2019 National Regional Transportation Conference
Jun 17 – Jun 19 all-day



This event provides peer-to-peer learning for regional transportation planners, state DOT representatives, and their local and private sector partners working in multiple transportation modes.

The conference provides training and networking opportunities on a variety of rural and small metropolitan transportation topics. With hands-on workshops, best practice panels, and facilitated networking sessions that feature peer trainers and expert speakers, the conference will offer training for organizations and individuals just beginning to work in transportation, as well as those with more experience.

This year, the National Regional Transportation Conference is co-located with the National CEDS Forum (June 18 – 20).  Some sessions will be held together.  Attendees who work on both transportation and economic development can register for both events, as space permits.

GFX 2019 Expo and Conference
Jun 17 – Jun 20 all-day



Entering its 12th year, GFX is the largest annual community gathering of public fleets in the nation.  GFX has the backing of Government Fleet magazine, the most trusted industry resource for news, training and information.

Attendees can receive public fleet-specific training, connect with peers in the fleet community to discuss daily challenges and solutions, and get hands-on with the latest vehicles and technology for the industry.

National CEDS Forum
Jun 18 – Jun 20 all-day



The first-ever National CEDS Forum will take place June 18 – 20, 2019 in Columbus, Ohio at the Hyatt Regency Columbus.  This free event will bring together staff from Economic Development Districts, regional organizations, tribes, and federal agencies for a mix of training sessions, tours, and networking opportunities. Participants will learn about the latest best practices and resources available to support their Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) planning, development, and implementation.  Session topics will focus on economic resilience and diversification; accessing and interpreting data; aligning the CEDS with other plans; outreach and engagement; Opportunity Zones; and more.  Session planning is currently underway.

Click here for a draft agenda and stay tuned to this page for updates.

On June 18, join us for the tour “Back from the Brink: A Visit to Wilmington, OH” to kick-off the convening.  In November 2008, Clinton County lost its largest employer when the shipping company DHL ended operations there, leading to the loss of thousands of jobs almost overnight.  On this tour, learn how Wilmington and Clinton County have come back stronger from this economic shock by supporting local businesses, nurturing a regional food system, investing in renewable energy, and creating opportunities for young people to participate in local affairs.  Please sign up for this tour when you register.

AARP Livable Communities: Rural Livability
Jun 19 – Jun 20 all-day
APTA International Rail Roadeo @ Sheraton Centre
Jun 20 – Jun 23 all-day
Wheelchair Securement Training
Jun 20 @ 11:00 am – 12:15 pm



This interactive webinar provides an overview of the range of securement equipment currently available and a comprehensive review of the proper way to secure passengers with special needs and their wheelchairs. Ideal for new-hire and refresher training, topics covered include:

  • Liability & Best Practices
  • Securement Equipment Operation
  • Pre-trip inspection & Basic Maintenance
  • Securing the Mobility Device
  • Securing the Occupant
  • Sensitivity Training

All webinar attendees will receive a certificate of completion for their records.

Rural Multimodal Planning
Jun 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm



The National Center for Rural Road Safety (Safety Center) are hosting a FREE, 1.5-hour online webinar.

Webinar Description
This webinar will explore why and how rural communities and small towns should apply more multimodal planning. An efficient and equitable transportation system must be diverse in order to serve diverse travel demands, including when travelers cannot, should not, or prefer not to drive. This presentation will describe current demographic and economic trends that are increasing demands for walking, bicycling and public transit in rural communities. Serving these demands provides economic, social and environmental benefits, including more independent mobility for non-drivers; consumer savings and affordability (savings to lower-income households); improved economic opportunity and fairness; increased traffic safety; improved public fitness and health; reduced public infrastructure costs; environmental protection; and more local economic development. A variety of specific policies and programs can help create more diverse and efficient transport systems which allow travelers to use the most appropriate mode for each trip. This presentation is based on research described in the report, “Rural Multimodal Planning” (www.vtpi.org/rmp), and related documents.

Target Audience
This training is directed towards a very broad safety audience including, but not limited to, law enforcement, planners, engineers, first responders, elected officials, public health, tourism agencies, and safety culture experts. Participants should have some basic familiarity with transportation safety.

Course Presenter 

Todd Litman, Researcher, Victoria Transport Policy Institute (https://www.vtpi.org/documents/resume.pdf)

  • Todd Litman is founder and executive director of the Victoria Transport Policy Institute, an independent research organization dedicated to developing innovative solutions to transport problems. His work helps expand the range of impacts and options considered in transportation decision-making, improve evaluation methods, and make specialized technical concepts accessible to a larger audience. His research is used worldwide in transport planning and policy analysis. 
Understand Value Capture Tools and Federal Resources
Jun 20 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm



What you need to know about Value Capture Strategies in transportation investment! Are you looking for funding to complete your street initiative or improve your infrastructure condition? Interested in funding and financing strategies for a needed transportation infrastructure program of projects? Do you need a stronger understanding of how to pair Value Capture techniques with Federal resources? Are you interested in learning how other transportation agencies capitalize on the value created by transportation investments and capture a portion of increased value? Join us to learn more about Value Capture, including case studies that are being implemented by lead agencies.

Our speakers will provide an executive overview of Value Capture and its benefits, state of practice, case studies, and how FHWA can assist in implementing Value Capture. The objective is to build capacity for consideration and implementation of revenue options and value capture tools as part of a mix of funding and financing strategies in long-range plans. After successfully completing this webinar, participants will understand the benefits and applicability of Value Capture mechanisms to accelerate project delivery, non-Federal matching opportunities, pairing with Federal Innovative Finance, and getting the project off the ground.

How Artificial Intelligence is Impacting Mobility
Jun 20 @ 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
APTA Rail Conference @ Sheraton Centre
Jun 23 – Jun 26 all-day