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.
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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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.