New ARTBA awards program to honor construction firms who serve their communities

artba-logoConstruction firms intent on giving back to their communities may now be honored for their good works.

The Transportation Development Foundation, an American Road and Transportation Builders Association foundation that promotes research, education and public awareness, is launching the Helping Hand Awards, which recognizes transportation design, construction and safety firms that improve the quality of life in their communities.

The requirements to be named a Helping Hand Award winner include developing or engaging in programs or initiatives that benefit residents in communities where the firm is either headquartered or conducts business. Examples include helping the disabled, mentoring school children, providing services to disadvantaged neighborhoods and more.

Nominees must also contribute significant personal time to the program, as well as committing money, materials or other in-kind services or resources.

The majority of the program must have been conducted in the previous 18-month period; however, ongoing efforts will also be considered as an illustration of the depth of the nominee’s commitment.

Nominees will be judged on the overall level of impact their contribution has had on the community. Nominations can be submitted online at by February 6, 2015. Winners will be honored during the 2015 ARTBA Federal Issues Program, scheduled April 13-15 in Washington, D.C.