Partnership Agreement - AASHTO and NACE

Partnership Agreement
American Association of State Highway &
Transportation Officials (AASHTO)
The National Association of County Engineers (NACE)

The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and the National Association of County Engineers (NACE) hereby establish this partnering agreement to promote greater coordination of efforts to improve the Nation's public infrastructure by providing a quality transportation system for our customers. Joint partnership activities will be centered on education, technology transfer, cooperation and collaboration within states and promotion of the transportation profession. AASHTO and NACE will assist both county transportation professionals and state department of transportation engineers, support the AASHTO and NACE strategic goals to promote safety and enhance mobility, advance our communities' economic growth and development, and protect communities and the natural environment affected by transportation related activities.

By this agreement, AASHTO and NACE commit themselves to creating the tools necessary to assist county transportation and state transportation professionals in responding to the dynamic changes in transportation. We will embrace new and emerging technologies and capitalize on opportunities to improve services today and in the future. AASHTO and NACE, through joint activities, will assist both county transportation and state department of transportation professionals to successfully manage the public works infrastructure, deliver cost-effective transportation services that support community quality of life, ensure livable and sustainable communities, and promote economic growth.

To meet these goals and objectives, AASHTO and NACE will:

  • Cooperate in efforts to understand the needs and limitations of local county transportation and state department of transportation professionals and work together in creating a seamless transportation network,
  • Cooperate to educate the American travelling public in the significance of infrastructure investment, the need to preserve this important national resource and its role in sustaining our quality of life,
  • Provide mutual assistance in areas of education and training to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of the technologies available to meet present and future transportation needs,
  • Serve the needs of our citizens by giving them programs and practices that employ public resources in a cost-effective, safe and environmentally sustainable manner, and,
  • Develop cooperative efforts that would include both AASHTO and NACE participation in each organization's conferences, meetings and technical committees. These efforts and activities will include active participation at annual meetings as speakers, vital presence and interaction with members through exhibits at annual meetings and specialty conferences.

Joint activities will be determined on a calendar year basis. Annually, the Executive Director of NACE and the Executive Director, AASHTO will meet to evaluate accomplishments of the previous year and to establish priorities for joint activities in the upcoming year.

Date: March 25, 2002 
(formally signed at NACE 2002 conference, San Diego, CA)

John C. Horsley
Executive Director
American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

Gary A. Rowe
National Association of County Engineers (NACE)


AASHTO and NACE agree to cooperatively pursue the following action items. They intend these activities as long-term strategies that will foster an intergovernmental approach toward finding solutions for long range transportation issues faced by our citizens and preparing our nation for the future.

Integrate partnership efforts throughout each organization's structure
AASHTO will continue its present policy for appointment of NACE representatives to technical working groups, committees, task forces, etc., at the partnering agency's request to represent the interests, viewpoints, or concerns of the customers and membership in the broadest sense. Presently NACE members participate on the Standing Committee on Research, Winter Maintenance Policy Coordination Committee, Task Force on Geometric Design, Technology Implementation Group, Task Force on Retroreflectivity, and subcommittee on Operations & Systems Management. In turn NACE will seek out AASHTO members to participate in their technical committees (structures, construction & maintenance, traffic, stormwater & drainage, emergency management, GIS, asset management, etc.). We will seek out and recommend ways to build state department of transportation partnerships with the twenty-eight NACE state affiliate organizations.

National Transportation Week
AASHTO and NACE will provide information to local transportation agencies on the importance of transportation through planned National Transportation week activities. AASHTO and NACE will encourage its members to work jointly on statewide activities, which promote the profession during National Transportation Week.

Communications and Sharing of Information
AASHTO and NACE will work together to create opportunities for NACE and AASHTO members participation on implementation of federal transportation programs and ways to make Federal programs more efficient and effective. To keep members of NACE informed on key transportation programs, actions, and issues regularly, AASHTO would provide material inclusion in the NACE News. Both organizations will promote each other's publications to its members and offer member discount pricing.

Local Technical and State Research Activities
AASHTO and NACE will work together to enhance the programs developed by both organizations by providing an environment for technology transfer. AASHTO will encourage its members to share technology advancements experienced in their agencies while NACE will disseminate these advancements and their use by local agencies.

Safety on State and Local Roads
AASHTO and NACE will work together to make connecting state and local roads safer for our constituency. Priority programs will be investigated as to their effectiveness in providing a safer transportation system. As with National Transportation Week noted above, AASHTO and NACE will jointly support on a state wide basis important annual national safety initiatives such as "National Work Zone Awareness Week" and "Put the Brakes on Fatalities Day".