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Fall Lobby Days 2023

February 1st, 2024

GMA’s Fall 2023 Lobby Days coincided with the end (November 17) of the first 2023 continuing resolution (CR) that was passed in September ’23 to prevent a shutdown of the U.S. federal government. We were anticipating an exciting week in Washington, D.C., but as we gathered for our preparation meeting the evening before our day […]

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GMA moves forward

April 1st, 2023

Over the past decade the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) has grown by leaps and bounds, establishing itself as a leading geosynthetics organization in the areas of education, technical support and government relations. GMA’s membership has nearly doubled since 2005; GMA-supported educational conferences have attracted more than 25,000 attendees; and GMA’s lobbying efforts have reached 24 […]

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Fall Lobby Day 2022 and GMA Leader of the Year

February 1st, 2023

GMA Chair Bryan Gee, left, and GMA Executive Director Fred Chuck, right, present House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter DeFazio with the Geosynthetic Materials Association Leader of the Year Award. Photo courtesy of U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Lobby Day 2022 took place on November 16, 2022, in Washington, D.C. […]

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GMA’s federal lobby efforts uncover new interlayer opportunity

February 1st, 2023

The Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) recently made progress regarding the use of asphalt interlayers on airfield pavement projects funded by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The use of interlayers has been severely restricted for these projects for approximately seven years, based on policy guidance issued by the FAA Airport Engineering Division. With the assistance of […]

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Washington fully open

October 1st, 2022

Since mid-summer, the Geosynthetic Materials Association (GMA) has been swamped with conversations related to the Buy American, Build America (BABA) provisions of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) 180-day hold for clarity and definition on the Buy America clauses. GMA members have been meeting with various agency leaders in Washington, D.C., to ensure that our questions […]

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Dickson sworn in as FAA administrator

August 12th, 2019

Stephen M. Dickson was sworn in Aug. 12, 2019, by U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine L. Chao as the 18th Administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). An aviation industry professional with nearly 40 years of experience, Dickson is widely respected and assumes the role of administrator of the agency during a critical moment for aviation […]

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GMA fall Lobby Day

February 1st, 2018

GMA’s fall Lobby Day marked the end of an excellent year of meetings on Capitol Hill, 22 with the U.S. Senate and 31 with the U.S. House of Representatives. In recent years, Congress has advocated for geosynthetics in major legislation, such as the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), the Water Infrastructure Improvement for the Nation […]

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FAA awards $527.8 million in grants to airports

June 6th, 2017

U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) secretary Elaine Chao announced the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) will award $527.8 million in airport infrastructure grants to 584 airports across the United States as part of the FAA’s Airport Improvement Program (AIP). “The Airport Improvement Program helps to maintain our aviation infrastructure and supports safety, capacity, security, and environmental […]

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