2023 Transportation Summit

October 12, 2023
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
UVM Davis Center
Burlington, Vermont

The 2nd annual CATMA Transportation Summit is scheduled for Thursday, October 12, 2023 at the beautiful UVM Davis Center in Burlington, Vermont.

Thursday 12 Oct 2023

Registration Open

Registration opens at 8:00am and continues throughout the day.

8:00 am – 9:00 am

Breakfast, Networking & Exhibits

Join us for breakfast located in the Silver Maple Ballroom, catch up with colleagues, make new connections and visit our Exhibitors located in the Fireplace Lounge.

Thu 8:00 am – 9:00 am

9:00 am – 9:15 am

Welcome Remarks

Silver Maple Ballroom

Greetings by Charlie Baker, Chair CATMA Board of Directors and Sandy Thibault, Executive Director of CATMA

Thu 9:00 am – 9:15 am

9:15 am – 10:00 am

Keynote Address

Michele Boomhower, Director of Policy, Planning & Intermodal Development at the Vermont Agency of TransportationSilver Maple Ballroom

Transportation System Resilience – Keeping Businesses Open Following a Natural Disaster

Thu 9:15 am – 10:00 am

10:00 am – 10:15 am

Break, Networking & Exhibit Visits

A 15-minute break to move around, visit exhibitors, catch up with colleagues and make new connections.

Thu 10:00 am – 10:15 am

10:15 am – 11:00 am

General Session

Vermont Business PanelSilver Maple Ballroom

Jobs, Housing & Vibrant Growth: Improving Transportation Connections Equitably

Moderated by Kyle Dodson, CEO at Greater Burlington YMCA

Panelists on Main Stage
Richard Amore, Planning & Outreach Manager, Vt Dept Of Housing & Community Development
Lisa Groeneveld, Co-Founder and Vice Chair, OnLogic, South Burlington VT
Megan Sullivan, Vice President Government Affairs, Vt Chamber of Commerce

Thu 10:15 am – 11:00 am

11:00 am – 11:15 am

Break, Networking & Exhibit Visits

A 15-minute break to move around, visit exhibitors, catch up with colleagues and make new connections.

Thu 11:00 am – 11:15 am

11:15 am – 12:00 pm

Discussion Session: Equitable Transportation, Economic Development, Jobs and Housing.

Attendee Round Table TalksJost, Williams, Sugar Maple, Silver Maple or Chittenden Rooms

After spending a morning together for the Keynote and General Sessions, attendees participate in an interactive discussion session in small groups.

Organization and structure is presented at the beginning. The goal is for attendees to meet someone new in an easy, low-stakes way. Let’s start some conversations.

Thu 11:15 am – 12:00 pm

12:00 pm – 12:15 pm

Networking & Exhibit Visits

A 15-minute break to move around, visit exhibitors, catch up with colleagues, make new connections and proceed to lunch.

Thu 12:00 pm – 12:15 pm

12:15 pm – 1:00 pm

Lunch & Networking

Silver Maple Ballroom

Join us in the Sugar Maple Ballroom for a delicious catered lunch from our partners at Sodexo.

Thu 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm

1:00 pm – 1:15 pm

Break, Networking & Exhibit Visits

A 15-minute break to move, visit exhibitors, catch up with colleagues and make new connections.

Thu 1:00 pm – 1:15 pm

1:15 pm – 1:45 pm Afternoon Breakout Session 1

Choose from four presentations: Housing & Transportation, Equity & Justice, Smart Growth, Mobility Solutions

Designing a Downtown: the Construction of South Burlington’s City Center

Jessie Baker, City of SBSugar Maple Room

For decades, South Burlington envisioned having its own downtown. Now, that vision is becoming a reality, through the use of Tax Increment Financing, smart growth principles, form-based code, extensive community engagement, and working with partners. Join us to learn about the tools used, the orientation to being a walkable, bikeable, and transit-oriented downtown, and the connection to climate resilience. Hear about what’s next for our growing City!

Thu 1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Smart Growth Policy

Employer Perspective: All Earth Renewables

David Blittersdorf, President & CEO AERBoulder Room

Thu 1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Housing & Workforce

Rethinking Green Mountain Transit Fares

Clayton Clark, GMTChittenden Room

A discussion of the considerations made with the reintroduction of fares to GMT’s urban operations.  These considerations included limiting the financial harm of fares on vulnerable riders, lowering barriers for regional transit, and improving technology to allow for collaboration, convenience, and protections.

Thu 1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Mobility Solutions
Mobility Solutions

You Can’t Get Here from There: Advancing Transportation Equity Through Targeted Universalism

Kesha Ram HinsdaleWilliams Room

How has spatial, racial, and opportunity segregation impacted health, job access, and advancement? A discussion of models to enact the Transportation Equity Framework with principles of targeted universalism.

Thu 1:15 pm – 1:45 pm
Equity & Justice

1:45 pm – 2:00 pm

Break, Networking & Exhibit Visits

A 15-minute break to move, visit exhibitors, catch up with colleagues and make new connections.

