Nominate Next Generation of Leaders for ARTBA Young Executive Development Program

The immersion course is designed to introduce attendees to the federal legislative and regulatory policies, and explore ARTBA's pivotal role in shaping them.

(Washington, D.C.) -- The American Road & Transportation Builders Association Transportation Development Foundation (ARTBA-TDF) is now accepting nominations for the 2011 Young Executive Development Program (YEDP) to be held May 23-26 in Washington, D.C.

Previous attendees attest to the value of the program, including the following from 2010 graduates:

-  “YEDP provided invaluable experience and first knowledge of the transportation legislative process.” 

- “Absolute eye opener.  Great investment of time and money.”

 - “This program was different because of the people, location, proximity to Capitol Hill, speakers, etc….  The folks at ARTBA are the most knowledgeable in the industry and this program puts you at the forefront of issues and in touch with those that can make a difference.”

Now in its 16th year, YEDP is a three-day, immersion course designed to introduce attendees to the federal legislative and regulatory policies, and explore ARTBA’s pivotal role in shaping them.  It features sessions on highway/transit financing, economics, environmental and legal issues, public-private partnerships and industry innovation.

The program is purposely held in conjunction with the ARTBA Federal Issues Program (FIP) and Transportation Construction Coalition Fly-In so participants can visit with their members for Congress and lobby them on transportation development issues. 

The 2011 YEDP session also includes several enhancements.  A high-profile industry firm CEO will be on-hand to share career experiences, offer his perspective on leadership and answer career and market questions for participants. In addition, attendees will participate in an industry “innovation” brainstorming session designed to be a prelude to ARTBA’s new “TransOvation” workshop scheduled for September 7-9 near Dulles Airport in Virginia.  And, the program includes additional networking time with association members at the concurrent fly-in and FIP.

Nearly 400 young executives from some 160 companies, public agencies and state contractor organizations in 40 states and Washington, D.C., have completed the program since its inception.  Several past participants are now serving on the ARTBA Board of Directors and ARTBA-TDF Board of Trustees.  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 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 and a 1-to-2 page statement describing his or her reasons for applying.

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 Friday, April 1.  To obtain a copy of the application form, contact ARTBA’s Caitie Reed at 202-289-4434 or, or visit

The ARTBA-TDF was established in 1985 as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity to “promote research, education and public awareness.”  It supports an array of initiatives, including educational scholarships, awards, executive education seminars, roadway work zone safety and training programs, special economic reports and a national exhibition on transportation.