FHWA Administrator Shailen Bhatt to chat fireside at the National Summit on Rural Road Safety

BOZEMAN, MONTANA – 9/8/2023 – The National Center for Rural Road Safety (the Center) is proud to announce that Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Administrator Shailen Bhatt will be a keynote speaker at the National Summit on Rural Road Safety.

The Summit will be held Sept. 12-14 in Oklahoma City, OK, and is co-hosted by the National Association of Development Organizations (NADO). The theme is Resources for Rurals: Equipping You to Save Lives. Registration is still open for both in-person and virtual attendance.

Administrator Bhatt will take part in a fireside chat at 9 a.m. CT on Tuesday, Sept. 12. He will be preceded by a video message from United States Department of Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.

“We are thrilled to have engagement by the top leaders of our nation’s transportation department,” said Jaime Sullivan, director of the Center. “Having Administrator Bhatt make an in-person appearance, and Secretary Buttigieg a virtual appearance, proves how important rural road safety is to them and to the overall health of our nation’s road system and communities.”

“FHWA’s programs and support are central to improving safety, keeping transportation infrastructure in better repair, and increasing economic vitality and quality of life for rural residents,” said Robert Hiett, executive director of the Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments and chair of NADO’s program affiliate RPO America. “Regional planning entities, the local communities we serve, and all our partners appreciate the commitment of FHWA and USDOT to supporting safety and community development.”

The Summit will feature over 20 sessions, field trips, ask-the-expert sessions, training opportunities, peer networking, and much more. Here is a snapshot of some of the sessions available to both in-person and virtual attendees.

  • Local and Tribal Safety Action Plan Office Hours (BONUS SESSION! 3-5 p.m. Monday, Sept. 11)
  • SS4-yAy: How to Apply for Safe Streets and Roads for All Grants
  • The Data Dance: What You Need for Your Local/Tribal Road Safety Plan
  • Doubling Down: Rural Safety Countermeasures
  • Funding Anyone? Show Me the Money!
  • DIY Demo: Local/Tribal Road Safety Plans
  • Implementing the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL): State-Regional Relationships in Transportation


For more information, including registration details, program updates, and accommodation options, visit the registration website.

For more information on the National Center for Rural Road Safety, visit: RuralSafetyCenter.org. For more information on the National Association of Development Organizations, visit www.NADO.org or www.RuralTransportation.org.

Questions? Contact the Center’s communication director Kevin Elliott at [email protected].


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