By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

Top state transportation department leaders will address each of ARTBA’s four regional meetings over the next two weeks. It’s not late to register.

The four events will also feature executive leadership panel discussions on “The State of the Transportation Design & Construction Industry,” plus state market and government affairs updates from ARTBA chapter affiliates and ARTBA senior staff.

The Southern and Western regional meetings are Oct. 26-28 in New Orleans and Austin, Texas, respectively. The Central and Northeastern meeting are Nov. 2-4 in Chicago and Atlantic City, New Jersey, respectively. Discounted room blocks are still open for the Western and Central meetings.

Here are the state DOT leaders, with links to their bios:

  • Shawn Wilson, secretary of the Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development, Southern meeting;
  • James Bass, executive director of the Texas Department of Transportation, Western meeting;
  • Randall S. Blankenhorn, secretary of the Illinois Department of Transportation, Central meeting; and
  • Richard Hammer, commissioner at the New Jersey Department of Transportation, Northeastern meeting. Csaba Kertesz, chief of design at the Port Authority of New York & New Jersey, also will make a presentation.