2010 – 2013 RPO America Peer Symposium Proceedings

Male conference attendee listens during a speaker's presentation.With support from the Federal Highway Administration, the NADO Research Foundation held a special symposium session during the 2010 – 2013 National Rural Transportation Peer Learning Conferences.  Each year, the symposium was designed to showcase the efforts of rural and small metropolitan regional transportation planning organizations and their partners, such as state departments of transportation, that are leveraging partnerships to create innovative programs that have beneficial impacts on the communities, regions, and states that they serve.  Attendees had opportunities to ask questions of presenters and to share information with their peers about their own programs and issues.  For more information, please view the proceedings from each event below.

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2013 RPO America Peer Symposium (Greenville, South Carolina)

2012 RPO America Peer Symposium (Burlington, Vermont)

Attendees engaged in discussion during conference session.

2011 RPO America Peer Symposium (Washington, DC)

2010 National Symposium for RPOs and MPOs: Assessing the Structure and Benefits of Collaboration (St. Louis, Missouri) (PDF link)

  • Kevin Keith, Director, Missouri Department of Transportation
  • Jeanne Stevens, Tennessee Department of Transportation
  • Craig O’Riley, Iowa Department of Transportation
  • Joe McKinney, Land-of-Sky Regional Council (NC)
  • Tom Piper, South Alabama Regional Planning Commission

This work is supported by the Federal Highway Administration under contract number DTFH61-10-C-00050 through the NADO Research Foundation (www.RuralTransportation.org).  Any opinions, findings and conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of FHWA or the NADO Research Foundation.

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Joe McKinney serves as Executive Director of the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO). Headquartered in Washington DC, NADO provides advocacy, education, research, and training for the nation’s 500+ regional planning and development organizations.

Joe has thirty-one years of experience having served in city, county, regional, national association, and government management since 1991. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a candidate for a master’s degree in Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.

McKinney has provided congressional testimony on numerous occasions regarding the importance of regional development organizations in helping shape the nation’s economic growth. He is nationally recognized for promoting innovative solutions in areas such as planning and economic development, workforce development, transportation and transit, and aging services.

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