Event Overview

The AMPO Annual Conference is the premiere event for MPOs to learn and network. Sessions are taught by experts and offer a combination of presentations and hands-on learning opportunities. Mark your calendars for the 2020 Annual Conference the week of October 26-30 and check back for updates!

Event registration is not open at this time.


We will provide updates regarding AMPO’s 2020 Annual Conference venue shortly. Please check back.


The agenda sessions/breakouts and support details will be available for download as we get closer to the event.

All presentations will be archived on the site following the event session. Please click the link below to view archived event presentations.


Event Speaker Bios
AMPO enlists numerous industry experts and specialists to discuss the latest industry trends and insights. As we get closer to AMPO’s 2020 Annual Conference, we will provide a list of bios and speakers who are presenting this year. Stay tuned.


Thank you for your interest in becoming a sponsor of the 2020 AMPO Annual Conference!

As we are preparing for the conference scheduled for the week of October 26th in Minneapolis, we are beginning to explore virtual conference options and are looking to adjust the structure of our conference sponsorship. We understand the importance for our sponsors to continue to develop relationships with the MPO community, so we are working hard to see where it makes sense to try different approaches and to modify traditional conference sponsorship opportunities.

Please check back for updates or reach out to staff@a​ with questions.


Nominations are Open
Nominations are open for the 2020 AMPO Awards. Please review the categories and evaluation criteria below and click on the button to submit your nomination.


Outstanding Overall Achievement for a TMA MPO

AMPO honors the efforts of a TMA MPO that has successfully advanced and promoted metropolitan transportation planning.

Outstanding Overall Achievement for a non-TMA MPO

AMPO honors the efforts of a non-TMA MPO that has successfully advanced and promoted metropolitan transportation planning.

Excellence in MPO Coordination & Partnership

AMPO honors outstanding efforts in coordination and partnership, recognizing strong collaborative projects and practices among MPOs, transit agencies, state DOTs, etc.

Outstanding Elected Official Leadership

AMPO honors outstanding efforts in transportation planning and leadership of an elected official who has served as a champion for their community and has successfully advanced or promoted transportation planning in the public arena. Any member of an MPO Policy Board is eligible to be nominated for this Award.

Excellence in MPO Staff Achievement

AMPO recognizes achievement in MPO staff leadership and distinguished contributions to the MPO region. This award is given to an MPO staff member who has demonstrated strong leadership within their agency and through their work in transportation planning has made significant contributions to the region.

The Ronald F. Kirby Lifetime Achievement Award

Ron will be remembered as a leading expert in transportation planning and a key figure in the MPO community. The Ronald F. Kirby Lifetime Achievement Award honors the contributions and advancements that Ron made to transportation planning. With this award, AMPO honors outstanding efforts in transportation planning and leadership from an individual who has served as a champion of transportation planning and advanced or promoted the practice, not only within his or her local community, but throughout the greater MPO community. Any member/former member of an MPO staff is eligible to be nominated for this Award. Please note that while all nominations will be carefully and thoughtfully reviewed, given the prestige and meaning of this Award it is not necessarily bestowed annually.


Please note that in some cases the AMPO Awards Committee may consider awarding honorable mentions for the categories of Outstanding Overall Achievement for a TMA MPO, Outstanding Overall Achievement for a non-TMA MPO, and Excellence in MPO Coordination & Partnership.

Evaluation Criteria

Each nomination must exemplify at least two of the below criteria:


MPOs, transportation agencies, staff, and elected officials are at the center of innovations to enhance and shape their communities. This category not only evaluates “new” ideas that have impacted the transportation planning process, but also examines “creative” approaches to implementing specific projects or a bigger vision.

Impact of Profession

MPOs, transportation agencies, staff, and elected officials can greatly influence the cities, counties, and regions that they serve. This category looks at the potential application of the nominated effort to other MPOs and how the plan or project (components and methodology) would further the cause of good planning.


MPOs, transportation agencies, staff, and elected officials are the engines for pushing ideas into actions. This category looks at the implementation strategy of the nominated effort, what it includes, and the steps that have been/were taken to help build momentum and public support for following and implementing the effort.


MPOs, transportation agencies, staff, and elected officials are encouraged and required to work with a host of agencies. This category looks at strategic partnerships or alliances that were developed to help meet the goals and objectives of the nominated effort. It also considers the steps that were taken to engage community leaders, local officials, and other agencies to support and assist in the nominated effort.


  • The project or work being submitted must have taken place within the last four years.
  • Self-nominations are permissible.
  • It is suggested that award winners attend the annual membership meeting, however, this year we are looking at a hosting a virtual conference. Update coming!
  • An award recipient may not be selected for each category. Recipients will be selected based on the nominations.


Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals is Open! 

  • SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Proposals are due July 15, 2020 at 11:59pm EST.
  • CONFERENCE DATES: October 26, 2020 – October 30, 2020
  • QUESTIONS: Contact Sarah Hicks at 202-624-3680 or
Call for Proposals

ABOUT: The AMPO Annual Conference brings together Policy Board members, Executive Directors, technical staff, federal and state employees, and consultants to share information on a variety of MPO issues. This year’s Conference will take place in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

PROPOSAL SUBMISSION: Although AMPO has identified the topics below as a means to structure the agenda for the 2020 Conference, we will also accept proposals on topics/issue areas that are not mentioned below. Organizations may submit a maximum of three abstracts.


