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Georgia Department of Transportation research peer exchange 2010, May 18-20, 2010.
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    In accordance with 23 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Section 420, Subpart B (Research, Development and Technology Transfer Program Management), Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) Office of Materials & Research hosted a Research Peer Exchange in Forest Park, Georgia, on May 18-20, 2010. A Peer Exchange is typically hosted by a state department of transportation (DOT), who invites staff from other state DOT’s, Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), and possibly universities to discuss ideas for improving the hosting agency’s research process. GDOT invited staff from North Carolina DOT, New York State DOT, South Dakota DOT, FHWA-Georgia Division, and Transportation Research Board (TRB). For this Exchange, GDOT chose to focus on “Communications with Research Partners within Georgia DOT,” with the following definitions for the focus: “Partners within GDOT” refers to GDOT entities and employees and, for purposes of this Exchange, does NOT include external entities such as resource agencies and universities. The context of "Research" is the entire GDOT research program, including (1) research program development consisting of a) solicitation of research Needs Statements (NS’s), and b) screening of research NS’s; (2) research project management; (3) implementation and outreach; and (4) external affairs, such as TRB, the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP), and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Research Advisory Committee. The context of “Communications” is engaging internal GDOT partners in the research program towards (1) claiming "ownership" of the research program, (2) active participation therein, and (3) subsequent implementation of research products.
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