The 2015 U.S. transportation construction market forecast, the outlook for legislative action on the federal Highway Trust Fund, and updates on future and current local transportation projects are all on the jam-packed agenda for each of ARTBA’s four Regional Meetings scheduled for early-December.
The Western meeting, which will be held in Tucson, Ariz. December 1 -2, will feature a roundtable discussion of political efforts by various states to secure increased funding for transportation, as well as a session on how Texas’s decision to take on additional responsibility for the environmental review process could impact projects in the Lone Star State.
The Central meeting in Detroit, Mich. December 3-4 will look at the impacts of reduced investment on county transportation programs across the region and will feature a presentation by the Michigan State Department of Transportation on transportation funding initiatives and projects involving intelligent transportation systems.
In Birmingham, Ala. attendees of the Southern meeting Dec. 8-9 will have the opportunity to hear from Alabama Department of Transportation Director John Cooper on some the state’s key transportation initiatives, as well as participate in a special panel session on risk management and alternative delivery.
And, finally, December 10-11, attendees of the Northeastern meeting in Washington, D.C. will hear about the latest innovations being promoted through the Federal Highway Administration’s Everyday Counts Initiative from the Director of the Center for Accelerated Innovation, Hari Kalla.
At each of the meetings, ARTBA’s Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black will provide state-by-state regional market updates. Chairman Nick Ivanoff and the association’s top legislative, legal and regulatory experts will also be on hand to field questions.