ARTBA elects Cummings as 2017-2018 chairman

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The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) has announced the election of Matthew G. Cummings, executive vice president with global infrastructure company AECOM, as its 2017-2018 chairman.

Cummings has worked in the transportation construction industry for 30 years, with the last 23 years at AECOM, where he led AECOM’s $2 billion transportation business in the Americas since 2014.

Cummings has held volunteer leadership positions at ARTBA , including senior vice chairman, first vice chairman, Surface Transportation Advisory Council chairman, Planning & Design Division president, ARTBA chair of the AASHTO/AGC/ARTBA Joint Committee, ARTBA Foundation Trustee, and member of the Strategic Planning Committee and Project 2019 Task Force. He is also a 2004 graduate of the Young Executive Development Program, now called the Industry Leader Development Program. Cummings also served as the 2016-2017 president of the American Council of Engineering Companies Pennsylvania chapter, and as director of the Associated Pennsylvania Constructors board from 2009 to the present.

During an ARTBA members business meeting, Cummings outlined his agenda for the coming year. “Most importantly, ARTBA will remain laser-focused on its core mission of ensuring a long-term Highway Trust Fund fix that provides the necessary revenue to help gain future market stability and significant market growth,” Cummings said, in an ARTBA press release.

Cummings said ARTBA will continue to push Congress and the Trump administration to pass a major transportation infrastructure plan and passage of a multi-year aviation program bill, as well as work to build a federal regulatory environment conducive to more efficient and safe project delivery. He said he would personally focus on expanding the number of firms and organizations supporting the “Transportation Makes America Work” lobbying and advocacy communications program to help ensure the industry has the necessary financial resources to achieve its legislative and regulatory goals.

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According to ARTBA, Cummings has two key safety initiatives on the agenda. “Safety training and education have always been core ARTBA competencies,” Cummings said in the press release. “We will be launching a new Transportation Construction Safety Center to serve as the consolidated home for the many value-added safety services that are available for all industry firms and executives.”

The second key safety initiative is to ensure continued recognition and growth of the “Safety Certification for Transportation Project Professionals” program in its second year by earning American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accreditation. ARTBA will work to incorporate its Online Learning Center safety courses — which have been approved for Professional Engineers’ Continuing Education units in Florida, New York and North Carolina — into corporate Learning Management Systems of engineering firms.

Cummings highlighted his plans to engage ARTBA officers and directors, the Industry Leader Development Council, and the Women Leaders Council to increase “peer-to-peer” membership development outreach to target key firms and potential new chapters, and greater leverage programs aimed at developing the industry’s workforce.

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