GCAA Meeting Features Vulcan’s Fleming; Georgia Governor

According to the Georgia Construction Aggregates Association (GCAA), the 2021 Georgia Chamber Eggs & Issues Breakfast was held virtually this year. Jimmy Fleming, vice president of permitting & external relations at Vulcan Materials and GCAA Government/Community Affairs Committee chairman, and Jeff Wansley, GCAA executive director, participated in the virtual event. Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp was the headliner.

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Biden Touts Infrastructure; AASHTO Sets Priorities

President Joe Biden said in a statement, “in my first appearance before a Joint Session of Congress, I will lay out … my Build Back Better Recovery Plan. It will make historic investments in infrastructure and manufacturing, innovation, research and development, and clean energy.” The president said this approach would create more than 18 million jobs.

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Buttigieg Gets Confirmation Hearing for Transportation Secretary

Pete Buttigieg – former 2020 Democratic candidate for president and mayor of South Bend, Ind. – touted safety and infrastructure investment as his key priorities during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation on Jan. 21 to be the 19th U.S. Secretary of Transportation.

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Trottenberg on Board

Jan. 19, 2021 – According to Politico, the Biden transition announced a handful of second-in-command picks over the weekend, including for DOT. Polly Trottenberg, who resigned in November as head of New York City’s transportation department, will be appointed deputy Transportation secretary. She’s an experienced hand who has put in the years at DOT and on the Hill and could help fill some…

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U.S. Chamber CEO Urges a Rally for Recovery Through Infrastructure and More

In his annual State of American Business speech, U.S. Chamber of Commerce CEO Thomas J. Donohue outlined the path for a widespread economic recovery through a bold agenda of infrastructure investments, workforce reskilling, immigration reforms and reinvigorating America’s global competitiveness. Additionally, he warned that excessive regulations and anti-competitive taxes would undermine the recovery.

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