Michael J. Martinez, President, NCITE
It was a busy summer in Minneapolis, as many of our members help staff the Local Arrangements Committee of the ITE Annual Meeting. It was nice to meet many of you that attended and hope you enjoyed both the meeting and the Twin Cities. We will continue our busy year with our next Section Meeting (topic: Baudette International Bridge Replacement project) on September 18th. On October 23, we will partner with the U of MN’s Student Chapter (ITSO) for our annual joint meeting held on campus. This topic will be the redesign of MN’s crash reporting system. NCITE’s annual meeting will take place on November 15th at Flanner Jax (axe throwing).
Ryan Jacox, President; and John Wirtz, Past President, Illinois Section
Hello ITE Midwestern District Members and Friends, We’re happy to report that the Illinois Section and its members have had several great technical and social activities this summer, with more to come this fall.
Joint ITE International and Midwestern/Great Lakes District Annual Meeting and Exhibit: At least 14 Illinois Section members attended the Joint ITE International and Midwestern/Great Lakes Districts Annual Meeting and Exhibit August 20-23 at the Hilton in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota with 1,200 other transportation professionals. The Illinois Section was presented with the 3rd place award from ITE International for the District/Section Communications Award. Special recognition goes out to Monica Shei, our Director of Public Affairs, for not only putting together our application for the award but also for continually ensuring that the Illinois Section remains on the forefront of effective communication including our website and social media presence!
Recent Section Events: A snack-and-learn webinar discussing Uncontrolled Pedestrian Crossings was held at the Naperville Municipal Center on May 24th. Fourteen people attended the webinar.
A snack-and-learn webinar discussing an Introduction to Traffic Engineering Studies was held at Jacobs Engineering on July 19th. Nine people attended the webinar, with several of these attendees being summer interns.
ITE held its Summer Social at Ballast Point Brewing in Chicago on August 1st. Thirty people were in attendance, and we have heard from those who attended that we should do more events like this. We are definitely working on it; see our upcoming events below.
The Annual ITE Golf Outing, co-sponsored by Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) and Intelligent Transportation Society (ITS) Midwest, was held on August 17th at the Bloomingdale Golf Club. Thirty-two golfers participated in the event and helped contribute money to the Illinois Section’s student scholarship funds.
The September Luncheon and Facility Tour was hosted by the Illinois Tollway and Pace Suburban Bus Service and occurred on Friday, September 21st at both the Illinois Tollway Office and on-site on the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90). The I-90 SmartRoad Corridor was the primary topic of discussion. The event, which was co-sponsored by ITS Midwest, was a great success and had over 70 attendees.
Upcoming Section Events: The 2018 Fall Election for the 2019 ITE Illinois Section Board will be occurring over the next couple months. Watch for details, election bios, and an invitation for membership to vote via email. If you are interested in learning more about serving a two-year term as a director on the board, please contact Brian Roberts, our Vice President, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Technical Committee is hosting a two-day HCM/HCS7 workshop presented by Bill Sampson of McTrans. The workshop will take place November 7-8 at the Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways in downtown Chicago.
As in years past, the November Luncheon will be a joint event between the ITE Illinois Section and the Rockford Chapter of the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers (ISPE). Keep a lookout for upcoming details on the date, venue, and topic.
The ITE Illinois Section Annual Banquet will occur in mid to late January 2019. The specific date and venue are still in development. Please join us to celebrate another successful year and to witness the swearing in of the 2019 Illinois Section Board.
As always, we hope to see you at an upcoming ITE Illinois Section event!
David J. Mennenga, President, MOVITE
In early April, the LOCATE (Lincoln-Omaha-Council Bluffs area) chapter hosted the MOVITE membership for an outstanding and well‑attended Spring meeting in Omaha, Nebraska. The technical program was extremely comprehensive, and the numerous networking / social opportunities provided were enjoyed by our members in their usual fashion – even when playing the golf scramble in near‑freezing temperatures! We also presented our annual student awards and recognized LOCATE as the best MOVITE chapter during 2017.
Several MOVITE members attended the ITE International Meeting held in Minneapolis in August. This was a rare opportunity for us to interact with the ITE community of transportation professionals from around the world. On behalf of MOVITE, during a signing ceremony on Monday, August 20th, I executed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Presidents from both the Midwestern and Great Lakes Districts. This MOU sets in motion a process by which the MOVITE Section will become a new, standalone District within ITE. MOVITE’s executive officers will lead an internal transition team to prepare us to fully operate as an independent ITE District in 2021.
MOVITE will hold its upcoming Fall Annual Meeting in Lenexa, Kansas on October 3-5, 2018. Our KCITE (Kansas City) Local Arrangements Committee has assembled another great technical program with a diverse set of speakers and topics. There has already been a tremendous response from attendees, exhibitors, and sponsors, but there is always room for more! Please go to http://www.movite.org/meetings/2018-fall-meeting/ to register online, reserve your hotel room, and download the full meeting program. We look forward to seeing you in Lenexa!
We are looking forward to successfully finishing off what has already been a great year for MOVITE!