By Cathy Leong, P.E., Western District International Director
The following summarizes the ITE International Board of Direction’s (IBOD) meetings during April 2020. The IBOD met virtually during April for a total of 4 2-hour sessions.
Executive Director Jeff Paniati reported ITE HQ staff was working remotely and that managing the volume of communication is the biggest challenge right now. Support continues to be provided to Districts, Sections, and Chapters especially with regards to Annual Meeting contracts for Districts and Sections. ITE will continue to provide guidance regarding canceling or postponing upcoming meetings and a COVID Resource Page has been created for the website. In addition, the Virtual Drop Ins held by ITE have been very successful with additional meetings being scheduled.
Budget and Finance Committee Report
Finances for 2019 ended very positively for ITE. For 2020 we have collected most of our dues and for right now we are in a relatively good cash flow position. Risks for the year include losses in revenue from publications and ads and the New Orleans annual meeting. In the long term, concerns are the financial impacts to our members in general and the loss of members.
Chief Technical Officer Jeff Lindley provided highlights on the Key Technical Programs Accomplishments in the first quarter 2020. He also reported that ITE’s guidance document on clearance intervals has been released. The development of Traffic Impact Analysis Training to support a new certificate program has also launched with modules scheduled to be done in the fall.
ITE Policy Updates
Policy Committee Chair John Davis provided a summary of the comments received by members on the proposed policy updates. New policies should be delivered to IBOD for publication to members after the August meeting with final approval in November.
2020 Annual Meeting Overview
Jeff Paniati noted that the staff is working on a dual track for the 2020 meeting—hosting both a face-to-face and virtual meeting. The approach being pursued is to deliver the technical portion in the first two weeks of August (Tuesday-Thursday) and then follow that with the Council and committee meetings during the third week. The goal is to have the program for a virtual meeting approach developed by the end of May.
Membership Director Colleen Agan provided updates on 2020 dues and Chapter affiliate transitions. She also indicated that all District Administrators had indicated that their Sections and Chapters were working on documents needed by ITE (charters and bylaws). All charters and bylaws are anticipated to be completed this summer. In addition, Jeff Paniati announced that Kathi Driggs and Jeff Lindley had been promoted to Deputy Executive Directors and Colleen Agan had been promoted to the position of Associate Executive Director.
Strategic Planning Update
ITE began Strategic Planning update efforts at the beginning of this year under the guidance of Shawn Leight. Updates for ITE’s Mission, Vision, and Values had been drafted with subcommittees working on focus areas for the plan. The subcommittees are expected to finalize their efforts by May for Board review and comment. The updated Strategic Plan is expected to be approved at the August IBOD meeting.
Coordinating Council Updates
Coordinating Council Chair Jason Crawford provided status reports for ITE’s Councils and Committees. He identified five committees/Councils that are at risk at the moment (ethics, forensics, parking, planning and railroad grade) and indicated that the Coordinating Council’s new metric tool has been successful in providing assessments. The Board approved several modifications to the existing Council and Committee structure including removing Transportation Forensics and Risk Management (TFRM) as a Council and transitioning it to a standing committee under the Safety Council, moving the CAV, Smart Communities, Vision Zero, and Transportation & Health Board Initiatives into the Council structure, and creating a second Vice Chair position within the Coordinating Council to assist with product delivery. CAV and Smart Communities would become standing committees under the TSMO Council, Vision Zero would become a standing committee under the Safety Council, and Transportation & Health would become a standing committee under the Planning Council. The MaaS/MOD initiative steering committee and technical working group will continue to exist as a Board initiative outside of the council structure.