Communication and Public Awareness

2011 COMPASS Education Series

2011 Topics, Speakers, and Schedule:

  • January 11 and 12, 2011.  Unraveling the Mystery of Paying for our Transportation System by Anne Wescott of Galena Consulting.  Details below.
  • February 8 and 9, 2011. Transportation’s Role in Emergency Planning by Gary Gleason of Nusura, Inc.  Co-sponsored by the Community Transportation Association of Idaho. Details below.
  • March 23, 2011. Building Communities through Transportation, Instead of Transportation through Communities by Gary Toth of the Project for Public Spaces.  Co-sponsored by Idaho Smart Growth. Details below.
  • April 28 and 29, 2011.  Solar Roads by Scott Brusaw, Solar Roads, Inc. Details below.
  • May 18 and 19, 2011.  Bikes and Cars: Sharing our Roads in the Treasure Valley by Mia Birk of Alta Planning + Design. Co-sponsored by the Idaho Transportation Department and ACHD Commuteride; held in conjunction with May in Motion, Boise Bike Week, and the City of Nampa. Details below.

Presentations are free and open to the public. Please confirm your attendance when requested below. The presentations are subject to change. For the most up-to-date information and for new presentations as they develop throughout the year, please continue to visit this site.

COMPASS ofrece presentaciónes públicas y capacitaciones concerniendo un número de temas. Estos son: el crecimiento, el uso de la tierra, la planificación de transporte, y la financiación. Los temas serán de apoyo al plan regional de transporte a largo plazo, Comunidades en Movimiento. Las presentaciones se puedan cambiar. Para obtener la información más reciente y para saber de presentaciones nuevas cuando se desarrollan, favor de visitar al sitio de COMPASS http://www.compassidaho.org/comm/publicevents.htm o llame al número 855-2558, ext. 231 o  mande un correo electrónico a aluft@compassidaho.org.

Those needing assistance may call 855-2558, ext. 231 with 48 hours advance notice. Personas que necesitan asistencia especial para la junta, favor de llamar al numero 855-2558, ext. 231 con 48 horas de antisipacion.

Wednesday, May 18 and Thursday, May 19, 2011
Mia Burke, Alta Planning + Design (Portland, OR)
Co-sponsored by the Idaho Transportation Department and ACHD Commuteride; held in conjunction with May in Motion, Boise Bike Week, and the City of Nampa.

May 18, 2011: Bicycle Transportation and the Future of the Treasure Valley

  • 5:30 p.m. reception
  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. presentation
  • Location: Boise City Hall, 150 N. Capitol Blvd, City Council Chambers

Intended Audience:  This presentation is designed for the general public, the biking community, elected officials, planners, and transportation professionals.

Description: Biking is part of the transportation “mix” in the Treasure Valley and local agencies are working to make it safer and easier all the time. Join us as we learn from the successes of our neighbors as Mia Birk, international leader in shaping bike friendly communities, shares her experiences in transforming Portland into a city where nearly 10% of residents bike for daily transportation. Mia will demonstrate the positive impact of bicycle transportation on a neighborhood, a city, and the way people in it live.

May 19, 2011: Bicycle Transportation: 12 Keys to Success

  • 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Nampa City Hall, Council Chambers, 411 Third Street South, Nampa

Intended Audience: This presentation is designed for planners, transportation professionals, and elected officials.

Description: Join in welcoming Mia Birk, international leader in shaping bike friendly communities, as she shares keys to success for integrating bicycle transportation into your community. Mia will discuss programs, plans, and policies that have led Portland to be a city where nearly 10% of residents ride for daily transportation and share ideas for how similar programs and policies could be applied in the Treasure Valley.

AICP Certification Maintenance credits have been approved for the May 19, 2011 presentation.

Mia Birk is President at Alta Planning + Design, with 20 years experience in sustainable transportation focused on pedestrian, bicycle, trail, and greenway planning, design and implementation. She is the author of the Joyride: Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet (Cadence Press, 2010). Mia is also Adjunct Professor at Portland State University, where she co-founded the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation in the College of Urban Studies. Ms. Birk was the City of Portland Bicycle Program Manager from 1993-99, where she led a period of rapid growth of Portland’s bikeway network. As a consultant, she has been involved across North America in hundreds of bicycle, pedestrian, trail, and corridor plans, and has managed the public process, design and implementation of many new bikeways and walkways, as well as programs such as Safe Routes to School, bike-transit integration, bicycle and pedestrian-friendly development codes, and bikeway/walkway maintenance. She has led numerous groundbreaking studies in the field of non-motorized transportation and is a co-founder of the Cities for Cycling project of the National Association for City Transportation Officials.

