Transportation Professionals Gather at National Rural Transportation Conference; Training Presentations Posted Online

Posted on: May 2nd, 2013 by Carrie Kissel

Audience members listen to a plenary presentation during the 2013 National Rural Transportation ConferenceOn April 24 – 26, in Greenville, South Carolina, 150 regional transportation professionals from small metro and rural regions attended the National Rural Transportation Peer Learning Conference.  The training sessions have been approved for AICP Certification Maintenance creditsSpeaker presentations have been uploaded to the conference website, under Agenda and Presentations (select the session to access the “View Presentation” link for content on each presentation).

Conference attendees heard an engaging keynote address from South Carolina Deputy  Secretary of Commerce George Patrick III, an update on activities from the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, and information from Federal Highway Administration staff on MAP-21 implementation.

Paul Black provides a presentation at the 2013 National Rural Transportation ConferenceAdditional best practice sessions focused on public participation techniques, freight and economic development, long-range planning, regional transit, transportation and health, rural safety, and more, many relevant learning opportunities will be available to participants.  Longer workshops included an exclusive off-site visit to BMW Manufacturing Company to learn about freight and economic development, a Road Safety Audit workshop in the Town of Travelers Rest near Greenville, a walking and cycling tour of Greenville to discuss planning and implementation for its vibrant downtown, and an interactive session on equity and public involvement. The Excellence in Regional Transportation Award winners were also recognized during the conference (read more about the winning projects here, PDF).

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The conference was sponsored by AirSage, the Appalachian Regional Commission, Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations, Development District Association of Appalachia, Federal Highway Administration, National Association of Development Organizations Research Foundation and NADO’s RPO America, along with other partners.  Exhibitors included Easter Seals Project ACTION, Federal Highway Administration/Federal Transit Administration Transportation Planning Capacity Building Program, LeFleur Transportation, Rural Assistance Center, Strategic Highway Research Program 2 (SHRP2), Transit Cooperative Research Program, and URS Corporation.  The contributions of Brazos Valley Council of Governments and J.R. Wilburn & Associates are much appreciated for their role as Conference Supporters.

Please visit for the agenda and presentations. For more information, contact NADO Associate Director Carrie Kissel at 202.624.8829 or [email protected] (ckissel null@null nado

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