Member Briefing: August 21, 2020

Here is a brief weekly update from the RTA business coalition — the voice of the regional business community on transportation.

A virtual retreat provides real wins for the business community
This week marked the first two days—both virtual—of our annual Leadership Retreat. On day one, we heard excellent speakers from RTA Leadership Team members UNC Chapel Hill and Duke University speak on issues related to equity, the environment, and economic recovery. Their perspectives were diverse and challenging, and their remarks catalyzed a vibrant conversation from RTA members as we begin our preparations for 2021. Day two provided additional insights, as new NCDOT Secretary Boyette and several regional partners including RDU Airport CEO Mike Landguth provided a sense of the funding and policy landscape. Challenging situations invariably afford fertile ground for growth and future success I am confident that 2020 has and is doing that, and that our retreat speakers have helped advance our regional business organization in our journey forward.

RTA annual meeting accelerates to November 2020
While some cannot wait for 2020 to end, the regional business community has decided that we could not wait for 2021 for our annual meeting—so we have accelerated it. Instead of its usual December/January time frame, we will hold the event on November 12, 2020. The RTA 19th annual meeting included with your membership will speak to the themes of Equity, Recovery, and Opportunity, along with updates on priorities and mobility focuses that will advance this region. While the event will be necessarily virtual, it will be well worth your time, and registration has opened today. Contact Natalie with questions about registration and/or sponsorship.

Include America’s longest linear park in your travels
We are all looking for places to travel that are closer to home, but still provide solace and respite. One suggestion is for you to include the Blue Ridge Parkway as a travel destination. I did so again last weekend, and as usual it did not disappoint. You will support North Carolina businesses, you will help fund our state’s transportation system through your in-state fuel purchases — and you will be treated to the grace and beauty that WNC offers. More in this week’s Thursday Thoughts at 3 post.

Thank you to our Gold, Silver, and Bronze members for your engagement at this week’s Leadership Retreat, and to all RTA members for your support!

Let’s get moving,


Joe Milazzo II, PE
RTA Executive Director

Gold members

Thank you to our Omnia Gold, Sustaining Gold, and Gold members

Omnia Gold