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Highlights & News

April 19, 2017
APA files comments on TRALA ELD rental truck exemption application. 

March 23, 2017
FMCSA Withdraws Safety Fitness Determination Proposal, see notice here.

March 1, 2017
David Tang, K&L Gates, Asia, BBC interview on investment flows into and out of China.

February 22, 2017
Ann Marie Buerkle named Acting Chairman of the CPSC, read more.

February 2, 2017
CPSC issues Fireworks Regulations Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

January 31, 2017
Elaine Chao sworn in as Secretary of Transportation, read more.

December 19, 2016
OSHA issues final rule clarifying work-related injury reporting requirements. Click here to view.

December 16, 2016
APA looks forward to working with newly named PHMSA Associate Administrator for HazMat Safety William Schoonover.

December 8,
FMCSA issues final rule on entry-level driver training.

December 5, 2016

FMCSA issues final rule creating a CDL drug & alcohol clearinghouse.

November 23, 2016
Business group praises court decision to block overtime wage rule.

September 6, 2016
CPSC releases proposed policy on audible effects

June 30, 2016
Click here to see APA's 2016 "must see" fireworks displays for July 4th.

June 27, 2016
The APA urges fireworks safety this July 4th. 

June 14, 2016
2016 July 4th media resources, APA members click here.

June 6, 2016
CVSA Roadcheck June 7-9, click here for driver checklist safety tips.

June 1, 2016
West Virginia liberalizes consumer fireworks regulations, click here for a summary.

April 20, 2016
PHMSA issues clarification regarding Designated Agents, view notice here.

April 5,
PHMSA publishes Final Rule on Reverse Logistics.

March 10, 2016
FMCSA publishes Proposed Rule on Entry Level Driver Training requirements.

March 8, 2016
View key presentations from the 2016 APA Winter Conference here.

December 16, 2015
FMCSA publishes Final Rule on Electric Logging Devices.

November 25, 2015
2016 APA Winter Conference Feb. 23-25, see a sneak peak here.

October 20, 2015
House T&I Committee introduces surface transportation reauthorization & reform legislation, read more

September 1, 2015
Tianjin, China explosions create uncertain shipping delays, read more here.

August 6, 2015
Senate confirms new PHMSA Administrator, Marie Dominguez.


Welcome Breakfast
Election Year Insights & Social Media Crisis Response

 James Fuller, Public Strategies 
Wednesday, February 24, 8:30 - 11:00 a.m.

 2016 is an important election year and with the ever changing political climate, who knows what to expect?  Public Strategies CEO James Fuller will join us to provide election year insights on both the Presidential race and key congressional contests.

Additionally, James will share his public relations and crisis communications expertise by examining social media responses to unexpected crisis situations and the role platforms such as Facebook and Twitter play in shaping public opinion and driving crisis management.

James is a former chief of staff at the Consumer Product Safety Commission & Transportation Security Administration.  He served as the NM Executive Director for the Bush-Cheney 2000 campaign and as Campaign Manager for Senator Domenici's successful 2002 re-election effort. 

General Industry Program
Understanding Generational Differences & Their Potential Impact on Your Firm’s Future

Tim Moore, Generational Insights 
Wednesday, February 24, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Employers and managers need to understand the attitudes and expectations of each of the four generations so they can best work with each other.  Moreover, these same generational differences also impact how a company markets & promotes its products.  Enjoy an informative and entertaining journey exploring each generation, their unique values and useful communication strategies for sales and service across the generations.

Timothy Moore is an accomplished author and speaker with over three decades of experience in marketing, sales, and training. He is the owner and principal of the sales consultancy DEAG Sales Training and is Editor of the on-line daily business magazine Carolina Business Connection.  He has experience in sales and training spanning over thirty years with numerous Fortune 500 companies, including PepsiCo, Gillette, Dow Chemical, and L’Oreal USA and as an independent business owner.

NGAP Team Building

Minute It, to Win It
Tuesday, February 23, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
(advanced purchase ticket required)
Members of the Next Generation APA (NGAP) will have a unique opportunity to hone their team building & communications skills by completing the Minute It, To Win It challenge.  This interactive exercise will assist participants in refining their critical interpersonal skills including time management, persuasion, calculated risk-taking, collaboration and leadership.

Regulatory Updates
Electronic Logging Devices (ELD), CPSC Fireworks Rule Staff Recommendations and More

There are a number of pending regulatory initiatives expected at anytime, including ones at CPSC, PHMSA, and FMCSA. Among these is the long anticipated Final Rule on Electronic Logging Devices (ELDs); electronic devices that are capable of automatically recording a driver's hours of service.  The devices are used to verify that commercial motor vehicle (CMV) drivers are in compliance with hours-of-service rules and are used in place of paper records of duty status (logs).  The FMCSA will soon issue final regulations mandating the use of ELDs and set forth their technical specifications. During this session we'll explore the ins and outs of ELD requirements and provide guidance to make sure your company is ready to comply with this new mandate. Additional Transportation related issues will also be covered as well as other agency proposals with implications for the fireworks industry. 



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