Statewide Coordination Transportation Summit scheduled for July 9 – 10

Through a targeted effort to increase awareness and provide access to current trends in transportation, stakeholders have continued to organize and coordinate resources statewide to meet the challenge. The Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) would like to invite individuals who are interested in increasing mobility options in their communities to participate in the 7th Annual Statewide Coordination Transportation Summit. The summit will be held on July 9-10 at the Jackson Marriott located at 209 East Amite St. This year’s theme is “The Survivor Series III: Where Do We Go From Here?”
This two-day event is free to the public. Pre-registration can be done at http://www.regonline.com/builder/site/Default.aspx?EventID=1183412. On-site registration begins at 10:00 a.m. and program activities begin at 12:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 9 and conclude at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, July 10.
Public Transit Director Shirley Wilson stated, “Through regional coordination efforts, progress continues to be made in making mobility options available to the citizens of Mississippi. During events such as these, vital information is shared and important partnerships are developed to keep Mississippi moving forward. This year’s summit will be an excellent opportunity for local transportation stakeholders to encourage and educate themselves on strategies to overcome obstacles in this current, diverse economic landscape. The purpose is to discuss and evaluate popular trends that can encourage and empower individuals to embrace coordination in their various communities.”
The overall goal of the summit is to provide participants with the opportunity to discuss resource planning and implementation by effectively developing partnerships, enhancing decision making processes and strategic planning. Activities include sessions on Thinking outside the Bus: New Approaches to Community Transportation; How to Engage New and Non-Traditional Partners; Thinking…Talking…Planning…Doing…Selling your Organization and other statewide initiatives aimed at improving transportation coordination.
Key participants who are encouraged to attend the summit include: public officials, public and private transportation providers, consumers, human and social service agencies, disability advocacy groups, state agencies, health care providers, faith-based and community organizations, university researchers and students, along with other groups and organizations that are interested in improving the mobility options in their communities.
For more information about the Statewide Coordination Transportation Summit, please contact the MDOT Public Transit Division at (601) 359-7800.