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Call for Proposals



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 US Transportation industry. COMTO is the only organization that addresses all modes of transportation, and our annual conference attracts hundreds of transportation professions at all career levels seeking best practices, tools, and solutions for workplace and industry challenges. 




COMTO is now accepting proposals for workshops, individual presentations, and panel discussions for our 46th National Meeting & Training Conference that address important issues in the transportation industry. COMTO is looking for fresh, innovative, cutting-edge ideas, case studies, and best practices that touch on COMTO’s strategic goals – Transportation Advocacy, Training and Development, Growth and Retention, and Diversity and Inclusion. 

COMTO is currently offering certification and continuing education hours for Conference attendees. When writing your presentation proposal, it should address what need, problem, or issue you are proposing to present, and why it is important to the transportation industry (identify the specific transportation industry the topic addresses – Highway, Aviation, Port, Rail, or Transit). Each submission must identify three key take-aways or messages that the audience will learn.

We hope you will join those who are planning to attend this premier event for transportation industry professionals, and help them learn the best practices they need to improve their transit agencies and organizations.


Proposals must relate to one of the workshop Tracks listed below.






Track 1: Leadership
Presentations should be targeted towards middle- to upper-level management, 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.

Track 2: Transportation Technical Track
Presentations should focus on innovative, cutting-edge, case studies, and best practices in the transportation industry. Session must include technical content, knowledge, or relevant skill the participant will learn from attending the session. The presentation should be Continuing education units (CEU) eligible and identify the specific industry (Highways, Aviation, Rail, Ports, or Transit). Presentation should have a clear and measurable learning outcome and provide attendees with tools for professional growth.


Track 3: 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 (Highways, Aviation, Rail, Ports, or Transit)


Track 4: Transportation Policy
Presentations should involve discussions or presentations of current and/or emerging issues in national transportation industry discourse. Examples may include state and federal implications of the Transportation 
Bill, conversations on new technologies and how they impact transportation, safety issues, and implications of ATP bills on public transportation, and legislative strategies and advocacy in the industry.


Track 5: Historically Underutilized Businesses
Presentations should focus on solutions to evening the playing field for minorities in the transportation industry. Examples may include mentor-protégé programs, best practices for small, emerging, disadvantaged enterprises, business development, business sustainability, taking the lead on joint ventures as a DBE.




Online submission opens: December 12, 2016
Conference registration opens: XX
Online submission closes: February 6, 2017
Proposal notifications: March XX. 2017
Presenter Conference registration deadline: April XX, 2017
Final presentation outline due: April XX, 2017


*Dates are tentative and subject to change.



  1. 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.
  2. Presentations must be 75 minutes long: 65 minutes for presentations, plus 10 minutes for questions and discussion.
  3. Presentations promoting audience participation are encouraged.

Proposals must be submitted online. You may cut and paste from your abstract, but you will be unable to upload any files. Incomplete submissions will not be accepted. Paper and email submissions will not be accepted.



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



  • Moderators, panelists, presenters, etc. must register for the National Conference by April XX, 2017. Accepted submissions will receive a discounted registration rate.
  • Applications should emphasize or contain information relevant to COMTO's 46th National Meeting & Training Conference theme – Transformation of Smart Transportation – The Next Frontier -- regardless of the track it represents.
  • The maximum number of panelists is 4 per panel.
  • All concurrent workshops will receive: a head table for 4, a podium, and a microphone. Additional items (projector, screen, etc.) must be requested in advance. Laptops will not be provided.


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