The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) and the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) are forming a partnership to promote careers for women and minorities in transportation.
IBTTA is a worldwide association for the owners and operators of toll facilities and the businesses that serve them. COMTO is a nonprofit organization founded in 1971 dedicated to advancing minorities in the transportation industry with 34 chapters in the U.S. and Canada.
“COMTO and IBTTA look forward to working together. IBTTA is eager for our members to engage and collaborate with COMTO members to foster increased representation resulting in a more equitable transportation system providing greater mobility for all users,” Pat Jones, Executive Director and CEO of IBTTA, said in a statement.
"The partnership between COMTO and IBTTA is a step in the right direction to increase opportunities for women and minorities in the toll facilities industry. Both organizations are leaders in their respective fields and the partnership will certainly have an impact regarding diversity and equity,” A. Bradley Mims, President and CEO of COMTO, said in a statement.
The two organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to address mutual objectives for each organization. IBTTA says the goal of the MOU is to:
- Promote the transportation infrastructure sector as a rewarding career choice for women and minorities;
- Further the participation, advancement and recognition of women and minorities in the transportation infrastructure sector, both public and private;
- Provide professional development opportunities to help them advance their skill sets and careers to ensure the sector’s future success;
- Encourage their participation in organizational leadership activities at the national, state, and local levels;
- Cooperate with others who share these objectives to achieve them.