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What: Community Mobility Institute
When: November 14 – 16, 2016
Where: Willard Arts Center, Idaho Falls, ID

About the Event
Expert trainers
Who can apply?
Selection criteria
Application process

About the Event

New Mobility West’s Community Mobility Institute brings together local leaders to receive in-depth training on issues at the nexus of transportation, community planning and economic development.

Communities can apply as teams of six to eight local leaders. If accepted, these communities receive a scholarship to attend the two and a half day training, with all lodging and most food costs covered.

Community teams will work one-on-one with expert facilitators in transportation, land use planning, and economic development, and will leave the training with a better understanding of how to build stronger communities through transportation systems, and a clear path to develop an action plan of next steps on identified issues once home. New Mobility West and the Community Mobility Institute are initiatives of Community Builders.


Gary TothGARY TOTH, PROJECT FOR PUBLIC SPACES Before becoming a nationally-recognized speaker and trainer on integrating land use and transportation as a means to building stronger communities, Gary spent 34 years working for the New Jersey Department of Transportation. He is one of the best in the business when it comes to understanding how communities can work collaboratively with their DOTs.
Jim CharlierJIM CHARLIER, CHARLIER ASSOCIATES. Jim is a nationally-recognized transportation planning professional with over three decades of experience providing transportation planning services to clients throughout the United States. Jim is an expert on how communities can develop their economy through strategic infrastructure investments.


Agenda at a glance

The Community Mobility Institute (CMI) combines topical training sessions and informative success stories with group discussion and team-based action planning.

DAY 1 will focus on how transportation systems impact community and economic development and how they are connected to land use decisions.

DAY 2 will focus on key transportation challenges, how transportation improvement decisions are made and how communities can positively influence those decisions.

DAY 3 will focus on action planning. Each team will work with a facilitator to develop a community-specific plan with near-term action steps to address local issues.

Through participation in the CMI, community leaders will:

  • Learn about successful projects and programs from peer communities
  • Connect to a network of local leaders and peer communities throughout the region
  • Develop strategies for public engagement and effective community partnerships
  • Work with a team of expert coaches to address specific transportation and community development challenges within their community
  • Create a community action plan to address specific issues and goals identified in the training



For those communities selected to participate in the Community Mobility Institute (CMI), the costs of training materials, lodging and most meals will be covered for up to eight team members by Community Builders through scholarship. Absent this scholarship, the cost per individual to attend this two and a half day training is $400. Teams participating in the CMI are expected to pay for individual travel to and from the training and their own dinners.


Who can apply?

The Community Mobility Institute is open to all towns, cities and counties in Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming. Up to seven teams will be selected to participate, with each team ranging from six to eight members. Teams must demonstrate a commitment to improving transportation systems in their community, as well as an interest in integrating these efforts with their community and economic development goals. Because New Mobility West aims to bring resources to underserved communities across the region, preference will be given to projects from rural towns and medium-sized cities and regions, up to 100,000 in population. However, strong applications from larger communities will be considered.


Selection Criteria

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Strong team composition. Presents clear and achievable goals for the project that have the opportunity to create meaningful
    change in the community.
  2. Community Need. Ability to demonstrate how the Community Mobility Institute (CMI) can support development and/or implementation of an upcoming or current transportation and/or community development effort;
  3. Implementation Capacity. Local commitment to advancing community planning goals through sound transportation system planning, development and investment.

A strong leadership team is critical to a successful application because a broad spectrum of community leaders is necessary for successful
decision-making. Teams should therefore include a broad range of perspectives and expertise from the public and private sectors. The list
below includes several types of representation to consider in building a well-rounded team:

  • Local government (elected and appointed officials, city/county managers, planners, public works)
  • Transportation professionals (DOT representatives, transportation engineers, pathways representatives)
  • Business and economic development professionals (chambers, economic development organizations, downtown development authorities, Main Street programs, etc.)
  • Community development organizations (housing, civic organizations)
  • Real estate, development and investment professionals (developers, realtors, local lenders)


Application process

The CMI will be held at the Willard Arts Center in Idaho Falls, ID between November 14 – 16, 2016. Applications are no longer being accepted.





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