2018 AMPO Annual Conference Call for Presentation Proposals

Please note that the deadline to submit presentation proposals has been extended to April 20. This will be the only extension.

AMPO is accepting presentation proposals for our 2018 Annual Conference in San Antonio, Texas until April 14, 2018. To help structure the conference program, AMPO has identified a list of suggested categories based on high priority topics for metropolitan planning organizations nationwide. Submissions on other categories will also be accepted. Click here for additional information regarding the call for presentation proposals or to submit a presentation proposal.

Please note that AMPO is debuting a new submittal process through a different platform. Over the past few years, AMPO has been considering ways to streamline its Annual Conference call for presentation proposals process. This new platform will allow presentation proposals to be submitted and distributed to the evaluation committee through the dashboard. Submitters and the evaluation committee should benefit from this change.

The way that the submittal process is set up allows only one proposal to be active at a time. Once a presentation proposal is submitted, a new one may be started. The form is the same as in the previous years and is attached here as a reference as you begin to compose your submissions.

We are looking forward to receiving your presentation proposals and seeing you in San Antonio! Make sure to save the conference dates of September 24-28, 2018 in your calendars.

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION: Although AMPO has identified the topics below as a means to structure the agenda for the 2018 Conference, we will also accept proposals on topics/issue areas that are not mentioned below. Please click here to compose and submit your proposal idea(s) through AMPO’s new proposal management platform. Organizations may submit a maximum of three abstracts.

  • Presentations that market specific products, vendors, and services will not be accepted.
  • All of the organizations, activities, and projects mentioned by the proposal must consent to being included in the proposal and potential presentation at the 2018 AMPO Annual Conference.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD PROPOSAL? The AMPO Annual Conference seeks to address current issues MPOs are facing, as well as day-to-day operations. In order to demonstrate that you are providing the most useful information and tools to our MPO practitioners, we suggest proposals address the 3Ps:

  • Purpose: Is the presentation relevant to MPO practitioners? Will the participants be able to do something by the end of the session that they could not do (as effectively) prior to attending?
  • People: Will your presentation directly link the session to issues participants face on a day-to-day basis? How will you effectively and concisely communicate with your participants the benefits and/or lessons learned?
  • Process: What activities or demonstrations will you use in your presentation? What are the practical methodologies, tips, and/or tools attendees will walk away with? Will there be any resources, materials, or learning aids made available? Is there a way to make the presentation interactive?


  • Access to employment, services, and facilities
  • Measuring accessibility

Complete Streets
Coordination and Collaboration with Key Partners
Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Certification
Environmental Justice/Limited English Proficiency Plans (LEP)/Title VI
FAST Act and MAP 21 Implementation

  • Addressing first / last mile bottlenecks
  • Collecting and applying freight data
  • Developing regional freight studies
  • Movement of freight through or around sensitive areas

Funding and Financing
Congestion Pricing

  • Ballot initiatives and referenda
  • Grants
  • Public Private Partnerships (P3s)
  • Sales taxes
  • User taxes

Future of Transportation Mobility

  • Impacts of transformative vehicle technology
  • Travel behavior trends

Interregional Compacts, Cooperation, and Plans

  • Development of interregional corridors
  • Megaregion issues

Land Use / Transportation Connection

  • Addressing property rights issues
  • Sustainable development
  • Tools

MPO Operations

  • Board member education and orientation
  • Continuation of operations plans (COOPs)
  • Managing consultant contract
    • RFPs / RFQs
    • Selection criteria
    • Small MPOs – Meeting the challenges of small staffs, small budgets, big needs
  • MPO staff management – hiring, performance reviews, policy and procedures, staff development, and staff benefits
  • Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) development and best practices

MPO Roles & Relevancy

  • Becoming an operator
  • Engaging elected officials in the planning process
  • Innovation in planning process
  • MPO strategic management
  • Using data to guide planning

Performance Based Planning and Programming
Performance Measures

  • Coordination with states, transit, and other partners
  • Data
  • Measuring, reporting, and evaluating
  • Multimodal measures
  • PM1: Safety
  • PM2: Pavement and Bridge Condition
  • PM3: System Performance, Freight, and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ)

Planning Requirements

  • Day to day
  • Developing financial planning estimates
  • Developing the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
  • Planning Emphasis Areas (PEAs)
  • State and federal certifications
  • Updating the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)/ Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP)

Public Involvement

  • Adopting and implementing the Public Participation Plan (PPP)
  • Challenges, successes, and lessons learned
  • Communicating performance to citizens and elected officials
  • Engaging a broader demographic
  • How agencies are communicating funding issues/gaps, funding options, and how they are getting feedback from the public on what they are willing to pay
  • Using social media

Scenario Planning

  • Connected and autonomous vehicles
  • Emerging technologies
  • ITS
  • Supporting communications
  • Transportation incident management
  • Transportation management and operations
  • Transportation Network Companies
  • Traveler information strategies

Transportation and Health

  • Project Evaluation
  • Planning and environmental linkage studies
  • Supporting public health and “active” modes

Transportation System Resiliency and Planning for All-Hazard Events

If you have any questions on the call for presentation proposals please contact Rachel Roper at or 202-624-3682 or Bill Keyrouze at or 202-624-3683. If you have any questions on the process or platform, please contact Rachel Roper at 202-624-3682 or Thank you.