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President’s Infrastructure Plan coming January 2018!

President Donald Trump’s administration this week confirmed it will provide its long-anticipated infrastructure proposal to Congress in January.  The federal package would be split into four buckets: funding for states and localities that promise to take on more of the financial burden of infrastructure building and upkeep; block grants for rural areas; existing federal loan […]

Infrastructure Growth in 2018

The U.S. transportation infrastructure market is anticipated to rebound slightly next year, following a 2.8 percent drop in 2017, according to ARTBA’s annual economic forecast.  Total domestic transportation construction and related-market activity is forecast to reach $255 billion in 2018, a year-on-year increase of 3.2 percent after adjusting for project costs and inflation. The 2017 market […]

President’s Tax Bill

President Trump and congressional leaders are quickly moving forward with an overhaul of the U.S. tax code. Disappointingly, neither the House nor Senate proposed tax bills currently includes a Highway Trust Fund (HTF) fix.  But, the process is just beginning, and the legislation will continue to evolve.  Addressing the HTF’s fiscal imbalance now as part […]

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Skills U.S.A. needs your Assistance

The SkillsUSA construction contests will be held February 2nd. There will be 6 contests, electrical, plumbing, masonry, solo carpentry, two-person carpentry and team build which is all the fields with a four-person team.  We need to raise about $12,000 to run this event.  There should be about over 160 students from 9 schools from 7 school […]

Happy Birthday MPA

On Friday, December 1, 2017 the Metropolitan Pima Alliance celebrated its 20th Birthday.  The significance is that ATB works very closely with MPA on various policy issues as well as our very own Executive Director, Ramon Gaanderse, was their first full-time hire in 2005.  Current Executive Director Amber Moore Smith as well as all previous […]

Meeting with County Staff

ATB Executive Director Ramon Gaanderse and Associate Committee Member Fred Narcaroti met with Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry, Ana Olivares, Carmine DeBonis and Yves Khawam to discuss construction materials testing services and the Pima County Department of Transportation Materials Testing Laboratory. The focus of this conversation was to discuss the differences municipalities have regarding the […]