The American Concrete Pavement Association (ACPA) has started a pavement internship program called "Interns for the Future." The ACPA has partnered with the non-profit Innovative Pavement Research Foundation to help attract "highly motivated" university students who might want to consider a career centered around concrete pavement design, construction and promotion.
The 12-week internship program will be a place where "(a)n intern will learn and enrich his/her knowledge of concrete pavements, providing a springboard to a multitude of opportunities in the industry."
More information on the Interns for the Future program can be found on the ACPA website. The ACPA is the national trade association of concrete pavement contractors and material/service suppliers. The Cement Council of Texas is an ACPA Affiliate Member.
The U.S. Green Building Council published its annual list of top 10 states for LEED-certified buildings in 2016, and Texas ranks #10. The list is sorted by LEED certified projects per capita for a calendar year. If sorted by number of LEED-certified projects (regardless of population), Texas would rank #2, tied with New York with 211 projects and behind California with 632. See the U.S. Green Building Council's article "U.S. Green Building Council Releases Annual Top 10 States for LEED Green Buildinhttp://www.usgbc.org/articles/us-green-building-council-releases-annual-top-10-states-for-leed-green-buildingg," and slide show of projects from the 10 states.
The Houston Business Journal (HBJ) article "Trump's $137.5B infrastructure projects list includes Texas high-speed rail" (January 24, 2017) states that the proposed $12 billion Texas Central Railway is included on President Trump's draft list of top-priority infrastructure projects. 50 projects are on the list, and HBJ cited the McLatchy report as the principal source of the list ("EXCLUSIVE: Trump team compiles infrastructure priority list," McLatchyDC, January 24, 2017). The list was reportedly circulated to the National Governors Association; a nearly identical list--which did not include the Texas Central Railway--was circulated in December by the National Governers Association. The Texas Central Railway is a venture of Texas Central Partners, a private company, that has stated it intends to build the roadway--with a 90 minute travel time between DFW and Houston--without government funding.
Another project on the list, the 1.1 billion DFW-area Cotton Belt Rail Line, is a planned commuter line joining Dallas' Northeast suburbs to Southwest Fort Worth, with a key terminal at DFW Airport.
A comprehensive article in Texas Contractor outlines the history and current status of TxDOT funding and rehabilitation strategies for Energy Sector roads. Many of the roads in the Eagle Ford Shale, Permian Basin and other regions have been destroyed by traffic related to oil/gas development in recent years. TxDOT and local agencies are still trying to catch up with rehabilitation efforts. Though the oil slump has provided some respite, new activity seems to be starting with higher, more stable oil prices. For more information, see "Texas Energy Sector Infrastructure Improvements Pave the Way for Good Business," Texas Construction, January 2017.
A number of Central Texas mobility projects will receive funding from both City of Austin's recently approved 2016 Mobility Bond and TxDOT's Unified Transportation Plan, amounting to over $1.3 billion in construction. For more information, see "TxDOT, CAMPO Respond to City Bond Initiative by Allocating Funding for Priority Projects," Texas Contractor, January 2017.