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Transportation Planning Exchange (TransPlex)

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TransPlex and Focus on Community Sessions

 

 Session and Speaker Information

This End Up! Customer Expectations in Goods Delivery Making Our Vision a Reality
Oh, The Places You'll Go! Planning in Context
Separating Voices From The Noise: Effective Public Involvement Strategies Traffic Talk: Coordination to Mitigate Traffic Impacts in an Emerging Small City
Whose Environment is it Anyway? Get into their Shoes, Pedals, or Bus Seats
A Community Health Checkup Yours, Mine, Ours or Theirs?
Think Fast! Project Funding Solutions Tracking Tourists and Tackling Transportation
If You Build It, Will They Come? NCIS: Transportation (Never Cease Improving Safety)
Evolution to Revolution - Impacts of Technology Swipe Right and Build Cross Functional Relationships
Definitely, Maybe! Planning in Uncertainty Engaging The Public in Early, Large-scale, or Complex Transportation Planning
Black Swans: Handling the Unexpected Strategies to Engage People About Transportation Innovations
Public Involvement through the Transportation Lifecycle Engaging Hard to Reach Groups
Who's at the Table and Who's Not? Techniques for Identifying and Engaging Affected and Interested Publics Desktop Tools for Identifying Populations
Data for Understanding Society Who's Out There? Stories from the Road
Collaboration Practicum MPO Communication Techniques
Building Community Relationships Framing the Issues: Community Impact Assessment
Collaboration and Consensus: Vision Stories Engage The Public in Early Transportation
Generational Preferences in Transportation Facilitating Equitable Outcomes
Walk This Way: Tools for Identifying Barriers and Other Challenges to Walking Collect It! Analyze It! Share It! What everyone ought to know about using Operational Data in Planning Decisions
I Can See Clearly Now!

Making Our Vision a Reality


Can you imagine what your community or region might look like in the next 20 years? What about 50 years? Come work with some of Florida’s regional and community visioning experts using strategies to identify community needs and guide development to match evolving community visions. Work in small groups to apply these ideas to your Team Challenge - and later to your own community.

Moderator:

Pat Steed, Executive Director Central Florida RPC/Heartland Regional TPO; Over 30 years’ experience in transportation and community planning, has served helping citizens, businesses and governments find a vision for their transportation corridors, their neighborhoods, their cities, their counties, their regions, and the state transportation system. She has led the Heartland 2060 regional visioning effort and served on the Board of How Shall We Grow, Lakeland Vision, Polk Vision, and on the Florida Transportation Plan (FTP) Steering Committee twice.

Speakers:

Lois Bush, FDOT; Lois' related experience and expertise stem from her work on various long range, system oriented visions and plans. She supported FDOT's participation in Southeast Florida's Seven50 regional visioning process that resulted in an Economic Prosperity Plan with a 'Region in Motion' preferred scenario. She manages the I-95 Corridor Mobility Planning Project involving 20+ stakeholders centered on implementation of an aspirational future transportation and land use vision for eastern Broward and southeastern Palm Beach counties.

Gary Nelson, Kitson & Partners; 35 Years of experience in planning, design, permitting, land development and entitlements for large scale projects in the state of Florida including off site transportation impact analysis and mitigation. Currently working on Babcock Ranch, an 18,000 acre sustainable project in Lee and Charlotte Counties. Babcock Ranch uses an incremental DRI process to assess transportation needs and mitigation in increments and in whole over the life of a 25 year plus development project.

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Oh, The Places You'll Go!


For your next vacation, how will you get to your destination and visit the sights? How did that package or perishable get from another country to your home? Come learn about planning for different modes and how to address interconnectivity supporting end-to-end people and goods movement as might apply to various community contexts.

Moderator: 

 • Jim Halley, FDOT; Jim is the Aviation System Manager, overseeing the Department’s aviation system program, the Continuing Florida Aviation System Planning Process, and FDOTs airport sustainability efforts. Jim previously worked in airport operations at Palm Beach County and Ft. Lauderdale and as an airport planner with Talbert & Bright and the Lee County Port Authority. Jim spent 8 years as a U.S. Marine special operations team leader and artillery officer. He received his B.S. in Aviation Management from Florida Tech and his M.B.A. in Aviation from Embry Riddle.

Speakers:

Stephen Armellini, Armellini Logistics

Emir Pineda, Miami International Airport;  Mr. Pineda's duties include marketing, trade analysis, logistics and facilities expansion and air service/route development. Previously worked as: Director of Cargo Trade Development at DFW International Airport, as a consultant at Leigh Fisher Associates, and as Director of Marketing and Business Development for Air France/KLM Martinair Cargo, where he also served on the Board of Directors of Tampa Cargo. Before returning to MIA, he was Commercial Route Development Manager for Cargolux Airlines.

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Planning in Context


It is time to embark on a new direction – one that fosters community building by creating a context sensitive system of Complete Streets. Complete Streets will promote safety, quality of life, and economic development by serving the transportation needs of transportation system users of all ages and abilities. Come learn how to define your place using FDOT’s new Context Classification system. From Rural and Rural Town to Urban Core, see how our updated design criteria will help nurture each place.

Moderator:

DeWayne Carver, FDOT; DeWayne has experience with form based coding, public transit, bicycle and pedestrian planning and design, and walkable thoroughfare design in the public and private sectors. He manages FDOT's Complete Streets program, helping the department transition to a context-based transportation system. DeWayne routinely conducts training and workshops related to complete streets and bicycle/pedestrian topics, through his current position as the State Complete Streets Program Manager as well as his former role as State Bicycle/Pedestrian Coordinator.

Speakers:

Mary Raulerson, Kittelson & Associates, Inc.; Mary has developed Complete Streets and context-based policies and planning and design guidance for a variety of transportation agencies, including state transportation departments in Florida, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Oregon, New Jersey, and Washington, DC. She has advanced projects from concept through construction, and over 90 percent of the programs and projects that she has completed have been adopted or are built and are moving people today. She recently co-authored the FDOT Complete Streets Handbook.

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Separating Voices From the Noise: Effective Public Involvement Strategies


Working in small groups, collaborate and define effective public engagement strategies for your Team Challenges and communities. Come hear about the five I’s of public involvement - Identify, Invite, Inform, Involve, and Improve, and how to engage the public for plans and projects that may be many years in the future.

Moderator:

Rusty Ennemoser, FDOT; Dr. Ennemoser is the State Public Involvement and Community Resources Coordinator for FDOT. Her doctorate is in Sociocultural and International Studies from Florida State University. She has a Masters in Multicultural Studies from FSU, and a bachelors in Journalism and Mass Communications from Florida International University in Miami. She is a member of the TRB Standing Committee on Public Involvement and the TRB Standing Committee on Social and Economic Factors in Transportation.

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This End up! Customer Expectations in Goods Delivery


Efficient movement of freight is critical to the growth of Florida’s economy. Participants will have an opportunity to work in small groups to solve a freight challenge with guidance by one of Florida’s freight industry experts. Groups will progress through several challenges over the course of the session, each with a new freight industry expert to provide insight into their unique perspective. Participants will be encouraged to consider issues and solutions from different points of view, and ask questions throughout.

Speakers/Bios:

• Rickey Fitzgerald, FDOT

• Holly Munroe, FDOT

• Keith Robbins, FDOT

• Justin Ryan, FDOT


• Jeremy Upchurch, FDOT; Jeremy Upchurch has relevant public/private freight/logistics experience in multiple areas. Jeremy serves as primary contact for coordinating on matters of freight in District 4 and as a resource for connecting freight issues with other governmental agencies, economic development agencies and the private sector freight stakeholders. Jeremy assists in facilitating state and local transportation investment decisions and develops and implement strategies to improve freight mobility, freight infrastructure, and related operations throughout District 4. Jeremy implements and communicates the strategies laid out in the Freight Mobility and Trade Plan.

• Jason Klempin, FDOT

• Carlos Castro, FDOT

• Brian Hunter, FDOT


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Traffic Talk: Coordination to Mitigate Traffic Impacts in an Emerging Small City


Engage with a diverse panel of speakers as they tell the story of planning for growth in one of Florida’s small, rural towns. As they describe land use and transportation planning challenges, guess what happens next in the story through electronic polling. Did this emerging community approach their challenges the same way you would have?

