This year’s local Future Cities competition came to a close with students from throughout the state presenting their concepts to judges and their peers. There were many imaginative concepts and several teams were deserving of our award this year, but unfortunately, only one could win. The winner of ITS Arizona’s award this year for “Best Future Transportation System” was awarded to Desert Breeze Elementary in Avondale. The name of their future City is Island of Elements.
ITS America’s “Best of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Awards,” annually recognize the most innovative projects and influential achievements among the high-tech transportation community. This year, Best of ITS winners will be honored during the Opening Plenary Session of the 25th ITS America Annual Meeting & Expo amongst hundreds of transportation professionals, policymakers, and press.
2015 Best of ITS Awards Nomination Categories
If you or your colleagues know of an innovative ITS product or practice that has been implemented within the 2014 calendar year, please begin drafting your nomination for consideration. Winners will be awarded in each category. To view the full descriptions for each nomination category, eligibility requirements and criteria, submission instructions, and award selection procedures please download our 2015 Official Best of ITS Awards Nomination Guidelines.
Full details are available online.
The National Transportation Operations Coalition (NTOC) distributes a newsletter every other Wednesday, pulling together articles from a variety of sources, including state DOTs, transportation journals, and local and national media websites. The latest news, as well as information on signing up for the newsletter, are available here.
The following are some articles of interest from the latest NTOC Talks Newsletter:
Rich Semer passed away on December 29, 2014. He will be greatly missed as a colleague and a friend of ITS Arizona. Rich helped many of the folks in the ITS community with network and ITS fiber designs, both with Kimley-Horn and his company, RJ Engineering. The service for Rich will be at Hansen Desert Hills Mortuary, 6500 E. Bell Road, in Scottsdale, at 1pm on Sunday, January 11th.
This year’s Holiday Party at the Hukilau Hawaiian Village was a resounding success! Over 80 members and guests enjoyed great food and drinks at a very picturesque venue and were treated to some awesome entertainment, some of it provided by our very own members!
We also made a significant donation to the City of Scottsdale Vista del Camino Food Bank, collecting $365 in cash, along with a large box of non-perishable food items. Thank you to everyone who made a donation and special thanks to Jeff Jenq who did an excellent job capturing highlights of the event in the slideshow below!
Thank you to all of our members for another successful year and we would like to wish you all Happy Holidays and best wishes for a safe and Happy New Year!