2016 Call for Papers

COMTO 2016 National Meeting & Training Conference 


The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) National Meeting and Training Conference is the premier gathering of professionals in the US transportation industry. Our annual conference is attended by hundreds of transportation professionals at all career levels seeking best practices, tools, and solutions for workplace and industry challenges.


COMTO is now accepting presentation proposals for workshops, individual presentations, and panel discussions for our 45th annual conference, held July 8-12 at the Omni Dallas Hotel in Dallas, TX, that address important issues in the transportation industry.


Presentations proposals must relate to one of the 4 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: Multi-Modalism

Presentations should focus on operations, maintenance strategies and solutions for all modes of transportation, and funding. Examples may include latest practices in scheduling, operations trends, quality management oversight, maintenance strategies as they relate to airports, high speed rail, ports, and highways, and preparing grant and funding applications.


Track 3: 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, implications of ATP bills on public transportation, and legislative strategies and advocacy in the industry.


Track 4: 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.

Key Dates

  • Online submission opens: January 8, 2016
  • Conference registration opens: February 22, 2016
  • Online submission closes: March 18, 2016
  • Proposal notifications: April 4, 2016
  • Presenter Conference registration deadline: April 11, 2016
  • Final presentation outline due: April 18, 2016


Application Eligibility

  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.


Presentation Tips

  • 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.


Other Notes

  • Moderators, panelists, presenters, etc. must register for the National Conference by April 11, 2016. Accepted submissions will receive a discounted registration rate.
  • Applications should emphasize or contain information relevant to COMTO's 45th National Meeting & Training Conference theme -- 21st Century Multimodal Transportation: The Future is Now -- 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.
  • Applications must be submitted online. You may cut and paste from your abstract, but you will be unable to upload any files. Paper and email submissions will not be accepted.


The 2016 Call for Papers is now closed.