Moderator:

• Dennis Smith, AICP; Mr. Smith is the Planner-in-Residence at FSU's Department of Urban and Regional Planning. He serves as the Director of the Florida Planning Lab where he is responsible for securing and guiding graduate student studio projects, teaching planning classes, and supporting related community service endeavors. He has twenty three years of planning experience in the public and private sector in transportation, land use, and natural hazards planning.

Speakers:

• David Cooke, FDOT; Over 30 years of transportation experience in the public and private sectors.

Todd Davis, FDOT; Todd Davis, PE is a Project Manager for VHB with 14 years of extensive experience in a variety of project types including traffic operation, transportation planning studies, and Concurrency Management Systems (CMS). Specific tasks include Growth Management reviews, corridor and area-wide planning studies, signal warrants, traffic impact studies, impact fee studies, and CMS. Todd has the privilege to work for the FDOT D5 office as an in-house consultant and he serves as a Project Manager within the Planning and Corridor Development unit. His duties range from reviewing DRI and Comprehensive Plan amendments to managing corridor planning studies and providing the unit with a professional opinion balancing the planning and engineering approaches.

• Jodi Nentwick, City of Groveland; Jodi has worked at the local level in Building, Planning and Zoning, and Code Enforcement for 22 years.

• Dan Pennington, DEO; Dan works for the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity. Prior work for 1000 Friends of Florida included projects such as: “Wildlife Habitat Planning”; Florida Panhandle Initiative and North Florida Greenway; Springshed and Karst areas protection including the manual “Protecting Florida’s Springs”; and, the Waterfronts Florida Program revitalizing waterfront communities. Dan received his Planning M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning from FSU and his B.S. in Biology from UCF. Prior to working at DEO and 1000 Friends, he worked for the Florida Department of Environmental Protection on the review of comprehensive plans and amendments, groundwater protection, federal projects, developments of regional impact and other conservation and development planning issues.

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Whose Environment is it Anyway?


This light-hearted session is guided by the whims of the participants. Keep an eye out for the Whose Environment Is It Anyway? booth at the TransPlex Opening Session and submit environmental topics for discussion; then join us for the Whose Environment Is It Anyway? session to see environmental experts provide their insight to your questions and topics.

Moderator:

• Janet Bowman, The Nature Conservancy

Speakers:

Brian Barnett, Transportation Biologist, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission; Retired in 2004 after 33+ years with the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Last position was Director of Environmental Services. From 2009 to present, have returned to FFWCC as a consulting biologist to do ETDM reviews from my home office.

Ryan Smart, 1,000 Friends of Florida; Ryan is the President of 1000 Friends of Florida, the state's leading not-for-profit smart growth advocacy organization dedicated to saving special places and building better communities. He was previously the director of the Florida Conservation Coalition. Ryan serves on the board of the Wakulla Springs Alliance and was named the 2017 Young Floridian of the Year by the Bob Graham Center for Public Service at the University of Florida.

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Get into their Shoes, Pedals, or Bus Seats


Transportation Choices is the newest goal area in the Florida Transportation Plan. Hear about strategies and tools to foster more travel options, focusing on user/customer needs and expectations. Using a transportation camp format, attendees at this session will share their secrets for incorporating multiple modes of transportation into planning and implementation efforts.

Moderator:

• Becky Afonso, Executive Director Florida Bicycle Association; Becky is a native Floridian from the Tampa Bay area and has favored bicycle commuting since her grade school days in Clearwater. She holds a degree in Mass Communications from Loyola University in New Orleans, specializing in television news directing, an intense skill set of time-management and multi-tasking. Becky continues to bicycle commute locally in Oldsmar and travels with her folding Dahon Espresso bicycle to enjoy riding wherever the road takes her.

Speakers:

• Jeremy Upchurch, FDOT; Jeremy has relevant public/private freight/logistics experience in multiple areas and is the primary contact for coordinating on matters of freight in District 4. He is the resource for connecting freight issues with other governmental agencies, economic development agencies and the private sector freight stakeholders and assists in facilitating state and local transportation investment decisions. He develops and implements strategies to improve freight mobility, freight infrastructure, and related operations throughout District 4 and implements and communicates the strategies laid out in the Freight Mobility and Trade Plan.

• Brenda Young, FDOT; Brenda oversees District Five's Transit, Bicycle, Pedestrian, Park and Ride, and Commuter Assistance staff and programs. She is their champion for bicycle and pedestrian safety, FDOT's statewide champion for the FTP goal area to provide more transportation choices for people and goods, and serves on the Central Florida Transportation Planning Group Board and the Bike Walk Central Florida Board. She stays involved in state and local initiatives to support the future sustainability of multimodal transportation.

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A Community Health Checkup


The transportation system plays a role in keeping people safe and healthy by providing access to healthy food and active lifestyles. Learn how health impact assessments and community health data are informing transportation planning and funding decisions, as well as the types of community health data available, where you can find it, and how to coordinate with public health partners. Then, using this information, brainstorm strategies for your Team Challenges and local communities.

Speakers:

Ernie Bradley, Florida Department of Health; Mr. Bradley focuses on complete streets, walkable communities, and other policies related to active transportation and health. Previously, he was the Healthiest Weight Florida Initiative’s Evaluation and Performance Tracking Consultant. Working to ensure Healthiest Weight Florida activities were in alignment with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funding requirements. Including reporting on program process measures and assisting on statewide activities to promote the importance of being at a healthy weight to the citizens of Florida.

• Andrea Igliesias, Executive Director, Urban Health Partnership; Andrea holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology. In addition to being the ED at UHP, she is also the principal of a diversity consulting firm and an adjunct professor at the University of Miami. Andrea has worked to translate research in clinical and community psychology and best practices into effective community engagement, physical and mental health prevention and service delivery, and culturally informed practices, policies, and programs to foster healthier and more inclusive communities.

Elizabeth Whitton, AICP, Transportation Planner, MetroPlan Orlando; Elizabeth leads the agency's transit and health initiatives. The MPO-along with its partners-is pursuing a regional Health in all Transportation Policies approach. Elizabeth has more than five years of experience in planning and policy research related to community health. In addition to a Bachelors Degree from the University of Alabama, she has a Masters in Planning from Florida State University.

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Yours, Mine, Ours, or Theirs?


Automated shuttles, app-based ride matching, first- and last-mile partnerships: the range of options available to communities for meeting customer needs continues to expand. Some of Florida’s pioneers in innovative shared mobility services will share their expertise. Learn what might work in your community.

Moderator:

Laura Cantwell, AARP; Laura leads AARP Florida's work on livable community issues and is the state liaison on AARP's Network of Age Friendly Communities, which currently includes 16 Florida communities. She serves on several coalitions such as the Florida Department of Transportation's Safe Mobility for Life Coalition. Laura participated as a committee member on the Florida Transportation Plan (FTP) and the Strategic Intermodal System (SIS) Policy Plan Steering Committee, and currently serves on the FTP/SIS Implementation Committee.

Speakers/Bios:

Cassandra Borchers, PSTA; As PSTA's Chief Development Officer, Cassandra oversees the Planning Department including strategic planning, short and long-range planning, grant development, community funding partnerships, capital development, scheduling, non-financial statistics and public engagement. Her department develops, plans, and designs agency projects and initiatives like the PSTA Central Avenue BRT and Innovation Programs such as PSTA's partnerships with TNCs for the PSTA Direct Connect, TD Late Shift, and Mobility on Demand Paratransit (FTA Sandbox) services.

Robyn Chiarelli, Downtown FTL TMA; Robyn Chiarelli has dedicated her career to mobilizing the South Florida community. As Executive Director since July 2014, Chiarelli increased ridership to 500,000+ annual guests on eight routes. In partnership with the City of Fort Lauderdale, Chiarelli launched the first on-demand marine-based community transportation in the region, reinvigorated the TMA's Sponsorship Program, launched a private charter service, extended services across municipal boundaries, and introduced a new trolley fleet during her tenure at the TMA.

