Submitted by Mark Spencer and Neelam Dorman, Western District International Directors
The ITE International Board of Direction (IBOD) had its first meeting of the year on January 8, 2023 at ITE Headquarters in Washington, DC.
It was reported to the IBOD that as of the end of 2022 ITE had 17,302 members the highest membership in the organization’s 92-year history!
The IBOD took several actions:
- Approved a final 2023 budget,
- Approved changing the ITE Canada Atlantic Provinces Section to ITE Atlantic Canada Section.
- Approved charters for the Florida-Puerto Rico District’s Emerald Coast and First Coast Chapters.
The Board received updates on key initiatives:
- To date, the focus of the Student-to-Younger Member initiative has been on the student chapter rechartering, student chapter support and student engagement. In 2023, the focus will shift to younger member engagement.
- An action plan has been developed for the Transportation Planner Initiative by the Transportation Planner Advisory Group. This plan involves ITE HQ, Districts, Sections, Student Chapters and several Councils and Committees. Engagement with each group will begin shortly The transportation planner professional membership drive is off to a great start with nearly 500 planning professionals joining ITE in the first two months.
- Ten focus groups with leaders (over 100 in total) representing all Districts, Sections, Councils and Committees were held in the late fall as a pre-courser to the all-member survey which will be issued in February.
Other significant updates included:
- The overall financial outcome for 2022 is expected to be in the black despite investment losses. Final numbers will be available at the next IBOD meeting.
- The Virtual Spring Conference – Great Communities: At the Intersection of Planning and Engineering – will be held on March 14-15. Registration is open.
- A very strong response was received to the Call for Abstracts for the 2022 ITE Annual Meeting and Exhibit. Speaker invitations went out in early February.
- Two new Recommended Practices on Multi-modal Transportation Impact Analysis and Speed Humps have been finalized.
- The first session of the new Implementing the Safe System Approach certificate course has sold out and there is a waiting list for the next session.