North Carolina Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations

NCAMPO Conference

Everyone mark your calendars!!!  The 2018 North Carolina Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations conference is quickly approaching, April 25-27, 2018Durham, here we come!

The 2018 North Carolina MPO conference will be an excellent continuing educational opportunity that will attract a diverse range of transportation planning and engineering professionals. The Conference features a comprehensive array of high quality technical sessions, special speakers, and timely agency updates. More than 350 participants from MPOs, RPOs, NCDOT, the consultant community, transit agencies, and other organizations are expected to attend the conference. While transportation planners, engineers, and consultants make up the core participants, the conference also offers an opportunity for transit administrators, elected officials, land-use planners, public health professionals, students, and others to learn more about a variety of transportation related topics.  All meetings will be held at the Durham Convention Center located at 301 Morgan St.

2018 NCAMPO Conference Information 

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Early Registration Fees (deadline is March 30th)

  • Public Sector Attendee - $200
  • Private Sector Attendee - $300

Late Registration Fees (after March 30th)

  • Public Sector Attendee - $250
  • Private Sector Attendee - $350

Student Registration

  • Student Attendee - $75*
    *In order to receive the student registration rate, a current student ID must be presented.  Registration and payment are done onsite at conference.

Conference Registration 

Mobile Tour Registration 

Conference Agenda:

***2018 NCAMPO Conference Agenda ***

Mobile Tour Information:

Downtown Durham Walking Tour
Wednesday, April 25, 10:30 am – Noon
Cost: $15

Twenty-five years ago Downtown Durham was down and out: abandoned tobacco warehouses and vacant storefronts lined empty streets. Today, it’s a hub for innovation, entertainment and, of course, food. Learn the story behind Downtown Durham’s renaissance by touring its historic buildings, hearing about catalytic public works projects, and learning about future plans. Join City planners as we walk through the American Tobacco District, the Downtown Loop and the SmART corridor on this 1.5 hour tour. Discover transportation and planning efforts underway throughout downtown and how to apply these strategies to your communities.

Durham-Orange Light Rail Bus Tour
Thursday, April 26, 8:30 am – 11:30 am

Cost: $25

Come hear the story of how the Durham and Orange counties’ light-rail project took shape, from its stations to its alignment to how it fits into an exciting regional transit plan.
On a tour of the line, GoTriangle and other regional planning staff will also share how Durham and Chapel Hill are adjusting local land-use policies to ensure the success of this major transportation investment.
The light-rail project will run 17.7 miles between Durham and Chapel Hill, connecting the Triangle community to three major medical centers, three universities and countless new jobs. The line will serve UNC Hospitals, Durham Veterans Administration Medical Center and Duke Medical Center with other stops at UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke University and NC Central University. Downtown Durham and other activity centers in the two municipalities also will be an easy rail trip away.
The light-rail project is truly a model of regional cooperation. GoTriangle is developing and designing the project in close coordination with the DCHC MPO, Chapel Hill, and Durham city and county with local funding provided by Orange and Durham counties.

Downtown Hillsborough and Riverwalk Tour
Thursday, April 26, 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm

Cost: $15

Come to Hillsborough and see a variety of projects that work together to support a vital small business and arts downtown. The Churton Street Access project widened sidewalks, removed on-street parking and improved pedestrian accessibility and safety. Riverwalk, a component of the Mountains-to-Sea Trail, runs through downtown connecting neighborhoods and parks to the commercial core. Staff involved in the planning, funding, and construction of the projects will discuss these related projects and describe upcoming additional improvements. The variety of funding sources, public involvement, construction challenges, and lessons learned will all be shared.