Deborah Leistner; Ms. Leistner has over 15 years of experience in transportation planning, primarily related to public sector implementation of programs, services and infrastructure to support the provision of a balanced transportation system. She is responsible for the implementation of the Gainesville bike share system, works closely with the transit system to enhance intermodal connectivity, and has been researching the effectiveness of shared mobility services to enhance the mobility of seniors.

Brad Thoburn, Jacksonville Transportation Authority; Mr. Thoburn is the Vice President of Planning, Development and Innovation at JTA overseeing long range planning, innovation, project development and regional planning. He is responsible for high profile initiatives including the Route Optimization Initiative, First Coast Flyer Bus Rapid Transit, and Ultimate Urban Circulator (U2C). Brad is developing strategies around emerging technologies and trends associated with autonomous and connected vehicles and shared mobility. Previously, Mr. Thoburn was the State Transportation Development Administrator at FDOT.

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Think Fast! Project Funding Solutions


Sometimes great projects only strike out for lack of funding options in your community, and a new approach may be all you need to get it back in the game. In a rapid fire format, your peers will toss you as many innovative funding solutions as possible, in a variety of community contexts, to ensure the best balance of limited resources for a winning project. Come ready to catch a lot of information…fast!

Moderator:

Commissioner Doug Smith, Martin County; Commissioner Smith, a resident of Jensen Beach since 1990, elected in 2000 is serving his fifth term as District 1 Martin County Commissioner. Commissioner Smith is currently Chairman of the Martin County Board of County Commissioners for 2016/2017. Commissioner Smith is a member of the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) since 2000. Also member of FAC Legislative Executive Committee, Co-Chair of the Federal Committee and member of the Enterprise Committee. Commissioner Smith was the recipient of the FAC Presidential Advocacy Award in 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Commissioner Smith is past President of the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) 2011-2012. Commissioner Smith is a member of the Metropolitan Planning Organization, Tourist Development Council and the Arts Council, Inc., the 2016 Chairman of the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council, and alternate member of the Treasure Coast Council of Local Governments, and the Indian River Lagoon Council. Past board member of the Children’s Services Council of Martin County, Education Foundation of Martin County, Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute Foundation, Environmental Studies Council and Martin County Historical Society.

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Tracking Tourists and Tackling Transportation


Have you ever considered the impact Florida’s visitors have on our transportation system? Become familiar with Florida's tourism and seasonal population trends and consider why these trends are important, how they vary around the state, and what accommodations are made to address related transportation needs. Challenge the panelists as they discuss how tourism and seasonal trends can affect customer preference and decision-making.

Moderator:

 • Richard Goldman, St. Johns County VCB; Richard Goldman served as the Past Chair of Visit Florida, past board member for Florida Association of Destination Marketing Organizations, Chief Marketing Officer for Amelia Island Plantation for 11 years. As CEO of St. Augustine, Ponte Vedra & The Beaches VCB, Goldman served on the Mobility Advisory Commission for the City of St. Augustine. Goldman also represented the tourism industry for Visit Florida on the Florida Transportation Plan and Strategic Intermodal System Steering Committee.

Speakers:

• Thomas Hill, State Systems Modeling Manager FDOT; Thomas Hill is the State Systems Modeling Manager for the Florida Department of Transportation. Thomas is a member of the TRB Travel Forecast Committee, the TRB Statewide Modeling Subcommittee, the TRB Freight Committee and is a member of the CTPP Oversight Board. Currently, Thomas is involved with updating the Florida Statewide Passenger and Freight Model, evaluating hurricane evacuation, implementing Bluetooth technology, developing a tourist travel component to the statewide model and developing a micro-simulation models.

• Taylor Laurent, Transportation Planner HDR; Taylor Laurent is a transportation planner who provides technical analysis on the FDOT District Five Central Florida Visitor Study. Taylor has worked on this ongoing study for two years to assess visitor travel by national, international, and Florida Resident visitors throughout the Central Florida region. The study will enhance existing planning tools and, ultimately, generate a list of recommendations to integrate transportation and tourism objectives of Central Florida while maximizing return on investment.

 • Scott Koons, North Central Florida Regional Planning Council; Over 25 years experience in implementing The Original Florida Tourism Task Force Visit Natural North Florida regional nature-, heritage- and cultural-based tourism marketing program for a 14-county region in north central Florida. Visit Natural North Florida marketing efforts consist of a wide-ranging promotion strategy and utilizes a comprehensive approach, including: travel blogs, website, social media, public relations campaigns, consumer travel shows, targeted advertising, tourism education and promotions.

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If You Build It, Will They Come?


Transportation has long been a critical element of Florida’s economic growth. As our economy changes, so, too, do our transportation needs. Engage in a lively discussion with four business and economic development leaders on changing customer needs and how to align transportation plans and investments to maximize economic opportunities.

Moderator:

Carmen Monroy, Director of Policy Planning FDOT; Carmen oversees the Transportation Policy and Planning program areas that include Federal and State Policy, Transportation Performance, Statewide Transportation Planning, Metropolitan and Regional Transportation Planning, Strategic Intermodal System Implementation, and Systems Management. Prior to joining FDOT, Carmen served in management roles with Lee County Transit, Port of Miami and the City of Cape Coral.

Speakers:

Jeff Hendry, North FL Economic Development Partnership; Jeff has served as the Executive Director for the NFEDP for the past 8 years. The NFEDP is a Regional Economic Development organization comprising 14 Rural counties in North Central Florida. The mission of the NFEDP is to provide technical and project management assistance, statewide, national and international marketing services, and professional development opportunities for the communities and their economic development leadership representatives.

 • Rick Homans, President & CEO Tampa Bay Partnership; Rick leads a CEO-driven advocacy organization, the Tampa Bay Partnership, that supports the implementation of a regional transit plan and system for Tampa Bay, the 18th largest metro area in the country. Leaders in Tampa Bay cite transportation as the biggest economic challenge facing the region. As part of the effort, the group is advocating for regional governance structures for transportation planning and transit operations, and investigating multiple funding sources for new transit investment.
 
Alan Moseley, Northeast Florida Regional Transportation Commission; Having served previously as the Secretary for FDOT, District II, and on the board of the Jacksonville Transportation Authority and Chief Administrative Officer for the City of Jacksonville, Mr. Moseley recently worked with JAX USA Partnerships and has seen first hand the important role of transportation in economic development decision making. He is currently leading the Regional Transportation Commission as they focus on creating an environment for world class regional transit services in Northeast Florida.

 • Jim Thomas, Orlando Economic Partnership

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NCIS: Transportation (Never Cease Improving Safety)


Traffic fatalities and serious injuries in Florida are increasing, despite the priority placed on safety by transportation agencies. Learn about safety planning tools, resources, and data, then put the information in practice by performing a safety evaluation for your Team Challenge.

Moderator:

Lora Hollingsworth, FDOT; Lora Hollingsworth serves as the Chief Safety Officer for the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). She is a registered professional engineer with more than 25 years of experience in both public service and private sector. Ms. Hollingsworth led the effort to update the Florida’s Strategic Highway Safety Plan in 2012 and again in 2016, working with traffic safety partners across the State. Her office houses both the Highway Safety Plan (the NHTSA safety program) and the Highway Safety Improvement Program (the FHWA safety program). Prior to joining the FDOT Ms. Hollingsworth served as City Engineer and Public Works Director for a Central Florida municipality. She is a longtime safety advocate.

 Speakers:

• Chief Mark Brown, Florida Highway Patrol; Currently leading the Arrive Alive initiative for FHP, using data to strategically deploy law enforcement resources in areas with high numbers of serious bodily injury and fatal crashes.

Ginger Regalado, FDOT; Ginger Regalado works in the Traffic Operations Department in the Safety group and serves as the Community Traffic Safety Team Coordinator and the Arrive Alive Liaison in District Seven. Ginger and the Safety group have coordinated multiple Road Safety Audit (RSA) trainings for law enforcement officers in District Seven and beyond. In addition, she has scheduled, participated in and assisted with follow-up actions on several RSAs conducted in cooperation with law enforcement in District Seven.

