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Annual Meeting & EXPO: Something for Everyone

Thousands of public transportation professionals will convene in Atlanta Oct. 8-11 to participate in APTA’s Annual Meeting & EXPO. The EXPO, a triennial event, is the industry’s premier trade show and will feature more than 780 manufacturers and suppliers. The Annual Meeting schedule begins Oct. 7 with committee meetings and the Annual Business Meeting and election of APTA officers.

At the Opening General Session Oct. 8, Joseph F. Coughlin, founder and director, AgeLab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, will speak about how shifting demographics and rapidly evolving technology are converging to drive innovation and shape the future of the industry—a trend he calls “disruptive demographics.”

That afternoon, a session on integrated and innovative management will focus on strategies agencies can use to think outside the box as they cultivate and collaborate with new partners in the world of shared mobility.

Other sessions throughout the week will include a panel of procurement experts with more than 100 ­combined years of industry experience who will field questions and talk about how they have successfully navigated through tough situations; a session on ­capital programs/major projects covering extraordinary projects in the U.S. and overseas; officials from FTA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency reporting on how transit agencies have managed resources in the wake of catastrophic events; and representatives from the Center for Urban Transit Research speaking about a recent research project regarding successful practices and training initiatives to reduce accidents and incidents at transit agencies.

Also, an executive roundtable will highlight how leaders today are transforming the cultures of their organizations and a session will showcase lessons learned from members who participated in APTA’s April 2017 study mission to Asia.

These are just some of the many sessions at the Annual Meeting. To see all the sessions, click here.
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