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Conference: The 21st American Trails International Trails Symposium

Date: April 14-17, 2013 

Location: Radisson Fort McDowell Resort, Scottsdale, Arizona
Organization: American Trails


American Trails’ biennial International Trails Symposiums are a premier opportunity for trail advocates, managers, builders, planners, and users- as well as tourism and business interests- to come together to communicate and experience an inspirational and educational conference. The Symposium is a gathering of trail enthusiasts and professionals representing all types of trail users. This is the only national gathering of all trail interests who believe their combined voices are the best way to strengthen trails for everyone. The Symposium includes numerous educational sessions covering the broad range of trail issues; nationally prominent speakers; a state-of-the-art exhibit hall; informative and interactive mobile workshops; and much more.


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Conference: APPL 2013 Partnership Convention & Trade Show: Crossing Bridges Blazing Trails

Date: March 10-14, 2013

Location: Portland, OR

Organization: Association of Partners for Public Lands


Public lands agencies and like-mission nonprofits are transforming their organizations to meet new demands with limited resources. Central to this transformation is a renewed commitment to partnerships - requiring different approaches, working in new ways, and across different organizational cultures.


Developing a trusting relationship where all partners realize mutual benefit is essential for success. The challenge is to align and leverage resources, effectively engaging agency employees and nonprofit partners in designing a joint vision for the future.


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Webinar: Passenger Service and Safety PASS Basic Training Program

Dates: Ongoing (online)
Cost: $25 members/ $50 nonmembers  

Organization: Community Transportation Association

The PASS Basic program consists of 6 modules and includes comprehensive training on the assistance that drivers should be providing to passengers with special needs. 

Subject areas include: 

  • Customer Service, Communication and Stress Management
  • Americans with Disabilities Act
  • Service Animals
  • Disability Awareness: Assisting the Visually Impaired; Hidden Disabilities; Stroke; Epilepsy and Seizure Disorders
  • Bloodborne Pathogens (Hepatitis A, B, C; HIV, Dialysis)
  • Wheelchairs
  • Emergency and Evacuation Procedures
  • Driver / Passenger Sexual Improprieties

For more information or to register, click here.


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Webinar: Designing for Pedestrian Safety Webinar Series

Date/Time: Various

Fee: No Cost

Organization: Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) 


The FHWA Safety Office and the Pedestrian and Bicycle Information Center (PBIC) will offer an 8-part Webinar series intended to help communities address pedestrian safety issues through design and engineering solutions. Modeled after the FHWA’s/PBIC’s in-person training course “Designing for Pedestrian Safety,” the free Webinars will cover topics ranging from sidewalk design to road diets.


Content from the PBIC Designing for Pedestrian Safety Webinar series is drawn from the PBIC’s in-person training focused on engineering solutions for pedestrian safety. The training is meant for engineers, planners, traffic safety and enforcement professionals, public health and injury prevention professionals, and decision-makers who are seeking ideas and solutions for making changes to the physical environment that improve safety for pedestrians.  


Detailed information on this and other training opportunities offered by PBIC can be found here.


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Conference: NRPA Congress and Exposition

Date: October 16-18, 2012

Location: Anaheim, CA; Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA Organization: The National Recreation and Park Association
Organization: National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) 


The National Recreation and Park Association’s Congress and Exposition is the nation’s premier parks and recreation event of the year, offering hundreds of education sessions and the largest exposition in the industry. Thousands of park and recreation leaders, advocates, partners, and suppliers will come to Congress to get access to the most education opportunities, networking events, exhibitors, and business-critical information they can use.


For additional information or to register, click here.


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Conference: 20th National Conference on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation Connecting Communities: Sharing Solutions

Date: October 14-17, 2012

Location: Little America Hotel, Salt Lake City, Utah  

Organization: Committee on Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation (AP055)


Plan now to attend this conference - held once every two years, it offers a valuable experience for rural transit and human service transit providers, tribal transit managers, planners, state agency staff, intercity bus operators, consultants, researchers and trainers - anyone who is interested in learning about the latest in best practice and current research in rural public and intercity bus transportation.

The conference includes multiple routes to offer learning opportunities throughout the conference for everyone: planning and design; policy, funding and finance; rural transportation in today’s operating environment; technology; and special issues in rural transportation.


For more information or to register for the conference, click here.