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Focus on Peer Learning, Timely Updates at the National Regional Transportation Conference

May 20, 2016
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Join your peers at the National Regional Transportation Conference, occurring June 13 – 15 in Chattanooga, TN.  This conference will be attended by regional transportation planners working in rural, small metro, and mixed regions, as well as state DOT planning and transit staff, federal and local partners, and others.  The agenda features interactive workshops, breakout sessions on noteworthy practices and thought-provoking information, and inspiring plenary sessions exploring big picture topics.

View the updated conference agenda (PDF) for session descriptions and learning objectives.

Panels on Noteworthy Practices and Emerging Issues

Concurrent sessions and special workshops will cover a wide range of topics, including:

  • State DOT and regional collaboration
  • Transit
  • Multimodal planning
  • Safety
  • Project prioritization
  • Public engagement
  • GIS and technology
  • Transportation and rural development
  • Freight planning
  • Complete Streets

In addition, a small group facilitated “Conversation Cafe” session will allow attendees to engage in peer discussion on transportation planning, programs, and administration topics most relevant to their work.  This year, the topics will include rural safety, health in transportation, productivity tools, intentional inclusion of individuals who are elderly or disabled, aligning transportation with other regional plans, bicycle and pedestrian planning, and more.

Each year, this session is consistently rated as an attendee favorite, because participants can get what they need out of the discussion.  Bring your questions—and your expertise—and mine the collective intelligence of your colleagues!

Conference organizers are applying to offer AICP CM credits for sessions and workshops.

The conference is sponsored by the Appalachian Regional Commission, Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Development District Association of Appalachia, Federal Highway Administration, NADO Research Foundation and RPO America, Tennessee Department of Transportation, and other partners.  For more information, view or contact NADO Associate Director Carrie Kissel at