OMS: Central Florida Transportation Planning Group- Central Florida Project Update

APA Florida Chapter, Orlando Metro Section


Thursday, May 5, 2016
noon - 2 p.m. EDT

Orlando, FL, United States

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“The Southern Connection – What is it and what will it be?”


Atlee Mercer, Chairman OCX


The Osceola County Expressway Authority (OCX) formed in 2010 developed the OCX Master Plan 2040 to address the county’s vision and transportation needs. The OCX 2040 system, structured on a series of expressways that ring the interior of the County’s urban Growth Boundary, connect existing and emerging cities and centers forming the “Southern Connection.” This Southern Connection, and the anxiously awaited opening of the Poinciana Parkway, will be presented.




Wekiva Parkway – Completing Central Florida’s Beltway


Mary Brooks, Vice President, Quest Corporation of America.


Mary Brooks, who has engaged the community on the Wekiva Parkway since 2004, will present an update on this 25-mile project to complete Central Florida’s beltway. She will also share the landmark environmental protections that are part of this project, which is helping to protect the natural resources surrounding the Wekiva River.




Projects in Ocala/Marion County


Greg Slay, AICP, Ocala/Marion County TPO, Director


This presentation will focus on proposed projects in the northern part of the District, including the highly anticipated Heart of Florida Loop Trail and the State Road 40 Multi-Modal Corridor Plan. The Heart of Florida Loop Trail will connect the northern end of the Withlacoochee State Trail to Silver Springs State Park via the Marjorie Harris Carr Greenway. The Trail will traverse numerous public lands including the Ocala National Forest as it eventually connects to Lake and Volusia counties. To assist with the implementation of the City of Ocala’s Vision 2035 plan, the SR 40 Corridor Plan looks to improve the multi-modal aspects of Downtown Ocala.  Working with the City of Ocala, the TPO has developed a plan that will improve access to several areas Downtown including Citizens Circle, the Farmers Market, Downtown Square and Tuscawilla Park.




Presenters will discuss the projects, including their successes and areas of improvement.   Planners will be able to utilize the information provided to implement similar transportation initiatives in their communities including.  Transportation needs focusing on areas within designated urban growth boundaries, innovative environmental protection measures, as well as Innovative access management techniques will be introduced.


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Mary Brooks

Confirmed Speaker

Vice President – Project Management & Quality Control Senior Public Involvement Strategist, Quest Corporation. Experience – 29 Years Mary Brooks has in-depth experience in developing and implementing community engagement strategies on major public sector and transportation initiatives. She has been recognized for developing strategic key messaging, building positive community and client relationships, garnering ... Read More

Altee Mercer

Confirmed Speaker

• Current, Chairman, Osceola County Expressway Authority (OCX); • Chairman of TEAMFL (the state associate of Toll Collecting Agencies); and • Chairman of the Osceola Regional Medical Center. • 30 years in Software Development Served as: • Chairman of Community Vision • Chairman of the Downtown Kissimmee Area Council • Chairman the Chamber of Commerce • Osceola County ... Read More

Greg Slay, AICP

Confirmed Speaker


Greg Slay, AICP

Confirmed Speaker

Greg Slay, AICP Director, Ocala Marion County TPO Experienced planner with 27 years in urban planning and 18+ years managing the metropolitan planning process. Proven ability in establishing strong relationships with agencies critical to delivering transportation projects. Extensive experience with federal and state funding programs. Member - American Institute of Certified ... Read More