American Railway Development Association

THE ARDA NEWSLETTER                                                          February 2019

Economic Development Section Feature

Playing by New Rules: How NFPA 652 Impacts Your Facility - Courtesy of VAA, LLC

Courtney Dunbar
Economic Development Lead
Olsson Associates
ARDA Economic Development Section Chair

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 50 combustible dust accidents occurred in the United States alone between 2008 and 2012. To continue improving and reducing hazard risk in agricultural facilities, the NFPA reviews and updates their guidelines every three years. The latest, 2016 edition of NFPA 652 Standards for Combustible Dust introduces the use of a Dust Hazard Analysis (DHA). This edition's NFPA 652 update impacts existing and new facilities that combat dust-related hazards as a result of their processes. The NFPA now advises commissioning a DHA once every five years.


What is a DHA?


Register for the 2018 Annual Meeting

The 2019 ARDA Annual Meeting, the 113th in our history, will continue our theme of "Let's Grow Together," which focuses on highlighting the similarities across ARDA's topic sections and the value of taking a multidisciplinary approach to today's rail industry challenges. The meeting will begin in the evening on Sunday, June 2 with a welcome reception at the Renaissance Nashville. Our program will continue through Tuesday, June 4, conculding in the annual President's Reception and Dinner. Please plan to stay through Tuesday evening (Check out Wednesday, June 5th).

If you have any questions regarding the 2019 Annual Meeting please contact Will Resch at


Early Bird Pricing: We are happy to announce that we have instituted early bird pricing for the 2019 Annual Meeting. Register before May 1st to receive a discounted registration price of $600 ($800 for Non-members). After May 1st, pricing will increase to $640. Register now to take advantage of this great deal!

Nominate your ARDA Scholarship Candidates! 

ARDA is currently accepting nominations for its 2019 Scholarship Program. As part of the program, ARDA members have the opportunity to nominate one candidate to receive one of these three available scholarships:
  • One (1) $2,500 President's Scholarship
  • Two (2) $1,250 Individual Scholarships
Silent Auction:
The scholarship is funded by the proceeds of the annual ARDA Silent Auction, which will be held this year at our Annual Meeting in Nashville. To donate an item to the auction, and support our scholarship program in the future, please send your items to:

American Railway Development Association
410 First Street SE
Suite 200
Washington, DC 20003

When sending in an auction item please send an email to Will Resch at to notify him of it's expected arrival date. 

Scholarship Eligibility:
To be eligible for consideration, an applicant must:
  • Be sponsored by a current Active or Honorary ARDA member. ARDA members are permitted to sponsor one applicant per sponsorship year.
  • Be enrolled either:
    • As a full-time college student at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university, pursuing an associate, bachelor's or graduate level degree.
    • As a high school student expecting to graduate and having confirmed your enrollment at an accredited two-year or four-year college or university.
For more information on the ARDA scholarship please visit

Application Deadline:  March 1, 2019.

Time to Renew Your ARDA Membership for 2019! 

If you have not yet renewed your ARDA membership for 2019, please visit our website at and log-in at the top right corner of the page. 

Your renewed membership allows ARDA to continue fostering the industrial, real estate, natural resources, market development activities and environmental concerns of the North American railroads through the advancement of ideas and education of its members. Members also discounted registration rates at ARDA events, including a $200 discount on the Annual Meeting!

2019 ARDA Board of Directors

President: Mark Holder, HDR, INC.
First Vice President: Doug Morrison, Bartlett & West, Inc.
Second Vice President: Mike Ray, BNSF Railway Company
Treasurer: Devin Sprinkle, CN
Secretary: Matt Cangiolosi, CSX Transportation, Inc.
Past President: Gary Rozmus, GEI Consultants, Inc.

For more information, visit the ARDA website  or contact: 
Will Resch at

Economic Development Feature
Meeting Registration
ARDA Scholarship
Membership Renewal
New Members since December

Mark Austin
Director of Corridor Services
CSX Transportation

Aubyn Bell
Evironmental Planner

Erika Bruhnke
VP Training Services

Elizabeth Diller

John Ferrell
IT Operations GIS Director

Erik Henderson
CSX Transportation

Janet Hill
Rail Environmental Planning and Permitting Services
CSX Transportation

Paul Hoben
Director of Business Development
Aberdeen Carolina and Western

Gary Hudon

Clayton Kendall
Real Estate & Government Affairs
TNW Corporation

James Landavazo
Manager Ag Planning and Development
BNSF Railway

David Martin
VP Sales & Marketing
Railway Auditing and Management

Jack McLain
Senior Project Manager
Crouch Engineering, Inc.

Bill Merritt
Director, Industrial Development
CSX Transportation

Morgan Ryan
GIS Analyst
geoMobiliti, Inc.

Roy Stancil
Program Manager

Tom Tisa
Director - Business Development
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