5th Annual National Workshop for State & Local Transportation Advocates

Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Hyatt Regency Washington | Washington, D.C.


The “National Workshop for State & Local Transportation Advocates,” a signature program of the Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™ (TIAC), brings together transportation investment champions from around the country to share best practices, playbook secrets and other keys to success in advancing state and local legislative and ballot initiatives that boost transportation infrastructure investment.

Attend the Workshop to hear the real-life challenges and success stories of state transportation funding campaigns. Learn what states have raised or are trying to raise new transportation revenue, why they are doing so, what revenue streams they are exploring, who the major players are, and campaign tactics and strategies.

Be part of the conversation! Attendees will leave the Workshop with new skills and strategies for increasing funding in their own states. The Workshop is held in conjunction with ARTBA’s 30th annual “Public-Private Partnerships in Transportation Conference.”

The annual in-person meeting of the Transportation Investment Advocates Council will be held the afternoon of Tuesday, July 17. This meeting is for members of the Council, or for those interested in joining the Council.


Hyatt Regency Washington — Thornton Room
If you are interested in attending Tuesday events, contact TIAC Director Carolyn Kramer (cramer@artba.org).

3 – 5 p.m. Annual Meeting: Transportation Investment Advocates Council
This meeting is for members of the Transportation Investment Advocates Council and those interested in learning more about research and resources for state transportation funding advocacy. 

5 – 6 p.m. Hot Topics
An interactive discussion on transportation funding methods and campaign techniques.

6 – 7 p.m. Transportation Investment Advocates Council Reception
Reception for Transportation Investment Advocates Council members and guests.


Wednesday, July 18
Hyatt Regency Washington — Columbia Ballroom

8 – 8:30 a.m. Networking Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. Welcome Remarks

  • ARTBA Chairman Matt Cummings

8:45 – 9:15 a.m. State Transportation Funding Trends
A review of recent trends and initiatives, a preview of 2018 ballots, election trends, expectations for the next year, and why it is important for states to act now to increase transportation funding.

  • Dr. Alison Premo Black, chief economist, ARTBA

9:15 – 10 a.m. 2017 – 2018 State Transportation Funding Campaigns Roundtable
Advocates share their takeaways from successful and unsuccessful campaigns to increase state/local transportation funding.

  • Kentucky Rep. Sal Santoro (R- District 60)
  • Mike Clowser, executive director, Contractors Association of West Virginia
  • David Spector, director – Colorado High Performance Transportation Enterprise, Colorado Department of Transportation
  • Robert Stem, executive director, Association of Oklahoma General Contractors

10 – 10:30 a.m. Protecting a Transportation Funding Increase
Transportation advocacy doesn’t stop once the bill has been signed! An advocate shares how his coalition developed a game plan to protect a state transportation funding increase— and the lawmakers who supported the measure— from an anti-tax crusade.

  • Michael Quigley, executive director, California Alliance for Jobs

10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Networking Break

10:45 – 11:15 a.m. Federal Transportation Funding Update
A panel of experts provide an update on the Trump Administration’s transportation infrastructure and status report on efforts to permanently fix the Highway Trust Fund.

11:15 – 11:45 a.m. Setting the Stage for a Transportation Funding Increase
In most cases, a transportation funding increase does not happen overnight. Two advocates will share how their state has worked to gain public trust, educate lawmakers, combat anti-tax rhetoric, and prepare for a transportation funding increase.

  • Missouri Rep. Kevin Corlew (R- District 14)
  • Drew Harrell, executive director, Alliance for Alabama’s Infrastructure

11:45 a.m. – 12 p.m. CASE Construction Equipment’s Dire States Program

  • Bill Elverman, communications manager, CASE Construction Equipment

12 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch Keynote Panel: State Transportation Funding Champion Legislators
Legislators who advocated for legislation to increase transportation funding within their state share their secrets for success.

  • Colorado House Speaker Crisanta Duran (D- District 5)
  • Utah Sen. Wayne Harper (R- District 6)
  • Wisconsin Rep. John Nygren (R- District 89)
  • West Virginia Sen. Craig Blair (R- District 15)

1:30 – 2 p.m. Successfully Bridging the Urban/Rural Divide
Uniting various interests around the state behind a common cause is an important element in a transportation funding campaign. Two advocates discuss their experiences uniting urban and rural interests in a coalition to increase overall transportation revenue in their state.

