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ITS Midwest holds 2006 Annual Meeting in Chicago

Pairing of annual meeting with ITS America workshop provides a significant bonus to participants

ITS Midwest held its 11th Annual Meeting on February 7th in Chicago at the Doubletree Guest Suites hotel. This year, the event was held back-to-back with the ITS America national workshop on Electronic Payment Systems (EPS), which took place the next day. “ITS Midwest and ITS America believe the two events are very complimentary, and hope that participants found the pairing of events convenient and beneficial,” remarked Gary Rylander, ITS Midwest president.

The ITS Midwest annual meeting featured sessions on Integrated Corridor Management, ITS Applications & Benefits, and “Getting the Word Out”, which was the theme of the annual meeting. Neil Schuster, ITS America president and CEO, provided the opening keynote. He reinforced the need to do a better job measuring our successes and extolling the benefits of ITS. He noted that ITS America is working to establish better metrics to measure benefits and is reaching out to government to raise awareness, including monthly roundtable meetings with members of Congress and their staff. Schuster noted future plans to raise consumer and media awareness with events such as the Intelligent Mobility Showcase held at the recent ITS World Congress in San Francisco. The Showcase will also be featured in upcoming “Celebrate the Interstate” events (see President's Message, above). Brian Cronin, USDOT congestion program manager, led a morning panel on Integrated Corridor Management, which aims to more optimally use ITS deployments by integrating the services of multiple agencies across multiple travel modes. The luncheon speaker, Ronald Giguere, manager of USDOT's ITS Professional Capacity Building (PSB) program, described efforts to provide learning resources to improve the skills of ITS workers.

During the business meeting, elections confirmed the slate of officers and directors (see organization chart in the About us section of this website). A technical tour hosted at the Chicago 911 Communications Center rounded out the day. A reception at the hotel in the evening provided a networking opportunity for annual meeting and workshop participants.

The Electronic Payment Systems workshop on February 8th featured a strong slate of speakers from the Midwest, as well as leaders from national and international deployments, to share their experiences and challenges in initiating and making EPS work in their regions. James Reilly, RTA Chairman, gave the keynote address.

Additional information

For more information, contact Tom Ewing at  or 630-252-5455.
Meeting Presentations
The 2006 Annual Meeting Presentations are available at:
2006 ITS Midwest Annual Meeting.

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