COMTO North Texas President’s Message – 2nd Quarter 2020
2020 is turning out to be a year in which our resolve and perseverance are put to the ultimate test. With the rapidly growing coronavirus pandemic, our personal and professional lives have been changed forever and how we respond to this crisis will have a major impact on how well we recover as a nation and an industry. That is why we should utilize COMTO as a forum to advocate and promote the transportation industry as a key to our economic recovery.
As you have probably seen, there are a wide range of digital technologies available for our chapters to connect with the world, including WebEx, Zoom, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, and Adobe Connect, just to name a few. In addition to the numerous social media platforms available to us, these digital technologies provide us with the tools we need to stay connected, even during these difficult times.
Utilizing these tools, we can communicate the progress of many important national, state and local issues that will determine how quickly we recover from this pandemic. This includes monitoring and communicating the progress of the CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act, a $2 trillion stimulus bill—which includes billions of dollars aimed at stabilizing our nation’s transit, heavy highway and airport systems—or the possible passage of a $2 trillion recovery package bill aimed at rebuilding and expanding our aging infrastructure and transportation network.
As members of the largest minority multi-modal transportation advocacy organization in the United States and Canada, the leaders and members of our organization have the organizational backing and technologies, along with an understanding of the critical issues, to educate, advocate and connect with the communities that we serve. As a result, we should utilize COMTO as a tool to stay relevant and engaged in our remarkable industry as we make our way through this crisis.
The coronavirus pandemic has changed our way of life, but we are a resilient organization that has weathered other major crises over the years. As soon as this crisis passes, COMTO North Texas will resume its annual programming, including the 14th Annual Scholarship Golf Tournament at Dallas Cowboys Golf Club and the many networking events we host highlighting the many projects and opportunities coming from the city of Dallas, Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT), Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART), DFW International Airport, and Texas Central. Thank you to our chapter members and our corporate and agency partners for your continued support during these difficult times. Together, we will rise and be stronger than ever before.