2013 AMPO Annual Awards

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National Award for Outstanding Overall Achievement for a TMA MPO

Outstanding Overall Achievement for a TMA MPO was awarded to the Mid America Regional Council for its Transportation Outlook 2040 Annual Performance Measurement Report. 

In June 2010, the Mid-America Regional Council adopted a new long range plan, Transportation Outlook 2040, to guide future transportation investment within the region. The Plan is centered on advancing a sustainable vision for the Kansas City region through the pursuit of nine overarching goals:  Accessibility, Climate Change and Energy Use, Economic Vitality, Environment, Place Making, Public Health, Safety & Security, System Condition, and System Performance.

To ensure the region was making progress towards these goals, MARC developed a set of detailed performance measures and an annual performance report. This provides the region the opportunity to regularly revisit progress towards goals and provides a critical opportunity to assess and develop more impactful strategies at the technical and policy level.

This work was recognized as a national best practice in performance reporting and stakeholder engagement by FHWA, and is regularly referred to as an example of how MPOs might respond to MAP-21 requirements.

Outstanding Overall Achievement for a non-TMA MPO

Outstanding Overall Achievement for a non-TMA MPO was awarded to the Houma-Thibodaux MPO for their “Planning for Safety and Connectivity in the Bayou Region” program.

Despite being one of the smaller MPOs in Louisiana, the Houma-Thibodaux MPO doesn’t limit itself from reaching greater heights. The HTMPO developed a Regional Transportation Safety Plan and Regional Bicycle & Pedestrian Plan that puts them at the forefront of regional planning and grassroots level advocacy. 

Their safety plan is being used as a model by all MPOs and regional safety coalitions in Louisiana, and the bike and pedestrian plan is the first comprehensive regional plan in the state. Both efforts have engaged multidisciplinary groups of stakeholders, from government to law enforcement to business and non-profits. The MPO is has already funded and implemented about 45% of the priorities in the plan in less than three years since adoption. The MPO has also developed several ways to keep stakeholders engaged as the plan is being implemented.

Honorable Mention for Outstanding Overall Achievement for a TMA MPO

This year, an Honorable Mention for Outstanding Overall Achievement for a TMA MPO was awarded to the Thurston Regional Planning Council in Olympia, Washington for Creating Places – Preserving Spaces: A Sustainable Development Plan for the Thurston Region.

Sustainable Thurston has been an unprecedented partnership opportunity to define the actions and responsibilities to achieve the community’s vision. The Plan reflects the breadth and depth of a three year conversation, which successfully engaged record numbers of participants and early actions taken by many partners.

The plan is grounded in the best information available, and the exchange of ideas by citizens, policy-makers, business owners, and nonprofit leaders. What sets Sustainable Thurston apart is the excellent information the process and products are based upon and the commitment by partners.

Outstanding Individual Leadership

This year’s award for outstanding individual leadership went to current AMPO President, Don Kopec.

Don is the Deputy Executive Director for Planning and Programming at the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP).  He had a long career with the Chicago Area Transportation Study (CATS) in various capacities prior to the creation of CMAP in 2006. His career has covered almost every position in an MPO. 

He was a key player in addressing requirements mandated by the Clean Air Act and has overseen the region’s CMAQ program from its inception, building it into a model cited numerous times for its performance-based programming and transparency.  Most recently, Don has overseen policy revisions designed to speed project implementation and align the programming of CMAQ funds with the vision of GO TO 2040, the region’s comprehensive plan.

Don has taken an active role in bringing freight movement issues to national attention, participating at the invitation of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in the “Effectively Coordinating Freight Planning Activities” roundtable. Don also kicked off the TRB 2013 Summer Meeting and Conference of the Freight, Marine, and Planning Committees in the opening session, “MAP-21 Freight Provision Implementation Challenges and Opportunities.” 

In his role as our President and his past positions on the AMPO Management, Technical and Policy Committees, Don has been a strong advocate for his agency as well as for MPOs across the country.