March & April 2014
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The Role of Transportation in Regional Revitalization

Registration is now open for the twentieth Transportation Summit which will be held Friday, April 11, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. at The Pinnacle, 1772 Indian Wood Circle in Maumee. Register here. Or call or e-mail to register: Jodi Rayburg at 419.241.9155 ext. 120. See the complete agenda including all speakers and session times here.

The Transportation Summit provides a forum for the discussion of transportation of both people and goods in the region. Workshops and presentations will be valuable for elected officials, planners, engineers, service providers, K-16 education professionals, and representatives of business and industry.

Three panel sessions – including a unique interactive session - will be followed by luncheon and a keynote presentation.

Panel I: How Transportation Assets Can Create Global Reach and Attract Talent
How does the transportation network (everything from freight facilities to bikeways) shape the image of a region? Hear how the Toledo Region branding initiative is positioning northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan. Learn about the new Chessie Circle Trail project and its potential to revitalize the urban core while improving regional connections.

Panel 2: Transit in the Region: Blueprints for Mobility
Several agencies and organizations in the region provide transit to serve specific populations and address a variety of different transit needs. How do these groups collaborate to gain efficiencies and get people where they need to go? Learn how public and private sector stakeholders are joining together to forge solutions for those who need transit the most.

Panel 3: Where Do We Want to Go? Your Voice in How to Move Forward
This completely interactive session features your responses to some challenging questions about the future and the next long range transportation plan. Audience responses will be anonymously collected through clickers and tabulated results will be displayed in real time.

Keynote Presentation by Richard J. Simonetta, Senior Manager, The Burns Group

Richard J. Simonetta

Learn how transportation strategies can drive revitalization in aging urban settings and support regional transformation.

Richard (Rick) Simonetta is the Rail & Transit Business Development Lead for the Burns Group, a diverse engineering firm headquartered in Philadelphia. Mr. Simonetta is a transit industry veteran who has served as the CEO of five transit systems, including MARTA in Atlanta. While at MARTA he successfully led the organization in the planning and execution of transit services for the 1996 Summer Olympics, when MARTA transported 25 million passengers in 17 days.

He is the recipient of several prestigious American Public Transportation Association (APTA) awards, including Transit Manager of the Year in 1997, Best Overall Transit System, and two-time winner of the Best Hiring and Promotion of Minorities and Women. In 2013, he was inducted into the prestigious APTA Hall of Fame. Mr. Simonetta is an Army Corps of Engineers veteran and served as a Commissioned Officer from 1966 to 1969.

The Transportation Summit is made possible by the following presenting partners:


Registration fee is $50 for TMACOG members, $75 for non-members, $30 for students. Certified Planners (AICP) who attend can expect to be eligible for Certification Maintenance (CM) credits; Professional Engineers can claim PDH credits. (4 hours expected.)

For more information on the TMACOG Transportation Summit, contact Christine Drennen at 419.241.9155 ext. 119.


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