Communication and Public Awareness

2017 COMPASS Education Series

COMPASS Education Series events are free and open to the public. Join us as we hear from national experts on transportation and related topics throughout the year. For more information, contact Amy Luft at

Previous 2017 Education Series events:


Description: Join Dr. Tom Daniels as he shares strategies and examples of using conservation easements to address policy objectives and regulatory requirements in transportation and land use planning. Dr. Daniels will discuss how and when easements can be used; limitations, advantages, and disadvantaged of conservation easements; and how to create an easement, including a discussion of typical funding sources. The workshop will include a hands-on exercise and examples from around the nation.


Risk and Resiliency: Are You Ready for Whatever Comes?

Half-day technical workshop (morning): Join COMPASS for a practical overview of how local and regional agencies can consider resiliency and risk in their planning processes, including long-range planning, asset management, and more. The workshop will cover the “what,” “why,” and “how” of resiliency planning, and share quality examples from around the country. Participants will begin the resiliency planning process during the workshop by creating “risk registers” for their jurisdictions – a first step toward collaborative agreement on what risks are most likely and what the likely impacts of those risk might be.


Trails, paths, and dollars - oh my!

Public presentation (evening): Liz Thorstensen will discuss how providing places to walk and bike can bolster travel, tourism, and economic development. Join COMPASS to learn what this can mean to your community, neighborhood, business, and quality of life.


Active Transportation and economic development



The future of transportation technology: what to expect by Paul Lewis

Description: Automated driving, ride hailing, and the sharing economy are upending traditional transportation markets. What does it really mean for how people get around? This presentation will explore the myths, exciting realities, and practical outcomes of new transportation tech, and what it means for communities like yours.


The future of transportation technology: How to react by Paul Lewis

Description: Automated driving, ride hailing, and the sharing economy are changing how transportation agencies build and manage their networks. This presentation will explore how planners, public officials, and engineers should prepare their roadway, public transit, and freight networks for future technologies. This will involve a look at automated vehicle policy, regulatory reform, and improvements to public procurement processes.