On Wednesday, May 18, the ACT Mid-Atlantic Chapter hosted an outreach event for potential members on Long Island in New York. Pitched as a cocktail hour event at Melville, NY’s Blackstone Steakhouse, complete with wine and h’ordeuvres, a targeted group of industry professionals in local transit, consulting, government and businesses were invited to network and hear a presentation on the FAST ACT by Jason Pavluchuk, ACT’s Government Affairs Director. The event was complicated a bit by a transportation issue, as an overturned truck on the Long Island Expressway made travel from areas near New York City difficult, but 26 people, only a handful already ACT members, were able to participate.
Event pictures can be found on the ACT Mid-Atlantic Chapter’s Facebook page, here: https://www.facebook.com/ACT-Mid-Atlantic-Chapter-191793560843038/. As the group of 26 people networked, multiple people were able to engage in conversations about ACT, specific councils that support the types of concerns that impact transportation on Long Island, and some potential members took the next step toward membership. Results are still coming in as of this writing, but the chapter raffled off a free membership and offered a 50% discount on membership for any other attendees within the next two weeks, so it is anticipated the roles will grow by 3-5 in short order.
Thanks to chapter leadership who planned the event, with particular thanks to ICF’s Paul Spreer, the chapter’s membership coordinator, and the lone (until now!) ACT member on Long Island and a big thanks to Jason Pavluchuk, who was one of those who wrestled with Long Island traffic in order to speak about ACT’s impact on transportation policy at the federal, state, and regional levels.