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SWTA’s 2021 Summer University Conference

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We’re excited to head to Santa Fe for our 2021 Summer University Conference – July 18-22, 2021. As is the hallmark of this event, we’ll again feature 3 tracks of 2-day seminars: Community Mobility | Marketing | Transit Law

Plus a 3-Day Maintenance Train-the-Trainer Session and a 1-Day CEOs Forum. See our 1-Page Flyer below for an easy-to-print overview of key conference details.

We’ll also feature additional sessions currently in planning, as well as an outdoor Vehicle & Exhibit Display & Evening Out, Tuesday, July 20 from 5 8 pm at the Santa Fe Railyard (sponsored by our Presenting Sponsor – Creative Bus Sales).

In light of the continuing threat of COVID-19, we’ll require our attendees and exhibitors to engage in recommended precautions so that we may gather in-person, including:

  • Wearing masks
  • Social distancing as per state, local and venue requirements
  • Any other health & safety measures in place at event venues
  • We will not require proof of vaccination in order to participate at this event

Hotel Information

Our host hotel is the Hotel Santa Fe, where all conference sessions will be held. Our space at the Hotel Santa Fe is now extremely limited, but a few room nights may still be available – Book Your Room Here

Note: when booking rooms, the hotel’s resort fee will removed from your charges when completing your reservation. For any questions or problems, call the hotel at (855) 825-9876.

We’ve added additional rooms at The Sage Hotel – just a 5-minute walk from the Hotel Santa Fe – with a nightly rate of $139. Book Your Rooms Here, or call 505-982-5952.

Session Topics for 2-Day Seminars

Community Mobility Marketing Transit Law
Mobility Today: Where do we go from here? Recruiting Front-Line Staff Preparing for I-9 Audits That Meet DHS Requirements
Cultivating data to ensure efficient, equitable transportation Communicating New Mobility Modes to Customers FTA Civil Rights Update
Census Data Discovery & Application Building Awareness & Enthusiasm for Capital Projects FTA Regional Counsel Virtual Roundtable
Using infrastructure to Enhance Mobility Successful Ballot Measures: First-Time & Renewal 13C Issues for Large & Small Systems
AV Accessibility: Practitioner & Futurist-Focused Producing Media Spots Affordably & in Challenging Times Ethics & Professional Conduct
Transforming Mobility: Building Equity into Transportation – Today & Tomorrow Evolving Approaches to Public Input Enforcing Mandates - The COVID Era and Beyond
Bridging the Gaps through Technology Profiles from SWTA Spotlight Award Winners The Latest in Procurement Requirements
Civil Rights Updates & More Community Engagement: How has it changed, what stays, what leaves? Legal Issues in Recruiting Employees
Community Engagement: How has it changed, what stays, what leaves? Legal Potpouri

Text-Format 2021 Summer University Agenda Overview

Our host hotel is the Hotel Santa Fe, where all conference sessions will be held. Our nightly rate for SWTA Summer University attendees is $149 per night.

Book Your Room Here

Note: when booking rooms, the hotel’s resort fee will removed from your charges when completing your reservation. For any questions or problems, call the hotel at (855) 825-9876.

