March 2017 
WTS SW Idaho 
Chapter Newsletter
Issue No. 27
WTS Annual Gala: Award Winners & Photos
As always, our gala was a great success, with everyone enjoying the gorgeous view from the 17th Floor of the Zion's Bank Building and the Quartet Band playing lively Cajun-style music. We got to visit with all of our friends and celebrate those who've made valuable contributions to the transportation industry. 

In This Issue
April 6th at the Cottonwood Grille

Idaho First Lady Lori Otter will speak about leadership and the initiatives she's led to advance women in achieving their highest potential. 

The First Lady currently serves as the CEO for Idaho Women in Leadership (I-WIL). Lori Otter has been instrumental in the creation and success of the Idaho Meth Project. She has been appointed to the Idaho Military Advocacy Commission and the Idaho Rural Partnership. In addition, Lori serves on a variety of boards, such as Opera Idaho's Advisory Council, and supports numerous charities.

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RECAP: A WTS "Members Only" Event with Idaho Legislators

O ur first "Meet & Greet" of 2017 was a Members-Only reception with two important committees of the Idaho Legislature.  Among those who joined us were Senate Transportation Committee Chairman Bert Brackett and House Transportation and Defense Committee Chairman Joe Palmer. WTS members had the chance to talk with both Chairmen and other legislative committee members about the transportation bills being considered this session. 

"Getting to know our Legislators and discuss the issues with them one-on-one was a wonderful opportunity.  Giving our chapter this kind of personal access to community leaders is just one of the many benefits WTS offers." 
-- Dyan Bevins, WTS SW Idaho Chapter President

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WTS Sponsor Spotlight

GeoEngineers is honored to sponsor the WTS SW Idaho Chapter, and committed to helping move transportation projects forward throughout our region and the state of Idaho. We are one of the largest geo-environmental firms in the Western U.S. We have over 310 employees in 14 offices, including Boise, Idaho. We have more than 70 geotechnical engineers firm wide, and work closely with transportation agencies including Idaho Transportation Department (ITD), Ada County Highway District, and Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT), to name a few. Specifically, we continue to hold ITD term agreement contracts for geotechnical engineering, hydraulics, environmental, GIS and biological services.
GeoEngineers has completed many projects in Idaho, including numerous geotechnical investigations. This experience has given us a strong understanding and knowledge of the soils and geology throughout the State, enabling us to take a value engineered approach and deliver cost-effective solutions to our clients.
We look forward to supporting many other WTS events within our community and nationally. Learn more at

For more on Corporate & Event Sponsorships contact Donn Carnahan

Strata, A Professional Services Corporation (STRATA) is an Idaho-based company with 13 offices serving clients since 1974. STRATA has supported WTS SW Idaho Chapter for several years and has employees who actively participate in WTS events. Additionally, a STRATA employee has acted as the Communications Chair for the past five years.  

STRATA provides quality, value-based, geotechnical engineering, environmental consulting, geological and material testing services through our network of thirteen regional offices located throughout the intermountain west. Each office is invested in their respective local communities' success. 

Our goal is to serve our clients and protect their investments. We accomplish this by establishing long-term, professional relationships with the clients we work for and the communities in which we live. Our success is based on three primary commitments:
  • Add value to each project
  • Offer innovative solutions
  • Build long-term relationships
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