By Foundation Chairman Paul Yarossi & ARTBA COO Matt Jeanneret
(Left and right above)

35… 25… 21… 10… and 3. 

No, these aren’t your picks for the next lottery. But they are significant to the ARTBA Transportation Development Foundation (TDF). 

2020 marks the TDF’s 35th anniversary of “supporting research, education and public awareness” related to transportation development issues. It is the milestone 25th anniversary of the industry-first Young Executive Development Program (YEDP), known today as the Industry Leader Development Program (ILDP). This year also marks the 21st year of providing post-high school financial assistance to the children of highway workers killed or permanently disabled on the job. And it’s the 10th anniversary of the Transportation Development Hall of Fame’s launch. 

Finally, 3 is the number of ways your firm, organization, university, or agency can engage with these programs during 2020. 

Hall of Fame 

The Hall of Fame honors “individuals or families from the public and private sectors who have made extraordinary contributions to U.S. transportation development over their lifetime and demonstrated exceptional leadership.” There are two categories to nominate someone: Transportation Design & Construction Industry Innovators and Transportation Design & Construction Industry Leaders (Individuals or Families). 

– Nominations Deadline: April 1Nomination forms can be found at the program website.

The 2019 and 2020 classes will be honored May 12 in the Nation’s Capital at a special dinner during the ARTBA Federal Issues Program. The 2019 class included: Fred Fehsenfeld, Sr., Heritage Group founder; Pete Ruane, former three-decade ARTBA president & CEO; Ethel Birchland, 1920s era ARTBA executive; and Bill Burgett, Kokosing Company founder.

Industry Leadership Development Program 

Launched by 1995 ARTBA Chairman Bill Mulligan (Ingersoll Rand), the ILDP became a model replicated by others in the construction space. For a quarter of a century, it has been developing the next generation of association and industry leaders. 

The ILDP is a two-and-a-half day “boot camp” about transportation industry economics, how U.S. work is funded and financed, how actions by the federal government impact the industry, and how to become politically engaged to help shape policy. The ILDP boasts nearly 800 graduates from 200 industry firms, state contractor chapters and public agencies. Two have been elected ARTBA chairman and many more are serving in other association leadership positions. 

The target group is executives between the ages of 30-50. Admission is competitive. This is an excellent opportunity to nominate your organization’s best and brightest. This year’s event is May 12-14 in Washington, D.C.

– Nomination Deadline: April 1. Nomination and application forms can be found at the program website.

Lanford Family Highway Worker Memorial Scholarship Program 

Another first-of-its-kind, this fund has supported 180 scholarships to worthy students from more than 30 states, allowing them to pursue undergraduate and graduate courses as well as technical training. If you are aware of students who could benefit, contact ARTBA’s Melanie Laird.

– Student Application Deadline: April 17.Nomination and application forms can be found at program website.

We encourage you to participate in all three programs.

(Editor’s Note: This column appears in the January/February issue of ARTBA’s Transportation Builder magazine.)