Special Events

ATSSA’s 2019 Annual Convention & Traffic Expo is ideal for making new contacts, networking and meeting roadway safety professionals who are crucial to your future. ATSSA offers many opportunities to meet industry leaders, business professionals and peers, including the Chairman’s Reception, Opening General Session, ATSSA's Circle of Innovation, and more!

View the full schedule of events for additional dates and times.

Special Event Dates:


  • CC = Tampa Convention Center, 333 S. Franklin St
  • HH = Headquarters Hotel, Tampa Marriott Waterside, 700 S. Florida Ave
Saturday, February 9
6 - 7:30 p.m. Chairman's Reception (Ticket Required) HH - Tampa Marriott Waterside, 700 S. Florida Ave
  The Chairman's Reception marks the first official networking event of ATSSA's Convention & Traffic Expo. Meet industry colleagues and new acquaintances at this annual favorite.  

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Sunday, February 10
9 - 11:30 a.m. Opening General Session and Breakfast (Ticket Required) CC, Ballroom A/B
  This dynamic session includes the latest industry news, ATSSA updates and the announcements of the 2018 ATSSA national and Industry Achievement awards recipients.

The event includes:
  • ATSSA update from Chair Juan Arvizu
  • Industry guest speakers, including:
    • Sterling Hawkins, Center for Advancing Retail & Technology (CART) as Host/Moderator
    • Paul Carlson, Texas A&M Transportation Institute and Road Infrastructure, Inc.
    • Bill Sowell, Leadership Council member for Eberle Design
    • Sarah Sladek, XYZ University
    • Learn more about these speakers
  • ATSSA Industry Achievement Award
  • ATSSA National Safety Award
  • ATSSA National Media Award
  • The Foundation and its programs
  • Leadership Committee Report
Sterling Hawkins
Noon - 5:30 p.m. ATSSA's New Products Rollout CC, Exhibit Hall,
Booth #148
  This year’s ATSSA’s New Products Rollout (NPRO) event is different than in the past. ATSSA will host a new products section on the tradeshow floor where attendees can check out the latest innovations during trade show hours. Enrollees will have an opportunity to give a short presentation on Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019 about their products during scheduled times throughout the day. Exhibitors who introduced new products after Feb. 1, 2018 are eligible to participate.
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ATSSA's New Products Rollout area will also be open:
Monday, Feb. 11, 11:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.
1 - 5:30 p.m. ATSSA Innovation Awards:
Judges visit New Products Rollout area
CC, Exhibit Hall,
Booth #148
  The ATSSA Innovation Award judges will be present in the New Products Rollout area to personally evaluate and examine the new product or service, introduced to the industry since Feb. 1, 2018.

Winners announced on Monday, February 11 during ATSSA's Circle of Innovation, Solutions Edition event, 7:30 - 9 a.m.
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2 - 3 p.m. New Member and First-Time Attendee Welcome (By Invitation Only) CC, Exhibit Hall, ATSSA Pavilion #1025
  If you’re new to ATSSA as a member or a first-time attendee, this is the ideal opportunity to meet other newbies and learn how to make the most of ATSSA in daily business operations and to get the most out of convention and expo. ATSSA’s board of directors and staff will be there to welcome you. Attendees at this event will also have a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card.  
6 - 7 p.m. Public Agency Official Reception (By Invitation Only) Barrymore Hotel,
111 W. Fortune St
(Riverwalk Room)
  Recipients of the 2019 Public Agency Scholarships are invited to attend this reception to increase their networking and scholarship benefits. Light hors d'oeuvres and drinks will be served.  

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Monday, February 11
7:30 - 9 a.m. ATSSA's Circle of Innovation, Solutions Edition
(By Invitation Only, Ticket Required)
CC, Rooms 14-16
  The ATSSA Circle of Innovation, Solutions Edition is new for 2019 and will focus on solutions DOTs have implemented to improve safety. See how innovation works – real life solutions to roadway safety problems.
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ATSSA Innovation Award Winners will also be announced during this event.

This session is not open to the media.
12:30 - 12:45 p.m. ATSSA Innovation Awards Recognition Ceremony CC, Exhibit Hall, ATSSA Pavilion #1025
  Following the announcement of the winners during ATSSA's Circle of Innovation, Solutions Edition, a ceremony will be held in the ATSSA Pavilion to recognize the first, second and third place winners of the ATSSA Innovation Awards.
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12:45 - 1 p.m. Traffic Control Device (TCD) Challenge for Students Awards Ceremony CC, Exhibit Hall, ATSSA Pavilion #1025
  The TCD Challenge is open to individual high school, junior college, college, or university students or teams of students with an interest in transportation and an understanding of traffic control devices. The theme for the 2019 TCD Challenge, derived from the 2018 ATSSA’s Circle of Innovation as a priority among public agency officials, is: “Traffic Control Device Innovations to Improve Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety at Signalized Intersections.”

Please join us in celebrating this year’s top 3 teams at ATSSA’s 2019 Convention & Expo!
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4:30 - 5 p.m. 2019 International Meet and Greet CC, Exhibit Hall, ATSSA Pavilion #1025
  ATSSA invites all international attendees to join us for a networking meet and greet in the ATSSA Pavilion #1025. ATSSA staff will also on hand to answer any questions you may have. International attendees at this event will also have a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card.  
7 - 9 p.m. Young Industry Professionals Reception Visit Tampa Bay Visitor Center & Gift Shop, 201 N. Franklin St, Suite 102
  ATSSA is hosting this Young Industry Professionals Reception to provide an opportunity to meet other young professionals in the industry. Come hang out and listen to/sing some karaoke. It is sure to be a night of fun and networking.  

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