By Cathy Leong, P.E., Western District International Director
The following summarizes the ITE International Board of Direction’s (IBOD) meetings during February 2021. The IBOD met virtually for a total of three 2-hour sessions.
Budget and Finance Committee Report
Finances for 2020 ended very positively for ITE due to a Payment Protection Program (PPP) Loan, investment gains, and positive returns across all programs. ITE International will be adding to reserves at the end of the year bringing them closer to their reserves goal. In addition, some funds will be held to offset the anticipated revenue shortfall for 2021. The IBOD once again approved the 2021 budget which was updated to include slight modifications refining several line items.
Colleen Agan provided updates on 2020 dues collections. Individual dues collection was on par with the year before and agency dues collection was better. Overall, ITE had a retention rate of 86% for 2020 with the largest membership drop occurring with students. The 2021 dues cycle has started off well and is comparable to 2020 so far.
Jeff Lindley provided highlights on the Significant Technical Programs Accomplishments since November 2020. He also reported on the upcoming Technical Conference that will have 10 technical sessions and an opening session with Ryan Russo, Director of the City of Oakland Department of Transportation, as the Keynote Speaker. Registration is open with early bird registration ending on March 1st.
2021 Annual Meeting Overview
The 2021 meeting is still being planned as an in-person event in Portland, but staff is working on a virtual meeting concept as well. The technical program is almost complete with 40 sessions, 90 poster presentations, technical tours, workshops, and plenary sessions.
Coordinating Council Updates
Coordinating Council (CoCo) Chair Eric Rensel provided status reports for ITE’s Councils and Committees, as well as the results of the Big Data Listening Sessions conducted during 2020. In addition, David Hurwitz from the Education Council and Aaron Zimmerman from the Planning Council provided presentations on their current Council activities. In 2021, CoCo will be leading listening sessions on Equity with most of the sessions expected to be virtual.