2022 National Regional Transportation Conference​

The conference included a mixture of panels, workshops, and discussion-based sessions, with a range of transportation-related topics open to individuals with years of experience in the field and those who are just beginning their transportation careers.

Click here for the conference program (PDF)

Tuesday, July 19

8:45-10:00 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Plenary

10:15 a.m.-11:45 a.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

1:00-2:15 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

2:30-3:15 p.m.

Conversation Café Facilitated Networking Session

3:30-4:45 p.m.

RPO America Business Meeting and National RPO Council of Peers Meeting

  • Joe McKinney

5:00-6:30 p.m.

Excellence in Regional Transportation Awards Showcase

 

Wednesday, July 20

9:00-10:15 a.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

10:30-11:45 a.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

11:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:15-2:45 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

 

Thursday, July 21

9:00-10:30 a.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Positioning Your RDO/RPO for Future Opportunities
  • Data for Regional Planning: Challenges, Opportunities, and Resources

10:45-11:45 a.m.

Closing Plenary: KC Rising: Fostering a Shared Vision for Regional Prosperity

July 19-21, 2022

Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza

4445 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64111

Registration Fees

Registration for this event started on May 02, 2022 and is currently Open.

Registration is open! See rate details below. Email Krystal DeLeon, [email protected], with questions regarding registration or for assistance registering your group.

  • Early Bird Registration Rate (until June 27, 2022): $395
  • Regular Registration Rate (after June 27, 2022: $420
  • RPO Subscriber Rate** (no expiration on this rate): $365

**If your organization paid an RPO Subscription for 2022 you are eligible for an RPO Subscriber discounted rate of $365! Email Krystal De Leon, [email protected] to take advantage of this RPO subscriber perk or for more information on becoming an RPO Subscriber.

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July 19-21, 2022

Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza

4445 Main Street, Kansas City, MO 64111

1-800-810-3708

About the Hotel

Relax in style at the Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza. Their modern, pet-friendly Kansas City hotel offers stylish rooms within walking distance to over 150 Country Club Plaza and Westport shops and restaurants. Recharge in spacious rooms and suites with plush bedding and productive workspaces. Whether you’re in the mood for a relaxing drink in the Greatroom or a hot cup of Starbucks® coffee, their onsite amenities fit the bill. Stay active with cardio equipment and free weights at the onsite gym. Experience the best of Kansas City with attractions like Country Club Plaza, Kauffman Stadium, Arrowhead Stadium, T-Mobile Center, and Power & Light nearby.

Airports & Transit

Kansas City International Airport (MCI)

Airport Phone: +1 816-243-5237
Hotel direction: 23.1 miles S

This hotel does not provide shuttle service.

  • Alternate transportation: Classic Car Service 866-546-6490; reservation required
  • Estimated taxi fare: $65 (one way)

Visit MCI airport website

Driving Directions

Exit the airport onto I-29 South. Go approximately 18 miles and merge onto US-71 South. Follow US-71 South for approximately 4 miles. Take the exit for Emanuel Cleaver II blvd/Swope Parkway. Turn right on Emanuel Cleaver II Blvd. Go approximately 1.5 miles and turn right on Main Street. Proceed to 45th and Main Street. The Kansas City Marriott Country Club Plaza main entrance will be on the right immediately after crossing 45th Street.

Parking

  • On-site parking fee: $21 daily
  • Valet parking fee: $28  daily
  • Parking for 8 hours or less is $10 self parking; or $15 valet

Car Rentals

Avis
3412 Main Street
Kansas City, MO 64111
Phone: +1 816-931-1039

Hertz
1 East Pershing Road
Kansas City, MO 64111
Phone: +1 816-474-4970

Map

Agenda

The conference will last all day on July 19th and 20th, as well as the morning of July 21st.

Additional session details will be confirmed soon, but the conference will include a mixture of panels, workshops, and discussion-based sessions, with a range of transportation-related topics open to individuals with years of experience in the field and those who are just beginning their transportation careers.

Draft agenda--subject to change

Tuesday, July 19

8:30-9:50 a.m.

Welcome and Opening Plenary

10:00 a.m.-10:45 a.m.

Conversation Cafe: Small Group Discussions

11:00 a.m.-Noon

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Rural Transportation Technology and ITS
  • Regional Mobility Management Approaches and Partnerships

1:00-2:00 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Safe System Approach for Rural Regions
  • Transportation Technologies: Future Opportunities

2:15-3:15 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Increasing Access for Regional Residents
  • Planning for Transportation Opportunities

3:30-4:45 p.m.

RPO America and National RPO Council of Peers Business Meeting

5:00-6:30 p.m.

Excellence in Regional Transportation Awards Reception

Wednesday, July 20

9:00-10:15 a.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Rural and Small Metro Transit
  • Planning Partnerships and Trends

10:30-11:45 a.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Environment and Transportation
  • Bicycle and Pedestrian Access in Small Communities

1:15-2:45 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Workshop: How to use Scenario Planning to Predict Future Trends and Prepare for Transportation Uncertainties in Rural and Regional Planning
  • Mobility, Access, and Equity

3:00-4:00 p.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Using GIS to Support Transportation Planning and Analysis
  • Regional Collaboration to Improve Transportation Outcomes

Thursday, July 21

9:00-10:30 a.m.

Concurrent Breakout Sessions

  • Data for Regional Planning: Challenges, Opportunities, and Resources
  • Positioning Your RDO/RPO for Future Opportunities

10:45 a.m.-Noon

Closing Plenary

Sponsor & Exhibit

In a typical year, this conference is attended by 125 - 150 individuals, most of whom are regional planning practitioners working on transportation, economic development, and other planning in rural and small metropolitan regions around the United States. State agency staff and other planning partners also attend. Sponsorship is designed to allow for optimal interaction with these audiences of attendees, as well as NADO's greater membership of regional planning and development organizations and their partners.

View our 2022 sponsor and exhibitor brochure and sign-up form here (PDF) or contact our staff to discuss other virtual event sponsorship opportunities.

Contact Brittany Salazar for more information, at [email protected].

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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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