Don Graul, left, Jeff Clyde, right.

By Rich Juliano, ARTBA managing director, contractors division

More than 100 public and private sector transportation practitioners participated in the “Innovative & Effective Partnering Practices Conference,” held April 4-6 in Reno, Nevada.  ARTBA served as a co-host, along with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America, along with the state DOTs in Nevada and Ohio.  Don Graul, president of Parsons Construction Group and current president of ARTBA’s Contractors Division, gave welcoming remarks.  ARTBA Western Region Vice Chairman Jeff Clyde, president of W.W. Clyde, participated in a panel of senior executives discussing the value of partnering.

The conference grew out of FHWA’s “Every Day Counts” program, as well as recent discussions of the AASHTO-ARTBA-AGC Joint Committee.  While partnering on highway projects dates back to the 1980’s in many parts of the country, the supporting organizations all believe it is important to introduce (or re-introduce) the concept to the emerging generation of leaders within the state DOTs and industry.  The conference included partnering training as well as numerous sessions addressing the current and future state of partnering.

ARTBA will keep the membership informed about additional activities to promote partnering as they develop.