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Build America Transportation Investment Center (BATIC) Institute: An AASHTO Center for Excellence
Build America Transportation Investment Center (BATIC) Institute: An AASHTO Center for Excellence

Strategic working group

A strategic working group of 5-8 stakeholders serves as an informal sounding board for BATIC Institute's activities.

Participants were nominated from a combination of legislators, non-profit associations, public agencies, international groups, universities, and rating agencies. Strategic Working Group members include:

  • James Bass, Texas Department of Transportation
  • Sam Beydoun, Virginia Office of Public Private Partnerships
  • Jeff Ensor, Maryland Transit Administration
  • Ron Epstein, New York State DOT
  • Senator Farley, Arizona State Legislature
  • Burt Tasaico, North Carolina DOT
  • Lorie Tudor, Arkansas Highways

The group assists with developing the outreach plan through input on target audiences, ascertaining their capacity-building needs, identifying what products and services will meet those needs, and assisting with outreach efforts. The strategic working group:

  • Includes both technical experts and program/agency managers drawn from stakeholder groups outside of the BATIC Institute team.
  • Participates in regularly scheduled conference calls and provides continuing, non-binding input on the development of annual work plans and refining the strategic plan, as needed.
  • Assists in identifying events sponsored by the federal government, state and local agencies, AASHTO Team members, and other key stakeholders that might be effective vehicles for supporting outreach activities.