The American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) recognized Gannett Fleming’s Scott Zeevaart, PE, vice president and transportation division director in the firm’s Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, office, as one of North America’s emerging leaders in the transportation industry.
Selected from a pool of candidates nominated by their employers, Zeevaart and 53 other professionals graduated from the 2015 ARTBA Transportation Development Foundation’s Young Executive Development Program (YEDP). YEDP participants complete a two-and-half day “101 Introduction to Federal & State Advocacy for Transportation Infrastructure Market Development and Protection” program.
As part of the program, the 2015 YEDP class travelled to Washington, D.C., to participate in an intensive “boot camp” introduction to the federal legislative and regulatory processes. The sessions focused on federal highway program funding, grassroots advocacy, future challenges facing the nation’s infrastructure, public-private partnerships, and professional development. Senior ARTBA staff provided an overview of the association’s role in shaping federal transportation policies and regulations.
“It’s an honor to be a part of ARTBA’s executive development program and to work side-by-side with a diverse group of industry professionals,” Zeevaart said. “Transportation leaders play a vital role in advocating for federal highway funding, which is a critical component to improving the nation’s crumbling infrastructure. This program helps the participants coordinate their efforts when it comes to working with legislators.”
Participants heard the perspectives of U.S. Secretary of Transportation Anthony Foxx, House Transportation & Infrastructure (T&I) Committee Chairman Bill Shuster, T&I Committee Member Rep. Reid Ribble, and Rep. Earl Blumenauer about the Highway Trust Fund crisis and reauthorizing the federal surface transportation program.
Following the training, the YEDP group went to Capitol Hill to meet with members of Congress and discuss ways to improve the Highway Trust Fund and pass a long-term surface transportation bill.
With more than 20 years of transportation engineering experience, Zeevaart has served as Gannett Fleming’s transportation division director since January of 2014. He joins more than 600 graduates of the YEDP program since its launch in 1995. This year marked the 20th year for the annual program. The graduating class featured individuals from 22 states and Canada.
Zeevaart holds a bachelor of science and master of science in civil engineering from Purdue University, as well as a master of science in systems engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. He is a registered professional engineer in Pennsylvania.