Communication and Public Awareness

2016 COMPASS Education Series

Mayor Mick Cornett, Oklahoma City
February 4 and 5, 2016: "Local Option Sales Tax: Creating Cities Where People Want to Live"

Join Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, the first four-term mayor in Oklahoma City history, as he shares Oklahoma City’s experiences using local option sales tax -- how the program works, what it is and is not used for, successes, challenges, how the program has been accepted by the public, and what he would do differently if he could do it over again. View the event flyer (PDF).


National Highway Institute with Federal Highway Administration
March 1, 2016: "Fundamentals of Freight Data" (full-day technical workshop)

Are you a transportation professional who uses freight data in developing regional profiles, long-range transportation plans, facility/corridor plans, freight plans, freight performance measures, and more? The FHWA will discuss freight data sources and how to use freight data in transportation planning, project development, and policy analysis. You’ll discover characteristics and key limitations of existing data, methods for collecting local/state data, types and sources of freight data, freight data tools, case studies on how existing data sources have been used, and more. View the event flyer (PDF).

Peter Lagerwey, Toole Design Group, Seattle

May 3, 2016: Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety: Getting to Vision Zero

As the popularity of bicycling and walking has grown nation-wide, so have the number of crashes involving bicyclists and pedestrians.  However, some communities have reversed this trend – crashes are going down as use goes up. Drawing on best practices from around the country, this two-hour presentation will provide a vision and framework for reducing bicycle and pedestrian crashes through better planning, engineering, education and enforcement; as well as strategies for fostering greater inter-agency cooperation and collaboration by defining roles and responsibilities. View the event flyer (PDF).

May 4, 2016: Producing & Implementing a Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan - Technical Workshop (half-day)

Communities across the U.S. are creating bicycle and pedestrian master plans. They provide an opportunity to plan for bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure while fostering a practical, safe and enjoyable environment for bicycling and walking. This half day workshop will provide a detailed and proven step-by-step process for developing and implementing a successful Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan. View the event flyer (PDF).

Phil Erickson, Community Design + Architecture

May 26, 2016: Achieving Green and Sustainable Streets: The Latest Techniques for Green Stormwater Management

Green infrastructure best practices, and those used for integrating green infrastructure into streets, are ever evolving. This workshop will discuss types of green streets infrastructure and how they relate to stormwater function, various complete streets types and design elements, and the land use context of a street. The presentation will highlight techniques that can be used in constrained situations and the relationship to operation and maintenance of green streets infrastructure. Learn about the multiple benefits of green infrastructure beyond stormwater management and quality.

The workshop will include a two-hour small group session where participants will explore how these best practices may apply to streets in Treasure Valley communities. You will have the opportunity to share your past experiences with green infrastructure design, construction, and operations and maintenance, as well as share design solutions for the example streets. 

John Martin, Southeastern Institute of Research, Inc.

June 21, 2016: What’s Attracting Millennials?

One hint: It’s not your parents’ transportation system

Sponsored by ACHD Commuteride

By 2025, Millennials will make up almost half of the US workforce and with them will come a “new normal” in how young professionals live, work, play, and move around.

More than their older counterparts, Millennials are flocking to urban activity centers and demanding more mobility options. In addition, in the future, there will be relatively fewer young people than today. Consequently, communities across America are preparing strategies to woo these young professionals – who choose location first and job second – to settle in their cities and towns.

What does this mean for transportation professionals?

Transportation will play a much larger and more diverse role in economic development than it ever has before. Transportation demand management, expanded mobility options, and placemaking are becoming drivers of a community’s “Millennial appeal” and, ultimately economic development success.

Join COMPASS and ACHD Commuteride as we welcome John Martin as he shares his insights into how transportation professionals, across all aspects of the transportation spectrum, can prepare for their role in planning for a successful future for the Treasure Valley.

One AICP Certification Maintenance credit has been approved for this event.


James Corless, Transportation 4 America

September 6, 2016: “21st Century Public Transportation: How Innovation, Technology, and Consumer Preferences are Transforming Public Transportation”

All across the country, changing demographics and shifting consumer preferences are driving the demand for public transportation to an all-time high. Public transportation agencies are trying to meet this demand by testing new and different ways to serve their customers, no longer relying simply on fixed bus routes with fixed schedules to meet the mobility needs of their communities.

September 7, 2016: “Next Generation Public Transportation: New Innovations in Public Transportation and Why They Matter for Idaho”

It’s a time of significant disruption and change in public transportation, and it’s critical that public agencies, elected officials, engineers, and transportation planners understand these seismic shifts so they can prepare for them. Join us for an interactive workshop-style presentation with Transportation for America Director James Corless to take a deep dive into the new trends in public transportation; more efficient bus, shuttle, and ridesharing networks; and what innovations in “smart mobility” will mean for the Treasure Valley, as well as in your day-to-day job. How should agency staff and local officials prepare for these changes that are only going to speed up in the years ahead?