Call for Papers and Presentations

2017 National Meeting & Training Conference 


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 industry officials at all career levels seeking best practices, tools, and solutions to workplace and industry challenges. 

For its 46th annual conference, COMTO is seeking fresh, innovative, and cutting edge proposals for presentations, panel discussions, and workshops that are relevant to our 2016-2020 strategic goals and connect with the conference theme of Smart Transportation. 

Accepted proposals will fall into one of the following five workshop tracks: 

  • Historically Underutilized Business
  • Industry Certification
  • Leadership
  • Transportation Policy
  • Transportation Technical

Proposals should identify objectives and measurable outcomes, and demonstrate its importance to the transportation industry. Sessions proposed should be CEU (continuing education units) eligible to comply with COMTO's efforts to offer certification and CEU hours to conference attendees. 

Applications must be submitted online. Paper and email submissions will not be accepted. For more information, please contact JaLissa Coffee at  


  • Online Submission Opens: January 23, 2017
  • Conference Registration Opens: February 6, 2017
  • Online Submission Closes: CLOSED
  • REVISED Proposal Acceptance Notification: April 24, 2017
  • Final Presentation Outline Due: May 1, 2017
  • Presenter Conference Registration Deadline: May 10, 2017
  • Click here to submit your presentation


Historically Underutilized Business 

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). 

Industry Certification
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.  

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 - Policy
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.

Transportation - Technical
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.



  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. 


  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.