Regional Transportation Update – “Follow the Money!”

February 27, 2018
11:30 AM to 1:30 PM
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Doubletree Hotel
2001 Point West Way
Sacramento, CA 95815

Not too long ago, the opportunities for transportation projects in the region were very thin and funding for such projects was extremely scarce. Fast forward a few years, and we find ourselves in a much better position! To slightly paraphrase a popular line from a 1996 romantic comedy, we now have the chance to “Follow the Money!” and see which opportunities emerge.

We invite you to join SMPS-Sacramento on Tuesday, February 27th, as we hear from regional transportation agencies about their plans and funding mechanisms for their respective regions. They will share their transportation needs, and their plans to build necessary improvements, as well as planning and programming of state and federal transportation funds.

Please join us for this enlightening seminar and panel discussion.

Celia McAdam
Executive Director, Placer County Transportation Planning Agency (PCTPA)

Called “[one] of the most important transportation officials in Northern California” by the Sacramento Bee, Celia McAdam has served as Executive Director of the Placer County Transportation Planning Agency (PCTPA) since 1998, and as Executive Director of the South Placer Regional Transportation Authority (SPRTA) since its formation in 2001. Ms. McAdam previously served as a Senior Planner for PCTPA in the early 1990s and held management positions with the City of San Jose and the Butte County Association of Governments. An expert in transportation funding, McAdam has been recognized by her peers for her creativity in moving projects forward in spite of bureaucratic and technical obstacles and sought out by the media for her ability to translate complex transportation issues into understandable terms.

McAdam’s ability to successfully navigate the often convoluted requirements of transportation planning and funding have translated nearly $2 billion of projects including the I-80 Bottleneck Widening, Lincoln Bypass, I-80/Sierra College Boulevard Interchange, I-80/Douglas Boulevard Interchange, Placer Parkway, and numerous transit and rail projects. Under her leadership, PCTPA has earned numerous awards, including Organization of the Year of the California Transportation Foundation and Agency of the Year by the Sacramento Area Council of Governments. McAdam was also named Woman of the Year for 2012 by the Women’s Transportation Seminar. She earned a bachelors degree in Economics and a masters with distinction in Planning from California State University, Chico, and holds a professional designation from the American Institute of Certified Planners. She earned an advanced certification in transportation planning from the American Planning Association. In 2016, she was inducted into the College of Fellows of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Rosa De Leon Park
Executive Director, Stanislaus Council of Governments (StanCOG)

Rosa De León Park is the Executive Director of the Stanislaus Council of Governments (StanCOG). She is responsible for all agency functions of the federally-designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), state-designated Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA), and Local Transportation Authority (LTA) for the Stanislaus region, including regional transportation planning, program administration, financial management and budget control. Ms. Park has worked with municipal and metropolitan planning agencies in the transportation planning industry for several decades. She is involved at the state and federal level in a variety of transportation planning organizations, and was recently appointed to the Executive Directors Council of the National Association of Regional Councils (NARC). A native of Stockton, Park received her Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Sacramento.

Some of her key accomplishments include the establishment of MOVE, the Consolidated Transportation Planning Agency (CTSA) for the Stanislaus region, which serves the mobility needs of seniors, veterans and those with disabilities. Ms. Park worked tirelessly on securing needed funding for the recently completed Pelandale Avenue Interchange, the largest transportation project in Modesto history. Ms. Park also led the effort to develop and adopt the agency’s Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) with its first ever Sustainable Communities Strategy (SCS). The long-term plan includes a diverse mix of transit, non-motorized, highway and local street and road projects for the Stanislaus region. In 2017, the California Transportation Foundation presented StanCOG with the Public Outreach Project of the Year Award, acknowledging Ms. Park’s leadership of the public education effort for the successful passage of Measure L (2016), the 1/2 cent transportation sales tax measure for the Stanislaus region. The Women in Transportation Services (WTS) also honored her with the Transportation Solutions Award that same year.

Andrew T. Chesley
Executive Director, San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCOG)

Mr. Chesley is the Executive Director for the San Joaquin Council of Governments (COG), in Stockton California and has been with that agency for 38 years. An operatic soloist trapped in the body of a government bureaucrat, Mr. Chesley earned a B.A. from Miami University of Ohio in Political Science and Geography, and an M.A. from the University of Iowa in Urban and Regional Planning. He is responsible for the management of COG's transportation planning, the implementation of the Measure K transportation sales tax program and several other regional planning activities including the implementation of the San Joaquin County Multi-Species Habitat Conservation and Open Space Plan.

Mr. Chesley has chaired many statewide organizations during his career including the Regional Transportation Planning Agencies, the Self Help Counties Coalition, and the California Councils of Governments. He has been appointed by the Governor to several transportation task forces and has testified several times before Congress and the State Legislature.

He is the father of twins and admits that they are a lifetime project that is over budget and far from on schedule.


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