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October 2013

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by Therese Dunphy, Editor-in-Chief October 2013 Vol. 18, No. 10 /AggregatesManager @AggMan_editor Editorial Editor-in-Chief: Therese Dunphy Editorial Director: Marcia Gruver Doyle Online Editor: Wayne Grayson Online Managing Editor: Amanda Bayhi Design & Production Art Director: Sandy Turner, Jr. Production Designer: Timothy Smith Advertising Production Manager: Linda Hapner Construction Media Senior VP, Construction Media: Dan Tidwell VP of Sales, Construction Media: Joe Donald 3200 Rice Mine Rd NE Tuscaloosa, AL 35406 800-633-5953 Corporate Chairman/CEO: Mike Reilly President: Brent Reilly Chief Process Officer: Shane Elmore Chief Administration Officer: David Wright Senior Vice President, Sales: Scott Miller Senior Vice President, Editorial and Research: Linda Longton Vice President of Events: Alan Sims Vice President, Audience Development: Stacy McCants Vice President, Digital Services: Nick Reid Director of Marketing: Julie Arsenault For change of address and other subscription inquiries, please contact: Aggregates Manager TM magazine (ISSN 1552-3071) is published monthly by Randall-Reilly Publishing Company copyright 2013. Executive and Administrative offices, 3200 Rice Mine Rd. N.E., Tuscaloosa, AL 35406. Subscription rates: $24 annually, Non-domestic $125 annually. Single copies: $7. We assume no responsibility for the validity of claims of manufacturers in any advertisement or editorial product information or literature offered by them. Publisher reserves the right to refuse non-qualified subscriptions. Periodical circulation postage paid at Tuscaloosa, Alabama and additional entries. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by an information storage retrieval system, without written permission of the copyright owner. POSTMASTER: Send all UAA to CFS. (See DMM 707.4.12.5); NON-POSTAL AND MILITARY FACILITIES: send address corrections to Aggregates Manager, 3200 Rice Mine Road N.E.,  Tuscaloosa, AL  35406. Editorial_AGRM1013.indd 3 WINNING THE BATTLE of the Temporal Triad A t the American Road and Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) National Meeting, held Sept. 8-10 in Milwaukee, Fox News commentator Jim Pinkerton outlined a strategy to build broad support for transportation investment. Pinkerton, who has worked as a consultant for the organization for the last year and a half, says that to successfully navigate Beltway politics, we must first navigate the "temporal triad" of past, present, and future political struggles. "There's a saying in Washington that, if you're not at the table making decisions, you're on the menu," he says. "The issue is trying to create a narrative that compels people. It's a question of strategy — developing compelling arguments." Those compelling arguments are key to building coalitions, Pinkerton adds. Looking to the past, he notes that numerous historical leaders, including James Madison, were strong proponents of national infrastructure investment. In Federalist Paper #14, Madison wrote, "The intercourse throughout the Union will be facilitated by new improvements. Roads will everywhere be shortened, and kept in better order; accommodations for travelers will be multiplied and meliorated..." Looking to the present, Pinkerton says that other nations have made infrastructure a strategic priority. He points to the recent election of Tony City skylines, such as London's, create national exuberance and pride, Abbott as prime minister of Pinkerton says. Australia. Already dubbed the "infrastructure prime minister," Abbott campaigned on the promise of $11 billion for roads. Macau, China, which is six times the size of Las Vegas, boasts 17 million visitors a year and generates $38 billion in annual gambling revenues that contribute to the national economy. In England, the London skyline showcases a revitalized city that, while it hasn't lost touch with its history, is hardly mired in it. "City skylines define national exuberance and pride," Pinkerton says. "If people buy into the vision of changing the world in a positive way, roads and bridges will follow. If people make a political decision to want it, they'll get it." Rather than focusing on a bunch of "nerdy studies," Pinkerton suggests that transportation advocates create an inspiring vision of the future. "Ideas are always more powerful in politics," he says. "We have to make the connection to a strong and prosperous country. In politics, the idea of a strong America trumps other goals and values. "You've got to win the battle of the past and the future, and leverage the present. You have to be part of the battle of ideas. You need a can-do coalition. You need to emphasize national strength," he concludes. "In the feast of the future, you want to be a feaster, not a feastee." AGGREGATES MANAGER October 2013 3 9/18/13 3:24 PM

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