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GMA 2024 second-quarter highlights

GMA News | July 1, 2024 | By: Fred C. Chuck and Bryan Gee

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) has been actively engaged in advancing the geosynthetics industry during the second quarter of this year. Let’s take a closer look at some key updates.

Build America and Buy American Act

GMA has been closely monitoring developments related to the Build America and Buy American Act. These policies impact infrastructure projects and sourcing requirements. GMA continues to advocate for geosynthetics’ inclusion in infrastructure projects, emphasizing their durability, cost-effectiveness, environmental benefits and the domestic manufacturing footprint.

FHWA notice of proposed rule making

GMA actively participated in discussions surrounding the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) notice of proposed rule making (NPRM) process. The proposed rules would eliminate a long-standing definition of “manufactured products” as utilized by the FHWA, and can significantly affect geosynthetic materials’ accessibility and use in transportation infrastructure. GMA provided expert insight and recommendations to ensure the rules align with industry best practices.

Promoting Geotechnical Frontiers 2025

GMA is excited about Geotechnical Frontiers 2025 (GF25), a major industry event scheduled for March 2–5 in Louisville, Ky. The association has been actively promoting this conference, which brings together geotechnical professionals, researchers, manufacturers and practitioners. Attendees can expect cutting-edge presentations, workshops and networking opportunities.

GeoCongress and Pan-American Geosynthetics Conference

In promoting GF25, GMA had a strong presence at GeoCongress in Vancouver and the Pan-American Geosynthetics Conference (GeoAmericas 2024) in Toronto. These conferences provided platforms for knowledge exchange, technical sessions and discussions on geosynthetic innovations. GMA members actively participated, sharing insights and learning from industry experts.

Spring Lobby Days

In June, GMA hosted its Spring Lobby Days in Washington, D.C. During these days, GMA members engaged in renewed conversations with congressional representatives. Key topics included the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) and the recent Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) reauthorization. GMA’s advocacy efforts aim to shape policies that support geosynthetics’ role in infrastructure development.

Stay tuned for more updates as GMA continues to champion geosynthetics and drive industry growth.

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