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Evolution to Revolution – Impacts of Technology


How will technology shape transportation planning and infrastructure? How will we plan for these technology changes? Sign up to present your innovative transportation and community planning ideas, or come listen and vote for the best ideas from your peers.

Moderator:

 • Beth Kigel, FTC; Beth Kigel is the President and CEO of the Palm Beach North Chamber of Commerce covering a 10-municipality region with 950 member organizations. With more than 25 years of experience serving the public sector, Beth began her career as a corporate representative in the telecommunications industry focused almost exclusively on government solutions at the federal, state, county, and municipal levels. She also has experience in government relations, public policy and political campaigns, and has served in several campaign leadership positions. Beth was appointed to the Florida Transportation Commission in January 2012 by Governor Rick Scott confirmed by the Florida Senate, and subsequently reappointed for a second term in 2016. Her additional public service includes the Palm Beach County Criminal Justice Commission, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission, the Palm Beach County Groundwater and Natural Resources Protection Board, and the Roger Dean Stadium Advisory Board. Beth has served as a Trustee and Board Member of area Chambers of Commerce, an Executive Committee member of the Economic Council of Palm Beach County, and the 2012 Chair of the William T. Dwyer Awards for Excellence in Education. Beth serves on the Leadership Florida Board of Directors, and was elected to the post of Chair for 2017 – 2018. Beth also currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Florida Chamber of Commerce. In 2015, Beth was appointed to The World Congress on Intelligent Transportation Systems Board of Directors.

Judges:

 • April Blackburn, Chief of Transportation Technology FDOT; April has been involved in the development of the FDOT's Technology Strategic Plan, Data Governance FDOT ROADS initiative and is the leader of the newly developed Transportation Technology Office. April is a technology leader operating in Florida's public sector for over 28 years. April specializes in developing and implementing technology strategies based upon agility, just-in-time solutions, and business requirements.

 • Mark Bontrager, Space Florida; Mark Bontrager joined Space Florida in 2008 and currently serves as the Vice President for Spaceport Operations. In this role, Mark leads the planning and development of space transportation infrastructure improvement projects of Space Florida’s spaceport holdings and the Florida Spaceport System Plan. Mark is responsible for development and operations of Space Florida’s Spaceport assets including multiple launch complexes, launch vehicle processing facilities, and payload processing facilities. Bontrager has more than 21 years experience with the United States Air Force and most recently served as a Colonel and Commander of the 45th Mission Support Group at Patrick Air Force Base and Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, which provides critical support to military space launch operations as well as commercial, NASA and ballistic missile launches. Colonel Bontrager also served as chief of the Assured Access Operations Division at Air Force Space Command at Peterson AFB, Colorado and previously served in the 1st Space Launch Squadron with the Delta II launch vehicle program. Mark’s keen understanding of Air Force processes and space launch/payload processing operations brings a critical skill set to Space Florida. Mark also works closely with Business Development and the Florida Department of Transportation to capture opportunities to improve and modernize Florida's existing spaceport assets and strengthen relationships with aerospace stakeholders who see Florida as the place for space. Mark Bontrager holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Florida, a Master’s of Engineering from the University of Colorado at Boulder, a Masters in National Security Studies from the Naval War College, and a Masters in Airpower Art and Science from the School of Advanced Airpower Studies at Maxwell AFB in Alabama.
 
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Swipe Right and Build Cross Functional Relationships


Using a speed dating format, come meet with planning, engineering, operations, and land use experts to discuss ways to align or integrate operations, design, engineering, and land use with planning activities. To get the conversations started, use prompts provided for your Team Challenge, or ask your own questions. You’ll also make new contacts!

Speakers:

Steve Braun, District Design Engineer, FDOT District 4; Steve is a Civil Engineering graduate of Clemson University with 23 years of Planning, PD&E and Design experience. He currently manages the office responsible for producing the construction plans for the projects envisioned during Planning and PD&E. Steve has represented the Department at national conferences sharing FDOT best practices in Complete Streets, Public Involvement, and Expedited Project Delivery.

Sunsarea Dalton, CH2M Hill

Barbara Davis, FTE (Tentative); Barbara Davis is the Express Lanes Development Administrator at Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise of the Florida Department of Transportation. In this capacity, she works closely with Central Office, the Turnpike, and all Districts to assist in the early coordination of express lanes project development. In addition, she oversees the Statewide District Traffic and Revenue Studies Program, and the development of all Turnpike Traffic and Revenue Studies. She has more than 25 years of experience in Transportation Planning. Prior to joining the Turnpike in November 2008, Barbara worked at an MPO for 10 years and in private consulting. She has Baccalaureate and Master’s degrees in Business Administration, and is a member of the American Institute Certified Planners.

Giri Jeedigunta, Palm Beach County; Giri Jeedigunta has over twenty years of experience in traffic engineering with the local maintaining agencies in managing day-to-day operation of traffic signals and Traffic Control Center (TMC) operations. As the Traffic Signal Systems Manager for the Palm Beach County, Giri is also responsible for managing Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) deployments, Adaptive Traffic Control Systems (ATCS), Advanced Traffic Management System (ATMS) installations, development of Active Arterial Management (AAM) strategies as part of Transportation System Management & Operations (TSM&O) program, Incident Management, inter-agency coordination, citizen requests, traffic signal studies, consultant coordination, and mentoring young engineers and student interns. He has master’s degree in Civil Engineering from FAU, Boca Raton, and a bachelor’s in civil Engineering from India. He is P.E., and PTOE.

Austin Mount, Executive Director West Florida RPC; Austin joined the WFRPC in Sept 2015. Previously, while Executive Director at the Kaysinger Basin RPC, the KBRPC received four national innovation awards. In his 11 years at KBRPC, he was successful in receiving over $15M in grant funds for the region. He was involved in a wide range of programs including economic and community development, Community Development Block Grants, transportation, brownfields, and developed strong allegiances with state and federal partners.

Jeff Sheffield, North FL TPO; Jeff Sheffield is the executive director of the independent four-county North Florida Transportation Planning Organization (North Florida TPO) handling transportation planning and prioritizing in the region. Mr. Sheffield leads regional coordination and policy development and oversees project management for programs and studies prescribed by federal law. Working with partner agencies, he has championed results-oriented investment in intelligent transportation systems (ITS), traffic incident management, safety, bicycle and pedestrian planning, freight and logistics planning, Clean Fuels Coalition, and multi-modal mobility improvements.

Paul Hiers, FDOT

Chris Sinclair, Renaissance Planning Group

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Definitely, Maybe! Planning in Uncertainty


Where will millennials live and how will they travel? How will emerging technologies such as automated and connected vehicles impact our transportation system? Will electric or other alternative fueled vehicles become commonplace? How might we be impacted by changing global trade patterns? As number and range of uncertainties continues to multiply, many planners are using scenario planning to explore potential futures. Come hear recent examples of successful scenario planning, and see how these techniques might help your Team Challenge.

Moderator:

Jim Wood, Chief Planner FDOT; Over 20 years of experience in planning, program administration, policy development, intergovernmental coordination, and public involvement. Currently oversees FDOT's statewide planning programs. His recent work includes oversight of the 2015 updates to the Florida Transportation Plan and the Strategic Intermodal System Policy Plan; the I-75 Relief Task Force; the East Central Florida Corridor Task Force; and establishment of the state's Shared Use Nonmotorized (SUN) Trail Program.

Speakers:

Beth Alden, Executive Director Hillsborough MPO; Ms. Alden co-led, with the Executive Director of a partner land-use-planning agency, an extensive scenario planning project to shape the Long Range Transportation Plan and four local government comprehensive plans, including Tampa's. It included growth scenarios, financial scenarios, performance based planning and programming, Plain-English narratives and graphics, and a multi-pronged public engagement campaign, using conventional and social media, that resulted in over 6,000 responses.

Shi Chiang Li, FDOT; Has been with FDOT for 27 years, overseeing demographic and travel demand forecasts, travel behavioral analyses, site impact analysis, performance measures, level of service assessment and technical supports to local governments. Graduated with Master Degree in Transportation Planning and Engineering from NYU.

