyear Meeting will help you increase your share of the pavement market and grow your profitability.
Early Bird Registration Deadline – THIS Friday, June 15
Register before Friday to save on early-bird discount pricing. The hotel cut-off date for group hotel rates at The Drake is Friday, June 22. Be sure to sign up soon.
Sunday – Optional Event: Chicago Cubs vs. Arizona Diamondbacks
Enjoy the baseball game from a Wrigley Rooftop, where you can watch the action from inside a private suite area or from rooftop bleachers. Included in the ticket price is an all you can eat and drink buffet. Get your tickets before they run out! Click here for more information.
State of the Industry
NAPA Chairman Kurt Bechthold will provide an executive update on the asphalt pavement industry’s achievements and challenges. Keying off NAPA’s Strategic Plan for 2012, Bechthold will outline the association’s goals and plans for the future.
Legislative Update: Washington and Your Bottom Line
Transportation is an economic issue, not a political one, and highway bills have traditionally enjoyed bipartisan support in Congress. But in recent years gridlock in Congress has meant short-term extension after short-term extension and worsening pavement conditions. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee member Rep. Reid Ribble (R Wis.), a former roofing contractor, has been invited to give his perspective on the legislative climate. Janet F. Kavinoky of Americans for Transportation Mobility and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce will provide insight as to why it is no longer business as usual when it comes to enacting highway bills.
Chicago’s Magnificent Green Mile
North Michigan Avenue, one of the most famous commercial districts in the world, is the unlikely setting for a technologically bold paving project. Chicago DOT recently repaved the 12-block stretch known as the Magnificent Mile with an economical, extremely durable mix – a stone-matrix asphalt (SMA) made with reclaimed asphalt pavement (RAP), recycled asphalt shingles (RAS), and ground tire rubber (GTR). Just using RAP in an SMA mix is unusual; incorporating tear-off shingles and rubber made this project unique. The creative reuse of these materials reduced costs dramatically, and asphalt’s speed of construction allowed the project to be completed on an aggressive schedule.
The Magnificent Green Mile is located just outside the meeting venue, giving you the chance to learn about the project and see the pavement for yourself.
Who Should Attend
The NAPA Midyear Meeting is designed to benefit all senior and middle management personnel from asphalt pavement companies. Consultants, agency officials, and academics will also benefit. You do not need to be a NAPA member in order to attend.