With a huge budget deficit facing Congress again, the competition for federal funds is expected to be even more fierce than usual this year. That’s why it’s critical for transportation construction industry executives to participate in the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) “Federal Issues Program” and 2006 Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) Fly-in, held May 16-18 in Washington, D.C.
The day-and-a-half long ARTBA program will feature direct interaction with federal agency policymakers, providing the opportunity to see where federal policies and regulations impacting the transportation construction industry are headed—and ensuring that those creating policy and regulations are hearing “real world” feedback. Policy decisions will also be at the forefront during the ARTBA board of directors and committee meetings.
The annual TCC Washington Fly-in, which immediately follows the ARTBA program, brings together hundreds of executive members from 28 national associations and labor unions to directly lobby Congress on transportation funding issues. The TCC program features issue briefings, a reception with members of Congress and their staffs and face-to-face meetings in congressional offices about the FY 2007 transportation appropriations bill, implementation of SAFETEA-LU and other issues.
To review the ARTBA and TCC programs and register online, check out the “Meetings and Events” section of the ARTBA website at www.artba.org.