Coming Together: the new ITS Midwest
Coming together was the theme and the spirit of the first meeting of the Intelligent Transportation Society of the Midwest as a four-state chapter of ITS America. Over sixty members from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio participated in the November 2nd Fall meeting of ITS Midwest in Covington, Kentucky. The Fall meeting provided a great opportunity to meet other members from the newly merged organization and to share experiences and lessons learned.
ITS Midwest President John Benda welcomes the meeting participants
Incoming ITS Midwest
President John Benda opened the meeting with a warm welcome,
noting that there was overwhelming support for ITS Midwest and ITS
MidAmerica to join forces to become a stronger, more effective
organization. President Benda was also pleased to honor ITS Member
Tom Ewing (photo) on behalf of the Board of Directors with a Chapter
Service Award for over a decade of active support to ITS Midwest,
including his outreach work, service as newsletter editor, and
recent efforts to establish the award-winning
www.itsmidwest.org website. Noting that the
strength of the organization comes from the membership, he
encouraged participants to get involved in ITS Midwest to help
shape its future. Members were urged to complete the committee
interest survey distributed at the meeting as
a good place to start.
ITS America's new
President, Scott Belcher (photo), delivered the keynote and welcomed the
newly combined chapter into the ITS America family. Scott views
active state chapters and members as vital to the future of ITS
America. Scott highlighted the combined ITS World Congress and ITS
America Annual Meeting in New York City in November 2008 as the
next great opportunity to “come together” with colleagues around
The Fall meeting program included briefings on the ITS initiatives, operations activities, and transportation management experiences in each state. Marian Thompson and George Saylor of Ohio DOT described activities in Ohio, David Zavattero of the City of Chicago spoke about Illinois progress, Steve Wuertz of InDOT presented Indiana initiatives and Mark Stapleton of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet covered Kentucky projects. The briefings generated good follow-up questions and discussions, affirming the value of insights that were shared and gained.
Greg Krueger of Michigan DOT, the invited lunch speaker, brought the meeting participants up to date on the latest developments in Vehicle Infrastructure Integration, noting both the technical aspects and, perhaps more daunting, the institutional issues being tackled to make VII a reality.
All presentations from the Fall meeting are now posted online.
The full day of activities culminated in a tour of the ARTIMIS Operations and Control Center. The Advanced Regional Traffic Interactive Management & Information System (ARTIMIS) is an excellent example of a successful bi-state, regional partnership to serve travelers in the Cincinnati-northern Kentucky region. ARTIMIS fulfills the “coming together” spirit of the new ITS Midwest. We look forward to even greater participation in future events and activities being planned for ITS Midwest.
|7:30 - 8:30AM||Registration / Continental Breakfast|
|8:30 - 8:45||Welcome Remarks / Marian Thompson, Former Vice President of ITS Mid-America|
|8:45 - 9:15||
Getting Acquainted with the New ITS Midwest / John Benda,
ITS Midwest Website / Tom Ewing, Argonne National Laboratory
|9:15 - 9:30||Comments from Scott Belcher, President & CEO, ITS America|
|9:30 - 10:30||
State Updates on ITS Initiatives:
Ohio / Marian Thompson, ODOT; George Saylor, ODOT
Illinois / David Zavattero, Chicago OEMC
|10:30 - 10:45||Break|
|10:45 - 11:45||
State Updates (Continued):
Indiana / Steve Wuertz, INDOT Indianapolis
Kentucky / Mark Stapleton, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
Scott Evans, Northrop Grumman
|11:45 - 12:45||Lunch/Overview of ARTIMIS|
|12:45 - 1:45||
VII - The Opportunities, the Challenges
Greg Krueger, Statewide ITS Program Manager, Michigan DOT
|2:00 - 4:00||Tour of the ARTIMIS OCC|
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Registration for this event is closed. Thanks to everyone who helped make this event possible and to all participants.