RS&H Senior Design-Build Engineer Rachel Back has been accepted into the American Road and Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) Industry Leader Development Program (ILDP). In May, she will travel to Washington, D.C., to deepen her knowledge of the transportation industry and meet with members of Congress to discuss transportation initiatives for the country.
“I am flattered to be the RS&H nominee this year and even more excited that I was accepted into this program,” Back said. “I’m looking forward to representing RS&H.”
The ILDP provides rising leaders in the transportation construction and development sector with a solid understanding of industry economics, how transportation projects in the U.S. are funded and financed, and how actions by the federal government impact the industry. They also learn how they — and their company or agency — can become politically engaged to help shape transportation policy.
There have been nearly 700 graduates from over 200 industry firms, state contractor chapters and public agencies.
The ILDP is held annually in conjunction with ARTBA’s Federal Issues Program and Transportation Construction Coalition Washington Fly-In. Participants use the opportunity to meet with their members of Congress and staffs about pending federal transportation policy and regulatory issues.
“You have engineers, contractors, owners and attorneys – everyone gets involved to help determine our nation’s infrastructure needs,” Back said. “And there’s no question that our nation’s infrastructure needs a lot of work.”
RS&H has long had an active relationship with ARTBA, as associates from the Transportation Infrastructure, Contractor Delivery and Construction Management practices have served on leadership positions within the organization. Several associates, including RS&H Vice Presidents Ben Lehr, Steven Byars, Jack Haynes and Chad Critcher, are ILDP graduates.
“(Back) adds to that leadership,” Critcher said. “It’s a great fit for her because she already has great experience and knows a lot of the contractor partners. This is a great path for her.”