Mountain District May Newsletter
This issue of the eNewsletter is sponsored by HDR.
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A shout to make yourself known over a long distance, especially used in the mountains – AKA The International Director’s Report
A summary of the April 2020 meeting of the ITE International Board of Direction (IBOD)
By Karen Aspelin
ITE is guiding Districts, Sections, and Chapters to cancel or postpone in-person meetings through the end of May. The COVID Resource Page is also active on the ite.org web site, and a focus on gathering information on travel trends is being added. The Virtual Drop-Ins have been very successful and there is a full schedule for the next two weeks.
Budget and Finance Committee Report
Finances for the year 2019 ended very positively for ITE. For 2020 we have collected most of our dues and our contracts with US DOT are stable, so for right now, we are in a relatively good cash flow position. Risks for the year include losses in revenue from publications and ads, and the New Orleans annual meeting. The likelihood of not having a face-to-face meeting in New Orleans is high, but staff is already planning for a virtual experience as a contingency. The Traffic Bowl has been canceled for 2020 whether or not the annual meeting is held in New Orleans. Long-term financial concerns are the financial impacts to our members in general and the loss of members to which that might translate. ITE applied and received a paycheck protection program loan.
Technical Activities/Council Updates
ITE’s guidance document on clearance intervals has been released. A new certificate program is being developed for traffic impact analysis training, and the modules are scheduled to be done in the fall. There was a very strong response from the public sector to have this developed. ITE was invited to participate in the National Traffic Incident Management Executive Leadership Group sponsored by FHWA.
ITE Policy Updates
The ITE Policy Committee continues to revise and finalize ITE’s policies. New policies should be delivered to the IBOD for publication to members after the August meeting and final approval in November.
Twenty agencies have not yet paid 2020 dues. Seven new agency members have been added in 2020. Sixty-two percent of former section affiliates have renewed. Just over 100 chapter affiliates have become members. All District Administrators have been contacted and all have indicated that the documents needed by ITE (charters and bylaws) should arrive by the deadline. A change to the model District bylaws was approved so that one or more candidates is required in elections of officers and International Directors, rather than at least two. This is consistent with the wording of the bylaws at the Section level and with the wording of the ITE Constitution.
The Mountain District requested an annual meeting window of June 1-June 15, which was approved.
Strategic Planning Update and Work Session
Because ITE’s Strategic Plan covers a three-year period (2021-2023), the IBOD agreed that it should reflect the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Strategic Plan is scheduled to be completed and approved by the IBOD in August, posted on the web in the fall, and part of an ITE Journal article near the end of the year.
Coordinating Council Updates
The Coordinating Council is using a new metrics dashboard to assess the effectiveness of each council and identify where councils may need assistance. The IBOD approved dissolving the Transportation Forensics and Risk Management (TFRM) Council and forming it as a Standing Committee under the Safety Council. The Steering Committees for Vision Zero and Transportation and Health Institute initiatives were sunsetted by the IBOD with the expectation that the Coordinating Council will take action to incorporate them as Standing Committees. The existing steering bodies for the CAV and Smart Communities initiatives will also be converted to Standing Committees. The MaaS/MoD initiative Steering Committee and Technical Working Group will continue to exist outside the council structure.
The IBOD approved the creation of a second vice chair position for the Coordinating Council. One vice chair will be for council continuity and one will be for product delivery.
April 2020 IBOD Zoom Meeting
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The Montana Chapter was established in 1996 and will be elevated to Section level in 2021 as part of the newly formed Mountain District. We currently have approximately 80 members from private firms, to public agencies, to retirees. We have a single student chapter from Montana State University (MSU).
Our Section is led by three elected officials and Mountain District committee members who volunteer their time to plan budgets and activities, update social media and websites, provide continuing education opportunities, engage our student chapter, and recruit speaker presentations.
Our Section’s elected officers include:
- President – Dillon McLain, KLJ
- Vice President – Stephen McDaniel, WGM Group
- Secretary-Treasurer – Scott Randall, Robert Peccia and Associates
- Past President and Mountain District Representative – Lisa Fischer, HDR
2020 Montana ITE Section Board Members
Montana has been honored to have a key connection to the larger ITE community through a few of our members including; Michael Sanderson as 2010 Western District President and 2018 International President and Alyssa Rodriquez who is currently the International Vice President and 2012 Western District President.
