April 20, 2020 E-Blast Print

A Message from the Secretary-Treasurer

Georgia ITE Members and Friends,

It is my hope that you and your families are all staying safe and healthy during current events. Georgia ITE plans to keep providing our membership and communities with as much normalcy as possible during this unprecedented time.

First item of note for this announcement is our upcoming Thursday, April 30 webinar. The webinar will be hosted from 12:00pm to 1:00pm EDT and be held using a Microsoft Teams link. You must register and pay the $5 to recieve a PDH. This webinar is not exclusive to Georgia participants, so please feel free to let others know of the PDH opportunity.

Additionally, the deadline to apply for the 2020 Georgia ITE Mentor Program is quickly approaching. You must submit your application by April 30. This is a great program that only occurs every other year.

Please check out each of the sections below for an update of what has been going on, and what we are looking forward to with the section. As of this moment, we are still sorting through and planning when our May meeting will be and the topic.

Again, I hope you all are staying safe and healthy. Have a fantastic week!

Meredith Emory, PE
2020 GAITE Secretary-Treasurer

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Upcoming Monthly Meeting

Please REGISTER HERE for the Thursday, April 30, 2020 webinar. This webinar will be $5 if you would like to recieve a PDH. The money will go to support our transportation community through the scholarship fund, student leadership event support, etc.

Topic: Turboroundabouts - What are they and how can they help you?!
Speaker: Jaap Tigelaar, Mobility Expert with Arcadis

Location: This webinar will be held through Microsoft Teams and is planned to be posted to our YouTube channel at a later date.

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Monthly Meeting Sponsor

April Meeting Sponsor: Jacobs

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Mentor Program

The 2020 Georgia ITE Mentor Program is geared towards young professionals that have been working in the transportation engineering field for a few years and are actively involved in Georgia ITE. Each protégé will be paired with a mentor who can provide career advice and professional guidance. The program will include six organized breakfast or lunch meetings held monthly at various locations. Additional information can be found in THIS FLYER.

If you are interested in participating in the program as a protégé please complete the application and return it to [email protected]. You may submit an application beginning April 1, and all applications are due by April 30.

The committee is also looking for mentors for the program. If you are interested in being a mentor to one of the great young members in Georgia ITE, please reach out to [email protected]

While the schedule is subject to change, we are optimistic that all of the meetings will still be completed between June 2020 and December 2020.

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Technical Exchange

The 2020 Technical Exchange which is planned as a joint event with the Clemson ITE chapter, has been postponed until the Fall. Additional details will be released closer to the event when more concrete plans can be determined.

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Sponsorship Committee Update

Georgia ITE has every intention of continuing to offer either a webinar or in person event for our typical monthly meeting schedule. The first webinar was viewed by over 135 people and included participants from Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee.

If you are interested in sponsoring one of our monthly meetings or webinars, please reach out to our sponsorship chair Jackie Kawa. We still have meetings/webinars available to sponsor.

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Outreach and Activities Update

The activities committee is also looking at a potential TopGolf event in in the next few months if social distancing is no longer a factor. If your company would be interested in sponsoring, please reach out to Nate Prathaftakis.

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Safety Update

For those of you planning to participate in the April Bicycle Safety ride, this event has been postponed until further notice due to COVID-19. An update will be provided as soon as details can be sorted after social distancing is no longer required.

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Marketing/Communication Update

Our marketing and communications committee has done an amazing job this year increasing our presence on social media and information for our website.

Please be sure to take the time and subscribe to our Georgia Section ITE YouTube channel. Paul Slone has some great archived videos available, and with current events, you will see many more livesteams posted by him.

Additionally, please make sure to follow our offical Georgia ITE LinkedIn page which was created to compliment our other social media platforms. Please thank Bryanna Saunders for her efforts in promoting this page and managing our other social media accounts.

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Summer Seminar

The 2020 Summer Seminar is still moving forward with planning as scheduled for now. The Georgia ITE board is paying close attention to current COVID19 updates and announcements from the CDC, WHO, and governement directives. We hope to have a final decision made shortly for our membership and transportation community.

The event will be held from July 19-22 at the King and Prince in St. Simmons Island. The hotel is allows for cancellations up to two weeks prior to the event. We hope to have registration available to you soon once a decision is made.

The theme this year is “Vision 2020” and presentations will focus on seeing clearly into the future and learning from the past. The technical committee has been working hard pulling presentations together. If you are interested in getting involved contact Robinson Nicol (Summer Seminar Chair) or Bill Ruhsam (Summer Seminar Technical Chair) to get involved.

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