February 27, 2023


ARTBA Offers Behavioral Health Webinar Series

Behavioral Health Webinars
Hosted by the ARTBA Safety Forum

This safety series addresses mental health issues affecting today's construction workforce, such as: addiction, depression, substance abuse and suicide.

ARTBA members only. Advance free registration required.

Thursday, March 30
2 - 3 p.m. (Eastern)

Session 2: Reframing Behavioral Health Treatments to Reach Workers and Families
Proven methods to help employees who are struggling.

Wednesday, April 26
2 - 3 p.m. (Eastern)

Session 3: Let’s Talk About It: Behavioral Health Town Hall

Expert counsel and tools to improve mental and emotional wellbeing.
Questions can be submitted anonymously.

SPEAKERS: Cal Beyer, Vice President, Workforce Risk & Worker Wellbeing, Holmes Murphy & Assoc. and Hamilton Baiden, CEO Youturn Heath


Ohio Turnpike Seeks Input on Plans for Major Bridge Project

The Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission (OTIC) intends to advertise Project No. 43-23-04 in April 2023 for competitive bidding. Before advertising the Project, the Commission is asking interested contractors to review the preliminary plans and provide comments to the Commission for its consideration in finalizing the Project plans and special provisions. For more information, click here.

A Drone Video of the Project Site is available on OTIC’s website by clicking this link:


     Hall of Fame Scholarship Program Applications being Accepted

Since 1996, OCA has awarded nearly $350,000 in scholarships to support promising future talent studying for careers in Civil Engineering, Construction Technology and Construction Management. Scholarships are available for students with graduating goals set at the associate and bachelor's degree levels. OCA recognizes the crucial value that our Hall of Fame Scholarship recipients bring to our industry. These scholarships are for students enrolled in a degree program in Civil Engineering, Construction Technology, Construction Management, or related studies, and who are in their 3rd, 4th or 5th year of the program.

Endorsement from an OCA member like you, while not a requirement, gives an applicant extra consideration. Applicants will have the option to upload member recommendations with the application; you can also email them directly to: l[email protected]

Please share this link for application information https://www.jotform.com/build/230155606814149 along with this link for two (2) required faculty recommendations https://www.jotform.com/build/230155412818148 with young talent you know could make a difference to our industry.

For questions, contact Lynda Pomeroy at OCA: 614-488-0724, or send an email [email protected]

OCA Chapter Scholarship Currently Available 

OCA’s nine Chapters award scholarships at various times of the year throughout the state, totally nearly $35,000. Scholarships typically range from $1,000 to $2,500 per award. Currently, one OCA Chapter is accepting scholarship applications. Students pursuing construction-related careers in Ohio’s heavy highway industry are encouraged to apply.

Current chapter scholarship application available:

Toledo Chapterclick here for the application

Please help us get this information out to our future workforce! If you know of students working or going to school in the above chapter area that would benefit, please pass this information along. For more information about OCA Chapter Scholarships, please contact Director of Chapter Development Melanie Kitchen at [email protected].

ARTBA Leadership Development Program


ARTBA’s Industry Leadership Development Program (ILDP), once known as the Young Executive Development Program (YEDP), has for more than 25 years provided rising leaders in the transportation construction and development sector with a solid understanding of:

• Industry economics;

• How transportation work in the U.S. is funded and financed;

• How actions by the federal government impact the industry; and

• How they—and their company or agency—can become politically engaged to help shape transportation policy.

Over two days, the ILDP will focus on implementation of the landmark infrastructure law, industry economics and current market conditions, and how U.S. transportation work is funded and financed. It will also include a popular and interactive session with industry C-suite executives offering career advice.

Nearly 800 professionals from over 200 industry firms, state contractor chapters and public agencies, including OCA President Chris Runyan, have completed the program. Many of them have become active volunteer leaders through the Industry Leader Development Council.

The ILDP is held annually each spring in conjunction with ARTBA’s Federal Issues Program and Transportation Construction Coalition Washington Fly-In. Participants use the opportunity to meet with their members of Congress and staffs about pending federal transportation policy and regulatory issues.

Nomination forms are now being accepted through April 7th and can be found in the “Leadership Development” section of www.artbafoundation.org. Contact Nick Goldstein at [email protected] or (202) 683-1005 with questions. Thanks for your engagement with the 2023 ILDP!

 Fillable Direct Dues Payment Form


While most OCA members make their hourly dues payments through their union payroll reports, those members who pay directly to OCA now have access to a convenient, fillable PDF form. Anyone visiting www.ohiocontractors.org can access the form - with or without sign in credentials. Simply navigate to the Labor & Employment Law section of OCA’s website (link below) and scroll down to access the form.





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