Thursday, April 28 and Friday, April 29, 2011
Scott Brusaw, Solar Roads, Inc. (Sagle, ID)

April 28, 2011:> Solar Roadways - Our Story

  • 5:30 p.m. reception
  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. presentation
  • Library! at Cole and Ustick, 7557 West Ustick Road, Boise

Intended Audience:  This presentation is designed for anyone with an interest in new technologies and how they may affect the future of our transportation system. This presentation is targeted to the general public.

Description:  Join Scott and Julie Brusaw as they discuss the genesis of solar roads, from when the original idea of an electric road was conceived by a young boy who loved his slot-car track though the construction of the first ever Solar Road Panel prototype. Intrigued? Learn more about Solar Roadways at http://www.cmn.tv/videos/solar-roadways-project/, then come hear from Scott Brusaw in person.

April 29, 2011: The Solar Roadways Project  

  • 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • ACHD Auditorium. 3775 Adams St. Garden City, Idaho 83714

Intended Audience: This presentation is designed for engineers, planners, transportation professionals, elected officials, and others interested in emerging technology and its role in our future transportation system.

Description:  The Federal Highway Administration funded the building of the first Solar Road Panel prototype. The technology and the reasoning that went into the construction will be discussed along with planned future enhancements to the Solar Roadway. 

AICP Certification Maintenance credits have been approved for the April 29, 2011 presentation.

Scott Brusaw is an electrical engineer (MSEE) in Sagle, ID, with over 20 years of industry experience. Scott has multiple patents and his hardware and software have been sold internationally.  He has envisioned “electric roads” since early childhood.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Gary Toth, Project for Public Spaces (NY, NY)
Co-sponsored by Idaho Smart Growth

March 23 , 2011: Building Communities through Transportation, Instead of Transportation through Communities.

  • 5:30 p.m. reception
  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. presentation
  • Eagle City Hall, City Council Chambers, 660 East Civic Lane, Eagle

Intended Audience:  This presentation is designed for citizens, elected officials, government officials, and others interested in how our transportation system and our communities shape each other.

Description:  Mr. Toth will discuss ways to address traffic congestion in sustainable and affordable ways including collaborating with communities on connectivity and land use planning and partnering with developers and stakeholders to align transportation infrastructure in ways that can contribute to livable communities .

*Mr. Toth will also be speaking at Planning and Building Healthy Communities; New Partners for Transportation, Planning, and Health , presented by Idaho Smart Growth and the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare on Thursday, March 24, 2011, at the Nampa Civic Center.
Visit:http://idahosmartgrowth.org/index.php/news/archives/three_regional_workshops_on_healthy_communities_and_community_design_march_/ for details. The workshop is free, but pre-registration is required. Contact Deanna Smith at Deanna@idahosmartgrowth.org with questions and to register. AICP CM credits pending.*

Gary Toth is Director of Transportation Initiatives with the Project for Public Spaces. He is an experienced leader with substantial expertise in transportation planning, particularly the integration of transportation with land use planning and Context Sensitive Solutions. Gary is an instructor and part of the development team for the Project for Public Spaces “Streets as Places” training program and campaign.

Tuesday, February 8 and Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Gary Gleason, Nusura (Lakewood, CO)
Co-sponsored by the Community Transportation Association of Idaho (CTAI)

February 8, 2011: “Evacuate Now!” The role of transportation in emergency planning and procedures.

  • 5:30 p.m. reception
  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. presentation
  • Library! at Cole and Ustick, 7557 West Ustick Road, Boise

Intended Audience:  This presentation is designed for elected officials, government officials, nonprofit agencies, and citizens interested in transportation emergency management concerns.

Description:  From hurricanes to flooding to terrorist attacks, we’ve watched as other parts of our nation have struggled with natural disasters and other large-scale emergencies. So far, we’ve been fortunate to avoid such large-scale calamities, but we still need to be prepared, just in case. Join us for a discussion on recent lessons learned in evacuation planning, personal emergency preparedness planning, and the role of transportation during critical incidents.

