The American Road & Transportation Builders Association is accepting nominations for its 2019 Industry Leader Development Program (ILDP), a first-of-its-kind “101” introduction to federal and state advocacy for transportation infrastructure market development and protection. It will be held May 13-15 in Washington, DC in conjunction with ARTBA’s annual Federal Issues Program and Transportation Construction Coalition Fly-In.
The ILDP boasts nearly 700 graduates over the past 23 years, including numerous VTCA members, and staffers Tom Witt and Jan Morehead. 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.
Admission to the ILDP is a competitive process. 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. Candidates must be nominated by a sponsor and submit a completed application form. 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.