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Overview/Mission Statement


Mission Statement

The NAPA Research and Education Foundation, Inc., was established in November 1978 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit education foundation. The purpose of the foundation is to raise, manage and disburse funds to conduct and implement research and education programs to improve the knowledge, understanding, and skills in technical and management areas related to HMA design and construction. These funds may be used to directly support existing programs and projects as well as for new and innovative research and education programs that will benefit the HMA industry (such as the Smithsonian exhibit). The funds raised may also be used to create endowments to support ongoing and long-term programs (such as NCAT). Currently, NAPAREF manages two existing endowments whose funds are used to support NCAT and the scholarship program. NAPAREF may actively solicit, encourage, and accept proposals from industry stakeholders for fundraising to directly support specific innovative research and education programs for the benefit of the HMA industry. These programs shall contribute to the HMA industry in the following ways:

1.  Enhance performance of HMA pavements.

2.  Develop state-of-the-art technology and management practices for the   
     design, production, and construction of HMA pavement.

3.   Advance state-of-the-art technology and management practices for the
     design, production, and construction of HMA pavement.


Foundation Organization

The Foundation's policies and programs are established by a 17 member Board of Trustees.  Members of the Board of Trustees are appointed by the Executive Committee of the National Asphalt Pavement Association (NAPA) and serve a one-year term.  The Board of Trustees, consisting of representatives from the Hot Mix Asphalt Industry and from equipment/materials supplier firms, directs the activities of the Foundation. The Foundation's policies and programs are administered by the President of the Foundation at the Foundation's headquarters in Lanham, Maryland. 



The Foundation’s principal source of funding is voluntary contributions it receives from private and corporate contributors and endowment earnings.  An industry-wide  fund-raising campaign was successful in establishing a $10 million endowment fund.  Interest monies accrued from this endowment fund provide funding for the Foundation's activities, the principal activity of the Foundation is the establishment and support of the National Center for Asphalt Technology (NCAT) at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama.  Additional sums may accrue from workshops, contracts the Foundation may engage in, or through the sale of publications.  Contributions to the NAPA Education Foundation, Inc. are tax deductible to both corporations and individual contributors.