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Webinar to Help State DOTs Know How to Use New 50-State Report on Governance, Finance

An April 18 webinar by the BATIC Institute, an AASHTO Center for Excellence, will show how state departments of transportation and other participants can use a new 50-state report on governing and paying for their infrastructure programs.

The event will utilize an in-depth review AASHTO recently published, based on a study conducted with funding provided through the National Cooperative Highway Research Program. This report follows an earlier one in 2011, with more up-to-date and detailed information.

BATIC Institute Director Jennifer Brickett will host the webinar, and said its main purpose "is to help state DOTs better understand what is contained in the 500-plus-page, one-of-a-kind report and how they can use it in everyday practice."

The webinar includes a presentation by consultant Jaime Rall, who collected the data and wrote the report. Also commenting, organizers said, will be two members of the NCHRP project oversight panel, Burt Tasaico of the North Carolina DOT and Travis Brouwer of the Oregon DOT – AASHTO members who have used the report and can speak to its value.

Following their presentations, participants can join in a live question-answer session.

The value for state DOTs, said Brickett, is that "they can use this single resource to see how other states govern and pay for their transportation systems, to better understand trends and explore new approaches."

Those interested can register here, although the institute's website will later post a link to the event for those who were unable to join in at the scheduled time.

This summer, Brickett said, the BATIC Institute will use the information from this report to update the institute's interactive online transportation finance map, which helps illustrate what various states are doing in the world of project funding and finance.

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