By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

ARTBA Chairman Steve McGough, above, is encouraging the association’s members to register for the 2020 Federal Issues Program (FIP) and Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) Fly-In, May 12-14 in Washington, D.C. Register now.

McGough, president and CFO of Texas-based HCSS, noted President Donald Trump during his Feb. 4 State of the Union called on Congress to pass the surface transportation reauthorization bill unanimously approved last July by the Senate’s Environment & Public Works Committee. “The May events provided excellent opportunities for industry professionals to visit the Nation’s Capital and press their members of Congress for action on a long-term transportation infrastructure investment bill and permanent fix for the Highway Trust Fund,” McGough said.

A new panel session about transportation politics, modeled after ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption” show, should provide some fireworks and entertainment. A second session of women leaders will spotlight how they are driving change in the policy arena and the workplace. The FIP also includes legislative, regulatory, and safety program updates from senior ARTBA staff. There will be face-to-face meetings with federal agency officials via council, division, and committee meetings.

The Transportation Development Hall of Fame will honor its 2019 and 2020 inductees at a May 12 dinner, and this year marks the 25th anniversary of the Industry Leader Development Program. Make your nominations by April 1.

The full program schedule is available at the event website, which will be periodically updated. The discounted room rate of $334 at the Grand Hyatt Washington is available through April 21.