National Rural Transportation Conference: Opening Keynote Address

In this session at the 2012 National Rural Transportation Conference (April 25 – 27 in Burlington, Vermont), Federal Highway Administration Deputy Administrator Gregory G. Nadeau opened the conference with a keynote address.  His remarks included discussion of regional role in transportation, economic development, and opportunities to improve project delivery as well as improve transportation safety.

This session also included welcome statements from Russ Cowley, NADO President and Executive Director of the Six County Association of Governments; Misty Casto, Development District Association of Appalachia Secretary and Executive Director of the Buckeye Hills-Hocking Valley Regional Development District; and Michele Boomhower, Assistant/MPO Director of the Chittenden County Regional Planning Commission. Read a detailed summary of the session content here, or watch the video below.

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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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