International Director’s Report

By Carlos A. Ortiz, International Director

The ITE International Board of Directors (IBOD) met in Jackson, Wyoming for our Spring Board Meeting on May 16th and 17th. The meeting was held prior to our Intermountain Section Annual Meeting and provided our non-Western District Board Members with the opportunity to experience an Intermountain Section Annual Meeting and the hospitality from our members.

It was a very productive IBOD meeting with multiple items covered, particularly on One ITE initiative.  On the first day, we discussed multiple items including, the following items:

  1. Budget and Finance Committee Report – Our annual budget is on the way to be positive by the end of the year with expected revenues from our annual meeting, Trip Generation Manual sales, and number of contracts awarded to ITE.
  2. 2018 Strategic Plan – We emphasized that our One ITE Initiative is part of our adopted 2018 Strategic Plan approved at our Board Meeting in January.
  3. Current ITE Membership – As of May 2018, we have 883 new members and new public agencies have joined ITE. We discussed our current annual dues and IBOD adopted a slight increase of our annual dues starting in 2019. As previous years, the IBOD reviews our annual dues every two years. Our next review will be in 2019.

The Board approved raising Institutes dues for 2019 by $10 within the US, eliminating student dues for undergraduate (currently free the first year but $30 for subsequent years), while having graduate students pay $30 dues every year. Canadian dues will be increased as well. Members in other countries will have dues discounted based on World Bank classifications based on per capita gross national income.

Member interest in Pakistan is such that the Institute will initiate creating a chapter within the Global District.

  1. Update of ITE Initiatives and Technical Activities – An update of our current initiative included the following:
    1. Smart Communities – We will be conducting multiple activities at our annual meeting.
    2. Vision Zero – Road to zero grant received from FHWA.
  • CV and AV – We provided our position statement on the RFI on automated driving system.
  1. Transportation and Health – ITE completed pod series and we will be providing sessions at our annual meeting.
  2. Curbside Management Guide – The guide will be presented at our Annual Meeting.
  3. Parking Generation Manual – ITE made a recent agreement to update the manual with Parking Association. The anticipated release of the new manual will be early 2019.

 

  1. Diversity and Inclusion – ITE’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee, chaired by Alyssa Rodriguez, presented results of a STEM Inclusion Study that was filled out online by 1,600 ITE members. The study reported that women and racial/ethnic minorities report persistently more negative work experiences compared to white men, among other findings. The study reflected environments at member work places, not that of the Institute.  The IBOD discussed the recent survey conducted early this year and ITE’s next steps to ensure and encourage diversity throughout ITE. It was recommended that some of the recommendations can be implemented immediately, including:
    1. Identify policies that may be barriers to minority entry into the industry
    2. Ensure that volunteer recruitment should be more inclusive and diverse
  • Ensure that council leadership can be more inclusive and diverse
  1. Create a toolkit
  2. Develop and promote powerful stories about diversity and inclusion

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On the second day, we spent most of the day discussing One ITE Initiative. The One ITE Initiative is part of our adopted 2018 Strategic Plan. A summary of our discussions, included:

  1. Why are we doing this?
    1. We want to have a unified message to our members.
    2. We want to deliver a consistent membership experience.
  • We want to provide opportunities for leadership throughout our Districts, Sections, and Chapters.
  1. We need to have consistent definition for Districts, Sections, and Chapters to ensure long term viability of ITE.

 

  1. Why are we doing it now?
    1. We have inconsistent leadership throughout ITE for a long time.

 

  1. What started our One ITE Initiative?
    1. The adoption of our 2018 Strategic Plan.
      1. We want our branding to be consistent throughout the Districts, Sections, and Chapters
      2. Board structure – Improve membership representation at the International and District levels
        1. Some chapters are functioning as sections
        2. Opportunities for improvements? Create a model board structure

 

  1. Definition of District, Section and Chapter – Mission and Purpose
    1. Th One ITE Task Force has reviewed the current definitions for our District, Section and Chapter and provided “new” Missions an Purpose that aligns with One ITE and ITE Strategic Plan.
    2. The Board had lengthy discussions and our Board approved the following motions.
      1. To adopt policy with regard to the District Mission and Purpose, including:
        1. Support the overall goals and objectives of ITE
        2. Provide member representation at the International level
        3. Support and coordinate the Sections within the District
        4. Support the interchange of technical and professional information
        5. Encourage membership participation and leadership opportunities at all levels of ITE
        6. Support students and younger member program
        7. District should be similar in the number of members included and represent a geographical area where member interests are the same

 

  1. To adopt the policy with regard to the Section Mission and Purpose, including:
    1. Support the overall goals and objectives of ITE
    2. Support District activities and coordinate with the District in carrying out the Section mission and purpose
    3. Financially support and coordinate with Chapters within the Section
    4. Foster closer association of ITE members
    5. Encourage members to share knowledge
    6. Consider local transportation issues
    7. Collaborate with other local transportation professionals on matter of common interest
    8. Present point of view consistent with established institute policies
    9. Support and mentor students and student chapters within the Section
    10. Sections should be of a size that allows members to convene regularly

 

  1. To adopt the policy with regard to the Chapter Mission and Purpose, including:
    1. The mission and purpose of an ITE Chapter is to serve as an extension of an ITE Section
    2. A Chapter has the same basis mission and purpose of a Section, but operates as an extension to the parent Section

 

  1. Current Districts’ One ITE Initiatives
    1. Great Lakes/Midwest Districts
      • The Midwest District is moving forward with One ITE initiative.
  1. Plans are moving forward to “Re-Structure” the Midwest and Great Lakes Districts and reformulation of Sections and Chapters.
  2. In the process of developing a transition plan. It is anticipated that a letter of agreement will be signed at the Annual Meeting in Minneapolis.
  1. Florida District
    1. The Florida District currently has several Chapters working as Sections
    2. The plan is to “Re-Structure the District as follows:
      1. Four (4) Chapters will be Sections
      2. Maintain three (3) Chapters
      3. The New Florida District will have: 1 District, 5 sections and 3 Chapters
  • No push back by their members

 

  1. Affiliates
    1. ITE has developed a plan to transition ITE Affiliates to ITE members or Friends of ITE.
      • Use the term “ITE Member” for only International ITE members
      • Colleagues that do not join ITE as a member will be recognized as “Friends of ITE”
  1. Encourage a lower fee structure during the two-year transition period to join ITE

 

  1. New Charters and Bylaws
  2. Final Draft Model Charter and Model District Bylaws will be presented at our next Board Meeting.
  3. The Board approved the following resolution:
    • The International Board of Directors directs staff to initiate efforts to issue new charters for each District. The Charter should be in conformance with our adopted 2017 Constitutional changes, and the updated District, Section, and Chapter definitions.

 

  1. Transportation Professional Certification
    1. The Transportation Professionals Certification Board will issue certification in a Road Safety Professional Level I and Level II. The first RSP Level I exam is scheduled for this fall.

 

  1. Upcoming Annual Meetings
    1. Minneapolis 2018
    2. Austin 2019
  • New Orleans 2020
  1. Portland 2021
  2. Pittsburg 2022
  3. Florida 2023