Administration of Highway and Transportation Agencies. Into the 2020s: A Peer Exchange Series for State Department of Transportation CEOs

Experience has shown that chief executive officers (CEOs) of state departments of transportation (DOTs) value and benefit from opportunities to discuss the challenges and experience of DOT leadership with their peers. In addition, at any particular time a number of CEOs have relatively little tenure in their positions; these newer CEOs often find the experience and insights of their more seasoned peers to be particularly helpful. AASHTO leadership and staff seek to make such opportunities available periodically by organizing peer exchanges and leadership forums highlighting current issues facing the organization’s member agencies. The typical CEO peer exchange combines facilitated group discussions of selected management topics and informal conversations during meals and breaks. The topics covered may be drawn from research under the NCHRP Project 20-24 series of projects, which are focused on the needs of state DOT leadership; collected from advance surveys of participants; or identified by the NCHRP. In addition to providing a unique forum for CEOs, the discussions also inform NCHRP staff on current and emerging issues of significant concern nationally that may be priority topics for research. An appropriate venue for a peer exchange enables convenient travel for participants at a reasonable cost and encourages effective time management. On-airport hotels and university campus meeting centers have successfully hosted NCHRP-sponsored peer exchanges and workshops. Activities to support peer exchanges typically entail (1) identifying current issues to be the focus of discussions, (2) providing well-qualified facilitators and preparing briefing materials in advance that will motivate discussion, (3) convening an invited group of executives at an appropriate location, (4) facilitating these executives’ discussions, and (5) documenting the events to provide an ongoing resource for attendees and others. The objective of this research is to organize, support, deliver, and document a series of 6 in-person state DOT CEO peer exchanges that will provide useful information for CEOs in more effectively fulfilling their responsibilities. Two peer exchanges will be designed for new CEOs; 1 will be held in winter 2021-2022 and 1 in the summer of 2023. Four peer exchanges will be designed for a mix of new and more seasoned CEOs; 1 will be held in each AASHTO region although attendance at each peer exchange will be open to any CEO. These peer exchanges are anticipated to be held on a quarterly basis beginning in 2022. The issues discussed will be unique for each event. One of the quarterly peer exchanges will focus on the implementation of provisions of H.R. 3684 - Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act.

Language

  • English

Project

  • Status: Proposed
  • Funding: $900000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 20-24(139)

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Hartell, Ann

  • Start Date: 20211115
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01788066
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 20-24(139)
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Nov 15 2021 3:28PM