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Cities stepping up to help reduce 10 trillion gallons worth of polluted water dumped into US waterways each year
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Cities of all sizes are tackling their water pollution problems, such as stormwater runoff and sewage overflow, by employing green infrastructure and design -- and they will save money as a result, according to a peer-reviewed report released by the Natural Resources Defense Council. The report provides detailed case studies analyzing how 14 cities are using these methods and encourages the EPA to advance these solutions nationwide later this year. More

Industry News

Average Berkeley, Calif., street in at risk condition, many worse
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According to a report from the City Auditor presented to the City Council last night, the average Berkeley street is in "at risk" condition. As the report, Failing Streets, details, as street condition deteriorates, the cost of paving increases rapidly. "Berkeley streets are in a serious state of disrepair, with the average street at risk of failing," said City Auditor Ann-Marie Hogan. "Our audit shows how to use available data to decide how much to invest, when, and where, to stop the skyrocketing future cost of failed streets." More



Plan ahead to enter the 2011 NCMA/ICPI Safety Awards
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This important industry recognition program highlights the best of the best safety records among small, medium and large Producer and Associate members of NCMA and ICPI. Entry forms will soon be emailed out to members of the two associations, and will be available to download on both websites. Because entry requires a copy of completed OSHA 300 log (or equivalent Canadian injury report), the entry submittal timeframe is between Jan. 1 and Jan. 20, 2012.  The awards will be presented during the NCMA Annual Convention & ICON EXPO in Orlando, Florida on Friday, March 2, at the headquarters hotel, Rosen Shingle Creek. The Safety Awards Program Task Group strongly urges the small producers to take advantage of this opportunity to be recognized by entering their facilities that qualify. Categories include:  the Milestone Award – highly coveted, for facilities with 5, 8 or 10 consecutive years of Safety Awards entries with zero recordable injuries; Platinum Awards – the highest level of safety achievement in a single year with zero recordable injuries; Gold and Silver Awards – the best non-zero safety records, in five categories based on production hours. The first entry fee is $295, and additional facility entries are discounted at $150 each. Please note that all entries require a high resolution digital photo of the facility, production line or production team, which will be used during the awards ceremony, so please plan to take your photos in advance. Entry deadline is Jan. 20, 2012. The NCMA Annual Convention & ICON EXPO runs Feb. 28 – March 3. If you have questions about the awards program, contact Heidi Weiss at

ICPI Annual Meeting - Headquarter hotel/preliminary schedule of events released
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Rosen Shingle Creek in Orlando, Fla., has been selected as the headquarter hotel for the ICPI 2012 Annual Meeting. The hotel is situated on 230 acres of lush landscape and is central Florida's most luxurious meeting destination. Room Rate: $185 single/double. The hotel will also serve as the host hotel for NCMA, CSI and NPCA.  Please be sure to make hotel reservations early. Additionally, ICPI has released its preliminary schedule of events for the 2012 Annual Meeting. For more information on reservations and schedule, please click here.


Staff presents to Wal-Mart engineers
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PICP at Sam's Club parking, Sarasota, Fla.
On Nov. 10, 2011 six Wal-Mart engineers at their Bentonville, Ark., headquarters heard an ICPI staff presentation on PICP. This came out of contact with Wal-Mart's Director of Sustainable Facilities at the October Greenbuild show in Toronto and a 2007 meeting. Permeable pavement has attracted greater interest from Wal-Mart especially as they are building smaller stores in more urbanized sites that have no space for stormwater detention facilities. Permeable pavement is a natural solution. The group wasn’t satisfied with the performance of pervious concrete especially in cold climates. The hour and a half presentation/discussion focused on their need to use PICP with narrow joints in low-risk areas as Wal-Mart is a continual litigation target. Applications might include the garden center, employee parking, parking stalls, and marginal parking areas. Wal-Mart will design to (and not beyond) local stormwater requirements which presents selected projects with a need to use permeable pavements. The other significant discussion point was maintenance. Wal-Mart parking lots are cleaned several times a week by outside contractors which is a plus for maintaining PICP surface infiltration rates. A test area would need to be constructed to determine contractor operating requirements such that jointing stone isn't removed. All in attendance received the ICPI PICP manual and brochures and one engineer received a copy of Permeable Design Pro software. In follow up communication, ICPI has offered to participate in a test PICP area.

