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Four Students Take Top Honors in 6th Annual National Video Contest on America’s Transportation Infrastructure

0bfbaaaf-135e-44c9-b056-688a1a82534aHigh school students from Washington state and Massachusetts, an undergraduate at New York University and a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon were all named winners of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association’s (ARTBA) 6th annual “Student Transportation Video Contest.” The selections were announced during the Oct. 4-6 ARTBA National Convention, held in Tucson, Ariz. They will each receive a $500 cash prize.

The association received 30 entries this year in two categories, general transportation and a new safety category. Sponsored by ARTBA’s Research and Education Division (RED), the contest aims to raise awareness about infrastructure issues by challenging students to develop a brief video exploring various topics relating to America’s transportation network. Submission topics ranged from funding the Interstate Highway System, developing public transit, transportation innovation, infrastructure for cyclists, distracted driving, and autonomous vehicles.

The competition was advertised on college scholarship websites, posted on online video contest sites, shared with Council of University Transportation Centers (CUTC) members and high schools that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). It was also shared on ARTBA’s social media accounts. Submissions were reviewed and winners selected by a panel of ARTBA members.General Transportation Category

Age Group One (Elementary, Middle or High School Students)

Josh Jaffe, Seattle Academy, Seattle, Wash.

Jaffe is an 11th grader at Seattle Academy. His video discusses the need to further develop the city’s public transit system to accommodate a growing population, making suggestions to expand and repair current infrastructure to access more communities.

Age Group Two (Post-Secondary/College/Graduate Level)

Timothy Gersten, New York University, New York City

Gersten, a film and television major at NYU, describes in his video how infrastructure is financed through  the federal gas tax. He mentions how lagging funding leaves roadways and bridges significantly deficient, and suggests further investment to renew, promote sustainability and develop infrastructure plans.

Safety Category

Age Group One (Elementary, Middle or High School Students)

Christopher Pomeroy, Hopkinton High School, Hopkinton, Mass.

Pomeroy’s video discusses the need to incorporate more autonomous vehicles on the road to improve safety for all drivers and reduce road accidents. He is an 11th grader at Hopkinton High.

Age Group Two (Post-Secondary/College/Graduate Level)

Abdi Musse, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pa.

Musse is a graduate student at Carnegie Mellon’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute. His video focuses on the need to improve work zone safety conditions to prevent accidents and deaths. It promotes avoiding distracted driving by limiting phone usage and obeying work zone signage.

Established in 1902, Washington, D.C.-based ARTBA is the “consensus voice” of the U.S. transportation design and construction industry before Congress, federal agencies, the White House, news media and the general public

Wells Fargo Reports: Housing Starts Plunge Unexpectedly in September

e3aadcc2-c3c9-49d6-8b85-87e4ca28edd5_wfs_logo_20_gradientFollowing a sharp decline in August, housing starts fell to its lowest level since early-2015 in September. The decline was concentrated in multifamily, while single-family rebounded. Permits jumped 6.3 percent.

Headline Starts Falter, but Permits Point to Gains

  • Consensus estimates projected a partial reversal in housing starts in September following a sharp decline in August. That said, housing starts tumbled 9.0 percent in September to a 1.047 million-unit rate. However, all of the weakness was concentrated in multifamily, which fell 38.0 percent during the month, while single-family rose 8.1 percent. Strength in purchase applications and permits suggest continued gains.

Builder Sentiment Still on Track

  • Housing permits, which typically lead housing starts and are far less volatile, rose a solid 6.3 percent. With the level of permits running ahead of starts, we expect starts to pick up in the coming months. Although builder confidence retreated in October, the trend still suggests upward momentum in single-family construction. The NAHB/Wells Fargo homebuilders’ survey rose to 62.3 on a three-month moving average basis.

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Wells Fargo Reports: Dodge Momentum Index Tumbles in September

Wells_Fargo_Securities_logoThe Dodge Momentum Index slipped 4.3 percent in September, from an upwardly-revised August reading. By sector, weakness was broad-based with commercial and institutional declining on the month.

Nonresidential Planning Trend Remains Favorable

The Dodge Momentum Index fell 4.3 percent in September to 129.0; this reading comes on the heels of five sequential months of gains. Despite the volatility, the index is trending higher and is up 5.1 percent year over year. According to Dodge Data & Analytics, the favorable trend in planning activity suggests that developers are moving forward notwithstanding political and economic headwinds, which bodes well for nonresidential construction spending.

Broad-Based Softness by Sector

Commercial and institutional planning declined in September, down 3.6 percent and 5.3 percent, respectively. The weak monthly reading is likely payback from the influx of large projects in August. On a year-ago basis, commercial and institutional are up about 5 percent, but the pace marks a deceleration from double-digit gains posted in recent months. Five notable projects with a value over $100 million entered the planning stage in September, which is down from 14 in August.

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From: I Maker America –Manufacturing Day is THIS Friday

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Manufacturing Day is THIS Friday, and the election is only 35 days from today! That’s why we’re asking you to Stand up for Manufacturing and help make a difference on November 8.

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Every bit of effort counts! We hope you’ll help us stand up for manufacturing, and help to Make America this election season!


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