In a normal year, the week before Thanksgiving would see 2,000 highway construction professionals take over the Hershey Lodge. However, we all know 2020 was anything but normal. Bowls of candy, trips to the Bear’s Den, and shaking hands with old friends was replaced with logins, clicks, and internet connections as APC held its 42nd Annual Fall Seminar virtually. Even with these changes, the 2020 event provided the industry with a venue to share ideas and information as we move down the road to 2021.
Over 900 members of the highway construction industry, PennDOT, and PA Turnpike Commission met online for APC’s first-ever virtual conference. At the opening session, PennDOT Secretary Yassmin Gramian applauded the industry’s collaborative relationship and emphasized the need for this to continue as we work through the challenges of the global pandemic and social change. Various workshops featuring specific industry topics filled the 4-day event and 47 exhibitors welcomed attendees in screen-to-screen meetings at their virtual booths. The seminar closed with presentations outlining 2021 construction forecasts from the PA Turnpike Chief Engineer Brad Heigel and PennDOT Deputy Secretary for Highway Administration Melissa Batula.
For more information on the Fall Seminar visit www.apfallseminar.com.