  • Presentations that market specific products, vendors, and services will not be accepted.
  • All of the organizations, activities, and projects mentioned by the proposal must consent to being included in the proposal and potential presentation at the 2020 AMPO Annual Conference.

WHAT MAKES A GOOD PROPOSAL? The AMPO Annual Conference seeks to address current issues MPOs are facing, as well as day-to-day operations. In order to demonstrate that you are providing the most useful information and tools to our MPO practitioners, we suggest proposals address the 3Ps:

  • Purpose: Is the presentation relevant to MPO practitioners? Will the participants be able to do something by the end of the session that they could not do (as effectively) prior to attending?
  • People: Will your presentation directly link the session to issues participants face on a day-to-day basis? How will you effectively and concisely communicate with your participants the benefits and/or lessons learned?
  • Process: What activities or demonstrations will you use in your presentation? What are the practical methodologies, tips, and/or tools attendees will walk away with? Will there be any resources, materials, or learning aids made available? Is there a way to make the presentation interactive?



  • Access to employment, services, and facilities
  • Measuring accessibility and quantifying social costs of inaccessibility

Complete Streets

  • Best practices and case studies for all modes, including bicycling, walking, and transit
  • American’s with Disabilities Act
  • Working collaboratively

Coordination and Collaboration with Key Partners

  • Coordination with the State DOT

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Certification

Environmental Justice/Limited English Proficiency Plans (LEP)/Title VI

  • Incorporating both qualitative and quantitative measures of equity into long range planning
  • EJ analysis used in project prioritization
  • Demographics research and analysis
  • Outreach

FAST Act and MAP 21 Implementation


  • Addressing first / last mile bottlenecks
  • Collecting and applying freight data
  • Developing regional freight studies
  • Movement of freight through or around sensitive areas

Funding and Financing

  • Creative funding options
  • The Federal infrastructure bill or the Highway Trust Fund

Congestion Pricing

  • Ballot initiatives and referenda
  • Grants
  • Public Private Partnerships (P3s)
  • Sales taxes
  • User taxes

Future of Transportation Mobility

  • Best practices or case studies depicting the impact of disruptive technologies on transportation and land use planning
  • How to engage policy makers in preparing for the impacts of technology
  • How to plan for a rapidly changing world
  • Impacts of transformative vehicle technology
  • Travel behavior trends


  • Best practices
  • Data acquisition and management
  • Data partnerships
  • Implementation
  • New technologies, services, and application development

Interregional Compacts, Cooperation, and Plans

  • Development of interregional corridors
  • Megaregion issues

Land Use / Transportation Connection

  • Addressing property rights issues
  • Improving coordination between land use and transportation
  • Sustainable development
  • Tools

MPO Operations

  • Board member education and orientation
  • Continuation of operations plans (COOPs)
  • Managing consultant contract
    • RFPs / RFQs
    • Selection criteria
    • Small MPOs – Meeting the challenges of small staffs, small budgets, big needs
  • MPO staff management – hiring, performance reviews, policy and procedures, staff development, and staff benefits
  • Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) development and best practices

MPO Roles & Relevancy

  • Becoming an operator
  • Engaging elected officials in the planning process
  • Innovation in planning process
  • MPO strategic management
  • Niche only MPOs fulfill
  • Using data to guide planning

Performance Based Planning and Programming

  • Best practices and examples of implementation
  • Coordination with the State DOT

Performance Measures

  • Coordination with states, transit, and other partners
  • Data
  • Measuring, reporting, and evaluating
  • Multimodal measures
  • PM1: Safety
  • PM2: Pavement and Bridge Condition
  • PM3: System Performance, Freight, and Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program (CMAQ)

Planning Requirements

  • Day to day
  • Developing financial planning estimates
  • Developing the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP)
  • Planning Emphasis Areas (PEAs)
  • State and federal certifications
  • Updating the Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP)/ Metropolitan Transportation Plan (MTP)

Public Involvement

  • Adopting and implementing the Public Participation Plan (PPP)
  • Challenges, successes, and lessons learned
  • Communicating performance to citizens and elected officials
  • Engaging a broader demographic
  • How agencies are communicating funding issues/gaps, funding options, and how they are getting feedback from the public on what they are willing to pay?
  • Innovative methods
  • Using social media

Professional Development

Scenario Planning

  • Best practices
  • How are MPOs using scenario planning in the metropolitan transportation plan or Transportation Improvement Program?
  • How to involve agency stakeholders & general public in scenario planning


  • Connected and autonomous vehicles
  • Emerging technologies
  • ITS
  • Supporting communications
  • Transportation incident management
  • Transportation management and operations
  • Transportation Network Companies
  • Traveler information strategies

Transportation and Health

  • Health impact assessment of MTPs/LRTPs
  • Planning and environmental linkage studies
  • Project evaluation
  • Supporting public health and “active” modes

Transportation System Resiliency and Planning for All-Hazard Events

    • Factoring resiliency into funding decisions
    • Resiliency assessment/evaluation
    • Resiliency planning—best practices and resources