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February 2018

From the president

Greetings! at its board meeting this morning ATRA restructured and consolidated itself into a more task-oriented organization. Previously, most activities were undertaken by the executive committees of ATRA and ATRA Industry Group. Now the Industry Group is folded into ATRA and no longer a separate organization. A number of its members are now ATRA Board Members. The ATRA Executive Committee has been disbanded. ATRA will now run itself through its new committee structure with the committee tasks, schedules and budgets overseen by the Board.

The new committees and their assignments are as follows:

Project Intelligence Committee

  • Demonstration/Pilot/Full-Service Systems
  • Find prospects
  • Educate stakeholders
  • Inform Industry Group Members
  • Compile and provide an annual ATN market size data report

Project Intelligence Committee

  • Commission white papers on ATN-related topics
    • Document results from ATN systems in public service
    • Proof of Economics
  • Be a thought leader
  • Technical & design guidelines
  • Legislator education
  • Academic networking
  • Research roadmap

Outreach Committee

  • ATRA Pulse free monthly newsletter
  • Website search engine optimization
  • Promotional Materials
  • Letters/emails to transportation consultants, agency leaders, etc.
  • SEO

Regulatory Committee

APM Standards Sub-Committee

  • ASCE APM Standards – adjust to better apply to ATN

Membership Committee

  • Increase membership
  • Obtain outside financial support
  • Track dues, invoices and membership

Conference Committee

  • ATRA-sponsored conferences
  • ATRA contributions to conferences by others
  • Collaborate with other organizations and industry groups

Committees have been encouraged to meet at least monthly. They will report to the Board, and the Board will meet and review their work, on a quarterly basis. All board members have been encouraged to serve on at least one committee. Some committees could still use a few extra members so, if you are an ATRA member, please feel free to volunteer. Committee activities are a good way to contribute, get involved, learn more and meet new people.

If you are interested, you can read my address to the board reporting on 2017 activities HERE. I am very pleased with the new structure and the renewed enthusiasm shown by ATRA members.

As always, enjoy reading!

Best regards,
Peter Muller, ATRA President

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