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President's Message

Can you feel the momentum building!?

I hope you all have had the chance to visit the Mountain District Website.  The progress made by the Communications Committee has been outstanding.  Most recently updated, the Advertising Committee has rolled out its District sponsorship program.  We are pleased to welcome our first group of Founding and District Sponsors look forward to many others joining their ranks.  With their support, we will be kicking off several student initiatives this year as we get the new District up and running and prepare for our first standalone conference in Boise in 2022.  In addition to Founding and District Sponsorships, listings in the Products and Services Directory, Job Postings, and eNewsletter sponsorships are available for individual purchase and are a great way to reach out to the Mountain District's 1500+ members.  Please contact the Advertising Chair, David Lucas, for details.

Looking forward, the 2020 Joint Western and Mountain Districts' Annual Meeting is less than three months away.  The LAC committees are actively preparing for a remarkable event. The call for abstracts yielded a tremendous response and the initial acceptance of speakers and poster presenters have gone out.  The exhibit space is filling up, and the Maile and Ilima Sponsorships are already sold out.  Act soon!  Maile (mah-LEE-ee) is a sweet-smelling shrub with a light fragrance of honey, and Ilima is the golden flower for the island of O'ahu and is commonly used to make the welcoming wreath of flowers we all know as a lei.

Don't forget to submit your #ITEMountainMoves photos! And help us name our monthly eNewsletter! Submit your photos and ideas to [email protected]!

Lastly, what a better way to represent your District than a new polo?!  We have established a Lands' End store to enable the purchase of Mountain District Swag.  We intend to increase the options over time, so keep checking in!

- Paul Barricklow, PE, PTOE - Mountain District President

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Hello Colorado-Wyoming!

The Colorado-Wyoming Section was established in 1973. We currently have nearly 400 members, with five agencies taking advantage of public agency memberships. We have two student chapters from the University of Colorado Denver and the University of Wyoming.

Our Section is led by four elected officers and 15 committee chairs who volunteer their time to plan budgets and activities, publish newsletters, update social media and websites, distribute awards and scholarships, provide continuing education opportunities, engage our student chapters, and track important legislation. Two of our Section’s members serve on the Mountain District Board. Ben Waldman is Vice President and Karen Aspelin is District International Director.

Our Section’s elected officers include:

President - Susi Marlina, Colorado Department of Transportation
Vice President - Brian Staley, Adams County
Secretary-Treasurer - Lisa Truong Nguyen, WSP
Past President and Mountain District Representative - Duane Cleere, Douglas County


Members of the Executive Committee

Each year, our Section hosts a variety of events. These include a vendor show, ski bus, evening networking event, continuing education sessions, golf tournament, Rockies games, and happy hours. The year’s signature event is the Transportation Symposium, hosted jointly by six organizations, which brings together over 600 professionals for a full-day program of learning and networking.

University of Wyoming Students at Symposium

June Hike and Happy Hour

We also host six lunch meetings each year. The meetings are held at locations spanning our Section, including Glenwood Springs, Northern Colorado/Wyoming, and Colorado Springs, which is a joint meeting with ASCE. We typically have between 40 to 120 attendees at each meeting. We occasionally include field visits of projects under construction and interactive, hands-on learning experiences as part of these meetings.

Driving Simulator at University of Wyoming

Checking Out New Striping Truck

Our Section was honored to host the Joint Western & Texas District Annual Meeting in 2018. The event was held in Keystone, CO at the end of June. With an attendance of 604, Keystone was the second largest meeting ever for the Western District and the first ever joint meeting between the neighboring Western and Texas Districts. We look forward to hopefully hosting a Mountain District Annual meeting soon.

Our Section continues to honor achievements and support students. We generally give out three awards each year, including Transportation Professional of the Year, Student of the Year, and Lifetime Achievement. We have awarded scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students for many years, and we have been very fortunate that the amount we are able to award has generally increased each year.

Scholarship Recipients

2019 Student of the Year Award Winner

This year, our Section is starting a mentorship program, open to students and professionals, that will run from February through December.

We are excited to join the Mountain District! We look forward to getting to know you all better this year!

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Mountain Moves!

With the establishment of our new Mountain District, we have a new brand, a new face, a refreshed passion, and a new horizon! We also have a Student Endowment Fund that we are looking to bolster through donations. So make sure to purchase your Mountain swag from your local state ITE Section Presidents or HERE in the form of a Pin or a Sticker, or both! Then......take a picture with your swag in cool places throughout OUR district and submit them to [email protected]! The photos we have received thus far are displayed on our website's home show us your pictures!


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New Members

ITE welcomes the following new members who recently joined our community of transportation professionals!

Helayne Dominguez
Jack Griffing
Skyler Austin Helffrich
Lawrence J. Kirch
Jason Shon
Chloe Ward
Eric Archuleta
Robert Barbere
Caitlin Brady
LeShawn Charlton
Suneel Garg
Martin Glaubitz
John Hatler
Heather Mullen
Michael Paul
Randy Proch
Peris Rashid
David Smith
Stefan Whitfield

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Countdown to the Annual Meeting in Hawaii!

The 2020 Joint Western & Mountain District Annual Meeting will be held in Hawaii from June 28-July 1, 2020 at the Hilton Hawaii Village.  We received over 200 abstracts and are looking forward to a stellar technical program which should be available in early March.  Discounted early registration for members will only be available until the end of February so don’t delay and register today!  Here are some highlights from our program:

Keynote Speaker: Gibran Haji-Chikh has more than 22 years of experience in the planning, design, and delivery of transit systems and has recently been working on how disruptive technologies and services (including automated vehicles, Smart City infrastructure, and Mobility as a Service [MaaS] strategies) may affect operations and capital programs.

Workshops: 3 workshops are planned for Sunday, June 28th, that focus of Networking for ITS, Signal Timing, and TSMO Workforce development.

Technical Tours: 2 technical tours are planned during the meeting allowing attendees to explore Honolulu’s bike infrastructure or get a look at the City and County of Honolulu’s new Joint Traffic Management Center.

Student/YP Program: Events geared for students and young professionals are scheduled throughout the conference!

In addition, our Exhibit Hall is already more than half full with new exhibitors signing up every day. Early registration for booths has ended so go online today and register for a booth before they are all gone! However, you decide to participate in our meeting, we look forward to seeing you all in Hawaii in June! FInally, thank you to our sponsors who make it possible for us to keep our meetings affordable for our members.

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Our eNewsletter sponsor for March is Navjoy.

Whether you post a job listing, an entry in the products and services directory, become a District Sponsor or a Founding District Sponsor, know that your financial support goes directly into funding the important initiatives of the Mountain District.

These initiatives include a strong scholarship and award component to support the growth of our student population and encourage the next generation to join our Community of Transportation Professionals.  Initiatives are also in place to support the growth and development of our young professionals and providing additional outreach opportunities to both our public and private partners, highlighting the work they are doing to better serve the traveling public.  The Mountain District will be working in close partnership with our Sections and Chapters to support their activities at the local level and highlight the accomplishments of our transportation community.

More information on the scholarships, awards and other programs are available on the Mountain ITE website on the page for more information or contact the Advertising Chair.

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If you have any trouble with these e-mails, please contact [email protected]. We are using the membership database as our contact list, so please be sure to keep your contact information updated.

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