2017 Annual Conference Call for Presentation Proposals

2017 AMPO Annual Conference – Call for Presentation Proposals

ABOUT: The AMPO Annual Conference brings together Policy Board members, Executive Directors, technical staff, federal and state employees, and consultants to share information on a variety of MPO issues. This year’s Conference will take place in Savannah, GA. To view the presentations from 2016, click here.

PRESENTATION PROPOSAL SUBMISSION: Although AMPO has identified ideas below that fall under the topics as a means to structure the agenda for the 2017 Conference; we will also accept proposals on topics/issue areas that are not mentioned below. Please save THIS FORM to your computer and use it as a template for submitting your presentation idea(s). Individuals may submit multiple abstracts (limit is a maximum of three per organization). Note: Presentations that market specific products, vendors, and services will not be accepted.

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 you are proposing 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?

 DEADLINE: Please email your presentation submission form(s) to Bill Keyrouze at AND Rachel Roper at by April 14th, 2017.

CONFERENCE DATES: October 17, 2017 @9:00am-October 20, 2017@12:00pm

QUESTIONS: Call or email Bill Keyrouze at 202-624-3683 or OR Rachel Roper at 202-624-3680 or

Presentation Proposal Topics

Bicycle / Pedestrian Planning

Coordination and Collaboration with Key Partners

Environmental Justice/Limited English Proficiency Plans (LEP)/Title VI

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Certification


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

Funding and Financing

  • Sales Taxes
  • User Taxes
  • Congestion Pricing
  • Public Private Partnerships (P3s)
  • Ballot Initiatives and Referenda

Future of Transportation Mobility

  • Impacts of transformative vehicle technology
  • Travel behavior trends

Interregional Compacts, Cooperation, and Plans

  • Megaregion issues
  • Development of interregional corridors

Land Use / Transportation Connection

  • Sustainable development
  • Addressing property rights issues
  • Tools

MPO Operations

  • MPO staff management – hiring, performance reviews, policy and procedures, staff development, and staff benefits
  • Continuation of Operations Plans (COOPs)
  • Managing consultant contract
    • RFPs / RFQs
    • Selection criteria
    • Small MPOs – Meeting the challenges of small staffs, small budgets, big needs
  • UPWP development and best practices

MPO Roles & Relevancy

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

FAST Act and MAP 21 Implementation

Performance Measures

  • Data
  • Measuring, reporting, and evaluating
  • Coordination with states, transit, and other partners

Planning Requirements

  • Certification
  • Day to day
  • Developing financial planning estimates
  • Developing the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
  • Updating the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)
  • Planning Emphasis Areas (PEAs)

Public Involvement

  • Engaging a broader demographic
  • Challenges, successes, and lessons learned
  • Communicating performance to citizens and elected officials
  • Using social media
  • 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
  • Adopting and implementing the Public Participation Plan (PPP)

Technology / ITS

  • Supporting communications
  • Transportation management and operations
  • Traveler information strategies

Transportation and Health

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

Scenario Planning

Performance Based Planning and Programming

Planning for Connected / Autonomous Vehicles

Planning for the Impacts of Climate Change

Transportation Systems Planning for All-Hazard Events

The Impacts of the Sharing Economy

Safety Measures, Performance, and Design