Looking for information on the next National Rural Transportation Peer Learning Conference?
We are still finalizing details for the next National Rural Transportation Peer Learning Conference, to occur in spring or early summer of 2016. We hope to announce the date and location soon. To make sure you hear about the conference, please sign up for our Rural Transportation mailing list.
To suggest a session topic you would like to learn about, or to share a topic you'd like to offer a presentation on, please contact NADO Associate Director Carrie Kissel at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202.624.8829. As always, the session content will focus on regional planning topics for rural and small metro regions across the U.S. Most panelists will be regional planning staff; their partners in federal, state, or local agencies; consultants who have worked with RTPOs or MPOs on a project to share as a noteworthy practice; and other experts.
We look forward to seeing you in 2016!
2014 National Rural Transportation Conference
This annual event provides peer-to-peer learning for regional transportation planners, state DOT representatives, and their partners. The conference will provide training and networking opportunities on a variety of rural and small metropolitan transportation topics. View the 2014 conference program (PDF).
With hands-on workshops, best practice panels, and facilitated networking sessions that feature peer trainers and expert speakers, the conference will offer training for organizations and individuals just beginning to work in transportation, as well as those with more experience.
Implementing MAP-21 will continue to be a conference theme, as it was last year. Workshop and session topics are expected to include some of the following: economic development, land use and transportation, technology and productivity for planning organizations, engaging the public, the role of and local officials, transportation funding, and more technical and policy-oriented sessions.
- Conference occurred December 3 - 5, 2014 in Cincinnati, Ohio
- View the conference program (PDF)
Feedback from prior attendees:
- I always enjoy the National Rural Transportation Conference. It is good to network with transportation professionals through RPO America.
- I came away with much more information and many more contacts than I would ever have expected. Thank you!
- Each year, the National Rural Transportation Conference is a great way to exchange peer information and continue networking regarding transportation issues.
- I always enjoy interacting with others at the conference. I get great ideas, and it gives me a chance to see how others organize their programs and to learn about new topics.
- Overall, I was impressed with the quality of the conference content, management, organization, and scheduling. This model seems to work well for the audience.
- Excellent conference! Very valuable information!
Looking for information from prior conferences? Choose the event below:
Questions?: Contact Carrie Kissel at 202.624.8829 or email@example.com
Registration for this event started on September 30, 2014 and is currently Closed.
Register online here to pay by credit card or check. A PDF registration form is also available.
- Early Bird Registration Rate (before November 21): $295.00
- Regular Registration Rate (after November 21): $345.00
- On-site Registration Rate: $360.00
- Additional fees may apply for off-site workshop attendance
To receive the Early Bird Rate, the registration form must be completed by the deadline. However, attendees can choose to pay by credit card online at the time of registration or to pay later without any penalty.
Please contact student or other special registration rates. Most speakers do register for the full conference, except in special cases that are arranged with the conference organizers in advance.
A cancellation fee of $50 will apply to all canceled registrations.
Problems with online registration? Contact Ian Schramm at 202-624-7841 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conference Registration Includes:
- Admission to the 2014 National Rural Transportation Conference
- Attendance at training and networking sessions
- Copies of special reports and training materials released at the conference
- AICP CM credits may be available for training sessions
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Agenda & Presentations
The conference workshops will begin the morning of Wednesday, December 3 and continue through midday on Friday, December 5.
Wednesday, December 03rd
- Dwayne Weeks, Federal Transit Administration
- Fred Bowers, Federal Highway Administration
- Chimai Ngo, Federal Highway Administration
- Moderator: Susan Howard, NADO
- Troy Hearn and Carol Brent, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet
- Elijah Sharp, New River Valley Planning District Commission
- Bret Allphin, Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley RDD
- Moderator: Jessica Blankenship, Cumberland Valley Area Development District
- Steve Mary, Ohio Department of Transportation
- Rick Hunsaker, Region XII Council of Governments
- Moderator: Amy Kessler, North Central Pennsylvania Regional Planning Commission and Chair, RPO America
- Vince Rapp, Ohio Department of Transportation; Bob Koehler, Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments; and John Hemmings, Ohio Valley Regional Development Commission
- Isaac Akem, FHWA-OK Division; Alex Damon, Southwestern Oklahoma Development Authority
- Moderator: Sherry Carver, Central Florida Regional Planning Council
- Dwayne Weeks, Federal Transit Administration
- Moderator: Christine Forde, Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission
During the meeting, Susan Howard, NADO Director of Government Relations and Legislative Affairs, provided a transportation policy update.View the Presentation
Thursday, December 04th
- Doug Plachinski, Berkshire Regional Planning Commission
- Dan Landon, Nevada County Transportation Commission
- Moderator: Jim Olson
- Rob Will, Eastern Carolina Council of Governments
- Katie Caskey, Minnesota Department of Transportation; and Josh Pearson, Region 9 Development Commission
- Moderator: John Devine, Northeast Georgia Regional Commission
Friday, December 05th
- Kathy Ruffalo, Ruffalo and Associates
- Andy Crosson, Central Savannah River Area Regional Commission
- Moderator: Joe McKinney, NADO
~ Please note this schedule is subject to change. ~
Travel & Venue
Hyatt Regency Cincinnati
151 W. Fifth Street
Cincinnati, OH 45303
Room Rate: $134, ask for the NADO block
Set in the heart of town, connected to the Duke Energy Convention Center and near an array of attractions and entertainment venues, the regal Hyatt Regency Cincinnati reigns supreme amongst downtown hotels.
Here are just a few of the ways you can enjoy your stay:
- Spread out in spacious, newly transformed guestrooms, offering generous amenities and expansive views of the city or the river
- Go down to The Banks, visit the National Underground Freedom Center, enjoy live entertainment, attend concerts, exhibits, spectator sports and more
- Get adventurous … or do nothing at all. Shop at Saks Fifth Avenue, take an invigorating dip in our indoor heated pool, keep up your fitness routine in 24-hour StayFit™ gym, or enjoy YogaAway™ in the privacy of your guestroom
- Savor a variety of culinary delights, all of which are all thoughtfully sourced and carefully served
~ Some or all of this information was provided by the hotel/venue. ~
The Cincinnati area is served by the Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Airport Terminal in Hebron, Kentucky. Executive Transportation provides shuttle service from the airport to the Hyatt and other destinations at a rate of $22 one way or $32 round trip. Call Executive Transportation at 859-261-8841, 800-990-8841 or visit online for more information or to guarantee a reservation. Walk-up service may also be available.
Cincinnati is also served by:
- Taxi to / from Cincinnati Northern Kentucky Airport Terminal, approximately $25 one way
- Megabus, downtown stop is 1 block from the hotel, located at the North East Corner of the intersection of 6th and Elm Street
- Amtrak, 10 minutes from the hotel, stops at Union Terminal, approximately $4-5 for a taxi to/from Hyatt Regency
- Greyhound, 12 blocks to/from our hotel, approximately $8-$12 for a taxi to/from the hotel
Sponsors & Exhibitors
Interested in supporting the National Rural Transportation Conference as an exhibitor or sponsor? Please view our 2014 sponsorship brochure (PDF) for sponsor and exhibitor details and a registration form.
As a conference exhibitor or sponsor, your organization will be listed in the conference program, in pre-conference marketing materials, and on the conference website, receiving hundreds of hits each month. You will also have access to all conference events—including the many built-in opportunities for networking during receptions, breaks, and meal functions. Your display space will be located in the registration area, conveniently close to the conference sessions, a perfect location for attendees to browse and talk with you about your services and products.
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