This two part sessions explores MPO practices in public involvement and covers topics such as the public involvement plan, messaging for MPOs, outreach strategies, and incorporation of data. In Part 2, participants will learn best practices for addressing public involvement in all agency activities, creating messaging to tell your MPO's story, and utilizing a diverse range of outreach techniques, including online strategies, to reach a broad audience.
Abigail Zenner is the Communications Specialist for the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board. She writes articles for the TPB’s online news site and co-manages its social media accounts. Before joining TPB staff, she was the editorial board chair for the blog Greater Greater Washington and worked in government ... Read More
Amy Luft has served as Communication Coordinator at COMPASS since 2008. She has over 25 years of diverse experience in outreach, communication, and project management, and has worked in both the public and private sectors. Immediately prior to her employment at COMPASS, Amy was employed at the Idaho Department of ... Read More
Audra Koester Thomas
A proud graduate of Texas A&M University, Audra Koester Thomas joined the Maricopa Association of Governments (MAG) in 2015 to facilitate long-range transportation planning efforts for the nation's second largest (10,659 square miles) and fastest growing metropolitan planning organization. Before arriving at MAG, Audra was partner in ... Read More
Dave Biggs is an internationally-recognized keynote and panel speaker, author and public engagement strategist focusing on tools to enhance community participation for planning projects. With over 20 years of experience on a wide range award-winning projects with government clients and consulting firms, he has built a reputation for leading edge ... Read More
Ben Hampton is the Communications Manager for the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board. He has pioneered the use of new platforms, tools, and techniques for telling the MPO story and explaining the organization’s technical work to non-technical audiences. Ben is a trained urban planner who started off his ... Read More
Alvan-Bidal Sanchez is a Transportation Planner with the Memphis Urban Area MPO, a Bi-state MPO covering portions of Tennessee and Mississippi. He works with fellow staff on projects related to public participation, freight planning, and regional public transit planning. He is a graduate from the School of Architecture and LBJ ... Read More