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2008 Annual Conference
Program & Proceedings

The 2008 National LTAP/TTAP Conference was held at the Beaver Run Resort in breathtaking Breckenridge, Colorado from July 14-17. The conference was organized by Region 8 which at the time of the conference included the Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming LTAP Centers and NLTAPA.

This region provided western hospitality along with an outstanding program filled with training modules specifically requested by the community including a Retroreflectivity train the trainer workshop, communication tracks, several sessions focused on safety and other great professional development sessions. The conference schedule also gave ample opportunity for time to gather together to exchange ideas with experienced LTAPers, and time to enjoy the spectacular Rocky Mountains.

To view/download the conference photos, please visit our online photo album. If you are unable to view photos from this link please contact Lisa McCluskey at .

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Monday, July 14
8:30 - 10:30 a.m. National Local Technical Assistance Program Association (NLTAPA) Executive Committee Meeting
Presiding: Marie Walsh, LA LTAP, NLTAPA President
8:30 - 12:00 p.m. Retroreflectivity Train-the-Trainer Workshop
This half day workshop provided details on how to conduct training courses to comply with the new federal retroreflectivity requirements published in the Federal Register on December 21, 2007.
Speaker: Greg Schertz, FHWA, Retroreflectivity Team Leader
11:30 - 4:00 p.m. Professional Development Roundtable
Moderator: Alison Premo Black, ARTBA, Director LTAP/TTAP Clearinghouse

The Clearinghouse worked with the Clearinghouse Steering Committee and the NLTAPA Professional Development Workgroup to revamp this session to better meet the needs of new staff. The Professional Development Roundtables provided both newcomers to LTAP/TTAP as well as those wanting a refresher the opportunity to learn from Center veterans and each other about LTAP/TTAP in a series of facilitated discussions. Over 30 people participated in the sessions that focused on various important issues, including occupational issues, hot topics and NLTAPA.

1:00 - 5:00 p.m. Road Safety Workshop (RSW)
Moderator: Karen Timpone, FHWA Office of Safety
  • Overview of FHWA Office of Safety Programs, State and Local Programs
  • Wyoming Rural Road Safety Evaluation Program
  • Facilitated discussion on Local Road - Safety Technology Transfer and Outreach
3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Product Demonstration Showcase
6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Opening Reception
Tuesday, July 15
8:00 - 1:00 p.m. Central European Meeting
Office of International Programs
8:30 - 10:30 a.m. NLTAPA Business Meeting
Presiding: Marie Walsh, LA LTAP, NLTAPA President
10:45 - 12:00 p.m. Plenary Session
Presiding: Renée Koller, CO LTAP, Conference Host
Welcome and Introduction
  • Joseph S. Toole, FHWA, Associate Administrator for Professional and Corporate Development
  • Denise Saunders, FHWA, LTAP/TTAP Program Manager
Keynote Address
Keynote Speakers:
  • Representative Christine Scanlan, CO State Representative
  • Dr. Flo Raitano, Executive Director I-70 Coalition
  • Terry Perkins, Breckenridge Public Works Director
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch
Moderators: Mary McCarthy, CT LTAP
Nina Barker, FL LTAP
Failures: Lessons Learned
1:15 - 2:15 p.m. Partner Update
Moderator: Jim Grothaus, MN LTAP, NLTAPA Partnerhsip Chair
1:15 - 4:00 p.m. International LTAP Session
Moderator: Mike Burk, FHWA
This session will allow International LTAPs in attendance discuss issues and challenges specific to the international center.
2:30 - 4:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
Training Track
FHWA's Mobile Laboratories Presentation and Tour

The Federal Highway Administration operates two mobile laboratories that potentially could be of benefit to LTAP centers as a training aid. These presentations will explain the capabilities and function of FHWA's Portland cement and hot mix asphalt laboratories and will include a guided tour through each.

  • Jagan Gudimettla, FHWA, Mobile Concrete Lab
  • Matt Corrigan, FHWA, Mobile Hot Mix Asphalt Lab
Management Track
Moderator: Karen Timpone, FHWA Office of Safety
Safety Circuit Rider - Best Practices

FHWA's Office of Safety has developed Best Practices for Safety Circuit Rider Programs by working with existing programs within the LTAP/TTAP network. This session provided information on how to improve existing programs and recommendations for establishing a safety circuit rider in your center.

  • Dan Neighbors from BHB
Operations Track
Moderator: Matt Tassinari, MA LTAP
Time Management
  • Wally Coyle, E. Wallace Coyle Associates
Communications Track
Moderator: Ann Kitalong-Will, MI LTAP
Trading WebPages - What Statement Does Your Web Page Make?

Modeled after the successful trading pages for newsletters, this session provided attendees tips and tricks for making their web pages more appealing and marketable to LTAP customers.

