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 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.

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