Innovative Public Engagement Techniques for Transportation Projects

Have you ever wondered how you could more effectively engage the public and stakeholders in transportation projects? Well here is your opportunity to see, hear, and touch the latest interactive public engagement tools being used by transportation professionals. Marc Butorac and Rex Holloway will share their experiences with techniques and tools in an interactive workshop that allows you to share your own successes in engaging the public on transportation related projects.

Sign-in & networking begins at 11:45 am, and the workshop will start at noon. Drinks and cookies will be provided. Please bring your own bag lunch.

If you have any questions regarding this event, please contact Ashleigh Griffin at (541) 312-8300. We hope you can join us for this informative workshop!

About the Speakers:

Rex Holloway, Community Liaison Representative, ODOT

Rex has 25 years of experience working in public involvement in the Pacific Northwest. While with the USDA Forest Service, he worked on a variety of natural resource projects that required NEPA documentation and public involvement. Currently he is responsible for engaging the public in the design and implementation of highway projects for the Oregon Department of Transportation in central Oregon. Rex has used a variety of strategies and tools, both low and high-tech, in reaching out and involving a wide range of stakeholders.

Marc Butorac, PE, PTOE, Senior Principal Engineer, Kittelson & Associates

Marc’s experience in the "Bottom Up" public engagement process has come through his management and oversight of numerous transportation system plans, corridor and access management plans, and interchange area management plans (IAMPs) across the nation, as well as his involvement in Transportation Research Board’s visualization, access management, and public involvement committees. This experience has been further bolstered by his NCHRP research on public involvement in access management related projects, including NCHRP 3-99 Development and Application of Access Management Guidelines and NCHRP Synthesis 332 Access Location in Crossroads in the Vicinity of Interchanges. Through these experiences he has developed and refined processes that allow property and business owners, users of the facilities, and decision makers to effectively understand the issues, develop and compare alternatives, and selected preferred solutions. As part of these processes, Marc has developed and incorporated numerous low and high-tech engagement tools over the past decade that range from tactical learning models to virtual open houses.