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Transportation Alternatives Data Exchange (TrADE)

2013 TA Professional Seminar

Greenville, SC: July 16-17, 2013

2013 Seminar Final Agenda Now Available

The Transportation Alternatives Professional Seminar heads to Greenville, SC this year on July 16-17, 2013. The National Transportation Alternatives Clearinghouse (NTAC) is organizing the Seminar under a cooperative agreement with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). This Seminar is for State Transportation (Alternatives) Enhancement program managers, FHWA staff, and invited guests from other Federal agencies and national stakeholder organizations.

The seminar will take place at the Hyatt Regency Greenville, a newly renovated hotel in downtown Greenville. The Hyatt Regency Greenville is in the heart of downtown, close to the Liberty Bridge, River Place, and excellent Transportation Enhancements projects! Click here for Seminar Logistics.

Transitioning to MAP-21

Over a full year since the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act (MAP-21) passed Congress, this years Seminar will focus on the issues related to implementation of the Transportation Alternatives Program. Speakers and interactive breakout sessions will reflect on the lessons learned over the past year and look for best practices to share with each state. Every seminar attendee will also have the opportunity to join a Project Round Robin, where each participant will present a recent project, talk about what worked and what didn't, and get feedback from the group.

Additionally, this year will feature a MAP-21 Roundtable where each state provides a summary of the changes they have made or will make, problems they have encountered, and solutions they discovered. This session will help states realize different approaches to implementing the TA Program.

State DOT program managers, FHWA staff, and NTAC will also continue the conversation about the latest best practices, guidance related issues, and strategize about the best path forward.

The Focus

This is an educational gathering designed to provide you with the information that you need to do your job well. We will discuss TA/TE project eligibility, program implementation issues, and best practices. It is also an opportunity to network and talk directly with other State DOT staff, FHWA division office staff, and staff from FHWA headquarters. 

Costs

As in past years, the Seminar is free for State DOT and FHWA participants. Attendees must cover travel and accommodations on their own and make their own travel and hotel reservations. Breakfast and lunch on both days will be provided. 

The TA Professional Seminar qualifies as "workforce development" and is eligible for federal funds to cover travel expenses. FHWA's TE Guidance points out that TE funds may be used at 100 percent Federal share for direct educational expenses for surface transportation workforce development, training, and education under 23 U.S.C. 504(e) provided the activity specifically benefits eligible TE activities. See Transportation Enhancements Guidance Supplement - Workforce Development, Training, and Education.

Stipends

We will do our best to assist as many people as possible in attending the 2013 TA Professionals Seminar. Please contact Kyle@ta-clearinghouse.info or NTAC for more information on how to receive a stipend for travel or lodging costs.

If you have any questions about the seminar in the meantime, please contact NTAC at 202-974-5155.

 

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