2021 TRB Annual Meeting: Launching a New Century of Mobility and Quality of Life

2021 Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting
01.07.2021 - 01.29.2021

Ann-Therese Schmid, Elizabeth Cousins, Shant Boyajian and Josh Burke were guest speakers for the 2021 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting, which transitioned to an entirely virtual event for its 100th annual program. The Meeting covered all transportation modes, addressing topics of interest to policy makers, administrators, practitioners, researchers and representatives of government, industry and academic institutions. A number of sessions and workshops focused on the spotlight theme for the 2021 meeting, Launching a New Century of Mobility and Quality of Life. This year’s meeting also featured sessions on how COVID-19 has impacted transportation and how transportation professionals and researchers are responding.

On January 7, 2021, Josh presented "Solutions for Contracting with Different Types of Entities" for the Contract Law Committee. He examined solutions to issues that arise when public agencies contract with different types of entities, identifying resolutions, consents, certificates of incumbency and legal opinions as tools to ensure that an entity has proper authorization to enter into the contract with the public agency. Josh also described instruments that agencies can use to ensure that the contracting entity has sufficient funding to perform its obligations under a contract. 

On January 25, 2021, Ann-Therese and Shant spoke on “Procurement and Contract Issues for CM/GC, CM@Risk, Job Order Contracts and Other Alternative Delivery Methods.” The panel discussed the use of alternative methods to address various challenges in project delivery, the awarding of various types of contracts and lessons learned during administration.

On January 27, 2021, Elizabeth was a panelist for “Risk and Relational Contracting,” during which she and other industry experts discussed risk considerations and how relational contracting approaches can help provide better value for project owners. Relational contracting includes procurements that build stronger partnerships between owners and private sector partners and can include progressive design-build, P3 predevelopment agreements and CM/GC.

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