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August 23, 2013: 
Nominate an individual or organization for a 2013 True GRIT Award. The True GRIT Annual Awards recognizes individuals and organizations for significant contributions made to the advancement of ITS in the gulf region. This year's True GRIT award recipients will be honored at the 2013 Annual Meeting. The deadline for submission is Friday, August 30, 2013. To download additional information and instructions, click here

August 14, 2013: ALDOT Advertises Video Wall Project for bid.The scope of the project includes the removal of existing video wall system and the installation and 
integration of a replacement video wall system.  To learn more, click here
August 14, 2013: Early bird discounts for Registration and Lodging Ending Soon!  T
he meeting will occur September 15 - 18 at the Marriott hotel on Canal Street in New Orleans, Louisiana. To learn more and register, click here. The hotel block reserved for GRITS Annual Meeting attendees is filling up fast!  Book online at: Marriott New Orleans.  Early bird discounts will expire Friday, August 16. 

May 17, 2013: Registration is now open for the 2013 GRITS Annual Meeting. 
The meeting will occur September 15 - 18 at the Marriott hotel on Canal Street in New Orleans, Louisiana. To learn more and register, click here
April 23, 2013: Spring 2013 GRITS Regional Workshop Recap.
To view Photos and presentation from the Spring 2013 GRITS Workshop, click here
March 19, 2013: Hotel reservations are now available for the 2013 GRITS Annual Meeting. 
Book online at: Marriott New Orleans 

March 19, 2013: GRITS Annual Meeting - Call for Presenters. GRITS is looking for high quality contributions to the technical program of the 2013 Annual Meeting. For more information and to take advantage of this opportunity, click here. Applications will be accepted until April 1, 2013

March 14, 2013:  Register for the Spring 2013 GRITS Regional Workshop. The workshop will be held March 28 at the Center for Logistics, Trade and Transportation on the University of Southern Mississippi campus in Hattiesburg, MS. The topic of the workshop will be Commercial Vehicle Operations and Interagency Coordination. Click here for more information and to register.

February 22, 2013:  GRITS is advertising for contracted assistance with the planning and onsite management for the upcoming annual meeting on September 15-18, 2013 in New Orleans. To view the RFP, click here. A Q and A document for the RFP is available here

February 1, 2013:  Fall 2012 GRITS Regional Workshop Recap Page Now Available.  Click here to view.

January 25, 2013:  The USDOT Seeks Stakeholder Input on the Next ITS Strategic Research Plan. The U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) is seeking public input as it develops the next version of the ITS Strategic Plan. The discussion document provides an opportunity for stakeholders to share their perspectives and help shape the future of federal ITS research.

To review the document, and participate in the discussion, click here.

January 25, 2013: Upcoming Webinar Ten Year Impacts of Technology on Traffic Management Centers. The Transportation Management Center Pooled Fund Study (TMC PFS) is holding a national 1-hour webinar on February 6, 2013 at 2 PM EST to provide guidance to TMC managers on how to better position themselves operationally in anticipation of future technology changes and advancements. For more information, click here.

January 11, 2013: Board of Directors Workshop January 20 and 21 in New Orleans. The workshop will take place at the Marriot on Canal Street. Click here for the agenda
January 7, 2013: 2013 Officers and Board of Directors now available. Click here to view the 2013 Officers and Board of Directors. 
December 4, 2012: 2012 NRITS Conference and GRITS Annual Meeting Recap Page Now Available. 
To view photos and presentations from the meeting, click here

November 9, 2012: ALDOT Advertises DMS Project. The project in Montgomery, Alabama  includes the installation of DMS throughout the city. For more information, click here

November 1, 2012: Tools for Promoting the Value of ITS and Operations Webinar. ITS America is hosting on GRITS's behalf a web-based technical training session on Intelligent Transportation Systems - Tools for Promoting the Value of ITS and Operations. The webinar will take place on Thursday, November 8th from 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. Central Time (1:00 - 2:30 p.m. Eastern Time). The session will include approximately 60 minutes of presentation time followed by 30 minutes for Q&A. To register for this webinar, click here

October 23, 2012: 2013 Officers and Board of Directors - Call for Nominations. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 Officers and Board of Director seats which are up for election. For the latest list of nominees as well as your chance to nominate someone, please click here.

October 10, 2012: Register now for the Fall Regional Workshop.
 This workshop will focus on Active Traffic Signal Operations and will be held November 15 at the Transportation Training and Education Center (TTEC) on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, LA. Click here for more information and to register. 

August 27, 2012: The Gulf Region Intelligent Transportation Society Summer 2012 Newsletter is now available!  To check out all the latest click here to download the PDF document. 

August 17, 2012: ICM Technical Webinar Announcement.

The USDOT will present a web-based technical training session on Integrated Corridor Management August 29, 2012 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Central Time. The session, hosted by ITS America, will include 60 minutes of presentation followed by 30 minutes of Q&A. Click here to register.

June 25, 2012:  Now taking orders for 2012 GRITS Shirts.  Click here to learn more or place your order today.


June 19, 2012:  Registration Now Open for the 2012 NRITS / GRITS Annual Meeting

Visit to check out full meeting details or to register. 


June 12, 2012:  Announcing the first annual true GRIT Awards.

Know a person or project that has True GRIT?  The deadline to submit is July 13th and award recipients will be announced at the 2012 GRITS / NRITS meeting in Biloxi, MS, September 16 - 19.  Click here to learn more.

May 25, 2012:  GRITS recieves 2nd Place for Membership Growth at ITSA. Click here to view photos from the event.


