The transportation needs of urban and rural localities within the same state can vary wildly, at times creating barriers to uniting behind a transportation funding campaign. Two advocates are coming together on July 18 at the Hyatt Regency Washington in Washington, D.C., to discuss their experiences uniting these varied interests in a coalition to increase overall transportation revenue in their state.

Margaret Donahoe, Minnesota Transportation Alliance. As executive director of the Minnesota Transportation Alliance, Donahoe spearheaded the “Vote Yes 4 Roads” campaign in 2018 that united agricultural interests, contractors, state and local chambers of commerce, unions, and others to advocate for a transportation funding increase. Donahoe will discuss the numerous needs of the state and share tips on how she organized these various groups to unite in a coalition.

Kevin Adam, Rural Transportation Advocacy Council- Arizona. In a state with large rural areas and a growing urban population, Adam represents transportation policies, funding and other initiatives for regions outside the metro areas. Adam will discuss how he works with a range of organizations to preserve rural needs in a campaign to increase transportation funding throughout the state.

Register for the 5th Annual “National Workshop for State & Local Transportation Advocates” to hear this, and more real-life challenges and success stories of state transportation funding campaigns. Learn what states have raised or are trying to raise new transportation revenue, why they are doing so, what revenue streams they are exploring, who the major players are, and campaign tactics and strategies. Transportation investment champions from around the country will share best practices, playbook secrets and other keys to success in advancing state and local legislative and ballot initiatives that boost transportation infrastructure investment.

Other sessions include:
• An overview of state transportation funding trends and initiatives, plus a preview of what’s to come on 2018 state and local ballots;
• An update on federal transportation funding and efforts to permanently fix the revenue stream for the Highway Trust Fund;
• In-depth exploration of short- and long-term transportation funding techniques being explored by states;
• How states ‘set the stage’ for a transportation funding increase;
• Advice from state lawmakers on succeeding in your transportation funding campaign;
• And more!

The Workshop is being held in conjunction with ARTBA’s 30th annual “Public-Private Partnerships in Transportation Conference.”

Space is limited! Register today to reserve your spot, or view more information about the Workshop on TIAC’s website.