August 12, 2020 Newsletter Print

A Message from the Secretary-Treasurer

Georgia ITE Members and Friends,

We have some very exciting announcements and updates for current activites to share today.

The 2020 August Monthly Georgia ITE Webinar is set for next week on Thursday, August 20 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm EDT. This meeting will be streamed live via our YouTube Channel. It is a free registration for Georgia ITE members and $5 for anyone else that wants a PDH. This webinar is not exclusive to Georgia participants, so please feel free to let others know of the PDH opportunity.

Directly following on Thursday, August 20 from 1:30pm to 3:00pm EDT, Southern District ITE will host their 2020 Business Meeting and Awards Ceremony. Georgia ITE is being recognized with an award (see below for the excitement) and you can Click Here for more information on how to attend.

Georgia ITE Activities is also hosting a Pictionary Night due to popular support on Thursday, August 27, 2020. Check out more information here.

Lastly, please check our the Georgia ITE announcements page for information on the Georgia Transportation Infrastructure Bank (GTIB)  loan funding availability in 2020.

I hope you have a happy Wednesday and stay healthy!

Meredith Emory, PE
2020 GAITE Secretary-Treasurer

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Upcoming Monthly Meeting

The Georgia ITE 2020 August webinar will be hosted on Thursday, August 27 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm EDT. Please Click Here to read more. This is a FREE webinar that is open to anyone wanting to listen and participate. Registration is free for Georgia ITE members and is only $5 for any non-member that would like a PDH.

  • Topic: SCDOT Innovative Design-Build US 1 at I-20 Interchange Project

  • Speakers: James (Jae) H. Mattox, III - SCDOT Design-Build Program Manager; James K. O'Connor - Vice President at Johnson, Mirmiran, and Thompson (JMT)

SCDOT recently completed design-build procurement for the US 1 over I-20 Interchange project in Lexington, SC. In order to promote innovation, SCDOT did not prepare an Interchange Modification Report (IMR) during the preliminary engineering phase but required each proposer to complete this document during procurement. This process led to an increased level on innovation that played a significant role in the best-value award determination. Hear the perspective of the owner as well as the successful proposer.

This webinar will be held via our YouTube Channel. Please use the following link to access the webinar:

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Monthly Meeting Sponsor

August Meeting Sponsor: POND

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Awards and Accolades


Congratulations Georgia Section. For the Second Time in Three Years, GAITE has won the Outstanding Section/Chapter Award. This also makes three of the last four winners from the Southern District #SDITE! Check your "Spotlite" email sent this morning or see the link below!

This annual award recognizes a section or chapter that has outstanding activities, events, and opportunities for its members to engage in professional development, networking, and community outreach.

In 2019, the Georgia Section of ITE (GAITE) grew by 40 percent through OneITE, and provided more than 30 events for members to grow their industry knowledge, skills, and connections. The Section volunteered with more than 1,000 K-12 students to promote STEM and shape the future of the profession. Finally, the Section broke attendance records at Summer Seminar, their largest annual event.

The Georgia Section met and exceeded the criteria for the award and we are pleased to honor them as the 2020 Outstanding Section/Chapter recipient! Congratulations to all the members of GAITE!

The Georgia Section has been awarded this honor SEVEN times in 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2009, 2018 and 2020. That's the most of any Section since the awards inception in 1992.

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Outreach and Activities Update

Due to the success of Summer Seminar social events, our activities committee has planned a Pictionary Night for their next activity to be held Thursday, August 27, 2020. Please Click Here to register and for more details on prizes and how to play.

Have more ideas for how we can keep our Georgia ITE relationships strong while having fun or have a great idea for how we can work to give back during this time? Please reach out to Nate Prathaftakis.

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Summer Seminar

The 2020 Summer Seminar was a great success with 295 participants! Thank you to all the speakers, moderators, hosts, committee members, and committee chairs. With a special thank you to Robinson Nicol (Summer Seminar Chair) or Bill Ruhsam (Summer Seminar Technical Chair) for efforts this year.

There are a few housekeeping items from Robinson and Bill per questions from participants, please see below:

  • For PDHs, if you are unable to access them via Expo Pass, please email Bill ([email protected])
  • Auction item pickup can be coordinated with Jin Seo ([email protected]) for anyone that missed items on the pickup dates
  • Presentations shared by speakers can be found HERE at the bottom of the Summer Seminar event page
  • Next year's conference will be held once again at the King and Prince Resort from 7/18 to 7/21
  • For any additional questions, please reach out to Robinson ([email protected])

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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. The our recent monthly meetings have been posted, so check them out!

Additionally, please make sure to follow our official pages:

Georgia ITE LinkedIn

Georgia ITE Facebook

Also, don't forget to tag #GeorgiaITE when you comment or share!

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