If you haven't made your summer vacation plans, you might be staying at home. It seems that the low dollar value has brought hoards of foreign visitors to our favorite places.

Fortunately, I know of a few places at which concrete contractors will not only find a pleasant interest in, but also can learn more about concrete. Later this month, hundreds of concrete professionals will gather in Norfolk, Va. to help review the standard of C-09, our industry's main specification.

Of particular interest is the first ASTM Pervious Concrete Subcommittees gathering scheduled for June 25th in Norfolk, Va.

These are important meetings to attend. There has been a resurgence in interest in pervious concrete due to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's recent recognition of its use as a best management practice for stormwater management, according to Karthik Obla, chair of Subcommittee C-09.49, “Many concrete industry experts consider pervious concrete to be the next big thing in the marketplace,” stated Obla.

It is something worth checking out if you think pervious concrete is something you'll be dealing with soon. Attending the committee meetings gives you a chance to voice your opinion and hear what others in the industry are thinking. For information on the C-09 committee meeting go to www.astm.org.

If the technical world of ASTM doesn't sound like fun, there's the CEO Forum from June 28–July 1st. This conference brings together the owners and leaders of the country's top concrete contracting companies and is sponsored by The American Society of Concrete Contractors and Concrete Construction magazine. It's a great opportunity to exchange ideas, learn new management skills, and meet your peers. It's a great place for a working vacation. The Grove Park Inn Resort and Spa, Asheville, N.C. features a world-class spa, Donald-Ross designed golf course, and breathtaking views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. For information and to register, go to www.ascconline.org.

And remember, while these trips are excellent sources of information and great way to revive yourself, don't forget to bring along those back issues of Concrete Construction magazine that you haven't finished reading! Keeping up on the issues that affect you and the industry is the best way to stay ahead of your competition. If you need a few copies of some back issues, just e-mail me.

Kari Moosman,
Managing Editor