  • Kevin Adam, executive director, Rural Transportation Advocacy Council of Arizona
  • Margaret Donahoe, executive director, Minnesota Transportation Alliance

2 – 2:15 p.m. Networking Break

2:15 – 3 p.m. Short-Term Transportation Funding: The Benefits and Pitfalls of Bonds and General Fund Revenue
Many states utilize bonds and General Fund transfers to provide immediate revenue for their transportation infrastructure. Two advocates share their thoughts on this mechanism.

  • Craig Thompson, executive director, Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin
  • Don Shubert, executive secretary, Connecticut Road Builders Association

3 – 3:45 p.m. Exploring Long-Term Transportation Funding Options
States explore various options to ensure the long-term stability of their transportation funds.

  • Mark Sullivan, director of the Center for Innovative Finance Support, FHWA
  • Utah Sen. Wayne Harper (R- District 6)
  • Dennis Faulkenberg, president, Appian (Indiana)

3:45 – 4 p.m. Closing Remarks

  • Dr. Alison Premo Black, chief economist, ARTBA

6 – 7:30 p.m. Evening Reception

More speakers to be announced soon!

Contact TIAC Director Carolyn Kramer with questions about the Workshop, Council meeting, or inquiries about sponsorship opportunities.


Follow the link above to register for the Workshop.

For attendees of ARTBA’s 30th annual “Public-Private Partnerships in Transportation Conference,” contact TIAC Director Carolyn Kramer.


Hotel Information

Hyatt Regency Washington

400 New Jersey Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001

The June 21 deadline for the group discount rate at the Hyatt Regency Washington has passed. There are still some rooms available at the hotel but at a higher room rate. Listed below are some nearby hotels that you can also choose from. These hotels do not have contracted room rates.

The Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel
415 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Washington, D.C. Marriott Marquis
901 Massachusetts Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20001

Washington Court Hotel
525 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Renaissance Washington Hotel
999 Ninth Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Phoenix Park Hotel
520 North Capitol Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Grand Hyatt Washington
1000 H Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Hotel George
15 E Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20001

Washington Marriott Metro Center
775 12th Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20005

Please contact Carolyn Kramer with any questions.


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Feedback for the National Workshop for State & Local Transportation Advocates:

“There is so much at stake with these funding issues. Politics is the process of making good policy, but the process is relational. This workshop provides an opportunity to build relationships and get better access to data and information.”
– Seth Millican, director of the Georgia Transportation Alliance.

“It was invaluable hearing from other states that had been successful in getting funding. It was also helpful hearing from those states that hadn’t been successful.”
– Maria Fuentes, executive director of the Maine Better Transportation Association

“There is no other event like this in the country that provides an opportunity for advocates to gather and discuss issues. The National Workshop provides forums to share information on the issues we face and the solutions we develop.”
Juva Barber, executive director of Kentuckians for Better Transportation

Follow the links below for recorded presentations, photos and more from previous years’ Workshops.

Participation hit an all-time high at the 4th Annual National Workshop for State & Local Transportation Advocates as over 130 transportation construction industry professionals, chamber of commerce executives, officials from public agencies and better roads groups and state legislators from 36 states came together July 13 in the Nation’s Capital to share intelligence and best practices for building successful campaigns to boost infrastructure investment. It was hosted by ARTBA’s Transportation Investment Advocacy Center (TIAC).

Over 100 transportation investment champions from 30 states joined forces July 13 in the Nation’s Capital for the third annual National Workshop for State & Local Transportation Advocates, a signature program of ARTBA’s Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™ (TIAC). The need to broaden coalitions to gain further support and momentum was a recurring theme of the one-day event. The workshop featured better roads professionals, chamber of commerce executives and public officials with an interest in building support for infrastructure investments locally, and included the annual meeting of the Transportation Investment Advocates Council™.

The 2nd Annual “National Workshop for State & Local Transportation Advocates,” a signature program of the Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™ (TIAC), on July 15 brought together over 100 transportation investment champions from 28 states under one roof to share best practices, playbook secrets and other keys to success in advancing state and local legislative and ballot initiatives that boost transportation infrastructure investment.

Transportation investment proponents from 22 states participated this past July in the inaugural National Workshop for State & Local Transportation Advocates held in Washington, D.C.  At this first-of-its kind event, new research on trends in transportation funding and politics over the past decade were previewed.  Participants also took an in-depth look at  how funding increases were achieved through legislation in Pennsylvania and Virginia and a ballot initiative in Arkansas—and lessons learned from a ballot defeat in Atlanta, Georgia.  Presenters at the full day session included campaign managers, legislators, and political, media, fundraising and polling experts.