Transportation investment advocates in North Carolina helped raise $1.2 billion in new funding, including $440 million of extra annually recurring revenues. Legislators in South Dakota authorized a 6 cents-per-gallon gas tax increase to pump more money into road and bridge construction and repair. Now, these successful advocates are joining a must-hear lineup of speakers at the 3rd Annual “National Workshop for State & Local Transportation Advocates”, being held July 13 at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, D.C.

Legislators from Indiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Nebraska and South Dakota will discuss their state’s work to increase transportation funding and will share advice on how to increase support in your state’s legislature.

Transportation advocates from five states will share best practices and lessons learned from their campaigns to increase both state and local transportation funding to help other states build their own campaigns.

Other sessions will feature:

  • Dr. Alison Premo Black, chief economist at ARTBA, highlighting the latest research in transportation funding trends;
  • Dr. Stan Kaplowitz, professor of sociology at Michigan State University, discussing how policy characteristics and messaging can influence public support for raising the gas tax, and;
  • Jeff Loveng, CEO of SBL Strategies, sharing advice on promoting transportation funding and revenue initiatives to conservative audiences and building preemptive communication strategies.

Stay tuned for more speaker announcements coming soon!

The Workshop is a signature program of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association’s Transportation Investment Advocacy Center™ (TIAC), a first-of-its kind, dynamic education program and Internet-based information resource designed to help private citizens, legislators, organizations and businesses successfully grow transportation investment at the state and local levels through the legislative and ballot initiative processes. The Workshop is being held in conjunction with ARTBA’s Public-Private Partnerships (P3) Conference.

View the full workshop agenda and register at: Contact ARTBA’s Carolyn Kramer at or by phone at 202.289.4434 with questions or for more information about sponsorship opportunities.