Durham Bike Tour
Friday, April 27, 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Cost: $15 for tour, additional $15 for bicycle rental (if needed)

Enjoy a relaxed-pace bicycle tour that runs along a selection of bicycle facilities in Durham.  The tour consists of a seven mile loop through Downtown and west Durham.  Stops along the way will allow for resting and regrouping, with discussion about a variety of local mobility and active transportation projects in Durham.  Actual riding time is approximately one hour, with a handful of stops lasting about 15 minutes each.  Total tour time is expected to be about 2.5 hours.  A large portion of the tour will be on roadways with bicycle facilities, residential streets, and along greenway trails.  Facility types features will include bicycle lanes, shared lane markings, a contra-flow bicycle lane, green bike lane pavement through intersections, an interstate highway trail underpass (if accessible at time of the tour), new greenway trails, and old greenway trails. Some sections of bicycle lanes are on busy streets, and other sections of the route will be mixed with traffic, meaning participants should be comfortable in riding in these environments.

American Tobacco Trail Tour
Friday, April 27, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cost: $25 for tour, additional $15 for bicycle rental (if needed)

Take a 13-mile bicycle tour of the American Tobacco Trail, a converted rail line that is now the signature greenway in Durham and stretches to Chatham and Wake counties.  The tour will begin near the center of downtown Durham, travel through the suburbs, and then into rural and protected lands before ending at O’Kelly Chapel Road in Chatham County.  In addition to the sheer joy of being on two wheels, you will learn how the converted rail corridor became a trail, hear about the trail’s economic impact on the region, see how the trail connects to adjacent developments and neighborhoods, and view other interesting sights along the way. The tour is one-way, four-wheeled transportation will bring you back to Downtown Durham.

Reserve your hotel now!


There are 4 hotels that NCAMPO is contracted with to provide rooms for conference attendees.  When making a reservation at a hotel please be sure to reference the room block to receive the group rate.  There are a limited number of rooms at each hotel so, make your reservation early!

21C (Host Hotel)*

111 North Corcoran Street
Durham, NC 27701

Phone: 919-956-6700
Group reference: NCAMPO Convention Center Meeting

Cut-off Date: March 26, 2018

Room Rate: $102/night

Residence Inn Marriott

1108 West Main Street,
Durham, NC 27701

Contact: 800-MARRIOTT
Group reference: City of Durham-Transportation Department

Cut-off Date: Monday, March 26, 2018

Room Rate:  $105.00/night (King Studio)

The Durham Hotel 

315 East Chapel Hill Street
Durham, NC 27701

Phone: 919-768-8836
Group reference: 2018 NCAMPO Conference

Cut-off Date: March 25, 2018

Room Rate: $179/night (Single/Double)

Unscripted Hotel

Image result for unscripted hotel durham202 N. Corcoran St, NC 27701

Phone: 984-329-9500
Group reference: NCAMPO 

Cut-off Date: 

Room Rate:  $155/night (City View King/Queen)

Aloft Durham Downtown

345 Blackwell St
Durham, NC 27701

Phone: 919-402-5656
Group reference: NCAMPO 

Cut-off Date: Wednesday, March 25, 2018

Room Rate:  $149.00/night (Single/Double)

Keynote Luncheon Speaker

Dr. Allie Thomas, Professor of City and Regional Planning UNC-Chapel Hill

Dr. Allie Thomas studies how best practices travel the globe and where they land. She uses ethnographic research methods to understand how “best practices” in transportation are adopted (or not) in developing economies, such as China, focusing on planners.  Her US-based work focuses on travel behavior across generations looking at Millennials, GenerationX and Baby boomers and how planning organizations are considering them in their policies.  She is semi-fluent in Mandarin Chinese and has extensive experience living in China.

Opening Plenary

James Trogdon, III, Transportation Secretary NCDOT

Secretary Jim Trogdon is a registered professional engineer with more than 30 years of transportation experience. He has worked for NCDOT, the North Carolina General Assembly and private-sector firms. He also has three decades of military service, having risen to the rank of Major General in the Army National Guard. He earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from N.C. State and a master’s of strategic studies at the U.S. Army War College.