April 27, 2012:  We welcome to submission of job postings on our website.

Click here to alert members of new job opportunities.

April 22, 2012:  2012 Spring Workshop report page and survey now available. Click here to view photos, presentations and more.

April 17, 2012: GRITS About Us Presentation. You can now view the GRITS About Us Presentation. Click here to view.

March 28, 2012: FREE ITS Standards Training. The ITS PCB Program is pleased to offer FREE training on ITS standards! Learn how to evaluate, procure, and implement standards-based ITS devices and systems. Click here for more information.


March 16, 2012: Attention Students. Undergraduate and graduate students are invited to submit an original written paper on rural intelligent transportation systems to the 2012 NRITS Conference (guidelines). Up to five student papers will be selected as winners. Each winner is required to present their paper at the 2012 NRITS Conference. Each winner will receive: a plaque; registration, per diem and transportation to attend the conference. Papers must be submitted by April 16, 2012. 


February 29, 2012: Call for Abstracts. Interested in being a speaker at the GRITS / NRITS 2012 Annual Meeting? Submit an abstract before the March 16th deadline. Details can be found here 

January 13, 2012: Register Today for the GRITS Regional Workshop: Event Management.

The Workshop will take place Tuesday, April 3, 2012 from 11:30 AM to 3:30 PM at the Ferguson Center on the University of Alabama campus in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. To register, click here.


December 6, 2011:  SAVE THE Date for GRITS 2012.  The GRITS 2012 Annual meeting is to be held in conjunction with the 2012 NRITS Meeting - Sept. 16 - 19 in Biloxi, MS.


November 29, 2011: Meet the Board of Directors.  The 2011 - 2012 Board of Directors was chosen at the GRITS 2011 Meeting.  To view this year's Board of Directors, click here.


November 16, 2011 :  2011 GRITS Meeting Recap. All photos and presentations now available.  Click here!


November 15, 2011: Grady Crawford Construction Company, Inc. and Gannett Fleming Team Wins First Design-Build Project with Louisiana DOTD. The Louisiana Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) has awarded the Grady Crawford Construction Company, Inc. and Gannett Fleming team the design and construction of the Baton Rouge, La., to New Orleans Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) – Traffic Incident Management (TIM) Phase 3 project. To view the press release, click here


October 18, 2011: GRITS receives ITSA State Chapter Membership Growth Award.

The chapter was awarded the ITSA State Chapter Membership Growth award at this year's 18th World Congress in Orlando, Florida. To view the application submittal, click here. Also, you can view a complete breakdown of the membership types, areas of interest and growth by clicking here.


October 1, 2011: GRITS Selected to Host National Rural ITS Meeting in Biloxi, MS 2012.  Click here to view presentation.


August 31, 2011:  GRITS Membership Statistics Report now Available. From June 2010 to June 2011 the GRITS chapter has grown by upwards of 200%.  Members include individuals from the public, private, and academic sectors.  To view a complete breakdown of the membership types, areas of interest and growth click here


August 15, 2011:  Register Today for the ITS Georgia 2011 Annual Meeting and Exposition.The meeting will be held September 18-20 at the Ritz-Carlton Lodge at Reynolds Plantation in Greensboro, Georgia. The theme of this year's meeting is "20/20 Vision: Seeing into the Future of ITS." Early Registration ends August 18.


August 8, 2011:  Register Today for the GRITS Summer Regional Workshop : ITS in Workzones. The Workshop will take place Thursday, August 18, 2011 from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM at the LA DOTD New Orleans Regional TMC in New Orleans, LA


July 19, 2011:  Oxford, MS ITS Stakeholder Meeting to be held in August.  Florence & Hutcheson (F&H) and MDOT will be holding a stakeholder meeting on Wednesday, August 3rd beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Oxford Conference Center (located on the corner of Hwy 7 and Fisk Ave.)


May 09, 2011:  Registration Now Open for 2011 GRITS Meeting November 2-4, 2011 at the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa at the Convention Center in Montgomery, AL.


March 29, 2011:  GRITS Regional Workshop. Sign up today for the GRITS Regional Workshop.  Meeting to take place April 28th from 9:30 AM to 1:00 PM at MDOT's district 2 headquarters in Batesville, MS.


March 9, 2011:  GRITS Shirts Now Available. GRITS is taking orders for Oxford and Polo style shirts.  Don't miss out, Order your shirt today!


November 24, 2010:  2010 GRITS Meeting Recap. Click here to complete a meeting survey, view photos, presentations and more!


November 17, 2010:  2011 GRITS Officer and Board Elections Complete. Click here to view the 2011 GRITS Board.


October 18, 2010:  Nominations now Open for GRITS Officer and Board of Director Positions.

Click here to view nominees or nominate someone.


October 12, 2010:  Cost and Benefits of Public-Sector IntelliDrive (SM) Deployment RFP Released. Click here for more information.


September 10, 2010: Register Today for the 2010 GRITS Meeting.


August 13, 2010:  ITS Georgia Annual Meeting and Exhibits - September 19 - 21.   Register before August 19 for Early Bird Savings!


August 6, 2010:  ALDOT Notice of Need for Services:  ITS/ATMS Software Statewide. The Alabama Department of Transportation has determined that it needs and will seek consultant services...(more)


August 4, 2010:  GRITS selected to host 2012 National Rural ITS Conference in Biloxi, MS Click here to view presentation.


2009 GRITS Inaugural Meeting a great success. Click here to view presentations, attendance lists, photos and more!


A Letter from the 2009 - 2010 GRITS President