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Northeast Iowa Transportation Summit Invites Iowans to Interactive, Informative, Community-Building Event
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Northeast Iowa Transportation Summit Invites Iowans to Interactive, Informative, Community-Building Event

The October 18th gathering, (from 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.) in the Wilder Business Center located on the Northeast Iowa Community College Calmar Campus, is being hosted by Upper Explorerland Regional Planning Commission, EARL Public Transit, and their regional transportation partners.

The organizers are putting a casual and enthusiastic emphasis on all things go. The day is about:

  • Recognition & lively discussion of regional transportation needs & coordination
  • Improvements to transportation to support a higher quality of life in Northeast Iowa
  • Improvement to regional transportation to make our economy more productive

Lunch and snacks will be provided, and the event will be hosting an impressive roster of relevant regional speakers, listed below. A free shuttle is available for participants, which will leave from the Decorah McDonald's parking lot on Short Street, at 8:30 a.m. the day of the event. Any proceeds from the event will go to fund a regional transportation-related cause or causes.


Event Schedule:

  • 9 - 9:30 a.m.  Registration. Informal networking + exhibitor tables. Photo opportunities. Beverages + light snacks provided
  • 9:30 - 9:35 a.m.  Introductions by summit organizers + partners. Description of summit purpose + review of event agenda
  • 9:35 - 9:45 a.m.  Speaker Wendy Mihm-Herold, Ph.D, Vice President of Business + Community Solutions, NICC. Welcome + a brief overview of transportation considerations of the region
  • 9:45 - 10:45 a.m.  Keynote speaker Benjamin Winchester, Senior Research Fellow University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality
  • 10:45 - 11:45 a.m.  Keynote speaker Jeremy Johnson-Miller, Transit Programs Administrator, Statewide Mobility Coordinator, Iowa Department of Transportation Office of Public Transit
  • 11:45 - 12:15 p.m.  Lunch (Catered by NICC)
  • 12:15 - 1:30 p.m.  "Transportation Detours"-- brief 5 minute best practice presentations by stakeholders from different fields, providing information on existing transportation initiatives positively impacting workforce, economic development, + quality of life in Northeast Iowa
  • 1:30 - 2:15 p.m.  "Recalculating Sessions"-- Three 15-minute brainstorming sessions. Attendees will break into small groups based on summit topics, + will engage with best practice speakers in discussing how to build on, scale, or replicate transportation initiatives in the region.

Register in moments online. And don't forget to connect with event on Facebook. Attendees are encouraged to Tweet the Summit, at #NEIAGO.

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