The North Texas Tollway Authority Board of Directors will conduct scheduled committee meetings Thursday, Aug. 6, in the boardroom of the NTTA Administrative Offices located at 5900 W. Plano Parkway in Plano. The agendas are attached. Media parking is available on the west side of the building.
Customer Service, Projects and Operations Committee meetingThursday, Aug. 610 a.m.
Finance and Audit Committee meetingThursday, Aug. 610:45 a.m.
Contiguous County Advisory Committee meetingThursday, Aug. 611:15 a.m.
PLANO, Texas – July 15, 2015 – The North Texas Tollway Authority achieved its highest level of disadvantaged, minority and women business enterprise participation in 2014. The announcement, made at Wednesday’s regularly scheduled board meeting, marks the sixth consecutive year of growth following NTTA’s elevation of Business Diversity to a stand-alone department.
D/M/WBE participation grew to 38.1 percent in 2014, from 27.9 percent in 2013. There was an increase in diversity participation in two of the four NTTA procurement categories.
“NTTA always seeks to create opportunities for qualified candidates who want to do business with the Authority,” said NTTA Chairman Kenneth Barr. “The Business Diversity Department has played a significant role in these increases.”
Additionally, NTTA continues to show growth in the number of D/M/WBEs moving into prime contractor roles.
The table below represents a comparison of 2013 and 2014 spending with D/M/WBEs in the four procurement categories.
The four procurement categories are:
Consulting Services: A service requiring special knowledge, learning, skill, or intelligence; Goods and Services: Equipment, personal property (e.g. uniforms and office supplies); Professional Services: A person or business, licensed/registered as state certified or state; Construction Services: Building of a highway or structure.
The NTTA Business Diversity Department is responsible for the implementation and coordination of all related program activities including outreach, monitoring, tracking and reporting for the D/M/WBE programs.
For more information about business diversity opportunities at NTTA, visit NTTA.org.
About the NTTA The North Texas Tollway Authority, a political subdivision of the state of Texas, is authorized to acquire, construct, maintain, repair and operate turnpike projects in the north Texas region. The nine-member board is comprised of Chairman Kenneth Barr; Vice Chairman Bill Moore; and Directors William D. Elliott, Matrice Ellis-Kirk, Mojy Haddad, Gary Kloepper, Michael Nowels, George “Tex” Quesada and Jane Willard.
NTTA serves Collin, Dallas, Denton, Tarrant and Johnson counties and owns and operates the Dallas North Tollway, President George Bush Turnpike, Sam Rayburn Tollway, Addison Airport Toll Tunnel, Lewisville Lake Toll Bridge, the Mountain Creek Lake Bridge and the Chisholm Trail Parkway. NTTA is able to raise capital for construction projects through the issuance of turnpike revenue bonds. NTTA toll projects are not a part of the state highway system and receive no direct tax funding. Tolls are collected to repay debt and to operate and maintain the roadways.
PLANO, TX – July 15, 2015 – The North Texas Tollway Authority has awarded its annual Jere W. Thompson Jr. Scholarship to a first generation college student with a passion for serving others.
Joana Jardon is a civil engineering student with plans to graduate in 2017. She attends the University of Texas at Austin, where she participates in the American Society of Civil Engineers and Society of Women Engineers. While in school, she has also donated hundreds of hours volunteering for community service events like Project 2015—one the largest single-day student, community-run service events in Texas that works to assist a local Austin neighborhood in need.
Jardon chose civil engineering because of her father’s work in construction.
“He would come home in the evenings with blueprints and home plans, explaining every little detail to me with such excitement, that I chose to pursue civil engineering.”
Jardon joins a small percentage of women who are pursuing careers in engineering. Although women made up about 47 percent of the total U.S. workforce in 2014, only 12 percent of civil engineers were women.
The Jere W. Thompson Jr. Scholarship Fund, administered by The Dallas Foundation, provides recipients up to $2,000 per semester with a maximum award of $8,000 combined for four semesters. Each year’s recipient also is offered a summer internship with NTTA or one of its corporate partners.
The scholarship assists engineering students who may not otherwise be able to continue their education or pursue their professional aspirations. NTTA established the scholarship in 2001 to ensure that high-caliber candidates continue to graduate from engineering programs at Texas colleges and universities. Since then, the Authority and its corporate partners have awarded more than $120,000 in scholarships.
For more information about the Jere W. Thompson Jr. Scholarship Fund or to make a donation, visit The Dallas Foundation.