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    Transportation Planning Board Community Leadership Institute

    Thursday, April 25, 2013, 6-9pm
    The Navy League Building
    2300 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, VA 22201

    Tuesday, April 30, 2013, 6-9pm
    Montgomery County Planning Department
    8787 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD, 20910

    Saturday, May 4, 2013, 9-2pm
    Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
    777 North Capital St., NE, Washington, DC 20002

    How are transportation decisions made in this region? How can community leaders make a difference?

    Program Description

    The Transportation Planning Board’s Community Leadership Institute, or CLI, is designed to help community leaders figure those questions out. Over the course of three interrelated modules, the CLI aims to empower individuals to get involved in transportation decision-making whenever and where ever it occurs. Facilitated by Kathy Porter, current WMATA Board Member and former TPB Chair and Takoma Park Mayor, the CLI uses interactive group exercises and discussions to help participants better understand regional challenges, as well as opportunities for successful public involvement. At each step of the way, participants discuss ways in which the interests of their local communities connect with the planning issues facing the entire region. By providing this big-picture context, the CLI encourages participants to “think regionally and act locally.”

    Specifically, the two-part workshop will focus on:

    · Strategizing for change
    · Innovative problem-solving in transportation and land-use planning
    · Transportation project development
    · Overcoming complexities in regional transportation decision-making
    · Understanding the role of the National Capital Region Transportation Planning Board
    · Dealing with growth in the Metropolitan Washington Region, and more!

    Registration Information

    The CLI is a free program comprised of three interrelated modules, and interested candidates must commit to attending all three sessions. Registration for the Spring 2013 CLI is open from February 20 – March 31, 2013, and interested candidates must submit a brief Statement of Interest during the registration period. The Statement of Interest can be up to 200 words, may be a bulleted list or in paragraph form, and should include the following information:

    · First and Last Name
    · Jurisdiction where you live
    · Recent community leadership experience and relevant activities (this could be participation in a citizen group, professional affiliation, volunteer experience, etc).
    · Reason for interest in CLI (1-2 sentences is sufficient)
    · Contact information for potential participant (including email address, preferred telephone number, and postal address)
    · How you heard about CLI

    Statements of Interest may be submitted to Deborah Kerson Bilek via email at, or via postal mail at:

    Deborah Kerson Bilek
    Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
    777 North Capital Street, NE Suite 300
    Washington, DC 20002

    Once the Statement of Interest is received, a member of the TPB staff will contact you regarding your registration status.

    CLI participants represent a range of transportation interests and come from all corners of the Metropolitan Washington Region. In order for the CLI to be successful, it is important for participants to comprise a comprehensive group that is representative of the mosaic of interests and geographical diversity within our region. The TPB hosts the CLI one – two times annually, so if interested parties are unable to attend the CLI this spring, future opportunities will be available.

    Further Information

    For more information on the CLI, please view the attached brochure, or visit

    Contact Deborah Kerson Bilek, of TPB staff at 202-962-3317 or with any additional questions.

    Deborah Kerson Bilek
    Transportation Planner

    Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments
    Department of Transportation Planning
    777 North Capitol Street, NE, Suite 300
    Washington, DC 20002

    202.962.3317 (direct)
    202.962.3200 (main)
    202.962.3202 (fax)
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