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 on October 26-30 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Minneapolis features a dramatic riverfront skyline, three professional sports stadiums within 1.3 miles, so much art you’re literally surrounded by it and a theater on almost every corner. A culture committed to perfecting the craft of the brew, one of the best park systems in the nation, and a foodie paradise where you can get Nordic cuisine for breakfast, Ethiopian for lunch and this thing called a “Jucy Lucy” for dinner – and oh yeah, cocktails on a Ferris wheel.  Join your AMPO friends this fall.

Event registration is not open at this time.


Minneapolis Marriott City Center
30 S 7th Street
Minneapolis MN 55402

AMPO’s 2020 Annual Conference is located at the luxurious Marriott City Center, which for added convenience, is directly attached to the Skyway System, and is situated in the heart of the city’s downtown district. The hotel has a large selection of modern guest rooms and amenities for you to enjoy during your event stay. Hotel block and registration information will be available at a later date.



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.

Call for Proposals

Call for Proposals is Open! 

  • SUBMISSION DEADLINE EXTENDED: Proposals are due June 1, 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