LTAP, or the Local Technical Assistance Program, is an established nationwide system of technology transfer (T2) centers, some of which are located in universities and others in state highway agencies. Each center develops a mix of technology transfer tools and information to effectively address the needs of the local/tribal highway community.
Indiana LTAP, housed within Purdue University, evolved from the Highway Extension and Research Project for Indiana Counties (HERPIC), established at Purdue in 1959 by the Indiana General Assembly to advise the University in county highway research. In 1982, the Federal Highway Administration created the Local Technical Assistance Program and HERPICC (which had been extended to include research on city roads) was brought under its umbrella.
Today, Indiana LTAP provides technical assistance and training to the highway, road, and street departments of all 92 counties, 117 cities, and over 450 towns in Indiana. Technical assistance is provided through training programs, workshops, and seminars conducted at Purdue University and throughout the state, as well as through technical publications, newsletters, and loaning of roadway equipment.