International Director’s Report

By Cathy Leong, P.E., Western District International Director

The following summarizes the ITE International Board of Direction’s (IBOD) meetings during July 2020.  The IBOD met virtually during July for a total of 4 sessions.

Budget and Finance Committee Report

Finances for 2020 are fine now, but there are a few areas with a drop off in revenue that have been offset by reduced expenses.  The Paycheck Protection Program forgivable loan we received also provides a cushion for 2020.  In addition, we completed a clean audit that resulted in no recommendations.  In the long term, we are focusing on 2021 dues renewal.

Strategic Planning Update

The 2021-2023 ITE Strategic Planning was presented to the IBOD by Shawn Leight. The Strategic Planning Committee has been working on this document with input from the IBOD since the beginning of this year.  The plan was approved by the IBOD with a few minor editorial changes.

Technical Programs

Chief Technical Officer Jeff Lindley provided highlights on the Key Technical Programs.  These highlights included the Procurement Guide by the Industry Council that will be published by the end of July, a pooled fund study on the research identified by ITE in the Signal Change and Clearance Intervals RP has been created with seed funding provided by FHWA, the TIA Certificate Program Training, and a proposal by NEXT who wants to partner with ITE to develop a technician / installer training program that would lead to a credential.

ITE Policy Updates

Policy Committee Chair John Davis provided an update regarding suggested topics for new ITE Policy Statements as well as proposed and revised new ITE Policies.  The IBOD approved the revised wording for the policy on Clear Roadsides and authorized publication of the proposed new statements to ITE Policy for member comment.

Membership

Membership Director Colleen Agan provided updates on 2020 dues and indicated that the biggest drop in membership numbers was due to students because of the COVID situation in March.  ITE hopes to have a student membership drive in the fall along with activities planned by the Traffic Bowl Committee.  Colleen also reported that all Sections had submitted their Bylaws and Charters for IBOD approval.  The IBOD approved these documents for all but 4 Sections.  The remaining Sections will work through comments on their documents with the intent to have IBOD approval before the end of the year.