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Making Connections: A Conference on Transportation Funding, Land Use and Politics

Thursday, November 13, 2008 @ Boise State University, Jordan Ballroom

Sponsored by the Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho (COMPASS) and Boise State University Public Policy Center.

The transportation system in the United States and more specifically Idaho is at a crossroads as we progress into the 21 st Century. State and local governments are pressed to maintain existing roadways, address public safety issues, provide transit services, and expand or build new roadways in the face of decreasing revenue streams and escalating construction costs. Population growth and high gas prices in our urbanized areas, particularly in the Intermountain West, are changing our land use patterns, challenging our environment, straining our existing roadway infrastructure, and requiring expansion of public transportation systems. Federal, state, and local leaders are considering how our transportation policies and funding mechanisms need to change to meet the challenges and needs of our nation and state to compete in the global economy of the 21 st Century. Join us at the conference as we learn from experts and leaders as they prepare for reauthorization of the federal transportation bill and the 2009 Idaho Legislative Session.

Making Connections: A Conference on Transportation Funding, Land Use and Politics Brochure

News Release

An outline of the conference follows with links to pdfs of the presentations and the presenter websites.

Robert Puentes Keynote Address, the presenter powerpoint presentations, and a video of the conference will be made available soon on DVD.

9:15- 10:00 am – Welcome: The State of Transportation

  • John Franden, COMPASS Chairman and ACHD Commisioner


  • Stephanie Witt, Boise State University Professor and Public Policy Center Director

    Biography   Presentation    Website

  • Matt Stoll, COMPASS Executive Director, Biography

- Break -

10:15 am - Funding/Financial

Moderator: David Bieter, COMPASS Vice Chair and Mayor of Boise

LUNCH: Noon – 1:30

1:45 – 3:15 pm - Land Use/Transportation

Moderator: Susan Mason, Boise State University

    Biography   Website

  • Economics of Transportation Land Use, Rachel Weinberger, University of Pennsylvania (Department of City and Regional Planning)

3:30 – 5:00 - Politics/Decision-making

Moderator and Commenator: Jim Weatherby, Biography

5:00–6:15 pm: Reception in Jordan Ballroom A-B - Sponsored by the Idaho District Council of the Urban Land Institute

6:30 – 8:00 pm: Keynote Address, A New Transportation Agenda

A New Transportation Agenda
Robert Puentes will discuss the urgency of transportation accessibility, connectivity, and mobility issues that are affecting the prosperity and vitality of the nation and its metropolitan areas. He will highlight several critical flaws in current U.S. transportation policy today and offer a broad framework for a new transportation agenda.

Biography   Presentation* (Abbreviated Version)   Website

Robert PuentesRobert Puentes is a fellow with the Brookings Institution Metropolitan Policy Program, which is redefining the challenges facing cities and suburbs in America and promoting innovative solutions to help communities grow in more inclusive, competitive, and sustainable ways. Mr. Puentes' work focuses on the broad array of policies and issues related to metropolitan growth and development. His recent publications include: “One-Fifth of America: A Comprehensive Guide to America's First Suburbs,” with David Warren (2006), and Taking the High Road: A Metropolitan Agenda for Transportation Reform, with Bruce Katz (2005), among many others. He is a frequent speaker to a variety of groups, including business, civic and political leaders, a regular contributor in newspapers and other media, and has testified before Congressional committees. Prior to joining Brookings, he was the director of infrastructure programs at the Intelligent Transportation Society of America. Robert holds a master's degree in urban planning from the University of Virginia.

AICP continuing education credit may be available. COMPASS will submit an application to APA for CEU.