Thank you! As a valued member of the Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, we extend our gratitude to you!
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During this season of thanks, we can't express enough how much we appreciate your support and commitment to the industry. ICPI continues to provide essential tools, education and resources that help sell more of the world's best pavement system!

We encourage you to continue taking advantage of an abundance of member benefits:
•    Interact with your peers through online and face-to-face networking opportunities
•    Browse the countless resources available 24/7 at
•    Learn through publications, research, and education opportunities
•    And much more!

Please accept our wishes of health and success. Contact the ICPI Member Services Team at (703) 657-6900 or email with any questions about your membership.

ICPI hails passage of 3 percent contractor withholding law
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The House and Senate both passed HR674, a bill designed to repeal the 3 percent contractor tax withholding law that was slated to take effect on Jan. 1, 2013. The law would have subjected most contractors providing goods and services to nearly any government entities in the U.S. to a 3 percent withholding of contract payments. More

House, Senate attempt to break impasse on Transportation Bill
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In recent days, Congress has dramatically ramped up efforts to break the impasse for a comprehensive Transportation Reauthorization Bill. The new action is important to ICPI because the Transportation Bill is the best vehicle for legislation drafted by ICPI that would spur adoption of pavers in the lucrative government markets - a prime goal in ICPI's strategic plans for the industry. More
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General News

US industrial production rises at the fastest pace in 3 months, while consumer prices fall
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U.S. manufacturing is recovering from a slump, and inflation may be peaking. Data point to an economy growing slowly but steadily. Still, surging oil prices and a possible European recession threaten to drain the economy's momentum. "The continued resilience of manufacturing is encouraging, since this should be the sector most exposed to the global economic slowdown," said Paul Ashworth, chief U.S. economist with Capital Economics. More

Canada housing starts hold steady in October
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The pace of Canadian new home construction dipped ever-so-slightly in October, still staying above the 200,000 level. More

Government News

House GOP proposes expanded oil drilling to fund transportation spending
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House Republicans proposed an expansion of domestic oil production to fund a long-term transportation spending bill, a plan that set the stage for a showdown with Senate Democrats who don't want highway funding coupled with drilling for new oil. House Speaker John A. Boehner (Ohio) said he hopes to pass a multi-year surface transportation bill by year's end that would serve as the centerpiece of a GOP jobs plan. He said expanded drilling could "provide a new revenue stream for infrastructure repair and improvement." More

Manufacturers: Transportation bill will create jobs and enhance competitiveness
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National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Senior Vice President for Policy and Government Relations Aric Newhouse issued this statement today on House Speaker John Boehner's, R-Ohio, announcement of the American Energy and Infrastructure Jobs Act. More

Member News

Rinox Pavers raises over $19,000 for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Philadelphia Light the Night® Walk
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Rinox Pavers, LLC, manufacturer of concrete paving stones and retaining wall systems, took part in the Philadelphia regions The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) Light The Night® Walk as part of its Rinox Cares program. This program is the charitable arm of Rinox Pavers and includes an ongoing effort in support of the LLS. More

Industry Calendar of Events

December 13, 2011
ICPI Sales Webinar:
How to Influence Municipal Permeable Pavement Ordinances

December 5-8, 2011
PICP Workshop
University of New Hampshire Stormwater
Durham, New Hampshire

March 1-3, 2012
The Precast Show
Orange County Convention Center
Orlando, Florida

March 1-2, 2012
ICPI Installer Paver Course
Shingle Creek Resort
Orlando, Florida

March 3-6, 2012
ICPI Annual Meeting
Shingle Creek Resort
Orlando, Florida

August 22-25, 2012
ICPI Summer Meeting
Grand Traverse Resort
Acme, Michigan

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