Our Section hosts a number of events each year including happy hours, continuing education webinars, speaker lunches, and evening presentations/networking with the MSU student chapter. Since its inception, Montana has consistently served a role on the Intermountain Section board and attended the annual meetings in Jackson, WY.
The premiere event each year for our Section is the Joint Engineers Conference (JEC) held in November. This conference is a multi-discipline collaboration bringing in over 400 engineering professionals for three days of learning and networking. As a member of our Section board, each officer serves a two-year term on the JEC Planning Committee spending their time recruiting and hosting guest speakers for the ITE track.
Montana Members Receive Awards in Jackson
The MSU student chapter, supported by the Montana Section, is very active participating in a variety of data collection studies, on-site technical presentations, STEM outreach programs, and various opportunities to attend conferences throughout the country. The student chapter will be hosting the first Student Leadership Summit (SLS) for the Mountain District in 2021 on the MSU campus.
MSU Student Chapter 2020 Student Leadership Summit at UCLA
As a Chapter, Montana has consistently provided support for our local members, students and future transportation engineers. Young member scholarships for the Intermountain Section have been offered over the past five years to help provide financial assistance for travel. Montana has also routinely contributed to the MSU Student Endowment fund and Intermountain Section Scholarship fund. Another outreach event that we have had the pleasure to support is the Summer Transportation Institute hosted by MSU’s Western Transportation Institute. This program provides opportunities for high school students across Montana to come together over a two week period and engage in hands on transportation activities ranging from traffic counts to crash attenuators to balsa bridges to audits of ADA and bike/ped facilities.
Participants get hands on at the Summer Transportation Institute sponsored by MT ITE
As we are elevated to a Section this year, will be developing a transition plan to offer additional member opportunities including social networking events, scholarships, and annual awards. We are also creating a new Section logo through an open solicitation with our members to kick-off the new Montana Section and Mountain District.
Participants build model roads and bridges at the Summer Transportation Institute sponsored by MT ITE
Montana is thrilled to join the Mountain District and we look forward to the new and exciting opportunities that await!
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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.
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Mountain District Elections Coming in July
Mountain District Elections Coming in July
The Mountain District will be presenting an exceptional ballot of candidates for the 2021 Executive Committee. Online voting will begin in early July. More information on the mechanics of voting will follow in our June newsletter, but for now we are excited to announce our candidates.
2021 ITE Mountain District President Candidate - Ben Waldman
It has been a privilege serving the Mountain District in my current role as Vice President and I am honored to have the opportunity to run for President of our new District. The past few years have been a transitional time and I have been fortunate to be involved in the decisions that form the foundation of the Mountain District. I am supported by an incredible group of leaders that is passionate about our profession and the mission of ITE which is to provide our members with the knowledge, practices, skills and connections to serve the needs of their communities and help shape the future of our profession.
As president I will continue to work to improve our District and strive to improve the service we provide to our members. A lot has been accomplished in the past few years but there is still much to be done. We have begun to form District policies, procedures and guidelines which will continue to evolve and we are beginning to form our own traditions that will shape the culture of our District. I hope to continue to help guide this process with the support and input of our members. I am excited for the opportunity to continue to be part of the leadership of the ITE Mountain District and I appreciate your support
2021 ITE Mountain District Vice President Candidate - Devin Moore
What a fun ride this has been helping the ITE Mountain District come to life! It has been so inspiring to see ITE members jump in, raise their hand and volunteer, and see innovation around every corner. It has been an honor to be included in the Executive Committee and to serve the District as Secretary-Treasurer this past year. We have made such progress in the governance and structure of the District and I’m really excited for the continued planning of our first stand along District meeting in Boise just a few short years away (2022).
I have valued the technical skills, relationships, and professional opportunities I have gained through ITE and I’m excited to continue to serve our District as the Vice President by focusing on three key areas:
Students: I want to continue the progress we’ve made as a District to involve, encourage, reward, and empower students.
Networking: To focus on relationship-building within the District, I want to help sections and chapters hold more social events and encourage networking at technical events. As we serve, play, and work together, our relationships will strengthen and our network will bolster us all.
Giving back to our Communities: To encourage this community-centered mindset in our districts, sections, and chapters, I want to re-enthrone service as a staple of ITE. In addition to giving back to our local communities, this will positively reinforce our brand and increase public opinion of transportation professionals.
