AMPO’s mission is to help communities thrive by strengthening the MPOs that plan for safe, reliable, and equitable multi-modal transportation networks that are accessible to all. MPOs vary by size, region, and needs, and AMPO strives to provide innovative approaches and curated solutions to help all MPOs.
AMPO achieves our mission by providing MPO leadership and staff with critical technical assistance and training, creating a collaborative network of MPOs for peer-exchange and knowledge building, developing policy analysis and resources, and advocating at the federal level on behalf of members.
AMPO has core values that define the work we do with, for, and on behalf of our MPO members.
Knowledge: AMPO values being a leading source of information for our members tackling transportation and infrastructure challenges, issues, and opportunities.
- Supporting Strategic Goal: Share emergent topics and knowledge as it becomes available in a timely, streamlined manner to advance the state of the practice.
Impact: AMPO values our ability to impact federal policy and regulation to benefit its members by advocating on behalf of MPOs nationwide.
- Supporting Strategic Goal: Ensure the MPO communities’ needs are met in the development and implementation of Federal legislation and regulation.
Collaboration: Our strength is our network, and we value providing a collaborative space for our members and the broader transportation planning community.
- Supporting Strategic Goal: Continue to develop and support programs that foster and facilitate peer-to-peer collaboration and networking.
Our vision is a MPO community that fosters economic resilience, quality of life, and opportunity for all by creating thriving metropolitan regions. We execute our vision by growing and deepening our programs and services to meet the unique and evolving needs of our members.
AMPO is a nonprofit, membership organization established in 1994 to serve the needs and interests of “metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs)” nationwide. Federal highway and transit statutes require, as a condition for spending federal highway or transit funds in urbanized areas, the designation of MPOs, which have responsibility for planning, programming, and coordination of federal highway and transit investments.
AMPO offers our member MPOs technical assistance and training, frequent updates on federal policy, research findings and analysis, and conferences, workshops, and forums for collaboration and peer sharing. As a membership-driven organization, AMPO is led by our Board of Directors which is comprised of nine elected AMPO members.
Membership in AMPO is open to all MPOs, and associate memberships are available to industry partners and others in the transportation stakeholder community.