Danny Rotert, Burns & MacDonnell; Danny has worked on the MPO, city, and federal levels for over 16 years. He focuses on helping governments better listen to the people they serve, improve their processes, innovate where they can and tell their story effectively.

• Brian Watts, FDOT; Brian Watts serves as a senior transportation analyst for the Florida Department of Transportation, Office of Policy Planning. Brian has 15 years of experience focusing on policy and strategic planning and performance management holding an Economics degree with an emphasis in Policy Analysis and Evaluation Methods from Florida State University.

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Engaging The Public in Early, Large-Scale, or Complex Transportation Planning


How can you meaningfully involve the public early in planning processes- before specific projects or alternatives are defined? How should you engage the public when developing a large-scale plan over a long period? What if your project is particularly complex, involving multiple modes, technologies, or systems? This interactive workshop will provide table-top discussions about six recent planning processes in Florida - Hear about public involvement successes and challenges, share your ideas, and learn techniques for application in your region.

Speakers:

John Kaliski, Cambridge Systematics; John Kaliski has worked with state departments of transportation, metropolitan planning organizations, and other public and private entities to understand long-range trends and potential futures; define visions and goals; develop and implement long-range and strategic plans; and engage the public in these decisions. Recent work has included supporting the updates of the Florida Transportation Plan and Strategic Intermodal System Policy Plan; the East Central Florida Corridor Task Force; and the I-75 Relief Task Force.

Huiwei Shen, Florida DOT; Project manager of the East Central Florida Corridor Task Force and the I-75 Relief Task Force overseeing public outreach activities for statewide corridor planning. The Task Force process built consensus on options for potentially developing new and enhancing existing multi-modal transportation corridors.

Marybeth Soderstrom, HRTPO; As the Community Engagement Manager for the Heartland Regional Transportation Planning Organization, Marybeth works to facilitate opportunities for meaningful engagement with the public on matters relating to transportation planning in DeSoto, Glades, Hardee, Hendry, Highlands, and Okeechobee Counties. She specializes in Integrated Public Relations and has experience in youth development, workforce development, and transportation and community planning and is the immediate past president of the Dick Pope/Polk County Chapter of the Florida Public Relations Association.

• Jeff Sheffield, NFTPO

Elizabeth Rockwell, Miami-Dade MPO; Elizabeth Rockwell is the Chief Communications Officer for the Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization. She is a native Miamian with a vested interest in environmental and transportation issues facing Miami-Dade County. She oversees marketing, media, and outreach to promote mobility choices through the local transportation planning process, and more specifically the Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit "SMART" Plan. She holds both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Environmental Science from Florida International University .

 • Jessica Josselyn, Kittelson & Associates, Inc.; Ms. Josselyn is trained as a civil engineer from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, but discovered a passion for transportation planning over the years as an Associate Planner with Kittelson & Associates. Having led Southeast Florida's Regional Transportation Plans as well as over a dozen multimodal corridor studies covering over 150 miles, she is recognized for her ability to build trust and gain consensus on projects where needs and goals vary across agencies, stakeholders, and the public.

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Black Swans: Handling the Unexpected


Black Swans can be described as unexpected events that may disrupt our plans or expectations. In this panel discussion, speakers will discuss their experiences with disruptive behaviors and the threats they pose to achieving project acceptance. Participants will learn about ways to avoid disruptions, remain flexible, and react to the unexpected to keep their plans and projects on track to produce the desired objectives.

Speakers:

• Jen Horton, FDOT District 5; Lead communications specialist for the SR 44 and Grand Avenue roundabout in DeLand, FL. This location had been the scene of a quadruple fatality, and because three of the victims were small children, this was heavily covered in the media. The goal was to educate the public, and to share FDOTs vision for this intersection -- a roundabout. The public vehemently opposed; an aggressive campaign won favor with the public and the media.

Chris Speese, FDOT District 7; Chris Speese is the FDOT District 7 Bicycle/Pedestrian and Public Involvement Coordinator. He has been a central figure in public engagement efforts in relation to Interstate improvements in the Tampa Bay region.

Paul Calvaresi with the Broward MPO; Paul Calvaresi has over 10 years of experience in public service. He holds an undergraduate degree in Business Administration from the University of Florida and a Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from Florida Atlantic University. Paul has worked on a variety of projects ranging from financing, public engagement, local community transit, and mobility hubs. Paul is also an active member of the local community, siting on various professional boards.

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Strategies to Engage People about Transportation Innovations


Is a newfangled transportation solution getting pushback in your town? What can be done to ease the transition to new modes and methods? This camp session-in-the-round will explore useful strategies and techniques for introducing transportation innovations such as roundabouts, Diverging Diamond Interchanges (DDIs), and lane reductions. Camp leaders will describe the benefits and challenges of these solutions. Participants will share ideas and experiences for gaining public acceptance for innovative ways of moving in their community.

 Moderator:

• Michael Garau

Speakers:

 • Justin Bansen, Kittelson

 • Odette Struys, Atkins;
As an FDOT Public Information Officer for Northeast Florida's first Diverging Diamond Interchange (DDI), promoting the effectiveness, added safety and innovative design of the DDI through public outreach, community presentations, social media and educational videos, are important and necessary PR strategies: The outreach allows us to communicate the uniquely different experience that the new interchange will provide, and its benefits in managing and easing the flow of traffic for the area's major hurricane evacuation corridor.

 • Waddah Farah, FDOT District 7; Mr. Farah has over 25 years of experience in Public, Private and Academic Sectors. Experience includes: Transportation Planning, Traffic Engineering, Access Management, Traffic Impact Analysis, Interchange Justification and Modifications, PD&E, Interstate Highway System, Operational analysis, Growth Management, Zonings, DRI's, Mobility Management, Local Government Comprehensive Plan, Roadway Diet, Lane Elimination, Action Plans, Statistics, Project Management, Urban Mass and Public Transportation, Concurrency Management and Quality Level of Service.

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Public Involvement through the Transportation Lifecycle


This highly engaging session will carry participants through the planning, project development, and design phases of transportation projects to learn how public involvement can work as a continuous flow from phase-to-phase. After introductory presentations, a project will be presented and the panel will discuss how public involvement activities may change as the project moves through the project delivery process.

Speakers:

• Sunserea Dalton, CH2M

• Amy Sirmans, FDOT District 5; Amy has worked for FDOT for 18 years and as a consultant for one year. For FDOT she has served as a contamination, design and PD&E project manager working in Districts Four and Five. Amy has been a PD&E project manager for over 10 years and has conducted numerous public meetings. During her time as a consultant, Amy assisted Rusty Ennemoser in delivering Public Involvement training to District staff, consultants and local agencies.

• Steve Braun, FDOT District 4; Steve Braun is the District Design Engineer for the FDOT - District 4. He is a Civil Engineering graduate of Clemson University with 23 years of Planning, PD&E and Design experience. He currently manages the office responsible for producing the construction plans for the projects envisioned during Planning and PD&E. Steve has represented the Department at national conferences sharing FDOT best practices in Complete Streets, Public Involvement, and Expedited Project Delivery.

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Engaging Hard to Reach Groups


Community members can face a number of barriers to participating in transportation projects that affect their lives. What are the barriers to inclusive public engagement and how can we overcome them to achieve equitable outcomes? This camp session will identify factors that can create barriers to or discourage engagement. Participants will share ideas and experiences for successfully engaging hard-to-reach communities and individuals to help shape transportation projects.

Speakers:

• Michele Ogilvie, Plan Hillsborough; Michele Ogilvie, Executive Planner, Hillsborough MPO has 30 years of community, land use and transportation planning. In her tenure, she has worked on award winning projects such as the Tampa Heights Neighborhood Plan. Her work has been published in Practicing Anthropology addressing affordable housing and low-income households. She holds a BA in Anthropology-Eckerd College and a MA in Applied Anthropology- University of South Florida she is the recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award, 2007.

• Michael Case, TBARTA; Michael began his career in the field of marketing and public relations, and brings an integrated communication approach to community outreach in his current role with TBARTA, where he oversees the development of and updates to the Authority's Public Engagement Plan (covering 8 counties), Title VI, and LEP. He received his B.A degree Communications from the University of Michigan, and M.A in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of South Florida.

