Webinar Materials: Strategic Prioritization in North Carolina

The NADO Research Foundation held a free webinar “Strategic Prioritization in North Carolina” on Wednesday, October 30, 2013,  which addressed North Carolina’s experiences developing a data-driven transportation project prioritization process.  Attendees also heard an update from Federal Highway Administration staff on the agency’s activities regarding performance measurement rulemaking processes and capacity building.

View the webinar slides (large PDF), or watch the webinar below:

North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has developed and refined a data-driven project prioritization process over time. Initially started in response to an executive order from the governor, NCDOT also is incorporating requirements from the state legislature in its latest iteration of the ranking process. This high level of political input demonstrates the importance of transparency and communication in transportation performance-based planning and programming.

NCDOT’s prioritization process considers projects from multiple modes and explicitly incorporates the input of rural and metropolitan region leadership through their RPOs and MPOs into a project scoring mechanism. Learn about the latest evolution of this process, the role of state, regional, and local partners, how it fits in with planning, and what its impacts are on regional transportation planning.


Connie Yew,  Federal Highway Administration
Michael Nesbitt, Federal Highway Administration
Don Voelker, North Carolina Department of Transportation
Bjorn Hansen, Centralina Council of Governments

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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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