Call for Papers and Presentations

2018 National Meeting & Training Conference 

Multimodal Transportation: Many paths, one goal

July 28 - August 1, 2018

Baltimore Hilton

401 West Pratt Street

Baltimore, MD 21201 


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 47th 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 Multimodal 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 D. Coffee at  


  • Online Submission Opens: February 8, 2018
  • Conference Registration Opens: February 23, 2018
  • Online Submission Closes: April 11, 2018
  • Proposal Acceptance Notification May 4, 2018
  • Final Presentation Outline Due: June 15, 2018
  • Presenter Conference Registration Deadline: June 15, 2018
  • Submissions are now closed 


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 60 minutes long: 40 minutes for presentations, and 20 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 June 15, 2018. Accepted submissions will receive a discounted registration rate.
  • All submitted applications should emphasize or contain information relevant to COMTO's 47th National Meeting & Training Conference theme, Multimodal Transportation: Many Paths, One Goal.
  • 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 moderator, and one projector, screen, audio output cables. Additional items (flipcharts, markers, etc.) must be requested by May 2, 2018, and laptops will not be provided.

Each session must have clear objectives and measurable outcomes. Objectives indicate what you expect session attendees to learn or accomplish. Outcomes are observable and measurable effects of your objectives. Below, list 3 objectives for your session, and 2 outcomes for each objective.
Each session must have a Presenter, Moderator, or Lead Speaker, and no more than 3 additional Co-Speakers or Panelists. Add as much information for each person as possible. If your submission is selected, you will be required to submit contact information, a head-shot, and a 1-2 paragraph biography for all moderators, speakers, and/or panelists in your session by May 1, 2018.