Event Overview

In 2017 AMPO launched the first ever Planning Tools and Training Symposium. The purpose of the symposium is to assist in meeting the diverse set of needs of our membership. While there are several conferences and training opportunities available to the transportation planning community, the needs and requirements of MPOs are unique. The AMPO Planning Tools and Training Symposium is tailored to the requirements of MPOs as well as the challenges associated with meeting such requirements and structured to meet the needs of small, medium, and large MPOs. The symposium brings together MPO staff and practitioners to share information on a variety of MPO technical issues and provided peer-to-peer training for the MPO community to discuss challenges, opportunities, and implementation strategies with regard to current planning tools and applications. The goal of the symposium is to identify (or share) MPO best practices; provide practical training; and develop materials that can be shared across the MPO community.

The symposium takes place over the course of two and a half days and consists of multiple roundtable workshops. The workshops are divided into two tracks: Core Functions and Hot Topics. The Core Functions track is developed with junior staff in mind and seeks to provide practical training by topic area (i.e. MPO process and products, public involvement/environmental justice/Title XI, performance management, etc.). The Hot Topics track is developed with senior-level staff in mind and provides peer-to-peer exchange and training opportunities to discuss the state of the practice, innovation, and identify efficiencies.

We have postponed the 2021 Technical Symposium and look forward to seeing you in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida May 16 -19, 2022.  Please check back as we add more information.


Riverside Hotel
620 East Las Olas Boulevard
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33301

Relax in the heart of downtown Fort Lauderdale where you will find access to world-class restaurants, clubs, and the trendy Las Olas Boulevard. This is where Old Florida charm meets warm, personalized service with luxurious rooms and numerous amenities to meet your travel needs, including the hotel pool, fitness club, and so much more.



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 2021 Planning Tools & Training Symposium, we will provide a list of bios and speakers who are presenting. Stay tuned.

The Call for Proposals is now closed. The submissions are currently being reviewed and presenters will be notified in January 2022. 

QUESTIONS:  Contact Caitlin Cook at


Complete Streets/ADA requirements
• ADA requirements and budget realities
• Latest pilot projects’ successes and failures
• Before and after Complete Streets case studies and data metrics
• Changes in Complete Streets to include bicycle stress analysis
• All modes / trade‐offs / funding / partnerships
• Working collaboratively/breaking down silos to achieve complete streets and accessibility
• Best practices and use in MPOs

• Planning for truck parking
• How to access and use data sets considered proprietary•
• Metro freight plans
• Innovations in urban logistics

Future of Transportation Mobility/Technology
• Scenario planning around technological uncertainty
• Impacts of new technology
• GIS applications
• Impact on congestion for current infrastructure
• Discussions on best practices and case studies depicting the impact of disruptive technologies on transportation and land use planning
• Linking land use with transportation
• Connected and automated vehicles
• General overview and with real world examples particularity for varied sized cities not just large cities
• Different ways that models are considering disruptive technology
• Thinking about resources needed for emerging planners at our MPO
• How it will affect our planning and how to engage policy makers in preparing for the changes it will bring
• How to plan for a rapidly changing world
• TNCs
• How will technology impact the mobility provided by our current infrastructure/systems

• Software
o Implementation
o Best practices
• GIS analysis
• Data acquisition and management
• Data partnerships
• New technologies, services, and application development

Land Use – Transportation Connection
• How other MPOs are incorporating land use with TDM and iterating between the two
• Interesting projects and project types
• How MPOs can influence land use planning without planning and zoning powers
• Better coordination between the two, land use planning for multimodal choice
• Mixed use developments / incentives / return on investment

MPO Operations and Products/Planning Requirements
• Survey of best practices done by a peer review of MPO operations and products, input should be from FHWA, state DOTs and peers at least 3 MPO sizes should be highlighted, under 100K, 200k‐1M 1M+
• C‐Corps to provide services
• What is out there?
• What interesting or unique things are other MPOs doing that may be relevant
• Metropolitan Transportation Plan and Transportation Improvement Program

MPO Roles and Relevancy
• Niche that only MPOs fill
• Beyond the requirements, how are MPOs making a difference in their communities
• Ensuring we maximize our roles as regional transportation planners and local government representatives
• MPO roles in state and federal transportation planning programs
• How to make the MPO and its work more visible to the community
• What is the relevancy of an MPO without enforcement powers?
• The MPO as a self‐governing entity vs being hosted
• Specific focus on what small MPOs are doing

Performance Measures/Performance Based Planning and Programming/FAST Act and MAP‐21 Implementation
• How to get public involvement in getting to zero deaths
• Coordination between State and MPO performance
• Examples of implementation, any possible refinements/clarifications to the process
• Thinking about resources needed for emerging planners at our MPO
• Dates and documents
• Basics of performance-based planning and programming and how to improve
• Information of the how MPO’s are planning to report progress in upcoming Metropolitan Transportation Plans
• How to better implement the requirements of the FAST Act for performance measures and targets
• PM1, PM2, and PM3
• How to improve performance measures
• How to get public involvement in getting to zero deaths
• Federal requirements, integration and implementation in the planning process
• Fast/Map‐21 ‐ How are MPOs changing their Metropolitan Transportation Plan/TIP process to incorporate transportation performance management?

Scenario Planning
• A step‐by‐step how to for scenario planning especially doing it on the cheap for small (under 100K) MPOs related to future mobility
• Effects of transportation options on all possible economic conditions
• Developing realistic CAV impact scenarios
• How to involve agency stakeholders & general public in scenario planning
• How are MPOs addressing connected and automated vehicles and V2I technology in Metropolitan Transportation Plans • Scenario planning around technological uncertainty
• Thinking about resources needed for emerging planners at our MPO
• Processes
• For long range plans: tools, costs, and how data is used
• Non‐development‐based scenario planning (technology, climate change, etc.)
• Scenario Planning ‐ How are MPOs using it in their LRTP/TIP processes?

Transit and MPO collaboration

Transportation and Health
• Health in all policies implementation activities, barriers, outcomes
• Health impact assessment of MTPs/LRTPs, health benefits of active transportation
• The role of cultural/social norms in programs to increase the safety of our roads

Call for Proposals