Chairman’s Message: 2014 ARTBA Annual Report
Nick Ivanoff, Ammann & Whitney
The achievements outlined in the pages of this Annual Report are a reflection of ARTBA’s commitment to its core mission: growing and protecting the transportation construction market.
ARTBA’s leadership activities through the “Transportation Makes America Work” (TMAW) grassroots lobbying and communications program, and in partnerships with like-minded industry coalitions, yielded solid results on the industry’s behalf during 2014.
We helped ensure that Congress: fully-funded MAP-21 with a $700 million increase in highway investment and $100 million increase for public transit; passed a short-term Highway Trust Fund patch that prevented federal funding for new projects from shutting down October 1; and enacted the first multi-year authorization for federal waterway and ports infrastructure funding in seven years.
In terms of protecting the transportation construction market, ARTBA “had your back.” We filed formal comments over 35 times on proposed regulations from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), U.S. Department of Labor and its Occupational Safety & Health Administration, and the U.S. Department of Transportation (U.S. DOT). We helped positively impact the final proposal on the U.S. DOT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) program, and took legal action in a potentially precedent-setting DBE case in Illinois. The association also earned an important victory when a final EPA regulation did not include the “one-size-fits-all” requirements on stormwater runoff that the industry had long opposed.
ARTBA’s advocacy extended to the safety arena with the hosting of an industry summit at CONEXPO-CON/AGG on best practices to avoid work site incursion fatalities and injuries.
The association continued to implement key elements of the ARTBA Strategic Planning Committee report. This included: 1) the launch of the new “Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™” to help build and support a nationwide network of stakeholders most interested in moving the funding needle at the state and local levels; 2) hosting the inaugural “National Workshop for State & Local Transportation Advocates;” and 3) the rollout of a new, responsively-designed TMAW website containing info-graphs to communicate the value of transportation investment in new ways.
Of course, none of these successes could have been achieved without the strong and steady support of ARTBA’s volunteer leaders and state contractor affiliates.
Please take a few minutes to read through the pages that follow. And thank you for your continued support! We know you will be with us in 2015 as ARTBA continues to lead the charge on a permanent Highway Trust Fund fix and the passage of long-term reauthorization bill that increases federal investment in America’s surface transportation infrastructure.