Nominate Your Firm's "Rising Stars" for the ARTBA Foundation’s 2014 Young Executive Development Program

Program introduces young executives to the federal legislative and regulatory processes and how they impact the transportation design and construction industry

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The American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF) is accepting nominations for the 2014 Young Executive Development Program (YEDP), held June 9-12 in the Nation’s Capital.

Now in its 19th year, and with more than 500 graduates from 200 companies, state contractor groups and public agencies, the YEDP introduces young executives to the federal legislative and regulatory processes and how they impact the transportation design and construction industry.  It features sessions on highway/transit financing, economics, environmental, regulatory and legal issues, public-private partnerships and industry innovation. 

The program is held in conjunction with ARTBA’s annual Federal Issues Program (FIP) and Transportation Construction Coalition (TCC) Fly-In, giving participants the opportunity to meet with their congressional delegation about pending transportation issues.  YEDP fellows also hear from industry CEOs who share their career experiences and offer their perspective on leadership and business issues.

Participants will come away with valuable knowledge about ARTBA’s role in shaping the transportation policy debate on Capitol Hill, and gain a greater understanding about how they can play a leadership role in helping grow the transportation construction market in the future. 

Many YEDP graduates serve on the ARTBA Executive Committee, Board of Directors and other association committees/councils.  They include 2013 ARTBA Chairman Steve Wright of Wright Brothers Construction in Tennessee, who became the first YEDP graduate elected chair.   

Admission to the YEDP is a competitive process.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Nominees should be under 40 years of age, though exceptions may be made on a case-by-case basis. 
  • Nominees should have at least three years of experience in the transportation design and construction industry, have made a significant contribution to the work of his or her firm, and shown evidence of strong leadership potential for the industry.
  • To be considered for admission to the YEDP, candidates must be nominated by a sponsor and submit a completed application form. 

Nomination Process:

A letter of nomination and recommendation written by a principal of the firm, a senior executive within the governmental agency, or a senior-level faculty member at the university which employs the applicant must accompany each application. 

Applications must be received at The ARTBA Building in Washington, D.C., by Monday, March 31, 2014.  To obtain a copy of the application form, visit  Contact ARTBA’s Sara Jones at [email protected], or (202) 289-4434 with any questions.  As an added incentive, all individuals who nominate someone for the program will be entered into a drawing to win an iPad.