This annual event provides peer-to-peer learning for regional transportation planners, state DOT representatives, and their partners.
The conference provides training and networking opportunities on a variety of rural and small metropolitan transportation topics. 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.
More details about the agenda and registration will be shared in 2017. The conference will begin on Wednesday morning, June 28, 2017. The conference will run all day on Thursday, June 29 and conclude around midday on Friday, June 30.
Conference organizers are working on new workshops related to regional resilience, public engagement, doing economic development differently, new approaches to rural mobility, GIS and technology, and more! Registration and a draft agenda will be available soon.
For more information or to suggest ideas for the agenda, please contact NADO Associate Director Carrie Kissel at ckissel @ nado.org.
Applications for the 2017 Excellence in Regional Transportation Awards will be accepted until March 17, 2017. Award winners will be recognized at the conference. Learn more about last year's winners here.
Feedback from last year's attendees
- I seem to pick up ideas and practices at each and every event. THANK YOU!
- This was my first NADO conference. It was a really wonderful experience!
- Always a great learning experience and way to network with peers.
- I had a great time and I feel like it was productive and inspiring for my work.
- A great conference attended by a group of people who love to share their experiences and hear from others.
Looking for information from prior conferences? Choose the event below:
- June 2016, Chattanooga, Tennessee
- December 2014, Cincinnati, Ohio
- April 2013, Greenville, South Carolina
- April 2012, Burlington, Vermont
- August 2011, Washington, DC
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Registration for the 2017 National Regional Transportation Conference will begin on March 17, 2017
Registration for this event started on March 17, 2017 and is currently Open.
- Early Bird Registration Rate (before May 26 ): $325
- Regular Registration Rate (after May 26 ): $350
Optional mobile workshops will cost an additional $35 to cover workshop costs.Register Online
Agenda & Presentations
The conference will begin on Wednesday morning, June 28, 2017. The conference will run all day on Thursday, June 29 and conclude around midday on Friday, June 30.
The conference content will include a mix of best practice panels, workshops, plenary speakers, and networking opportunities. Send training needs and session ideas to ckissel @ nado.org.
~ Please note this schedule is subject to change ~
Travel & Venue
Grand Hyatt Denver
1750 Welton St
Denver, CO 80202
Room Rate: $178 single/double
Room block deadline: May 26
Click here for a direct link to the Hyatt reservation page to secure your hotel room reservation today!
The host city sees 300 days of sunshine a year! With thriving arts and cultural venues, nearby mountains, active sports scene, and one of the largest city park systems in the country, Denver will provide attendees with many opportunities to enjoy the conference setting during mobile workshops that take the learning out of the hotel, in the evenings during the conference, or before or after the event dates.
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Denver is served by the Denver International Airport (DEN). Visitors can take the A Line light rail from the airport to Union Station. Purchase an airport/regional Day Pass for about $9. A short walk from Union Station, visitors can take the Free MallRide shuttle along the 16th St Mall, which is closed to vehicular traffic other than the shuttle, to reach destinations downtown. To reach the conference hotel on the MallRide, take the shuttle to Welton Street, and walk 1.5 blocks to the Grand Hyatt. Cabs offer another option to transport visitors from the airport to the hotel, or from Union Station to the hotel.
If you will need a rental car while in Denver, you can reserve a car through Avis at a discounted conference rate by calling 800.331.1600 and providing the Avis Worldwide Discount (AWD) number T530199, or by reserving online here. The discounted rate is good for seven days before through seven days after the conference.
Sponsors & Exhibitors
Special thanks to our event co-sponsors! This conference is sponsored by the Appalachian Regional Commission, Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Development District Association of Appalachia, Federal Highway Administration, NADO and the NADO Research Foundation, and RPO America.
Each 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.
Click here (PDF) to check out our sponsor rates and complete a sponsorship interest form. Contact NADO Associate Director Carrie Kissel for more information, at ckissel @ nado.org. Other custom sponsor levels are also available.
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