• About the NC-TIC

    ​In 2010, the Federal Highway Administration initiated the Every Day Counts (EDC) Program to identify and deploy innovation aimed at shortening project delivery, enhancing the safety of our roadways, and protecting the environment.  EDC focuses on the rapid deployment of a finite set of initiatives that have been tested and proven to make a difference.  One of the objectives of EDC is to build a “culture of innovation” in each state by creating state-based groups of transportation stakeholders charged with using their experience and leadership authority to initiate and oversee the rapid development of innovation into routine practice. These state-based groups are called State Transportation Innovation Councils (STIC) and consist of Federal, State, Local, and industry representatives.

    In 2011, NCDOT and FHWA established the North Carolina Transportation Innovation Council (NC-TIC). Co-led by NCDOT’s Chief Engineer and FHWA’s NC Division Administrator, the NC-TIC includes members from the following agencies and organizations beyound NCDOT and FHWA:

    • NC Local Technical Assistance Program
    • Local Public Agencies  (American Public Works Association)
    • MPOs (NC Association of Metrolina Planning Organizations)
    • RPOs (NC Association of Rural Planning Organizations)
    • Contractors (American Concrete Pavement Association, Carolina Asphalt Pavement Association, and Carolinas Associated General Contractors)
    • Consultants (American Council of Engineering Companies)

    The mission of the NC-TIC is to facilitate the rapid implementation of technology, tactics and techniques among transportation program delivery professionals at all levels of state government and throughout the private and non-profit sector to ensure smart, efficient investment in North Carolina’s transportation infrastructure.

    FHWA has established several incentive programs, which include Accelerating Innovation Deployment Demonstration, STIC Incentive, and Increased Federal-share for Project Level Innovation, to encourage the consideration and deployment of technology and innovation.  Through multi-discipline collaboration, the NC-TIC leads the consideration and approval of proposals for technical assistance and/or funding from such programs. ​

  • Every Day Counts


    Every Day Counts (EDC) is a State-based model that identifies and rapidly deploys proven, yet underutilized innovations to shorten the project delivery process, enhance roadway safety, reduce traffic congestion, and integrate automation. Proven innovations promoted through EDC facilitate greater efficiency at the State and local levels, saving time, money and resources that can be used to deliver more projects. ​​NCDOT is currently pursuing and working towards institutionalizing​ eight innovations from EDC-5.

    View Information on the EDC Projects​

  • STIC Incentive Program

    The STIC Incentive Program​ provides technical assistance and up to $100,000 in total funds per state to offset the costs of standardizing innovative practices.  The program supports funding activities such as conducting internal assessments, initiating capacity building, developing guidance, drafting standards and specifications, organizing peer exchanges, implementing system process changes, etc.  At the local level, the NC-TIC determines which projects/activities to fund.​

  • AID Demonstration Program


    The AID Demonstration Progr​am provides up to a maximum of $1,000,000 to cover the full cost of innovation in a project.   Eligible capital projects can be infrastructure, non-infrastructure strategies, and other activities, which incorporate proven innovative practices, or technologies intended to be adopted as a significant improvement from conventional practice.

     View information on the AID Demonstration Projects

National STIC Network Homepage
EDC - Every Day Counts
AID Demonstration Grant Program
STIC Guidance


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