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COMTO 45th National Meeting and Training Conference “Call for Papers”

Wednesday, December 9, 2015   (0 Comments)



“21st Century Multi-Modal Transportation: The Future is Now”

Important Dates:

  • Friday, December 11, 2015 Call for Papers Opens
  • Friday, February 12, 2016 Call for Papers Deadline
  • Friday, March 18, 2016 Notification of Accepted Abstracts
  • Friday, April 1, 2016 Final Papers Due to National Office 

The Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials invites interested individuals and groups to submit abstracts for presentation at the 2016 National Meeting & Training Conference, to be held July 8-12, 2016, in Dallas, TX. The conference theme is “21st Century Multi-Modal Transportation: The Future is Now”. COMTO is looking for a dynamic variety of presentations to meet the diverse needs of the COMTO membership. Potential presenters must submit abstracts by February 12, 2016 for consideration.


Submission Guidelines: 

  • Workshops must fit into one of the designated workshop “tracks” as outlined below.
  • Submission forms must be completed in entirety. Partially completed forms will NOT be accepted for consideration.
  • Submissions will be accepted by email to
  • All moderators and panelists must be registered for at least one day of the conference (the day the session is scheduled). A registration form and payment must be submitted by the advance registration deadline.
  • For panel presentations, the maximum number of panelists for each panel is four (4). Panel moderators and participant names must be included with your application.
  • All concurrent workshops will have the following room set-up: head table for no more than 4 people, a podium and microphone. Additional equipment can be requested on the submission form. Presenters must provide their own laptop.
  • Abstracts should emphasize or contain information relevant to COMTO’s 45th National Meeting & Training Conference theme, regardless of the track it represents. In selecting which abstracts will be accepted for the Conference, those giving particular attention to the theme will be given first preference. COMTO members in good standing will also be given first preference. 

Reminder to moderators: The role of a moderator is to help facilitate the flow of the workshop, take question and answers from the audience and to keep the session on pace. Please remember to allow panelists adequate time to present their presentations.


2016 Conference Tracks:

Track 1: A Better You, A Better Industry

In today’s society, professionals must find creative means to stay viable in the workforce. Examples may include, but are not limited to, best practices for leaders, networking techniques within the transportation industry, cross functional learning, career planning, mentorship, and succession planning. Adding to the success factor is addressing your needs on a personal level to keep up good health. Wellness is the state of being healthy in mind, body and soul. It includes phrases such as “mental health”, “work life balance” and “fiscal well-being”. This track is intended to provide fundamental tips and guidelines for professional and personal development to sustain a long successful career in transportation. Suggested workshops may include, but not be limited to, COMTO Leadership Institute webinar development, Mentor Protégé relationships, physical fitness, negotiating work-life balance with your boss; financial planning for the future; or utilizing employer health benefits.


Track 2: Multi-Modalism

This track is intended to provide sound solutions and clear insights with future practical and actionable implications for the establishing and unifying relationships with all modes of transportation, and identifying areas to increase success for a more sustainable transportation industry. Suggested workshops may include, but not be limited to, engagement and collaborative opportunities, funding solutions, cost reductions, operations and maintenance as well as cyber security strategies that protect our industry as it relates to airports, high speed rail, port authorities, and highways.


Track 3: Historically Underutilized Businesses: Discovery…Finding Opportunities (A Candid Perspective)

One of the fundamental principles of COMTO is to level the playing field for minorities in the transportation industry. In conjunction with these principles, the organization has focused on the development of Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs). The work continues to support DBE participation in commercial activities and compliance to the federal regulations. Suggested workshops may include, but not limited to, mentor-protégé programs; best practices for small, emerging, disadvantaged business enterprises as well as prime contractors; or business development, success, and sustainability.


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