Dear Friends of The Road Connection, Andrew Gillman Says As He Kills The Engine …

Wow. What a wild ride this has been!

After 35,000+ miles, 39 states, 10 trade shows, a dozen dealer events, and one two-year highway bill (MAP-21), The Road Connection truck is getting a well-deserved break in Yankton, South Dakota while we take a breath and figure out what’s next in store for the campaign. We know that there will always be a need for infrastructure funding, so with that in mind, our job now is to figure out what role we can play in the coming years. Two years will come and go before we know it, and it’s important for everyone to continue to put the pressure on lawmakers to invest in U.S. infrastructure.

We’ve said it before, but we will say it again – this would not have been possible without your help. Because of our friends in the media and trade associations, we are confident in calling this initiative a huge success for our industry. Without the passage of MAP-21, we would have seen construction sites come to a complete halt, and thousands of jobs would have been lost almost immediately. We’re proud to say that The Road Connection and our supporters played a major role in keeping Americans working to improve our roads and bridges.

Simply put, you should be proud of yourselves for your commitment to the cause. Thank you once again for helping make this a positive and impactful initiative.

A few things before we sign off:

– Attached please find a press release recapping the tour.

– Please take a look at our latest blog post that talks about our year long journey – (blog.theroadconnection.org).

– For those of you who haven’t seen our ten-minute wrap-up video, take a look here: http://youtu.be/nak96D0cICs

– Don’t forget to continue to connect with us through social media.

– Facebook: www.facebook.com/theroadconnection

– Twitter: www.twitter.com/road_connection

– YouTube: www.youtube.com/roadconnectionvideos

– Flickr: www.flickr.com/theroadconnection

On a personal note, it has been an extreme pleasure getting to know you throughout this past year. Thank you all for your support of the campaign, and I hope our paths will cross again soon. As always, if there are any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

All the best

Andrew

The Road Connection Cross-Country Tour Rolls to a Close

 

After 35,000 miles, 39 states, and nine oil changes, the Road Connection tour officially came to a close in Yankton, South Dakota. A celebratory rally was held at Kolberg Pioneer, Inc.  (KPI) headquarters to bring closure to this comprehensive advocacy campaign.

Over the past year, the marketing team at KPI-JCI & Astec Mobile Screens has taken an active role in advocating for stronger construction and transportation industries by urging the passage of a long-term transportation bill, commonly known as MAP-21. Members of the organization identified a need for infrastructure funding, and subsequently created and sponsored The Road Connection – a campaign designed to bring awareness to the public about the condition of U.S. infrastructure. “We have literally been taking our message to the streets for the past year,” says campaign director and Marketing Manager for KPI-JCI & Astec Mobile Screens, Lisa Carson. “Wanting to practice what we preach, our team in the truck traveled over 35,000 miles of U.S. roads, and saw quite a few nasty stretches of asphalt and concrete,” continues Carson.

The celebration to cap off The Road Connection tour was held in tandem with the KPI-JCI & Astec Mobile Screens National Dealer Conference (NDC) – an annual opportunity for equipment dealers to gather for networking, educational sessions, and seminars. On September 20th, politicians, local businesses, students, employees, press, and the general public listened to speeches, enjoyed lunch, and networked in the KPI-JCI parking lot.

Keynote speakers included South Dakota Governor, Dennis Daugaard, Kim Phelan (Director of Programs at Associated Equipment Distributors), Kenyon Gleason (Vice President of Operations for The American Road and Transportation Builders Association), and many others throughout the day. “It was a great way to celebrate all of the hard work that has been put into this initiative,” said Curt Peterka, one of the drivers of The Road Connection truck, and Advertising Manager for KPI-JCI & Astec Mobile Screens. “Now, our job is to figure out what role The Road Connection can play as an advocate for our industry in the future,” added Peterka.

Over the next few months, Carson, Peterka and others will be determining next steps for the initiative while the truck itself enjoys a well-deserved break, parked at Kolberg Pioneer (KPI) headquarters in Yankton.

For more information about The Road Connection, please visit www.theroadconnection.org. To follow The Road Connection’s progress, visit blog.theroadconnection.org or facebook.com/theroadconnection.

Kim Phelan, Executive Editor and Director of Programs for Associated Equipment Distributors (AED), shares a few words about infrastructure with the audience.
Left to Right: Curt Peterka (Advertising Manager), Joe Vig (Group Vice President of KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens, and President of Kolberg-Pioneer, Inc. ), and Lisa Carson (Marketing Manager, KPI-JCI and Astec Mobile Screens).
South Dakota Governor, Dennis Daugaard, addresses the crowd at The Road Connection Rally in Yankton, South Dakota.

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