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The Community Mobility Institute was held October 14 – 16, 2015 in Lander, WY


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The Community Mobility Institute was held October 14 – 16 at the Pronghorn Lodge in Lander, Wyoming

In today’s economy, successful communities are creating transportation systems that can move people and goods while simultaneously improving their quality and character. These communities recognize that building a strong and more vibrant economy relies on expanding mobility choices.

Over two and a half days, the CMI engaged community teams of six to eight participants in an intensive workshop that builds leadership and practical understanding of ways to align transportation planning and community development.

Working with experts in transportation, land use planning and economic development, teams will leave the training with a better understanding of how to build stronger communities through their transportation systems, and a clear plan of action for next steps in their own community.


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.

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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

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All training material, lodging and most meal costs will be covered for participants by the Sonoran Institute through scholarship. Absent of this scholarship, the cost per individual to attend this two-and-a-half day training is $400. Participating teams are expected to pay for individual travel to and from the training and their own dinners.

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Application process

The CMI will be held at the Pronghorn Lodge in Lander, Wyoming. Applications are due Friday, August 28, 2015.

The Sonoran Institute will evaluate applications based on the submitted materials. Consideration will be given to teams that have a discrete, clearly-defined issue to address and a strong, well-composed team. For any questions about the application process, please contact Jillian Sutherland using our online contact form.

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Who can apply?

The CMI is open to all Wyoming towns, cities and counties. 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.

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Selection Criteria

Teams will be evaluated based on:

  • Strong team composition
  • 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;
  • Local commitment to advancing community planning goals through sound transportation system planning, development and investment.

Creating a 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)

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