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Business Improvement

IRTBA will be its members’ indispensable resource for networking, training, education, business services, innovative technologies, and positive experiences. Our 2019 business improvement goal successes include:

 

  • Deputy Governor Christian Mitchell served as the Keynote Speaker at IRTBA’s Planning & Design Conference, providing members with insights into the making of the largest State Capital Bill in Illinois history – Rebuild Illinois.
  • Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs received rave reviews as IRTBA's 34th Annual Convention Keynote Speaker in February. He provided attendees with relevant and timely information about the proposed Illinois budget, the status of a state Capital Bill (which at the time, had not been introduced), a potential Tollway sale, and the impact of the Treasurer's office on state finances.
  • IRTBA continued to lead the push to prevent the diversion of transportation funds that fall under the protections of the Lockbox/Safe Roads Constitutional Amendment with additional legal action against Cook County.
  • Hosted an epic May General Membership Meeting – a whopping 369 people attended to be educated on the timely topic, Focus on Chicago: Transportation in the Lightfoot Administration.
  • Featured eight FREE Road Builder University Webinars on the topics of the Illinois Tollway: Partnering for Growth (P4G) program; Changing a Distracted Driving Culture, Tollway’s Work Zone Safety Enhancements and Best Practices; a tech-savvy webinar on Drones & Safety, a two-part series on Ethics – Ethics & Agencies and Ethics & Anti-Trust a webinar on the Legalization of Recreational Cannabis and its impact on the industry and firms with drug free workplaces; and Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) Compliance.
  • Hosted a full-day Work Zone Safety Committee Seminar entitle, Train the Trainer. Topics included an overview on silica exposure & respiratory protection; employer liability associated with workplace safety, utility damage prevention, Tollway incident management, and an overview on workers' compensation return to work programs.
  • Former IRTBA Board member Steve Davis, of The Will Group, was nominated to the Illinois Tollway’s Board of Directors. David Andalcio, CEO of IRTBA member firm Wynndalco Enterprises was appointed to a five-year term on the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) Board of Directors.
  • Launched the largest ever class of the Emerging Leadership Program to date for the 2019-20 course year. This is, in part, due to the extreme popularity and success of the program, but also thanks to enhancements to Road Builder headquarters office space to allow for larger, classroom-style learning for this program and other live seminar events.
  • Showcased new members via a new method – during General Membership Meeting introductions. This new process heightened awareness about new firms who joined and improved these new members’ visibility at these specific events. Also promoted new members with company information, logos, and contact information via “New Member Features” published in our Friday Facts eNewsletter, which is distributed to 2,200 members of industry, agency representatives, and legislators.
  • Encouraged members to attend open houses to advocate for, or submit supportive comments for projects and causes that would benefit member firm businesses, including CMAP's ON TO 2050 plan, the Mile-Long Bridge Project on the Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294), multiple Interstate 80 Public Open Houses, the I&M Canal Trail Feasibility Study, revisions to IDOT’s Hot Mix Asphalt specifications, CREATE’s 75th Street Corridor Public Open House, multiple public hearings to advocate for the Will County Local Motor Fuels Tax, IDOT’s Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) and its proposed amendments, as well as comments for newly-proposed state highway projects, and the Illinois Tollway’s updates to their standard drawings, base sheets, manuals and supplemental specifications.
  • IRTBA’s Golf Outing this year sold out in record-time – 5 days! A testament to just how valuable this networking event is to our members.  
  • Several IRTBA members were among the winners of "Best Project" and "Awards of Merit" for Engineering News Record (ENR) Midwest’s 35 Best Projects for 2019, including AECOM, Burns & McDonnell, Epstein, F.H. Paschen, HNTB Corp., Kiewit Infrastructure, and Stanley Consultants. Additionally, "Awards of Merit" were given to members Stanley Consultants and Walsh Construction Co. II, LLC (two awards issued). IRTBA President & CEO Mike Sturino was among a group of distinguished judges that reviewed over 100 project submissions to select the winners.
  • Joined CFMA Chicago to educate members at an Annual Economic Update program, which included educating members on issues affecting the economy and a look ahead at how the economic growth and commercial construction in the Midwest will be impacted by the current fiscal state and new governing policies in Illinois, as well as policy changes in Washington.

A complete outline of the IRTBA's 2019 Year in Review is available here.

Contact: Liz Carrero | Director of Communications| E: liz@irtba.org | P: (630) 626-3576

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