By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA
Last year, American voters passed three quarters of more than 360 state and local transportation investment measures, providing more than $208 billion in funding extensions and new revenue in the coming years. At the same time, many state legislators and governors also made important commitments to provide more money for roads, bridges and public transit.
These successes were driven by the growing network of grassroots advocates and elected officials who know that investing in transportation infrastructure is important to the economy and our quality of life, including safety. At the 4th annual National Workshop for State & Local Transportation Advocates, July 12 in Washington, D.C., several of them will share their insights for advancing both legislative and ballot initiatives. They include:
- Idaho State Bert Brackett (R- District 23)
- Juva Barber, executive director, Kentuckians for Better Transportation
- Burt Tasaico, state program analysis engineer, North Carolina Department of Transportation
- Anthony Attanasio, executive director, Utility and Contractors Association of New Jersey
- Michael Quigley, executive director, California Alliance for Jobs
- Larry Major, director of government relations, Pike Industries (New Hampshire)
- Dennis Faulkenberg,president, APPIAN, Inc. (Indiana)
Also on the agenda, ARTBA Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black will discuss state and local transportation funding initiatives trends. David Bauer, ARTBA’s senior vice president of government relations, will give an update on the latest federal level transportation investment developments.
The Workshop, a signature program of the Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™ (TIAC), is being held in conjunction with ARTBA’s Public-Private Partnerships (P3) in Transportation Conference.