Partnership Agreement - NLTAPA and NACE

National Association of County Engineers (NACE)
National Local Technical Assistance Program Association (NLTAPA)
Partnering Agreement of April 19, 2009

The National Association of County Engineers (NACE) was founded in July 1956. Membership is open to county engineers and county road professionals in engineering or management capacities serving in counties of the United States and Canada. NACE has four prime objectives: to advance county engineering and management by providing a forum for exchange of ideas and information aimed at improving service to the public; to foster and stimulate the growth of individual state organizations of county engineers and county road officials; to improve relations and the spirit of cooperation among county engineers and other agencies; and to monitor national legislation affecting county transportation & public works departments and through NACo, provide NACE’s legislative opinions.

The Local Technical Assistance Program and Tribal Technical Assistance Program is an established network of transportation centers throughout the country. LTAP and TTAP centers have an express mission of gathering and disseminating the latest in technology and training to the people who can make the most of them - whether local transportation policy makers or transportation professionals in the field. LTAP and TTAP provide a vital link between new highway technologies and local communities throughout the nation. It fills an important need in improving the nation's infrastructure and providing the public with an efficient, seamless transportation system.


The NLTAPA and NACE agree to formalize our partnership to work together to foster a safe, efficient, environmentally sound transportation system through the application of or by applying new transportation technologies to benefit current and future transportation system users. This can be accomplished by expanding and strengthening the skills and knowledge of county engineers and professional road managers and their staffs through training, technical assistance and technology transfer. The initial agreement between NACE and NLTAPA was executed in 1998 and update in 2004. This agreement replaces the previous agreement.


Improve cooperation by establishing effective communications links between NLTAPA and NACE at the national level. Encourage the formation of partnerships and strengthen existing partnerships between state organizations of county engineers and Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) and Tribal Technical Assistance Program (TTAP) T2 centers in their respective states for the purpose of improving the delivery of services and increasing the quality and quantity of training, technical assistance and technology transfer between both parties.

This partnering agreement:

Provides a framework for action for the two national organizations (see attachment A) and will need to be reviewed by the liaisons from both organizations yearly, making adjustments to the actions and suggestions as needed.

Kevin Burke, III, P. E.                                   Susan G. Miller, P. E.
President, NLTAPA                                      President, NACE


Attachment A

NLTAPA and NACE agree to undertake the following actions in calendar years 2008 and 2009 to implement the goal of promoting effective communications and cooperation between the two organizations:


  • Continue to have a representative of the other organization serve as an overall liaison and encourage other members of each organization to serve in an advisory manner on panels/task forces/committees with the charge of assessing the needs of, designing and evaluating training and technical programs. For example: on the committee planning the program for the organization's annual conference.
  • Establish aggressive and comprehensive programs to promote safety awareness and training. A representative from each organization will serve on the other organization's safety committee to ensure coordinated and collaborative efforts.
  • Exchange articles of mutual interest for publication in the other organization's national newsletter.
  • Expand and facilitate regional meetings of local, state, and federal transportation partners. For example: the MINK Local Roads Conference held in St. Joe’s MO; the former Region 8 Local Roads Conference held in Rapid City, SD; the Southeast Regional Local Roads Conference; the LTAP Winter/NACE Western Region Meeting, Laughlin, NV; etc.
  • Encourage attendance by members of one organization to the other's annual meetings. Encourage periodic joint meetings of the boards of both organizations possibly by piggybacking on each organization's annual conference. Encourage both parties to provide workshops, breakout sessions and presentations in connection with their respective conferences. NACE will meet from April 29 – 23, 2009 in Peoria IL; from April 25 – 29, 2010 in Fort Worth TX; April 2011 in Minneapolis, MN; and April 2012 in Lexington, KY.
  • Jointly work to identify and promote the best available training materials or develop and expand needed training materials or informational publications and assist each other in developing surveys of our memberships to identify training/educational needs and best practices in critical areas (i.e. pavement preservation, road scholar or equivalent certification programs, safety, asset management, etc.). Promote and foster the use of the LTAP clearinghouse.
  • NACE and NLTAPA and their members are committed to promoting and fostering strong LTAP programs in each state. To assist in the advocacy effort encourage each state LTAP to develop state specific fact sheets on their programs similar to that developed for the national program. Additionally encourage peer to peer review programs for both NACE state affiliates and state LTAP organizations.
  • Encourage each of the NACE state affiliates to develop specific agreements with their state LTAP. Share and expand best practices of existing partnering agreements. Examples of areas of support include: Develop a cooperative approach to address the needs of counties and LTAP and TTAP T2 centers in their respective states; Development of an Action Plan detailing specific activities and time frames to implement the partnership: Appoint liaisons, one from each organization, to maintain lines of communication between the two organizations; Invite members of one organization to serve on the other organization's advisory committees, review panels and other groups charged with assessing needs for, designing and evaluating training and technology transfer programs; Coordinate the scheduling of conferences and training sessions, for example, provide speakers or trainers for one another's conferences and educational programs.; State organizations of county engineers provide updated membership information for LTAP mailing lists in their respective states; Encourage the adoption of new technologies to foster a safer, more efficient and environmentally county transportation system; for example, a state organization of country engineers could help identify appropriate sites for LTAP demonstration of new technologies; Exchange articles on topics to mutual interest for publication in one another's newsletters, etc.