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Healthy MPO Symposium - 11/8/2017

Save my seat: How MPOs are Prioritizing Public Health to Build More Prosperous, Equitable Regions

You are invited to “Measuring What We Value: How MPOs are Prioritizing Public Health to Build More Prosperous, Equitable Regions,” a symposium in Atlanta, GA on Wednesday, November 8th from 12 – 4 p.m. EDT . The symposium will be hosted by Transportation for America (T4America) and the American Public Health Association (APHA).

Please fill out the form on this page to save your seat for the symposium and help us plan for you attendance.

MPO board members are encouraged to attend the symposium.

Experts from a handful of MPOs across the country will share how their respective MPOs are planning, funding, and implementing more — and better — bicycling and walking projects in metropolitan regions. The details of each MPO’s initiative — and a handful of others — will be published in a forthcoming guidebook for MPOs, a continuation of a series of case studies and a policy paper on the topic already published by T4America and APHA.

Our invited speakers are:

  • James Corless, Chief Executive Officer, Sacramento Area Council of Governments – As the former founding director of Transportation for America and current CEO of SACOG, James will bring insights and inspiration on how and why to work with your communities to advance walking and bicycling projects. He will also share highlights of SACOG’s exemplary performance measures and integrated land use and transportation planning.
  • Amy Goodwin, Livability & Transportation Program Manager, Atlanta Regional Commission – ARC’s nationally recognized Livable Centers Initiative lends encouragement to other regions to focus growth, development and active transportation projects around defined city and town centers.
  • Peter Gies, Transportation Planner, Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization – The Broward MPO knows how to build a successful, institutionalized complete streets program by working closely with elected officials, implementing agencies, advocates, and community members. 
  • Kerstin Carr, Director of Planning and Environment, and Amelia Costanzo, Planning Manager, Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission – MORPC also implements a complete streets program in rural, suburban and urban areas across their region. They will offer advice on how to run a regional complete streets program and how to work with diverse geographies and people to create a successful, broad-reaching program. 

What these MPOs have accomplished are no small feats and they have much to share. At the symposium, they will offer advice for their peer MPO staff to take home, as well as insights into how they created viable plans, programs and policies by working in concert with their board and community members. We hope you are able to join us to learn about your peer regions’ work to promote health and address inequities through regional transportation planning. 

For those MPOs with limited travel budgets, some travel assistance may be available. Please fill out the form at the right or below to save your seat for the symposium or learn more about travel stipends before October 8th.