  • Jeremy Goldsmith, CO LTAP
NLTAPA Partnership Committee
Moderator: Jim Grothaus, MN LTAP
NLTAPA Training Product Needs & Resource Development Committee and Asset Management Meeting
Moderator: Ed Stellfox, MD LTAP
NLTAPA Professional Development Committee
Moderator: Laura Melendy, CA LTAP
Peer Exchange Roundtable
Moderator: Ben Colucci, Puerto Rico LTAP
Wednesday, July 16
8:30 - 10:00 a.m. Plenary Session - FHWA
Presiding: Denise Saunders, FHWA
  • Focus on Safety
  • FHWA Update
  • Clearinghouse Update
10:30 - 12:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
Training Track
Moderator: Mike Hinkston, OK LTAP
A Comparison of Roads Scholar Programs Redux
  • George Huntington, Wyoming LTAP
  • Patsy Anderson, Kentucky LTAP
  • Tom McDonald, Iowa LTAP
Management Track
Moderator: Laura Melendy, CA LTAP
NLTAPA Safety Ad Hoc Committee

The Highway Safety Improvement Program, the Strategic Highway Safety Plans and the High Risk Rural Roads Program: Is your Center Involved? This session reviewed the level of involvement in these programs by the LTAP/TTAP community, providing some insight into these Safety related programs and discussion of the best practices that can be used by the community.

  • Ron Eck, WV LTAP
Operations Track
Moderator: Pam Pyle, UT LTAP
Information Management
  • Wally Coyle, E. Wallace Coyle Associates
Communications Track
Moderator: Kim Carr, WV LTAP
Marketing Tools for Reaching Your LTAP Customers

Various marketing tips that your Center can use, including exhibits, partner meetings, printed materials, PowerPoint presentations, and promotional items.

  • Mindy Carlson, MN LTAP
  • Dan Cady, NE LTAP
  • Alison Premo Black, Clearinghouse
  • Lisa McCluskey, Clearinghouse
12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Lunch in Outdoor Tent
1:15 - 2:45 p.m. Plenary Session
Presiding: CT LTAP
Dealing with Incidents, Disasters, and Emergencies
  • Assistance received from the County Heavy Equipment Operators (trained by the Oklahoma LTAP Center) on the Wild Land fires in Logan County, OK;
  • Goffstown, NH mutual Aid work with the NH LTAP Center on the Mother's Day Floods of 2007; and
  • Nappanee, IN experience recovering from a tornado with the assistance of the IN LTAP Center.
  • Mark Sharpton - County Commissioner - Logan County, OK
  • Doug Wright - Oklahoma LTAP
  • Carl Quiram - Director of Public Works - Goffstown, NH
  • Kathy DeRoches - NH LTAP
  • Larry Thompson - Mayor - Nappanee, IN
  • Wayne Scheuman - Director of Public Works - Nappanee, IN
  • John Habermann – Indiana LTAP
  • Jiro Sumada - Deputy Director of Public Works - Hilo, HI
3:15 - 5:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
Training Track
Moderator: Jim Self, OK TTAP
Heavy Equipment Operator Training

LTAP Centers have developed a number of diverse and innovative ways to conduct heavy equipment operator training.

  • Doug Wright, Oklahoma LTAP
  • Brian Reed, Arizona LTAP
  • Lee Cabeza De Vaca, New Mexico LTAP
Management Track
Moderator: Karen Timpone, FHWA Office of Safety
FHWA Office of Safety Guidebook Training

FHWA's Office of Safety recently revised three guidebooks. This session provided centers with an overview of the training guides and provide an opportunity to discuss other resources that the LTAP/TTAP community need from the Office of Safety.

  • John Dewar
Operations Track
Moderator: Dottie Fucetola, CO TTAP
Branding Your Center
  • Kim Carr, WV LTAP
Communications Track
Moderators: Michelle Beck, MT LTAP; Lisa Cody, NV LTAP
Powerful, Effective Presentations

During this module, guest speakers addressed tried and true methods for communicating with adult learners.

  • Paul Brown, MA DOT
  • Chris Cosio, NV DOT
  • Michelle Beck, MT LTAP
6:00 - 10:00 p.m. Annual Banquet at Ten Mile Station

This year's annual banquet had a very special venue with panoramic views of the Continental Divide and huge picture windows that displayed all the glory of the Upper Blue Valley. Participants gathered for music and dancing and enjoyed a special dinner together – two miles high. Even a threatening storm did not dampen the LTAP/TTAP spirits!

Thursday, July 17
8:30 - 9:30 a.m. Plenary Session
Presiding: Donna Shea, CT LTAP
Hot Topics
Moderators: Richard Rolland, Northwest TTAP; John Habermann, IN LTAP
10:00 - 11:45 a.m. NLTAPA Business Meeting
Presiding: Marie Walsh, LA LTAP, NLTAPA President

Agenda updated on
Aug. 12, 2008

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