Day Time (Mountain Time) Session
Sunday, July 18
2:00 - 4:00 pm SWTA Board of Directors Meeting
5:30 - 7:00 pm Opening Reception
Monday, July 19
9:00 am - 4:30 pm CEOs Forum – Topics: Updates & trends discussion; Triennial Reviews Post-COVID; Polling & the Public Perception of Transit; Project Management
9:00 am - 9:45 am Community Mobility – Mobility Today: Where do we go from here? – Kary Hughes, SWTA Staff (Ft. Worth, TX) & Kristen Joyner, KJ Backpack (Concord, N.C.)
9:00 am - 10:00 am Marketing – Amie McNaylor, Capital Area Transit System (Baton Rouge, LA) & Robert T Babbitt, PLLC (Building Better Transit)
9:45 am - 10:45 am Community Mobility – Cultivating data to ensure efficient, equitable transportation - (panel to be announced soon)
10:15 am - 11:30 am Marketing – Communicating New Mobility Modes to Customers - Sarah Ault, Denton County Transit Authority (Denton, TX) & Drew Myers, Tulsa Transit (Tulsa, OK)
11:00 am - Noon Community Mobility – Census Data Discovery & Application - Chris Zeilinger, Community Transportation Association of America (Washington, D.C.) & Merideth, Greene, Nelson-Nygaard (Austin, TX)
Noon - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Community Mobility – Using Infrastructure to Enhance Mobility - Todd Hansen, Texas A&M Transportation Institute (Houston, TX)
1:15 pm - 2:30 pm Marketing – The Evolution of Microtransit: Spiro Gjorgjievski, President & Susan Starwalt, CCTM, Business Development Director, Ecolane (Wayne, PA)
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Community Mobility – AV Accessibility: Practitioner & Futurist Focused - Ron Brooks, Accessible Avenue (Phoenix, AZ)
2:45 pm – 4:00 pm Marketing – Successful Ballot Measures - Jim Nagle, North Central Regional Transit District (Espanola, NM), Jesus Sapien, Phoenix Public Transit Department (Phoenix, AZ) & & Scott Bogren, Community Transportation Association of America (Washington, D.C.)
3:15 pm - 4:30 pm Community Mobility – Transforming Mobility: Building Equity into Transportation Today & Tomorrow - Ron Brooks, Accessible Avenue (Phoenix, AZ); Kristen Joyner, KJ Backpack (Concord, N.C.) & Kary Hughes, SWTA Staff (Ft. Worth, TX)
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Marketing Happy Hour - Alex Aitken, SWTA Staff (Ft. Worth, TX)
Tuesday, July 20
9:00 am - 4:30 pm Maintenance: Train-the-Trainer - Halsey King, Halsey King & Associates (Carlsbad, CA)
9:00 am - 11:00 am Community Mobility – Bridging the Gaps through Technology - Daisy Wall, Routematch by Uber (Atlanta, GA); Kendra McGeady, Pelivan Transportation (Big Cabin, OK), Lisa Johnson, Prairie Hills Transit (Spearfish, S.D) & Paul Hamilton, RTD (Denver, CO)
9:00 am - 10:15 am Marketing – Producing Media Spots Affordably & In Challenging Times - Rubina Cohen, Firefly Strategies (Santa Fe, NM), Allyne Clark, Rio Metro (Albuquerque, NM) & Amie McNaylor, CATS (Baton Rouge, LA)
11:15 am - Noon Community Mobility – Civil RIghts Updates & More - Dawn Sweet, Federal Transit Administration (Washington, D.C)
10:30 am - 11:45 am Marketing – Evolving Approaches to Public Input - Sam Sargent, Capital Metro (Austin, TX); Janet Yeow, AECOM (Phoenix, AZ) & Jon Garry Herrara, VIA Metro (San Antonio, TX)
1:00 pm - 2:45 pm Community Mobility – Using Data to Build Community - Michael Walk, TTI (College Station, TX); Marilyn Dillon, PhD., EMBARK (Oklahoma City, OK); Gail Nehls, Envida (Colorado Springs, CO) & David Armijo, South Central RTD (Sunland Park, NM)
1:15 pm - 2:45 pm Marketing – SPOTLIGHT Award Winners' Campaign Recaps - Richard Maxwell, BluWave-ai
3:15 - 4:30 pm Community Mobility & Marketing Wrap-Up: Community Engagement: How has it changed, what stays, what leaves? - Ron Brooks, Accessible Avenue; Scott Wilkinson, AlphaVu; Kristen Joyner, KJ Backpack & Alex Aitken, SWTA Staff
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm Fresh Air, Fresh Ideas: Vendors & Vehicles at the Railyard [sponsored by Creative Bus Sales
Wednesday, July 21
9:00 am - 4:30 pm Maintenance: Train-the-Trainer - Halsey King, Halsey King & Associates (Carlsbad, CA)
9:00 am - 10:15 am Transit Law – Preparing I-9 Audits That Meet DHS Requirements - Ann H. Lee | Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. (Denver, CO)
10:30 am - 11:45 am Transit Law – FTA Civil Rights Update - Dawn Sweet, Federal Transit Administration (Washington, D.C.) [invited]
11:45 am - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm Transit Law – FTA Virtual Regional Counsel Roundtable - Charla Tabb, Region 6 (Fort Worth, TX); John Lynch, Region 8 (Denver, CO); & Martia Fox, Region 9 (San Francico, CA)
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Transit Law – 13C Issues for Large & Small Systems – Tony Anderson, Thompson Coburn LLP (Washington, D.C.)
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Transit Law – Ethics & Professional Conduct: Carol D. Barrett, FAICP, California Planning Roundtable (Austin, Texas)
Thursday, July 22
9:00 am - 4:30 pm Maintenance: Train-the-Trainer - Halsey King, Halsey King & Associates (Carlsbad, CA)
9:00 am - 10:15 am Transit Law – Enforcing Mandates - The COVID Era and Beyond - Mary McDougal-Devine, VIA Metro (San Antonio, TX)
10:30 am - 11:45 am Transit Law – The Latest in Procurement Requirements - Jim LaRusch, Raul V. Bravo + Associates (Washington, D.C.)
1:00 pm - 2:15 pm Transit Law – Legal Issues in Employee Recruiting: Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C (Birmingham, AL)
2:30 pm – 4:00 pm Transit Law – Legal Potpouri: Challenges & Trends in Transit Law - Moderated by Mary McDougal-Devine, VIA Metro (San Antonio, TX) & Rich Sampson, SWTA Staff (Ft. Worth, TX)

About Our Maintenance Training

Our Train-the-Trainer course is titled Tomorrows Bus Technology Training Today and will be taught by industry expert trainer Halsey King. An overview of the course outline and other details is available here.

Contact Information

Rich Sampson - SWTA Executive Director
rsampson@swta.org

Downloads

1-Page Event Overview
2021 Summer University Sponsorship Opportunities
Maintenance Train-the-Trainer Course Overview
One-Page Community Mobility/Marketing/Transit Law Session Schedule
Transit Law Seminar Agenda

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SWTA's 2021 Spotlight Awards
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