Ben Franklin … W.C. Fields … Rocky Balboa … Pope Francis!

These are just a few of the famous personalities associated with Philadelphia, site of this year’s September 27-29 ARTBA National Convention.

Add your name to the list by registering now for the event via: www.artbanationalconvention.org.  Sign up before August 1 and save $100.

As most know by now from news accounts and many ARTBA communications since late last year, the start of the association’s annual meeting overlaps with the pontiff’s scheduled visit to the city.  The Pope will celebrate Mass on Sunday, September 27, at 4 p.m., and up to two million people are expected.

The convention website contains additional information about the Pope’s itinerary to help you plan your travel.  ARTBA’s room block and the Hilton hotel are completely booked for September 26 (Saturday), September 27 (Sunday), and September 28 (Monday).  There are limited rooms still available in the Hilton for Tuesday, September 29.  Visit http://www.discoverphl.com/visit/stay/ for backup hotels in the downtown area. The one closest to the Hilton is the Sheraton Philadelphia Society Hill.

The convention program will be filled with meaningful sessions, and substantive discussions during division, committee and council meetings. Once again, as it has been one of the most highly rated sessions of the past two conventions, we will feature a panel of industry heavy hitters who will share their perspective on key business and transportation financing issues.

The ARTBA government affairs and economics team will provide the latest information about fixing the Highway Trust Fund (HTF) and the status of the highway/transit program reauthorization, and deliver a transportation construction market conditions report.

CNN host and Sirius XM radio personality Michael Smerconish will be the featured speaker at a special lunch commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the ARTBA Foundation, the 20th Anniversary of the Young Executive Development Program and the 15thAnniversary of the Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program. Smerconish, the author of several “New York Times” best-selling books, has spoken out about the need to address the nation’s infrastructure needs. He will address that topic along with the 2016 presidential race.

Finally, we will host a September 29 dinner to install 2015-16 Chairman David Zachry.

Check out the full program on the convention website.  Contact ARTBA’s Vice President of Meetings Ed Tarrant for more information about sponsorship opportunities.