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and built environments in a way that makes it easier for
people to live healthier lives. The model leverages big
data to help authorities make smart decisions related to
physical improvements-such as complete streets with
sidewalks and bike lanes-that contribute to better
health outcomes.
VHB has also leveraged technology to help clients
adapt to new ways of connecting with not only each
other, but with the public. For the Federal Highway
Administration and the University of North Carolina
(UNC) Highway Safety Research Center, VHB conducted virtual meetings and surveys on several critical
projects that required public review. Rather than host
simple webinars, the team created interactive, virtual
rooms where large numbers of attendees were able
to review plans and ask questions directly to project
managers in their own time, opening the opportunity
for more people to participate.
" We reached close to 2,000 attendees across the two
episodes, and the survey responses have been overwhelmingly positive, " said Dan Gelinne, senior research
associate, UNC Highway Safety Research Center. " We
have avoided important issues of accessibility in our
past webinars, and there is likely still a huge demand
for more attention to these topics in the future. With
your [VHB's Virtual Meeting Team's] help, we've taken a
big step in that direction. "
To further provide connectivity across markets
and geographies, VHB continues to host virtual
roundtable discussions with clients and industry
leaders on a continuing basis, providing opportunity
to share perspectives on COVID-19 impacts. During
two cross-market roundtable events, industry leaders
representing transportation, energy, real estate, higher
education, manufacturing, and technology sectors
discussed challenges, concerns, best practices, and
future visions. The sessions provide an opportunity
to share common challenges and concerns, as well as
learn about impacts in other markets, sectors, and
geographies.

A Connected Culture
The company's People & Culture Team works to
continually enhance the employee experience, keep

VHB employees utilize the VHB Together hub to keep employees engaged.

connected, and promote self-care during unprecedented times. VHB Together, created as a hub for
everything-engagement, provides employees with
resources, support, and connections that emphasize
VHB's core value of " Balance. " Regularly occurring
events include companywide virtual stretch breaks,
virtual escape rooms, and a parenting panel offering
resources and support for working parents now faced
with the added stress of remote learning.
The shift to a virtual work environment has not
impacted VHB's dedication to giving back to our
communities. Our employees' creativity, caring and
camaraderie throughout 2020 raised $140,000 through
various online programs, with the added benefit of
strengthening connections across the company. 
The transformations brought on by COVID-19 are
here to stay-not just for the AEC industry, but for us
all. In the transportation market, VHB is future-focused
and dedicated to leveraging technology to help clients
create organizational efficiencies, improve workflow,
increase productivity, and keep critical infrastructure
projects moving forward. itej
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