By Mark Holan, editorial director, ARTBA

ARTBA’s Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF) is accepting nominations for the 2020 Industry Leader Development Program (ILDP), the 25th annual class of the first-of-its-kind introduction to federal and state advocacy for transportation infrastructure market development and protection. It will be held May 12-14 in Washington, D.C.


The ILDP and its associated Industry Leader Development Council (ILDC), boasts of nearly 750 graduates from over 200 industry firms, state contractor chapters, and public agencies since its 1995 inception. The immersive, two-and-a-half day program provides an understanding of industry economics, how transportation work in the U.S. is funded and financed, how actions by the federal government impact the industry, and how to become politically engaged to help shape transportation policy. ILDP fellows will also visit with their members of Congress to discuss the need for congressional action on a permanent Highway Trust Fund solution and new infrastructure investment package.

The ILDP is held in conjunction with ARTBA’s annual Federal Issues Program (FIP) and Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) Fly-In.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Nominees should be ages 30-50 and have at least three years of experience in the transportation design and construction industry, have made a significant contribution to the work of his or her firm, and shown evidence of strong leadership potential for the industry.
  • To be considered for admission, candidates must be nominated by a sponsor and submit a completed application form.

Nomination Process

Admission to the ILDP is competitive. A letter of nomination and recommendation written by a principal of the firm, a senior executive within the governmental agency, or a senior-level faculty member at the university which employs the applicant must accompany each application.

Applications must be received at ARTBA’s offices by April 1.

Contact ARTBA’s Nick Goldstein at 202.683.1005 with any questions.

Above: 2019 ILDP class.