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 has served as Executive Director of the National Association of Development Organizations since 2012. He previously served as the Executive Director of the Land of Sky Regional Council in Asheville, North Carolina from 2003 to 2012. Under his leadership, Land of Sky became recognized nationally for its innovation in program areas including planning and economic development, workforce development, transportation and transit, aging services, volunteer services, and geographic information systems. Joe has also held various other roles in city, county, association, and government management. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Public Policy Analysis from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from UNC-Chapel Hill.

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