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.
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.
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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.
The National RTAP Transit Manager’s Toolkit has been thoroughly updated in May 2019 with new content, resources, charts, explanations, and more. Join Beth Hamby, KFH Group Senior Associate, and Cara Marcus, National RTAP Resource Center Manager, for an overview of the updated toolkit’s sections, features, and functionality.
Public Involvement is much more than posting notices and holding public hearings. Public participation involves creative thinking, with willingness and ability to interact openly to the public’s preferred forms of communication. It is about being sensitive to disparate needs and conflicting priorities. It is about giving the public an opportunity to influence transportation decision-making. This course walks the talk by employing public involvement techniques as the means of conveying the key learning outcomes. It is a joint effort among FTA’s Office of Planning, NTI, the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) Office of Planning, and the National Highway Institute (NHI) and was recently updated to reflect changes in the Federal Transportation reauthorization.
This course does not focus on the NEPA process, but on more general strategies and tools of engaging the public.
Transit operators, metropolitan planning organization personnel, federal, state, local transportation agency staff, consultants, and others who are responsible for planning, implementing, or participating in any phase of the public involvement process.
Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to:
- Identify public involvement challenges
- Describe U.S. DOT transportation decision-making processes, including those that trigger the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
- Describe the relationship between public involvement and decision-making
- Develop a public involvement plan with stakeholder assistance that includes attention to non-traditional populations as an evaluation component
- Describe interest-based problem solving and their underlying values
- Identify ways to enhance public involvement plans
- $650.00 for Contractor, Consulting, Non-USA Transportation or Government Agency, Other, Non-Profit (USA only).
- Free for all others.
Barbara Van Dyke
The Every Day Counts-5 (EDC-5) Virtual Public Involvement (VPI) team is pleased to announce the second installment of the Extending Our Reach Public Involvement webinar series scheduled for June 25, 2019, from 2:00PM to 3:30PM (ET). The webinar will feature National leaders in public involvement who will share their experiences in adopting, implementing, and monitoring the effectiveness of innovative public involvement tools and strategies. Presenters will highlight the following public involvement techniques: Building a Social Media Presence, Targeted Online Ads, and Telephone Town Halls. Following each presentation, the audience can participate in a robust Q/A session with the guest presenters. The Webinar’s presenters and logistical information can be found below. For more information, please contact Scott Allen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-366-2650.