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Call for Papers and Presentations



July 14-18, 2017 

Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center

400 Renaissance Dr.

Detroit, MI 48243




COMTO's National Meeting and Training Conference is the premier gathering of professionals in the transportation industry, attracting hundreds of transportation professionals at all career levels seeking best practices, tools, and solutions to workplace and industry challenges.


COMTO is now accepting proposals for workshops, individual presentations, and panel discussions to enhance our 46th annual conference, held in Detroit, MI from July 14-18, 2017. Submissions should address important issues in the transportation industry, and connect with our conference theme, Smart Transportation: The Next FrontierWe are seeking fresh, innovative, and cutting-edge ideas, case studies, and best practices for workshops and presentations that address and answer our 2016-2020 strategic goals: Transportation Advocacy, Training and Development, Growth and Retention, and Diversity and Inclusion.

Proposals should address its specific workshop track, identify objectives and measurable outcomes, and demonstrate its importance to the transportation industry. Proposals should specify the mode of transportation the session is relevant to, and all sessions proposed must be CEU (continuing education units) eligible, to comply with COMTO's efforts to offer certification and CEU hours to conference attendees.


Read below for descriptions of workshop tracks, submission dates, eligibility requirements, and best practices. For more information, please contact JaLissa Coffee at




Workshop Tracks

Leadership Track
Presentations should be targeted towards middle to upper level management professional attendees, and should provide best practices, tips, guidelines, and/or practical solutions for professional and leadership development. Examples may include leadership challenges, workforce development, succession and career planning, negotiating a work life balance, and financial planning.


Transportation Technical Track
Presentations should be targeted towards innovative and cutting-edge case studies, and best practices in the transportation industry. Sessions must include technical content, knowledge, or relevant skills that the participant will learn. The presentation should demonstrate a clear and measurable learning outcome and provide attendees with the tools for professional growth.
All presentations should be CEU (Continuing Education Units) eligible. To meet CEU eligibility requirements, presentations must have clear and measurable learning outcomes, and provide attendees with tools for professional growth.


Industry Certification Track
Presentation should meet a specific required industry certification in the transportation industry. The certification should involve management certifications, workforce development certifications, or job related certifications. The session must include all the instruction needed for the participant to earn the certification in the recognized transportation industry sectors (highways, aviation, transit ports).
All presentations should be CEU (Continuing Education Units) eligible. To meet CEU eligibility requirements, presentations must have clear and measurable learning outcomes, and provide attendees with tools for professional growth.

Transportation Policy Track
Presentations should be targeted towards discussions and/or presentations of current and emerging issues in the national transportation industry discourse. Examples may include state and federal implications of the Transportation Bill, new and impactful technologies, safety issues, and implications of ATP (Active Training Program) bills in public transportation, and legislative strategies and advocacy in the industry.

Historically Underutilized Business Track
Presentations should be targeted towards solutions to even the playing field for minorities in the transportation industry. Examples may include capacity building programs, mentor-protégé programs, best practices for small, emerging and disadvantaged enterprises, business development, business sustainability, and leading joint ventures as a Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE)..



Important Submission Dates

  • Online Submission Opens: January 23, 2017
  • Conference Registration Opens: February 6, 2017
  • Online Submission Closes: March 10, 2017
  • Proposal Acceptance Notification: April 14, 2017
  • Final Presentation Outline Due: May 1, 2017
  • Presenter Conference Registration Deadline: May 10, 2017



Proposal Eligibility

  1. Presentations must be 75 minutes long: 45 minutes for presentations, and 30 minutes for questions and discussion.

  2. Presentations promoting audience participation are encouraged.

  3. You must upload an abstract with your submission.


Presentation Tips

  1. Delivery: Sessions are designed to provide an exceptional training and learning experience essential for the attendees. Please be creative and provide relevant, interactive content.
  2. No Sales: This is a learning and training opportunity, please do not use sale strategies and pitches with your audience.
  3. Big Presentation Styles: The primary goal is to engage the audience. Examples may include using case studies, staging a debate to illustrate pros and cons, using a game show format, or a top ten list.
  4. Resources: Provide reference for additional information, including websites, charts and graphs, or documented resources.



Other Information

  • Moderators, panelists, presenters, etc. must register for the Conference by May 10, 2017. Accepted submissions will receive a discounted registration rate.
  • All submitted applications should emphasize or contain information relevant to COMTO's 46th National Meeting & Training Conference theme, Transformation of Smart Transportation – The Next Frontier.
  • The maximum number of panelists is 4 per panel including the moderator.
  • All concurrent workshops will receive: one head table for 3 panelists, one podium for the moderator, and one microphone. Additional items (projector, screen, etc.) must be requested by May 1, 2017, and laptops will not be provided.


Applications must be submitted online. Paper and email submissions will not be accepted.

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