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OCTOBER 10, 2011

President Signs Funding Bill Through MidNovember

HNTB’s Yarossi Elected ARTBA Chairman

President Obama last week signed an extension of all FY 2011 appropriations bills through November 18. Funding for all discretionary programs in the bill, including surface transportation and aviation programs, was cut by 1.5 percent, lowering annual highway investment levels to Continued on page 4

ARTBA & Allies File Brief in Supreme CourtWetlandsCase ARTBA, as part of a coalition of 12 industry trade associations, filed a September 30 brief (link) with the U.S. Supreme Court in Sackett v. the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). In the case, the EPA made a presumption of federal wetlands jurisdiction over a half-acre of private land and fined the landowner under Continued on page 2

Paul Yarossi, a professional engineer with 40 years of experience and the president of HNTB Holdings Ltd, has been elected 2011-12 ARTBA chairman. The election was announced during the association’s national convention, held October 2-5 in Monterey. Yarossi first joined HNTB, one of the nation’s top engineering, architecture, and construction management firms, in 1973 after graduating

with a civil engineering degree from Manhattan College. Yarossi serves on HNTB’s board of directors and is responsible for overseeing and directing the firm’s governance, capitalization strategy, compliance and audit functions, as well as its external and government relations. Previously, he was chair of HNTB’s aviation practice, and officer-in-charge for several HNTB offices in New York and New Jersey. He was

instrumental in formulating the firm’s training and development programs. At the heart of Yarossi’s agenda as ARTBA chairman is to lead the transportation design and construction industry push on passage of a robust, multi-year federal highway and transit investment bill in 2012. The current law, known as SAFETEA-LU, expired in September 2009. Yarossi also said he would Continued on page 3

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ARTBA Files Brief in Supreme Court Wetlands Case

23rd Annual P3s in Transportation Conference November 14-16, 2011 Washington, D.C.

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the Clean Water Act (CWA) for backfilling the parcel. The landowner has been rebuffed in lower courts, which decided he would need to apply for a costly permit before challenging EPA’s fines. As transportation projects frequently confront similar issues of federal wetlands jurisdiction, it would be helpful if CWA jurisdiction could be challenged early in the planning process rather than waiting for the EPA to assert a violation after the fact. Read the full text of ARTBA’s brief.

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HNTB’s Yarossi Elected 2011-2012 ARTBA Chairman Continued from page 1

launch a long-term public education and industry image campaign that spotlights the industry’s innovative practices on transportation projects and the benefits to the taxpayers. Among other key items on Yarossi’s agenda: implement the recommendations of the ARTBA Strategic Planning Committee to help ensure the association becomes a clearinghouse for its member firms, state chapters and other industry groups seeking information about successful

local and state transportation investment strategies, research, legislation and advocacy programs; expand the association membership base; and develop new programs to keep the industry’s young executives fully engaged in the association’s advocacy activities. Yarossi has been a leader in ARTBA for nearly a decade, serving as senior vice chairman, first vice chairman, vice chairman at-large, chairman of the Transportation Design and Construction Innovation Advisory Committee, and

co-chairman of the ARTBA SAFETEA-LU Reauthorization Task Force.

2010-11 Chairman Bill Cox passes the gavel to Paul Yarossi.

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Legislative & Regulatory News President Signs Government Funding Bill Through November 18 Continued from page 1

$40.5 billion ($600 million cut), transit investment to $10.1 billion ($200 million cut) and airport capital grants to $3.4 million ($50 million cut). ARTBA will keep you updated with any developments in the appropriations process in both the House and the Senate.

3% Withholding Repeal Bill Vote Expected Soon House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) announced October 3 the House will vote later this month on H.R. 674, legislation that would repeal a requirement for all levels of government to withhold three percent of most contract payments for goods and services, including construction contracts. The provision was originally included in broader tax legislation in 2006 and is currently scheduled to take effect on January 1, 2013, after having been delayed several times. ARTBA and its colleagues in the Government Withholding Relief Coalition have repeatedly urged all House members to support full repeal of the withholding requirement.

