It is hard for me to believe that today is December 11 and that we are preparing for the holidays. Our house is busy - from holiday parties to shopping to cookie baking, there is much to be done in a short time frame.
Even with all the holiday activities this is a good time to take a moment to reflect on the past year and to plan for the upcoming one.
When I sat down this morning to reflect and write this, my first thought was, "Wow - we've had a great year at KBT!"
We started off the year off strong with our Annual Transportation Conference. It was an incredible event that brought together more than 500 diverse people to discuss transportation issues that impact them today and learn more about changes in the industry that may impact them in the future.
During the Legislative session, KBT worked with a broad based coalition to stabilize the road fund, preserving more than $150,000,000 for the state on an annualized basis. Those funds will be used by Kentucky's cities and counties to improve, repair, and build roads to provide the access we so desperately need in the state.
In May, we hosted our Annual Washington D.C. Fly-In event. 45 members travelled to Washington to discuss transportation with the Kentucky delegation. Senator McConnell introduced Fly-In attendees to Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. The two gentlemen informed our group that we would have a long-term surface transportation bill - and true to their word, a long-term surface transportation bill has passed both chambers and has been signed by the President.
In June, we held our first Mid-Year Review, bringing together more than 130 KBT members to listen to the Kentucky Gubernatorial candidates shortly after the primary election. This event provided our members with an opportunity to meet the candidates and learn more about their perspective on transportation issues.
We also traveled a lot in 2015. Members visited some of the largest infrastructure projects in the country including the Louisville Bridges Projects and the Olmsted Locks and Dams project.
I traveled the state as well in 2015 visiting Paducah, Northern Kentucky, Lexington, Elizabethtown, and Hopkinsville to talk about transportation. I was also invited to speak at several trade association meetings to educate their members about transportation and how the transportation network impacts the local, state, and national economy.
We've also provided several other opportunities for our members to meet by hosting multiple modal committee meetings. The air, rail, waterways, transit, local streets and roads, highway, and safety committees met to discuss issues, hear from Legislators, talk about the Conference, and to develop Legislative policies. These meetings were held at various locations around the state, providing our members an opportunity to learn more about local operations.
So as I reflect on this year, I am proud of all we've accomplished and I hope you are proud of all we've accomplished too.
Without you - and your involvement in KBT none of the things above would have been possible. So thank you for all you've done for KBT and for Kentucky's transportation network in 2015.
I hope you all enjoy a wonderful holiday and a prosperous New Year. I'll see you next month at the Transportation Conference!