American Traffic Safety Services Association 12 Member Engagement Star Recruiter Initiative generates 19 newmembers ATSSA adds additional public agency members in 2017 The ATSSA Star Recruiter Initiative generated 19 new ATSSA members in 2017. The initiative gives members and chapters the opportunity to participate in growing ATSSA and earning cash incentives by recruiting newmembers. The cash incentives aremade available to ATSSAmembers and chapters who recruit eligible, nonmember companies. As an additional bonus, recruiters receive recognition during ATSSA’s 2018 Annual Convention & Traffic Expo. Incentive choices include: • Cash bonus of $500 per referral paid by ATSSA; or • Donation of $500 to the Foundation in the recruiter’s or chapter’s name; or • Discount of $500 on the recruiter’s next membership dues renewal. ATSSA’s Star Recruiters for 2017 are: 3M-Traffic Safety Systems (TSS) AWP Inc. dba Area Wide Protective Carolina Traffic Devices Inc. Custom Products Corp. Danton Hydroblasting DBI Services Ennis-Flint Future Labs LLC Interstate Sales MDI Traffic Control Products Nippon Carbide Industries (USA) Inc. Professional Pavement Products Inc. Quality Traffic Control Inc. Safety Signs LLC Site-Safe LLC The Work Zone Inc. Time Striping Inc. Traffic Management Inc. ATSSA’s membership brings together roadway safety leaders and experts to identify and solve safety issues. This partnership enables the association to develop and implement safety programs, products, services, and training, providing ATSSA members with diverse resources and connections. ATSSA member public agencies include 265 public agency individual memberships and 69 public agency memberships. New public agency memberships for 2017 include: Arkansas State Highway & Transportation Department Baltimore County Department of Public Works Benton County Public Works Charles County Government - Public Works Colorado Springs Utilities Duke Energy Erie County Highway Erie, Town Of Henderson, City of (Nevada) Lee’s Summit, City of - Water Utilities Oklahoma DOT Oklahoma Turnpike Authority Richmond, City of Sandoval, County of Wheaton, City of - Public Works Dept. Yurok Tribe ATSSA holds first Open Forum on Road Safety Data ATSSAhosted an open forum in conjunc- tion with its 47th Annual Convention & Traffic Expo in Phoenix, Arizona. The forumexplored data analysis and infra- structure safety connectivity with a goal tomove Toward ZeroDeaths. This initia- tive targeted companies, agencies, authorities, and organizations involved in the collection, storage and analysis of crash and roadway infrastructure safety data. The effort will continue with the second Open Forum on Road Safety Data at ATSSA’s 48th Annual Convention & Traffic Expo. Public agency member- ship category changes ATSSA is now offering organizational membership for public agency firms. By joining at the low rate of $380, all staff within the public agency will have access to all of ATSSA’s valuable benefits such as local chapter or committee involve- ment, access to updates on research and innovative technologies affecting the roadway safety industry, and ATSSA member discounts on training courses and event registration. ATSSA requests harmoniza- tion of Qualified Product Lists process ATSSA staff developed a proposed “research statement” for a National Cooperative Highway Program (NCHRP) study on approaches to “harmonize” the application process for state transpor- tation departments’ Approved or Qualified Product Lists (QPL) in order to reducethetimeandexpenseofseparately compiling information for each of the 50 states. Public agency membership category changes ATSSA members were asked what the most challenging aspect of running a business was, and the results produced an interesting trend. Findingqualifiedemployees, and thenkeeping thoseemployees on staff was one of their greatest challenges. To address this newly identified issue, ATSSA held an Open Forum onHiring andRetainingQualifiedWorkers during itsMidyearMeeting in August 2017. Participants discussed concerns and challenges before turning the conversation to finding potential solutions. Looking forward, ATSSA has formed an internal team to review commentary gathered at the open forum and will hold a series of business sessions related to the topic at ATSSA’s Annual Convention & Traffic Expo from January 26 to 30, 2018, in San Antonio, Texas.