KBT MEMBERSHIP

 

Since the inception of our association, KBT has taken pride in our diverse and inclusive membership. Our membership is comprised of leaders who represent all modes of transportation. KBT believes that it takes the entire transportation network working together to ensure a safe, sustainable transportation network that benefits all Kentuckians and all Kentucky communities. We hope you will join in our efforts.

 

Please select the category that best describes your potential membership category from our JOIN US page. If you are unsure what category you fall into please call our office: (502) 491-5600

 

KBT MEMBERSHIP BENEFITS

 

As the state’s premier transportation advocate, Kentuckians for Better Transportation is a recognized and respected voice at the state Capitol and in Washington D.C. that brings diverse transportation modal communities together with one goal: to provide a safe, sustainable transportation network that brings economic growth and improved quality of life for all Kentucky Communities. While our membership represents over 300 companies and organizations, it is a combined voice of thousands representing all areas of transportation – Air; Highways; Safety; Rail; Public Transportation; Water and Local Roads and Streets.

 

Membership in the Kentuckians for Better Transportation (KBT) is one of the best professional investments companies and individuals working in or connected to the transportation industry can make. KBT has a proven track record of helping build the best education and advocacy for the transportation industry. Membership includes many benefits at the state and national level:

 

Education

Each year, KBT organizes and hosts the Annual Kentucky Transportation Conference, the only annual event of its kind in the Commonwealth. Held in January, the two-day event is attended by nearly 500 individuals. Legislative leaders, local elected officials, and modal representatives from across Kentucky come together to discuss issues relative to transportation infrastructure and to learn from nationally-recognized speakers. KBT hosts a two-day Washington, D.C. Fly-In in mid-May. Participation in the Fly-In is open to all KBT members, and provides members with unparalleled access to the Kentucky Congressional delegation, their staffs, and transportation officials. KBT also hosts a Mid-Year Review in June. This event provides an opportunity to hear from Kentucky's Transportation Cabinet Secretary and other special guests. All KBT members are invited to attend this event. Members may self report educational opportunities for professional credits, especially through the Department of Local Government educational credit program.

 

Advocacy

KBT advocates for a safe, sustainable transportation network at both the state and federal level. KBT has a full-time lobbying representative in Frankfort and the nation’s capital to ensure transportation has a voice in the legislative process. We maintain close relations with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet to keep membership informed of actions that could impact the industry. Advocacy initiatives include securing funding for air transportation, funding Kentucky's local road, highway and bridge network, funding for safety improvements , rail funding including at-grade rail crossings, funding for Kentucky's public riverports, and funding for Kentucky's public transit providers. KBT also advocates for safety initiatives including measures that limit distracted driving and encourage restraint usage in personal passenger vehicles. When needed, KBT also addresses legislation that would adversely affect the transportation industry. KBT's Legislative policies are developed by the organization's committees and approved by the KBT Board of Directors.

 

Committees

KBT has seven modal committees: Air; Highways; Safety: Rail; Public Transportation; Water and Local Streets and Roads. Individual members serve as Chairpersons or Co-Chairpersons of various modal committees that address specific issues impacting transportation. The committee structure allows for members to develop policy statements used to advocate for the association both in Frankfort and in Washington D.C. The committees meet on an as-needed basis to address specific issues of interest to association members. Participation in the committee process allows for members to find strength in numbers for their individual issues while also providing professional development and networking opportunities.

 

Newsletter and Member Updates

Members receive a monthly newsletter distributed by email that members can use to keep up with well researched facts, current events and happenings in the transportation industry. Member e-updates and action alerts are sent for immediate, news breaking information and call to action notices when necessary. These updates provide insider information and alerts to keep membership current on transportation issues.

 

Website

KBT website is a one-stop location for all things transportation. You can find KBT committee policies, event information, legislative bills to watch, resource links and more.

 

Member Only Benefits

  • Quality educational and networking opportunities at discounted event fees to the annual conference and Mid Year Review with keynote presenters and more.
  • Member only invitation to annual Washington DC Fly In in May
  • Company or organization link on KBT web site
  • Priority consideration for conference presentation selection and inclusion of articles in newsletter

 

Unified Industry Voice

KBT is the only organization in Kentucky that represents all transportation groups. A unified industry voice gives us strength in numbers to achieve our mission of securing a safe, sustainable transportation network that brings economic growth and improved quality of life for all Kentucky communities.

 

Networking Opportunities

KBT educational events and conferences allow members the opportunity to network with other leaders in the transportation industry.

 

TOP WAYS KBT MEMBERSHIP ADVANCES YOUR BUSINESS SUCCESS

 

Connections

The business owners you meet through KBT can become your clients and open doors to help grow your business.

 

Expert in your Field

By serving on KBT committees, you provide expertise in your field. KBT leaders are often called upon to testify in legislative committees, speak at conferences and represent our common interests.

 

Training

Whether it is our large annual KBT Transportation Conference or more personal quarterly events, KBT hosts programs to help you increase your professional skills and your professional networks.

 

Resources

The problems you face in your business are likely shared by peers in the transportation community. What better way to talk through opportunities than discussing with peer leaders.

 

Focus on You

You don’t have time to stay on top of all the local, regional, and state issues which could impact your business, but that’s at the heart of what we do. We keep you informed so that you can concentrate on growing your business.

 

Big Vision Big Voice

Your ability to influence public policy on issues becomes greater with the support of KBT. When your company partners with KBT, we have a stronger unified industry voice that gives us strength in numbers to achieve our mission of securing a safe, sustainable transportation network that brings economic growth and improved quality of life for all Kentucky communities.