This new group was created so that MPO leaders can share ideas, experiences, and expertise with their peers. Topics for future meetings include:
- Staffing, Retention, and Succession Planning
- Strategic Plans
- Educating your Board
- Contracting and Consultants
- Data and Software Acquisition
- Organizational Culture and Staff Development
Leadership meets 1 hour each month to plan meetings and discuss news. This may grow to include in-person meetings in the coming years.
The MPO Leadership Roundtable meets quarterly. Each leadership member will help AMPO staff identify a topic, find speakers, and moderate 1 meeting per year.
MyAMPO will have a forum for this group. Leadership is expected to help monitor and respond to forum posts to encourage conversation.
Each leadership member serves equally to collaborate and plan the year’s worth of meetings. Eligibility restricted to Executive Directors, Transportation Directors, and MPO Directors.
Forward Pinellas MPO
Whit Blanton, FAICP is the executive director of Forward Pinellas, a special district public agency responsible for countywide planning, integrating use and transportation, and setting priorities for state and federal transportation funding. Hired in 2015 upon the merger of the Pinellas County Metropolitan Planning Organization and Pinellas Planning Council, Whit reports to a board of 13 elected officials representing the county’s 25 local governments. He has 35 years of public and private sector planning experience. Prior to joining Forward Pinellas, he was a founding owner and vice president of Renaissance Planning, based in Orlando. As a consultant, Whit worked with local, state, federal and regional agencies on planning projects and taught training courses across the country.
Kate is the Executive Director of MetroPlan in Flagstaff, Arizona. She joined the agency in March of this year. Prior to her role at MetroPlan, she served as the Deputy General Manager of Mountain Line, the public transit agency in Flagstaff where she oversaw the agency’s planning and development functions, and provided leadership on state and federal transit issues. She has a passion for creating policies and programs that support healthy and sustainable communities. Originally from Flagstaff, Kate obtained her Masters of Science in Planning from the University of Arizona in 2010 and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
Fargo-Moorhead Metropolitan COG
All Leadership Roundtable members must adhere to the Code of Conduct.
Learn more about leadership positions here.
Applications for leadership positions are now closed.