• Karen Somerset, Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged; Ms. Somerset joined FDOT in 1985 and has been with the Transportation Disadvantaged program for over 30 years. During her tenure with the Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged she has developed an understanding of the dynamics in local, state, and regional partnerships. Working through these partnerships and the ever changing environment and demands related to human service transportation, Ms. Somerset continues to advocate the importance of transportation planning and recognizes the need for change.

• Sheri Powers, Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged


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Who's at the Table and Who's Not? Techniques for Identifying and Engaging Affected and Interested Publics


This table rotation session consists of concurrent round-table discussions about specific tools, techniques, or case studies of innovative approaches to identify and engage the public. At each table, presenters will give an overview of their topic followed by an interactive discussion. Workshop participants will rotate among multiple tables to repeat the process.

Speakers:

• Bonita Player, Engineering & Planning Resources

• Michael Busha, Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council; Michael has spent 35 years with the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council. He has spoken from coast to coast on topics related to downtown redevelopment, public involvement and outreach practices, coastal resiliency, transportation, water, and economic development. He helped pioneer the charrette process in Florida and has been involved in over 120 public planning charrettes statewide. Michael is also a recovering school board member who served from 2010 to 2014 on the Martin County School Board.

• Marcie Larson, North Florida TPO; Marci Larson is the Public Affairs Manager for the North Florida Transportation Planning Organization, covering Clay, Duval, Nassau and St. Johns Counties. Marci handles organizational branding and visibility, public outreach, media and community relations, events planning, marketing for the Cool to Pool Rideshare Program and the North Florida Clean Cities Coalition, publications, and committee interaction. Marci previously worked for Southern Railway, Norfolk Southern Corporation, Amtrak, and Jacksonville Transportation Authority. She is an Accredited Business Communicator.

Bessie Reina, FDOT District 1; Bessie is a graduate of Florida State University, achieving a Master's degree in Urban and Regional Planning in 2012. She started with FDOT in January 2016 as a Community Liaison to the Collier Metropolitan Planning Organization. Prior joining the Department, Bessie was employed by the Georgia Department of Transportation where she worked as a transportation planner in the Atlanta Branch.

• Doreen Joyner-Howard, FDOT District 2; Has been with FDOT D2 for 25 years and held positions of Rural Transportation Planner, Special Studies Coordinator, MPO Liaison and District Freight Logistics and Passenger Operations Manager. She currently manages the D2 team that provides funding and oversight for: Freight, Seaport, Spaceport, Ferry, Rail, Aviation and Transit. Prior to joining the department Doreen worked with various Transportation Logistics companies for 15 years. She has a Bachelor's Degree from the University of North Florida.

• Tyler Peter, FDOT District 6; As a young professional, Tyler works to implement Efficient Transportation Decision Making (ETDM) actions to further the department's objective in environmental stewardship. With each project, Tyler's goal is to use the ETDM tool and his attention to detail to analyze and report on anticipated environmental and socio-cultural effects. Additionally, Tyler works collaboratively with federal, state and local agencies to understand what comments and concerns all parties have, including any permits that will be needed.

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Desktop Tools for Identifying Populations


Gaining an understanding of who lives, works, and frequents an area usually begins in the office, with a desktop review of available information. This session will teach participants about several readily available tools to help with this initial step in assessing target area demographics. Speakers will discuss FDOT’s Sociocultural Data Report, Miami-Dade MPO’s Transportation Outreach Planner, and tourism data collected by FDOT.

Speakers:

•Elizabeth Rockwell, Miami-Dade TPO; Elizabeth Rockwell is the Chief Communications Officer for the Miami-Dade Transportation Planning Organization. She is a native Miamian with a vested interest in environmental and transportation issues facing Miami-Dade County. She oversees marketing, media, and outreach to promote mobility choices through the local transportation planning process, and more specifically the Strategic Miami Area Rapid Transit "SMART" Plan. She holds both a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Environmental Science from Florida International University .

Ruth Roaza, AECOM; Ruth Roaza is a Senior Project Manager at AECOM. Since 2006, she has supported FDOT in developing training, tools, and guidance for the statewide Sociocultural Effects (SCE) Evaluation program. Her master's work in cross-cultural communication combined with a computer science degree and experience in using GIS to support SCE evaluations provide a unique perspective about data sources and analytical techniques used in the initial desktop data analysis of potential community impacts.

Thomas Hill, FDOT Transportation Data and Analytics Office; Thomas Hill is the State Systems Modeling Manager for the Florida Department of Transportation. Thomas is a member of the TRB Travel Forecast Committee, the TRB Statewide Modeling Subcommittee, the TRB Freight Committee and is a member of the CTPP Oversight Board. Currently, Thomas is involved with updating the Florida Statewide Passenger and Freight Model, evaluating hurricane evacuation, implementing Bluetooth technology, developing a tourist travel component to the statewide model and developing a micro-simulation models.

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Data for Understanding Society


There is a large volume of data being generated around us every day and more is anticipated. What is the nature of this data and how will it be used? Will it provide insights that lead to better decisions? Will it intrude into our private lives? The panel will discuss the future of data and the relationship between our communities and transportation.

Speakers:

• Keren Bolter, PhD, SFRPC; Dr. Keren Bolter leads climate change, resilience, and data initiatives at the SFRPC. She is spearheading the Southeast Florida DataCommon, a collaborative effort featuring interactive platforms and learning environments where myriad organizations contribute data, create visualizations, and access the data of others to improve outcomes in their planning and program areas. She has M.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Florida Atlantic University in Environmental Science and Geosciences and a B.S. engineering degree from Tufts University.

• Chris Sands, AECOM; Chris Sands earned his BS in Computer Science from Florida State University and BBA in International Business from James Madison University. Chris provides training, user support, and computer programming services for FDOT's Environmental Screening Tool (EST). The EST integrates data from multiple sources and provides reports to help identify potential project effects on the natural, physical, and social environment. The tool supports sociocultural effects evaluations during planning and project development.

Sam Palmer, MAURP, UF GeoPlan Center; For the past 15 years Sam has been a GIS Specialist at the University of Florida GeoPlan Center. His research includes standardizing geospatial data for use within the Environmental Screening Tool as well as making it publicly available via the Florida Geographic Data Library (FGDL). One area of expertise is data from the US Census Bureau. The census data is used to streamline decision making associated with environmental justice, civil rights and other nondiscrimination laws.

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Who's Out There? Stories from the Road


In this session-in-the-round, we will exchange information about tools, tips, and challenges we have encountered when identifying stakeholders, their priorities, and their concerns while developing transportation plans and projects. These may range from desktop data analysis, to field reviews, or public involvement activities. Come ready to share your story!

Moderator:

• Carol Scott, Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise

Speakers:

• Amy Sirmans, FDOT District 5;
Amy has worked for FDOT for 18 years and as a consultant for one year. For FDOT she has served as a contamination, design and PD&E project manager working in Districts Four and Five. Amy has been a PD&E project manager for over 10 years and has conducted numerous public meetings. During her time as a consultant, Amy assisted Rusty Ennemoser in delivering Public Involvement training to District staff, consultants and local agencies.

• Peter Buchwald, St. Lucie TPO; Peter has led the St. Lucie Transportation Planning Organization (TPO) for the past 9 years and significantly broadened its expertise to better address St. Lucie's transportation needs. While advancing its multimodal projects, the TPO has become nationally recognized for its innovative public engagement techniques. Peter serves as Chairman of the Florida MPOAC Staff Directors Advisory Committee and as a member of the National Policy Committee of the Association of MPOs (AMPO).

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Collaboration Practicum


This table-top session will introduce and provide opportunities to practice tools and techniques for planning and facilitating meetings. Speakers will provide information about specific facilitation tools. Each table will conduct a facilitated exercise for demonstration and practice on various scenarios.

Speakers:

• Dennis Smith, FDOT Office of Policy Planning

• Ruth Roaza, AECOM

• Tammy Vrana, Vrana Consulting



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MPO Communication Techniques


Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) engage in local-area planning process that creates opportunities for public involvement, participation, and consultation throughout the development of Long Range Transportation Plans and Transportation Improvement Programs. In this session, MPO representatives will discuss the challenges encountered and techniques used to communicate successfully with the public.