Thank you for considering me for your next Mountain District Vice President.
2021 ITE Mountain District Secretary-Treasurer Candidate - Lee Cabell
I am honored to have been chosen as a Secretary-Treasurer nominee for the new ITE Mountain District. As some of you may recall, I was a candidate for this same position in the Western District several years ago. Though I was not elected, I learned a great deal about ITE district operations, challenges, and solutions. I am grateful for the opportunity to utilize my ITE knowledge and experience to help establish a foundation of success for the new Mountain District.
I have been involved in ITE for over 25 years including:
- Founding Vice-President of the BYU Student Chapter and later serving as President
- Utah Chapter - President
- Intermountain Section - President
- Western District
- Public Relations Committee
- Secretary-Treasurer Candidate
- 2015 Annual Meeting (Las Vegas); Finance Chair
- Mountain District
- Task Force member to establish new district
- Annual Meeting Committee
Through my years of ITE involvement, I appreciate that it is the members that make our organization so great. As an officer, I will do all I can to ensure that our members have opportunities to serve, interact, support, and benefit from their involvement in ITE.
In addition to supporting the current Board’s goals and objectives, there are two areas in which I would especially focus my efforts to ensure the new Mountain District is successful:
- Fiscal Responsibility: As the 2015 Annual Meeting Finance Chair, I understand the value of every dollar that each member spends to participate in ITE. Careful stewardship of these funds is needed to ensure the long-term financial stability of the new Mountain District, provide affordable annual meetings, and deliver the services and products members expect – especially these first few years as we get up and running.
- Professional Development: My first area of emphasis involves supporting the growth and development of students through the District’s Student Initiatives and Endowment Fund programs such that they continue to stay involved and contribute to ITE as they transition into their professional careers. The second area of emphasis includes maintaining the relevancy of ITE as a leader in the transportation industry so that practicing professionals can continue to expand their knowledge, stay on the forefront of the latest technologies, and further their careers in serving the public.
Professionally, I am a Principal of Horrocks Engineers with 25+ years of transportation-based engineering experience. I have the full support of my firm to serve as an officer and commit to you, the members, that I will execute my duties to the best of my ability.
2021 ITE Mountain District Secretary-Treasurer Candidate - Danielle Scharf
It is an honor to be nominated as a candidate for Secretary-Treasurer of the ITE Mountain District. ITE is my professional organization of choice and I feel passionately about giving back to an organization that has been such a big part of my life for 20 years. I am especially excited about the opportunity to help grow the newly formed Mountain District into the best district in ITE. I was honored to be a member of the OneITE Mountain District Sub Task Force, which was an amazing group of individuals that helped to establish the foundation for the Mountain District. I look forward to joining the other Board members to continue the important work of establishing new traditions and exceeding our members expectations for the new district.
My leadership experience in ITE includes serving as an officer of the student chapter at Montana State University, the Montana Chapter and the Intermountain Section. Most recently, I have served as the Chair of the Student Initiatives Committee for the Western District and as Vice Chair for the newly formed Student and Younger Member Committee of the Mountain District. I’m proud to have been honored for my service to ITE by being selected for the James L. Pline Award from the Intermountain Section in 2015 and the Young Professional Achievement Award from the Western District in 2010.
Through my role as the Student Initiatives Committee Chair for the Western District, I have attended nearly all of the Western District’s mid-year and annual board meetings for the past 10 years. This has given me relevant experience and insights into the operation of an ITE district board. It also gave me the opportunity to grow and shape the student programs for the Western District, which has been held up as the model for ITE. I have worked hard to ensure that the next generation of ITE leaders are offered the same opportunities that I was given as a student member of ITE, the opportunities that have shaped both my career path and leadership path in ITE.
I am a Principal and Region Manager for Sanderson Stewart in Bozeman, Montana. I have worked for Sanderson Stewart for nearly 18 years and have received nothing but enthusiastic support and encouragement for my involvement in ITE.
I’m excited for this next chapter of serving as Secretary-Treasurer of the Mountain District and I would sincerely appreciate your support.
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Our eNewsletter sponsor for May is HDR!
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 https://mountainite.org/sponsors page for more information or contact the Advertising Chair.
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