Thu 1:45 pm – 2:00 pm

2:00 pm – 2:30 pm Afternoon Breakout Session 2

Choose from four presentations: Housing & Transportation, Equity & Justice, Smart Growth, Mobility Solutions

Coping w/ High Fuel Prices in Small & Rural Communities

Dr. Greg Rowangould, UVM TRCWilliams Room

A dramatic spike in gasoline and diesel fuel prices during the first half of 2022 impacts residents living in diverse small cities, towns, and rural communities in Vermont. Hear about the findings, including the larger role of attitudes and beliefs explaining how people respond to higher fuel prices than their geographical location or socioeconomic characteristics. Results suggest that compact and mixed-use developments and improved transit options may be effective means to further reduce travel demand even in more rural contexts. 

Thu 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Equity & Justice

Diving into the Microtransit TDM Strategy. Does it work in Vermont?

Ross MacDonald, VTransChittenden Room

Learn about Microtransit, the Micotransit Pilot Programs being conducted throughout the state, lessons learned so far, and possible future plans or opportunities with this type of service.

Thu 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Mobility Solutions

Getting Smarter at UVM: The Comprehensive Sustainability Plan

Abby Bleything & Elizabeth Palchak, UVMSugar Maple Ballroom

Come learn about UVM’s first-ever sustainability plan and how it marks a significant chapter in the University’s commitment to the environmental and social sustainability. During this presentation you will learn about UVM’s efforts to decarbonize and tackle important goals and strategies in the areas of operations, governance and planning, smart growth development, research, and learning.

Thu 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Smart Growth Policy

New Housing Policy & Transportation Impacts

Charlie Baker, CCRPCBoulder Room

A discussion of the housing/transportation implications of S.100 (Act 47 of 2023) encouraging more housing in growth areas. Followed by a discussion of issues and opportunities for the 2024 legislative session around Act 250, Designation, and Future Land Use Studies currently underway. 

Thu 2:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Housing & Workforce

2:30 pm – 2:45 pm

Break, Networking & Exhibit Visits

A 15-minute break to move, visit exhibitors, catch up with colleagues and make new connections.

Thu 2:30 pm – 2:45 pm

2:45 pm – 3:15 pm Afternoon Breakout Session 3

Choose from four presentations: Housing & Transportation, Equity & Justice, Smart Growth, Mobility Solutions

Balancing Affordable Housing Transportation Needs & Social Equity

Michael Monte, Champlain Housing TrustBoulder Room

Hear about some basic policies, programs and initiatives and recent survey work, along with insight on built in inequities in our transportation expectations for affordable housing. 

Thu 2:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Housing & Workforce

Evolving for Economic Resilience and Connectivity: Digging Deep in the Planner’s Toolbox to transform from big box shopping to a connected mixed-use Town Center.

Matt Boulanger, City of WillistonSugar Maple Room

Williston’s Taft Corners was the epicenter of big-box retail and suburban commercial development in Vermont in the 1980’s and 1990’s. Designated as Vermont’s first Growth Center in 2006, Taft Corners has since been a living lab for performance-based zoning standards and the encouragement of connectivity via planned “Grid Streets,” with varying degrees of success. Beginning in 2020, Williston explored and ultimately adopted a set of new tools, integrating a Form-Based zoning code with careful and more prescriptive planning for a network of walkable blocks and bikeable streets. Learn about the development of this “all-in” planning effort and discuss some likely future scenarios for this ever-evolving piece of Chittenden County.”

Thu 2:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Smart Growth Policy

Real Talk about Transportation

Margaret Bass, DEI Real Talk ConsultingWilliams Room

Thu 2:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Equity & Justice

Vanpooling Works

Leslie McNeice, Global FoundriesChittenden Room

Essex/Williston employer, Global Foundries has cracked the nail on vanpooling

Thu 2:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Mobility Solutions

3:15 pm – 3:30 pm

Break, Networking & Exhibit Visits

A 15-minute break to move, visit exhibitors, catch up with colleagues and make new connections.

Thu 3:15 pm – 3:30 pm

3:30 pm – 4:15 pm

Legislative Panel

State of Vermont LegislatorsSilver Maple Ballroom

We close out the day with a group of Vermont legislators. Hear their perspectives on transportation and our Summit.

Moderated by Charlie Baker, Executive Director of CCRPC

Panelists on Main Stage
Senator Kesha Ram Hinsdale
Senator Thomas Chittenden
Representative Emilie Krasnow
Representative Kate Lalley

Thu 3:30 pm – 4:15 pm

4:15 pm – 4:30 pm

Closing Remarks

Silver Maple Ballroom

Thank you for a great day! Sandy Thibault, CATMA Executive Director closes out day.
Save the Date for 2024 Transportation Summit

Thu 4:15 pm – 4:30 pm

UVM Transportation Research Center (TRC) Student-led Research

The poster session, located in the Silver Maple Ballroom all day, will profile student-led research from the UVM Transportation Research Center (TRC). Posters highlight findings from the TRC’s policy-oriented research on building sustainable and equitable transportation systems in the Vermont context.

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