Moderator:

• Mark Reichert, OPP

Speakers:

• Beth Beltran, Martin MPO; As the Martin MPO Administrator, Beth is responsible for coordinating over thirty (30) public meetings per year. She develops mandated planning products, recognizing the importance of public participation. With a demographic that includes very wealthy retirees as well as struggling immigrants, Martin MPO reaches out with innovative, low- and high-tech public outreach activities. Beth's prior experience at Tri-Rail, FDOT and Space Coast Area Transit taught her the importance of creative and educational public outreach.

• Austin Mount, West Florida Regional Planning Council; Austin joined the WFRPC in Sept 2015. Previously, while Executive Director at the Kaysinger Basin RPC, the KBRPC received four national innovation awards. In his 11 years at KBRPC, he was successful in receiving over $15M in grant funds for the region. He was involved in a wide range of programs including economic and community development, Community Development Block Grants, transportation, brownfields, and developed strong allegiances with state and federal partners.

• Rich Clarendon, Hillsborough MPO; Rich manages a staff of 11 professionals for the MPO, which he rejoined after prior experience with the private sector and the Hillsborough Area Regional Transit Authority. He has 37 years of experience and has managed pedestrian, bicycle and transit studies, as well as long-range transportation plans. He also has experience in transit operations, finance, administration and grants. He has a BA in urban studies from Brown University and a masters in planning from Harvard.

Wilson Fernandez, Miami-Dade TPO; Mr. Fernandez has served as project manager for various multi-modal transportation projects including major transit corridor projects, 2040 Regional Transportation Plan for Southeast Florida, and 2015 Regional Travel Survey. He was special assistant during the successful half penny surtax initiative in 2002. He co-chairs the Florida Model Task Force and has taught metropolitan planning courses as an adjunct professor at Florida International University (FIU).

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Building Community Relationships


In this session, speakers will discuss techniques they used to bring diverse communities together to resolve issues, build relationships, and work in partnership to implement community visions and achieve community goals. Come and learn how five communities found ways to bring people together to build and maintain beneficial relationships in the pursuit of stronger neighborhoods and improved quality life.

Speakers:

 • Lauren Chappell, Frenchtown Heritage Hub;
Lauren got involved in the Frenchtown Farmers Market & Heritage Hub while getting her Masters in Urban & Regional Planning at FSU. Working as the Market Manager provides her an opportunity to combine her skills in community engagement with her passion for the local food system.

Herb Hiller, St. Johns River-to-Sea Loop Alliance; Herb Hiller is an ecotourism authority. He initiated the Caribbean Tourism Research Center in Barbados (today's Caribbean Tourism Organization), led renewal of the modern-day Florida bicycling and bed-and-breakfast movements, and co-founded the nonprofit St. Johns River-to-Sea Alliance for which he leads the tri-county (St. Johns, Putnam, Flagler) asset-based agritourism development project known as "America's Original Farm-to-Table Corridor: Since 1565."

Alyssa Bourgoyne, Groundwork Jacksonville; In 2013, Ms. Bourgoyne started work as the project coordinator of the then start-up, environmental non-profit, Groundwork Jacksonville. She led the Groundwork Jacksonville steering committee through the feasibility study process, which launched the organization. She has since led all of Groundwork Jacksonville's programming and project work along the Emerald Necklace. Ms. Bourgoyne graduated from the University of North Florida with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies and Communications.


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Framing the Issues: Community Impact Assessment


Communities are complex, so how can we be confident that all potential effects—positive and negative—will be considered? In this table-talk session, participants will learn about FDOT’s framework for community impact assessment (CIA) and use the framework in a hypothetical project exercise. Breakout groups will be assigned one major issue and apply the considerations to a project scenario. Role playing will help the groups identify and assess potential project effects and recommend context-sensitive solutions.

Speakers:

• Jesse Blouin, HNTB; Jesse Blouin is a Project Manager specializing in Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Studies and various Transportation Planning initiatives. Jesse has significant experience with public involvement, agency coordination and technical analysis related to sociocultural evaluations.

• Lauren Brooks, AECOM; Lauren Brooks, AICP, has significant experience in the transportation, environmental, and community planning sectors, supporting Florida Department of Transportation, Metropolitan Planning Organization, and local planning agency projects. Her expertise is in the implementation of Florida's Efficient Transportation Decision Making Process. She also develops and manages pedestrian/bicycle/transit studies/plans, corridor/sub-area plans, Long Range Transportation Plans, Project Development and Environment studies, and sustainability/disaster recovery plans. Her responsibilities include project oversight, plan preparation, agency coordination, and public outreach.

Amanda Douglas, Renaissance Planning; Amanda is an AICP Project Planner with five years of experience in Renaissance's Tampa office. She provides research, writing, technical, and graphic support for a variety of projects led by Renaissance. With a background in transportation planning and geography, Amanda strives to keep in line with Renaissance's trademark integration of land use and transportation. Her experience includes freight planning, multimodal and intermodal transportation planning, ETDM, comprehensive planning, GIS data analysis and mapping, and public involvement.

Wendy Lasher, Atkins; Wendy Lasher is a senior planner with 20 years of roadway transportation experience in project development and environment studies, environmental coordination, National Environmental Policy Act documentation, Section 4(f), Efficient Transportation Decision Making (ETDM) process, sociocultural effects evaluations, public involvement, project management and contract administration. She has spent her entire career at Atkins. Ms. Lasher has written all levels of NEPA environmental documentation from Type 2 Categorical Exclusions to Environmental Impact Statements.

Megan McKinney, AECOM; Megan McKinney is a Project Manager and Senior Transportation Planner with 16 years of experience in environmental and community planning. Since joining AECOM in 2001, she has been actively involved in conducting Sociocultural Effects Evaluations (or Community Impact Assessments) for a multitude of projects through various NEPA/Project Development and Environment (PD&E) Studies and Florida's Efficient Transportation Decision Making (ETDM) program. Megan also specializes in the areas of public involvement/outreach, traffic engineering, and growth management.

Tammy Vrana, Vrana Consulting; Tammy Vrana, AICP, is an urban planner with 30 years of Florida planning experience. She specializes in sustainable development and placemaking that relies on community engagement to facilitate equitable, context-sensitive outcomes. Tammy assisted in the development of FDOT's sociocultural effects evaluation (SCE) process and uses the process to assess the potential effects of transportation plans and projects on human environments.

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Collaboration and Consensus: Vision Stories


Eleanor Roosevelt said the future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams. Learn about communities, large and small, who set out to envision their future and then plan for how to make that future reality. Hear from the dream catchers who organized myriad community groups and orchestrated creative events and activities to accomplish no small feats. Speakers will share their vision stories followed by a panel discussion on visioning best practices and pitfalls.

Moderator:

•Gianni Longo, Gianni Longo and Associates

Speakers:

• Michael Busha, Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council;
Michael has spent 35 years with the Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council. He has spoken from coast to coast on topics related to downtown redevelopment, public involvement and outreach practices, coastal resiliency, transportation, water, and economic development. He helped pioneer the charrette process in Florida and has been involved in over 120 public planning charrettes statewide. Michael is also a recovering school board member who served from 2010 to 2014 on the Martin County School Board.

Kelly Moody, City of Orlando; Kelly Moody, AICP, LEED AP, is a Chief Planner with the City of Orlando, and having practiced in various capacities for over 15 years. During her past seven years with the City of Orlando, Kelly has been the City's Downtown redevelopment project manager, responsible for the award winning Project DTO. Kelly now continues her work with the Create Village, an emerging innovation district, as well as other major infrastructure investments throughout the City.

Jennifer Codo-Salisbury, Central Florida Regional Planning Council; Jennifer Codo-Salisbury leads a dynamic and multi-functional planning team which administers such programs as Brownfields, Hazard Mitigation, Geographical Information Systems, local land use planning as well as Heartland 2060. Jennifer has nearly 20 years of experience in urban planning, has a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of South Florida and is a certified planner. She has managed several large-scale planning projects in both the public and private sectors.