Crystalline Silica Proposal Shortsighted, ARTBA Says ARTBA, along with 10 other industry associations, sent a letter to the Obama Administration September 30 urging rejection of a proposal to tighten standards for crystalline silica, a material used in transportation construction. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has proposed cutting the limit for exposure to crystalline silica in half. The letter stated, “[w]e believe the pending proposal is unnecessary and is particularly ill-advised in the current economic climate, where any regulatory action with the potential to destroy a substantial number of jobs and hinder efforts at economic recovery must be viewed skeptically.” Further, the associations argued that significant progress made in addressing crystalline silica issues undercuts the need for more stringent regulations which would “impose $5.5 billion in annualized

compliance costs on affected industries and result in the loss of 17,000 person-years of employment and $3.1 billion of economic output every year.”

ARTBA News Reagan-Clinton Ad Campaign Wins National Communication Award The radio spot, “What Would Presidents Reagan and Clinton Do?,” developed by ARTBA and APTA was honored as “Best Audio Ad” in the 2011 Construction Writers Association’s annual Marketing Communications Awards program. The radio spot, and a companion television ad, feature excerpts of Reagan and Clinton during their respective presidencies talking about the importance of highway and transit investment to the economy. The goal of the ad campaign was to elevate transportation into the ongoing congressional debate about the

Fostering Innovation TRB Newsletter: October 4, 2011

ARTBA is pleased to make available another service for members that highlights new research, technologies, industry best practices and information resources available to the transportation design and construction industry. This material comes from the Transportation Research Board. Read the most recent newsletter.


federal budget and future investment priorities. View the full release.

ARTBA Elects 2011-12 Officers The association’s new officers were announced during the 2011 National Conveniont held October 2-5 in Monterey, Calif. They include:

New Market Opportunities Focus of ARTBA Convention Nearly 300 industry executives and their spouses gathered in Monterey October 2-5 for the premier transportation design and construction industry event; the annual ARTBA National Convention. With a theme of “New Opportunities for Market Growth,” general session speakers discussed emerging state and local funding issues, the role of transportation ballot initiatives, and ways to expand public private partnerships. Bob Kriegel, an award-winning “New York Times” and “Business Week” best-selling author, challenged attendees to think unconventionally, and to gain the competitive edge by redefining roles and reinventing the game. ARTBA’s top staff provided a surface transportation reauthorization progress report and highway/bridge market forecast. HNTB’s Paul Yarossi was also elected 2011-2012 ARTBA chairman— see page one story and video. Look for a convention wrap in the October 17 Newsline.

Chairman: Paul Yarossi HNTB Holdings, Ltd. New York, N.Y.

Southern Region Vice Chairman: Tom Elmore Eutaw Construction Co. Aberdeen, Miss.

Senior Vice Chairman: Steve Wright, Wright Bros. Construction Charleston, Tenn.

Central Region Vice Chairman: Kathleen Holst Roadsafe Traffic Systems, Inc. Romeoville, Ill.

First Vice Chairman: Doug Black Oldcastle Materials Atlanta, Ga.

Western Region Vice Chairman: Jim Andoga Austin Bridge & Road Irving, Texas

Northeastern Region Vice Chairman: Nick Ivanoff Ammann & Whitney New York, N.Y.

Vice Chairman At-Large: Ward Nye Martin Marietta Raleigh, N.C.

Vice Chairman At-Large: Bob Close Parsons Brinckerhoff Orange, Calif.

Vice Chairman At-Large: John Houle 3M Saint Paul, Minn.

Vice Chairman At-Large: John Kulka HRI, Inc. State College, Pa.

Vice Chairman At-Large: Bob Luffy Luffy Consulting Coraopolis, Pa.

Vice Chairman At-Large: David Zachry Zachry Construction Corp. San Antonio, Texas

Treasurer: Tom Hill Summit Materials Washington, D.C.

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