Dr. Michael Munger, Director of Interdisciplinary PPE Program Duke University

Professor Munger received his Ph.D. in Economics at Washington University in St. Louis in 1984. Following his graduate training, he worked as a staff economist at the Federal Trade Commission. His first teaching job was in the Economics Department at Dartmouth College, followed by appointments in the Political Science Department at the University of Texas at Austin (1986-1990) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (1990-1997). At UNC he directed the MPA Program, which trains public service professionals, especially city and county management.
He moved to Duke in 1997, and was Chair of the Political Science Department from 2000 through 2010. He has won three University-wide teaching awards (the Howard Johnson Award, an NAACP "Image" Award for teaching about race, and admission to the Bass Society of Teaching Fellows). He is currently director of the interdisciplinary PPE Program at Duke University.
Munger’s recent books include “Choosing in Groups” (coauthored with his son, Kevin Munger) and “The Thing Itself,” both in 2015. His research interests include the study of the morality of exchange and the working of the new “Middleman Economy.” Much of his recent work has been in philosophy, examining the concept of truly voluntary exchange, a concept for which he coined the term "euvoluntary." His current project is a book entitled “Tomorrow 3.0,” was released on March 31, 2018.

Jeffrey Gallart, Director of Infrastructure KPMG

Jeffery Gallart has over 18 years of leadership experience within private sector management consulting firms. His focus over the last 5 years has been on mobility and emerging technologies (such as Autonomous Vehicles and Smart technologies). He has worked with numerous Departments of Transportation, Transit agencies and other public sector entities to prepare and capitalize on the current technology disruptions. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Environmental Engineering from the United States Military Academy at West Point, an MBA and Masters of Science in Finance from Northeastern University.

Legislative Update

John Sullivan, Division Administrator FHWA

 On May 4, 2003, John Sullivan became Division Administrator for the Federal Highway Administration in Raleigh, North Carolina.  He leads a multi-level disciplinary staff, which provides technical assistance and guidance to the North Carolina Department of Transportation, Metropolitan Planning Organizations and local governments.  Prior to this assignment, he was the Assistant Division Administrator in South Carolina since July 1997.

Mr. Sullivan joined the FHWA in 1985 entering the Highway Engineer Training Program.  He has served in several positions within FHWA at the Division and Headquarters level since completion of the training program.  These positions included Assistant Area Engineer, Virginia Division; Area Engineer, Maryland Division; Highway Engineer, Pavement Division, Headquarters; Highway Engineer, Construction and Maintenance Division, Headquarters; Operations and Pavement Engineer, Alabama Division; and Assistant Division Administrator, South Carolina Division.  Additionally, Mr. Sullivan served as FHWA’s Director of the Office of Program Administration in Washington, D.C for a 120-day assignment in 2016.

Prior to joining the FHWA, Mr. Sullivan worked with an engineering firm in Norfolk, Virginia.  He graduated from the Virginia Military Institute, with Distinction, in 1983 and received his BSCE.  He is a registered Professional Engineer in North Carolina and Virginia.

Erin Wynia, Legislative Counsel NC League of Municipalities

Erin serves as the Legislative Counsel for the NC League of Municipalities, where she represents the League members’ interests throughout the legislative process and in negotiations with legislators, legislative staff, and interest groups. While she has gained experience with numerous municipal issues, she has developed knowledge in development-related issues such as land use, planning, transportation, development approvals, code enforcement, utilities, telecommunications, environment, and economic development.
Also, as a member of the government affairs team, she contributes to the League's member policy development process as lead staff to the NCLM Planning & Environment Legislative Action. She also serves as a liaison to a League affiliate organization, the N.C. Association of Resort Towns and Convention Cities. In addition, for most of her nine years as a League employee, she has held an appointment to the N.C. Bar Association Government & Public Sector Section Council.
Erin holds a bachelor’s of music from UNC-Chapel Hill, a master’s of music from the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, and a juris doctor from UNC-Chapel Hill.

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