Presentation on theme: "2005 AASHTO/FHWA RIGHT OF WAY AND UTILITIES CONFERENCE May 16, 2005 Gordon E. MacNair, SR/WA International President"— Presentation transcript:
2005 AASHTO/FHWA RIGHT OF WAY AND UTILITIES CONFERENCE May 16, 2005 Gordon E. MacNair, SR/WA International President
WHO WE ARE… Over 9,000 members and growing Members in the United States and Canada with affiliates in South Africa and Japan 81 Chapters/10 Regions The only association devoted to the right of way professional
Partnering Agreements: Federal Highway Administration Federal Aviation Administration U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Bureau of Land Management Federal Transit Administration (conceptually agreed)
Partnering Agreements Cooperate in efforts to deliver training opportunities to agency employees Cooperate in areas of education and training to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the overall training and learning environment Encourage professional certification of agency personnel Encourage professional industry association membership and participation
Partnering Agreements, contd Participate in committees, meetings, education conferences, seminars and workshops at local chapter and national level Actively participate at annual meetings as speakers Provide vital presence and interaction with exhibits at annual meetings and specialty conferences
13 URA seminars developed in conjunction with the FHWA held from Feb – March across the USA (will provide copy of manual) Special Task Force updating all IRWA courses due to URA changes Retained Adult learning consultant to make recommendations on revamping of courses with goal to revise all existing courses Educational Strategic Summit planned in 2005 $200,000 Funding Grant approved Professional Development Initiatives in 2005
National Conferences Uniform Act Symposium scheduled for November 7-9, 2005 in Anaheim, CA 2006 Federal Agency Update scheduled for January 26, Westin Embassy Row, Washington, DC LPA Symposium – April 1, 2005 in Des Moines, Iowa IRWA International Education Conference in Toronto, ON – June , 2005
Examples of IRWA Courses Course 100 – Principles of Land Acquisition (overview of the right of way process) Course 207 – Practical Negotiations for US Federal Funded Land Acquisitions Course 303 – Managing the Consultant Process (developed under the partnering agreement with FHWA) Course 401 – Appraisal of Partial Acquisitions Course 410 – Reviewing Appraisals in Eminent Domain
Examples of IRWA Courses, contd Course 500 – Uniform Relocation Act Course 602 – Project Development and Environmental Process (plus 6 other in- depth courses) Course 803 – Eminent Domain Law Basics for the Right of Way Professional Course 901 – Engineering Plan Development and Application
OTHER OPPORTUNITIES Hot Topic Courses in specialized, timely topics Interactive CD and Web-based training Right of Way Magazine Industry/service committees
Professional Development To provide the right of way professional with the educational tools to enhance their career objectives. In 2004, we sponsored 352 courses with more than 6,400 student enrollments.
Professional designation granted by IRWA to members who have achieved professional status through experience, education and examination. SR/WA Designation: Senior Member, IRWA
IRWA Certification Program Further effectiveness of the services rendered to the public by the right of way profession. Achieve the aims and purposes of the IRWA by providing a means of recognizing those right of way practitioners who have attained unquestioned professional status in a single discipline.
Certification Disciplines Right of Way – Appraisal Certified Right of Way – Asset Management Certified Right of Way – Environmental Certified Right of Way – Negotiation/Acquisition Certified Right of Way – Relocation Assistance Certified
IRWA Core Purpose: IRWA creates public awareness, trust and confidence in the right of way process to build a better world..
Core Values We believe in professional development achieved through lifelong learning. We believe in providing a community to people in the row industry that fosters excellence in professional growth and opportunities. We believe in adherence to the highest standard of ethical practice. We believe in providing quality services to all of our stakeholders. We believe in responsible stewardship of the Associations financial resources.
Benefits to Members Demonstrates professional stature Increases potential for financial reward Expands employment opportunities Heightens chances for career advancement Elevates personal satisfaction
Benefits to Employers Helps identify employees with proven initiative, dedication and knowledge Increases morale by giving employees a sense of direction and continued growth Creates a training ladder Prepares employees for promotion through multi- disciplined training and examination Enhances the status of right of way professionals Assures continuous update of professional skills through re-certification
Benefits of IRWA Involvement Build leadership and management skills Network with professionals in the right of way industry Improve public speaking skills Learn how to run an organization, build coalitions, and perfect the fine art of persuasion Satisfaction of giving back to the profession