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Generational Preferences in Transportation


From baby boomers to millennials, there are some notable differences in transportation preferences among various generations, but also similarities. This panel discussion will focus on what we know about the challenges in planning transportation options for a wide range of age groups and how they prefer to travel.

Moderator:

• Ed Coven, FDOT

Speakers:

• Tim Chapin, FSU;
Tim Chapin is Dean of the College of Social Sciences and Public Policy and a Professor of Urban and Regional Planning at Florida State University. Since joining FSU in 1999, Chapin's research has centered on assessing the effectiveness of Florida's growth management system. He is a noted expert on land use and comprehensive planning, growth management, and urban redevelopment. Chapin's current research interests revolve around how Florida's demographic trends influence urban patterns and transportation systems.

• Bob Norberg, UF; Our team at The Agency just completed a comprehensive research project for the FDOT regarding factors that will impact future transportation considerations from a consumer's perspective. Specifically, what today's millennial generation perceives their future transportation desires and behaviors. Our initial research uncovered several disparate conclusions from the body of research done on this topic to-date. Using projective research techniques we tested these disparities to further knowledge on this topic.

• Laura Cantwell, AARP; Laura leads AARP Florida's work on livable community issues and is the sate liaison on AARP's Network of Age Friendly Communities, which currently includes 16 Florida communities. She serves on several coalitions such as the Florida Department of Transportation's Safe Mobility for Life Coalition. Laura participated as a committee member on the Florida Transportation Plan (FTP) and the Strategic Intermodal System (SIS) Policy Plan Steering Committee, and currently serves on the FTP/SIS Implementation Committee.

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Facilitating Equitable Outcomes


Understanding who our publics are and how we can make sure that they all have a voice in the transportation process is the focus of this panel session. Come and hear about various approaches to Environmental Justice, Title VI, and other nondiscrimination requirements from the viewpoint if FDOT and MPOs. The goal of this session is to provide guidance in the murky and often confusing world of equity analysis and decision-making.

Moderator:

• Michele Ogilvie, Plan Hillsborough

Speakers:

• Rusty Ennemoser, FDOT;
Dr. Ennemoser is the State Public Involvement and Community Resources Coordinator for the Florida Department of Transportation. Her doctorate is in Sociocultural and International Studies from FSU. She has a Masters in Multicultural Studies from FSU, and a bachelors in Journalism and Mass Communications from Florida International University in Miami. She is a member of the TRB Standing Committee on Public Involvement and the TRB Standing Committee on Social and Economic Factors in Transportation.

• Anthea Thomas, Broward MPO; Anthea Thomas, serves as the Public Outreach Manager at the Broward MPO. Anthea joined the MPO in March 2015 and is responsible for community outreach and event coordination. Her background includes 15 years of experience ranging from public sector with FDOT to private sector with URS Corporation (AECOM). There, she worked on outreach efforts for agencies including FDOT and Florida Gas Transmission (FGT). Anthea holds a Bachelor's Degree in Hospitality Management from Florida International University.

• Kristine Williams, CUTR; Kristine has 28 years of experience in applied research in access management, land use and transportation policy, multimodal planning, equity and public involvement. Her work includes a 2011 study of integrating Title VI and environmental justice into Florida's transportation planning process and a national study in 2017 of methods for integrating equity into the MPO long range transportation planning process. She is an adjunct instructor of multimodal planning at USF.

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Walk This Way: Tools for Identifying Barriers and Other Challenges to Walking


The quality of pedestrian infrastructure is central to a community's livability and quality of life. Accessible sidewalks and safe street crossings support healthy lifestyles and are key elements in the ability to walk to destinations. The speakers will show how walk audits are used in the pursuit of safe, comfortable and convenient walking environments for all. Walk audits involve identifying residents and other key stakeholders, preparing for the audit, conducting the audit, debriefing with participants, and documenting the results.

Moderator:

•Stephen Benson, FDOT District 7;
 Stephen is a certified planner and new urbanist who manages the metropolitan planning program and complete streets implementation for FDOT District Seven (Tampa).

Speakers:

• Rodney Chatman, Forward Pinellas; Rodney Chatman, AICP is the Planning Division Manager for Forward Pinellas (the Pinellas Planning Council and Metropolitan Planning Organization), a unified land use and transportation planning agency serving Pinellas County. Rodney has over 14 years of professional land use and transportation planning experience including form-based codes, downtown revitalization, complete streets, comprehensive planning, bicycle/pedestrian planning and multimodal transportation districts. Rodney received his Master's Degree in Urban and Regional Planning from the University of Florida.

• Lorraine Moyle, FDOT; Lorraine Moyle is the manager of the FDOT Local Programs Office where she oversees program administration and policy development for seven (7) federal and state funded grant programs specific to local public agencies. Lorraine assisted with scope development for SAPFIM and participated in various phases of testing. Lorraine will partner with FHWA on national outreach in the coming year in her role as steering committee member of the new AASHTO Local Programs Peer Exchange Forum.

• Lisa Frank, Florida Consumer Action Network Foundation; Lisa Frank is a Portland, Oregon native who loves to walk, bike, and ride transit. Prior to joining the Florida Consumer Action Network to run a Complete Streets campaign in St. Petersburg, Lisa worked for three years with the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (now The Street Trust) to advocate for biking, walking, and transit in Portland, Oregon suburbs. Lisa studied Government and Spanish at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

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Collect It! Analyze it! Share it! What Everyone Ought to Know About Using Operational Data in Planning Decisions


Understanding the linkages between planning, design, and operations is imperative in today’s data driven world. In this session, you’ll experience, through real-world examples, how data analytics and data integration are being used to answer operational questions and solve problems. Join the discussion on using data integration for improved decision making.

Moderator:

Ed Hutchinson, FDOT; Ed Hutchinson is Manager of the Transportation Data and Analytics Office at the Florida Department of Transportation in Tallahassee. He holds degrees from Eastern Michigan University, University of Tennessee and Clemson University. He serves as the lead on the Florida Automated Vehicle Initiative. The FAV is an initiative to make Florida a leader in automated vehicle technology. Prior to joining the FDOT in 2002, he served as the Manager of Transportation Services for the City of Asheville, NC. Previous to this, he worked for the Spartanburg and Greenville MPOs in South Carolina. While at the University of Tennessee he worked for the City of Knoxville Traffic Engineering Office.

Speakers:

 • James Schmidt – Data Collection (RoadSys)

 • Tanner Martin – TransPed Demo (HDR); Mr. Tanner Martin serves as the Deputy Project Manager for HDR's Transportation Data Support Contract with the FDOT Transportation Data and Analytics Office. His duties include collecting, analyzing, distributing and reporting transportation data to support FDOT's internal and external partners. He combines his transportation planning experience, knowledge of emerging technologies and insight into various data sources to identify new ways to advance Florida's transportation business intelligence.

 • Jamie Krzeminski – Complete Streets (HDR)

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I Can See Clearly Now!


Charts, maps, infographics…how we display data can go a long way to helping communicate transportation needs, priorities, and plans. Share your best example of data visualization, and learn from peers. Who will be the most creative?

Moderator:

Jim Wood, Chief Planner FDOT; Over 20 years of experience in planning, program administration, policy development, intergovernmental coordination, and public involvement. Currently oversees FDOT's statewide planning programs. His recent work includes oversight of the 2015 updates to the Florida Transportation Plan and the Strategic Intermodal System Policy Plan; the I-75 Relief Task Force; the East Central Florida Corridor Task Force; and establishment of the state's Shared Use Nonmotorized (SUN) Trail Program.

Speakers:

Joseph Zissman, Cambridge Systematics; Joe Zissman is an author of NCHRP Web-Only Document 226: Data Visualization Methods for Transportation Agencies. He joined CS in 2014 after completing Master's degrees in Transportation Engineering and City Planning at the University of California - Berkeley, as well as a BS in Civil Engineering at Northwestern University. He has contributed to the Florida DOT's Transportation Asset Management Plan and SIS Policy Plan, and has supported scenario-based planning for the Florida Chambers of Commerce.

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