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YPTers: Present at the AASHTO 2012 Annual Meeting! (Free!)

Are you brimming with creative and unique ideas that can help transform the transportation industry? Even if you don’t have the solutions, are there specific issues that you would like to see addressed? 
Want to go to the AASHTO Annual Meeting this November, all expenses paid?

If so, the state transportation departments would like to hear from you! The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) is collaborating with Young Professionals in Transportation to feature the best and brightest young minds in the field of transportation at this year’s AASHTO Annual Meeting on Sunday 18 November 2012 in Pittsburgh, PA. (Click here for last year’s AASHTO Annual Meeting program.)

Unlike a YPT Leadership Seminar where we receive advice from established leaders, this is a unique opportunity to communicate young professionals’ visions and ideas to state DOT heads and other senior leaders. And unlike the stereotype, this is not your father’s AASHTO-the Association is interested in hearing ideas and issues across all modes of transportation.

There are multiple formats where your ideas will be featured: plenary session in front of 700+ attendees, keynote presentation over lunch, and in breakout sessions examining business and finance, communications, engineering, policy. 


If you’re interested, there are two ways to get involved:

1. Presentation Proposal: Nominate yourself or your friends and colleagues by sending us an abstract of your transportation idea. This can be on any topic, and we’re open to both practical and conceptual solutions to a pressing transportation challenge.

2. Issue Area to Examine: Let the state DOTs know which pressing transportation issues to examine and address.

Either type of entry should be no longer than one paragraph.

Winning entries for both presentations and topic suggestions will receive an all-expenses paid trip-including airfare, meals, lodging, and registration fee-to Pittsburgh to attend the 2012 AASHTO Annual Meeting.


The due date for this solicitation is Friday, June 15, 2012.


Go here to submit your ideas:

Contact Joung Lee of AASHTO at or 202-624-5818.

About Aimee Custis

Aimee Custis is the Communications Manager at the Coalition for Smarter Growth. A policy wonk by training and a public transportation advocate by profession, she moved to DC in 2008 to learn everything she could about livable communities, transit, and public policy. She has served as both National Vice Chair for Communications and for Membership at Young Professionals in Transportation, and is an editor and contributor at Greater Greater Washington.


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