By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

The 2015 ARTBA National Convention in Philadelphia opens Sept. 29 and continues through Oct. 1. Last-minute attendees can register on-site at the Hilton Penn’s Landing, on the historic city’s Delaware River waterfront.

First day events include a 6 p.m. Welcome Reception in the hotel’s Grand Ballroom C/D.  It’s a great chance to reconnect with old friends and make new ones.

This year’s annual meeting takes place with the fate of a long-term highway and transit bill still being debated in the House of Representatives, and its fate uncertain given the announced resignation of Speaker John Boehner. Senior ARTBA staff Oct. 1 will update the convention on the latest about what’s happening on Capitol Hill, plus provide a federal regulatory update, a transportation construction market conditions report, and a sneak peek at the 2016 economic forecast.

We also have a panel of industry “heavy hitters” that day who will be sharing their views on the “State of the U.S. Transportation Construction Industry.”  They’ll also be fielding any questions you may have during this interactive session.  Among the speakers:

  • Matt Cummings, executive vice president, AECOM
  • Ross Myers, CEO, Allan Myers
  • Jim McEvoy, president & CEO, Wirtgen America
  • Ray Bond, president & CEO, Balfour Beatty Infrastructure
  • Jean Vidal, president & CEO, Colas USA
  • John DiCiurcio, CEO, Flatiron Construction Corp.

The Oct. 1 program also features a special luncheon to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the ARTBA Foundation and includes the induction of the 2014 and 2015 Transportation Development Hall of Fame classes.  CNN host Michael Smerconish, a Philadelphia native and “New York Times” best-selling author, will be the guest speaker.

The agenda for Sept. 30 includes important division meetings, plus an optional project tour on the reconstruction of I-95 by Penn DOT officials.

The convention concludes that evening with the Chairman’s Banquet to honor the incoming ARTBA Chairman David Zachry, the chief executive officer of San Antonio-based Zachry Corp.  Magician Collins Key, a finalist on last year’s NBC TV show “America’s Got Talent,” will be providing the entertainment.

Contact ARTBA Vice President of Meetings Ed Tarrant, or 202-289-4434 with any questions.