Smart Partnerships: A Shared Commitment to Improve Technology
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Smart Partnerships: A Shared Commitment to Improve Technology

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    Prepared ca. 1999. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), in striving to meet the Nation's need for the safe, efficient, and environmentally sound transport of people and goods, is continuing to work toward the creation and nurturing of leveraging partnerships. The FHWA's National Priority Technologies Program, which encourages regional private-sector partnerships to improve responsiveness to problems and leverage Federal resources, is an example of this. The FHWA participates in many partnering alliances, which flourish because of the benefits all partners enjoy. The most obvious benefit of the FHWA's leveraging partnerships is better allocation of all members' resources. In many cases, partnerships that involve interests from all areas of the transportation industry have also effected improved responsiveness to transportation needs and concerns. Further, the early involvement of a project's stakeholders facilitates acceptance and implementation of new technology and methods. There are intrinsic benefits as well. Closer collaboration between Federal, State, and local entities improves communication and cohesion between the organizations. The formation of the partnerships also creates powerful potential for the broad public-private interest alliances to establish agendas that further benefit the highway community. However, the ultimate benefit of the FHWA's partnering ventures is advancement toward better, safer roads at the lowest cost possible. This booklet contains descriptions of partnerships that exemplify these benefits. They are organized in the following sections: Leveraging for Innovative Solutions - Partnerships and shared resources combine to advance state-of-the-art technology; Safety in Numbers - Dedicated partners in community outreach improve highway safety; Environmental Vigilance - A safer environment is within reach when complementary strengths and goals meet; and Building Professional Capacity - Collaborations that provide widespread training and infor
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