Four Corners Rural Transportation Forum: Summary of a Conference

In August 2009 and May 2010, a small group of regional transportation planning practitioners convened in Sedona, Arizona (2009) and Park City, Utah (2010) for two days of facilitated discussion and presentations.  Participants shared information about best practices and emerging issues in their regions on a variety of rural transportation planning and economic development issues, including rural transportation safety, livability in rural areas and relationship-building with Tribal nations.  Read the event summaries to learn about issues, collaborative models, and practices in rural transportation planning in Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.  Two proceedings reports were produced through the NADO Research Foundation’s Center for Transportation Advancement and Regional Development under a cooperative agreement with the Federal Highway Administration:

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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.

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