2017 Research Conference


November 2 , 2017

About the Event

The conference convenes researchers and practitioners from Minnesota and the Upper Midwest to highlight new learning, emerging ideas, and the latest innovations in transportation. Attendees will learn about research findings, implementation efforts, and engagement activities related to a variety of transportation topics.

Conference Materials

Opening Session: How We Pay for Transportation Infrastructure—What’s the Value Proposition?

In the conference opening session, Joung Lee, policy director at AASHTO, will examine the latest direction in infrastructure funding at the federal level and offer examples of innovation happening around the country. He will also discuss policy and political considerations when it comes to transportation revenue and financing tools.

Luncheon Session: Transportation Policy Innovation—LA Metro's Experience

In August 2015, the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) embarked on an ambitious experiment with the creation of its Office of Extraordinary Innovation (OEI). In the conference luncheon session, LA Metro Chief Innovation Officer Joshua Schank will look back on the successes and failures of OEI's first two years of this experiment in transportation policy innovation and explore the path forward.

Cost & Registration

Parking, Transit & Accomodations

Valet parking is available through the The Commons Hotel. Parking is also available in the Washington Avenue Ramp (connected via skyway to the second level of the hotel) or the University Avenue Ramp. For driving directions, please visit the hotel website.

The hotel is located approximately one block east of the Green Line's East Bank Station on Washington Avenue. For information about bus routes serving the University of Minnesota's Minneapolis campus, please visit the Metro Transit website.


Conference attendees will be eligible for Professional Development Hours (PDHs) and American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) maintenance credits. A list of sessions approved for AICP credit are available on the AICP website.