The Transportation Makes America Work (TMAW) Program, which supports ARTBA’s direct lobbying and grassroots advocacy activities with uniquely-focused investments in economic research, polling, advertising and coalition work that help frame the transportation funding debate in the Nation’s Capital, had several key accomplishments in 2014. Among them:
- The release of a report ranking the nation’s structurally deficient bridges, which drew extensive national and local national media coverage, including a page one story in “The USA Today.”
- The roll out of a brand new, interactive www.tmaw.org website with infographics and increased social media sharing capabilities to reach larger audiences and recruit more grassroots advocates.
- Public opinion research that targeted key members of the House and Senate in seven states—the results highlighted the potential political consequences for those who do not help find a Highway Trust Fund (HTF) solution.
- The unveiling of the “Transportation Investment Advocacy Center ” website (www.transportationinvestment.org)—a first-of-its kind, dynamic education program and internet-based information resource designed to help private citizens, legislators, organizations and businesses successfully grow transportation infrastructure investment at the state and local levels.
- A “National Workshop for State & Local Transportation Advocates,” with industry officials from 22 states shared best practices and learned how to mount successful state and local transportation investment ballot initiatives and legislative campaigns.
- The release of a groundbreaking new study by IHS Inc. that measured the far-reaching economic impacts of federal transportation investment on the U.S. economy, including non-construction sectors like travel, mining and manufacturing.
- Placement of op-eds in the hometown newspapers of key Republicans and Democrats on the Senate Finance Committee in November that explained the importance of the HTF to their state and urging swift action next year.
TMAW was also supported by more than 40 firms and state chapters, including:
|Oldcastle Materials, Inc.|
|Fluor Enterprises, Inc.|
|Granite Construction Company|
|Martin Marietta Materials|
|Tennessee Road Builders Association|
|The Heritage Group|
|The Vecellio Group|
|Williams Brothers Construction|
|The Lane Construction Corporation|
|Skanska USA Civil, Inc.|
|Wright Brothers Construction Co., Inc.|
|Beaver Excavating Co.|
|Kentucky Association of Highway Contractors, Inc.|
|G.A. & F.C. Wagman|
|Connecticut Road Builders Association Inc|
|John. S. Lane Corp.|
|Ohio Contractors Association|
|Gannett Fleming, Inc.|
|Adams Construction Co.|
|Edw. C. Levy, Co.|
|Oxford Construction Company|
|Gerken Paving, Inc.|
ARTBA thanks them all for their generous support!
If you’d like to support TMAW in 2015 with its continued focus on pushing for a permanent Highway Trust Fund fix and the reauthorization of MAP-21, contact ARTBA’s Director of Public Affairs Beth McGinn.