Apply for Accelerating Practical Solutions

The Governors’ Institute on Community Design has developed the “Accelerating Practical Solutions” program to help transportation agencies meet changing demands on their systems by defining the transportation problem to identify the most cost-effective solution to that problem. The program aims to build internal capacity to plan, design, construct, operate, and maintain context-sensitive transportation networks that work for all modes of travel.

One-day workshops, presented at no cost to the state, will bring a team of nationally recognized experts to deliver a workshop to State DOT staff from around the state and other stakeholders, such as representatives from headquarters, consultants, MPOs, local governments, advocacy groups, transit agencies, and other partners to further the agency’s implementation of practical design and meet the needs of all roadway users in a variety of contexts.

Content to be covered
Through this workshop, GICD will facilitate a discussion on best practices in the field related to: (1) better project delivery to meet community outcomes and be cost-effective; and (2) help the participating District staff and stakeholders identify barriers and gaps in current practices that are preventing the implementation of Practical Solutions.

Potential topics
Workshops are meant to address a challenge agencies are currently facing, and the GICD team will work with staff to ensure the content meets specific needs. Topics may include:

  • Identifying, meeting, and balancing the needs of all roadway users in a variety of contexts.
  • Integrating transportation and land use decision-making.
  • Clarification of policies, processes, programs, and methodologies related to design guidance.
  • Project scoping procedures.
  • Organizational culture to implement practical design.
  • Examples of other transportation agencies successfully implementing practical design.

Products
A set of recommendations will be presented to the audience for further discussion and reaction. Following each workshop, GICD will develop a short Recommendations Memorandum summarizing the barriers identified by participants and outlining the consensus on recommendations for updating existing practices and documents to address those barriers.

Additional support
With additional resources, GICD may provide further, in-depth assistance to states. State or philanthropic sources may support a second workshop day that is more tailored to the needs of the DOT, among other options.

How to apply
Please complete the questions below to apply to the program. GICD staff will contacted you in mid-August. To be selected and receive this assistance, a formal invitation and a commitment of attendance will be required from the State Secretary of Transportation. Applications are due August 1, 2017.

Questions?
Contact Jeri Mintzer at jeri@govinstitute.org.