February 9, 2011: Emergency Planning and Gap Analysis – The role of transportation in critical incidents.

  • 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Eagle City Hall, City Council Chambers, 660 East Civic Lane, Eagle

Intended Audience: This workshop is designed for transportation officials, planning staff, emergency managers, and others who plan for emergencies.

Description:  This discussion will present recent lessons learned in evacuation planning, the role of transportation during critical incidents, and new tools that have been developed to help emergency managers, transportation officials, and others to identify and resolve planning gaps for emergencies large and small.

AICP CM credits have been approved for the February 9, 2011, presentation.

Gary Gleason, vice president of Nusura, Inc. has worked in public transportation since 1990 and in emergency management since 1998. Gleason is an expert in evacuation planning, emergency preparedness, and the role of transportation in emergency response and recovery. Gleason began his career as the director of marketing and planning for a regional transportation authority in Colorado where he led interagency planning initiatives, developed award-winning marketing campaigns, and wrote the agency’s first Americans with Disabilities Act compliance plan. Gleason then went to work as a disaster assistance employee for FEMA ultimately working 20 major disasters including fires, floods, hurricanes, and tornadoes. Gleason spent a month at Ground Zero with FEMA’s Urban Search and Rescue Task Forces, and subsequently helped write FEMA’s crisis communications plan for the 2002 Olympic Games in Salt Lake City. Since leaving FEMA Gleason has authored state and federal emergency planning guidance, served as principal in charge on numerous transportation emergency management initiatives, and is currently co-principal investigator on a Transportation Research Board project studying the role of paratransit in emergency situations. Awarded a Fulbright scholarship in civil protection in 2008, Gleason studied emergency management systems across Western Europe. In 2010 Gleason was named associate staff with the US Department of Transportation’s Transportation Safety Institute, to provide emergency preparedness training. Gleason has provided training and/or technical assistance in nearly every state in the U.S. and in several foreign nations.

Tuesday, January 11 and Wednesday, January 12, 2011
Anne Wescott, Galena Consulting (Boise, ID)

January 11, 2011: Unraveling the Mystery of Paying for Our Transportation System

  • 5:30 p.m. reception
  • 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. presentation
  • Meridian City Hall, Conference Rooms A and B, 33 E. Broadway Ave., Meridian, 83642

Intended Audience:  Anyone with an interest in the future of our transportation system and how to pay for it. This presentation is targeted to the general public.

Description: Funding our transportation system is key to economic vitality, yet it is not a simple undertaking. Join us as we explore the various funding mechanisms used to support transportation at the state and local level, including the tools evaluated by the Governor’s Task Force on Modernizing Transportation Funding in Idaho. There are many different ways in which these funds are collected, each with its own set of rules and limitations. Ms. Anne Wescott will discuss the various types of funding options, and compare when and where each can be used, their differences and similarities, and their pros and cons.

January 12, 2011: Transportation Funding 101: Exploring Where Your Transportation Dollars Come From and How They Can Be Spent  

  • 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
  • Nampa City Hall, City Council Chambers, 411 Third Street South, Nampa

Intended Audience: This workshop is targeted toward planning staff, elected officials, developers, real estate professionals, and all individuals working on issues related to transportation funding.

Description: Funding transportation infrastructure can be frustrating. There never seems to be enough money to meet needs, and funds that are available are often limited to certain types of projects. Join us as we explore the various funding mechanisms available to support transportation at the state and local level, including the tools evaluated by the Governor’s Task Force on Modernizing Transportation Funding in Idaho. Ms. Anne Wescott will explore these tools and discuss which of them may be available to you and how they can be used in your community.

AICP CM credits have been approved for the January 12, 2011, presentation.

Anne Wescott, president of Galena Consulting, assists local government and non-profit organizations in improving performance and service delivery by providing professional consulting services including strategic planning; program analysis; financial analysis and fee studies; housing needs assessments; capital infrastructure planning; project management and facilitation. Before founding Galena Consulting, Anne was the budget and policy analyst for the Salt Lake City Council, and program development manager for the Salt Lake City Public Services Department.  She holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Utah.