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Press Release: 2016 National Meeting & Training Conference

Friday, June 24, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Industry Group Will Award $77,000 in Scholarships

(Washington, DC) - For the 45th year, the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) will host its National Meeting and Training Conference, the nation’s premier gathering of professionals in the transportation industry. More than 400 transportation industry leaders from across the nation will gather in Dallas, TX at the Dallas Omni Hotel, July 8-12, 2016 for five days of networking, showcasing, learning, and collaboration. Honored guests will include Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlins and Former Mayor and US Ambassador Ron Kirk. COMTO is a Washington, DC-based national trade association with 39 chapters across the United States representing individuals, businesses and public agencies in every mode of transportation. Attendees to COMTO’s conference will include Presidents and Chief Executive Officers, trustees of transportation agencies, government officials, principals and employees of Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs), and private-sector business executives and professionals.

“We are excited about the high substantive level of our sessions, tours, and expo for our Conference. We are also thankful and honored to have our event in Dallas and to have the support of local transportation agencies including Dallas Area Rapid Transit.” National Board Chair Warren Montague confirms that “the topics and the speakers at this Conference will cover timely public policy and infrastructure issues facing the transportation industry. The awarding of $77,000 in scholarships shows COMTO’s commitment to supporting minority students who are pursuing transportation careers.” Conference sessions will address transportation industry issues covering operations and maintenance strategies, leadership development, legislative and advocacy strategies, and solutions for HUBs. Confirmed speakers include: U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Transit Administration (FTA) Acting Administrator, Carolyn Flowers and U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Administrator Gregory Nadeau.

COMTO will award scholarships to students during the National Scholarship Luncheon on Monday, July 11th. Scholarship recipients were selected by a team of industry professionals and representatives from the academic community. COMTO’s National Scholarship Program supports its mission by promoting, strengthening and expanding the roles of minorities in all aspects of transportation. COMTO’s City Intern Program will run simultaneously allowing the 18 interns to learn from and engage with transportation professionals.

To see the full program for the National Meeting and Training Conference, visit the COMTO website at:



The mission of COMTO is to expand opportunities and ensure maximum participation in the transportation industry for minority individuals, businesses and communities of color through advocacy, information sharing, training, education and professional development.