Transportation communications professionals are constantly challenged with trying to reach the right audiences with the right messages. Public involvement experts take that challenge a step further – trying to develop a dialogue with key communities potentially affected by a project or plan.
The North Carolina Department of Transportation is working on a public engagement toolkit and they are looking for input and comments from practitioners prior to the tool’s public launch, which could come as soon as May.
Claudia Bilotto of Parsons Brinckerhoff, of the Transportation Research Board’s Public Involvement Committee, sent me the heads up on this project. According to Bilotto, on Thursday, April 10, 2014 from 2 to 3 p.m. (Eastern), NCDOT will host a webinar to introduce the tool and demonstrate how in a few easy steps you can log in and provide your experiences for the benefit of other practitioners.
“We hope you will consider participating. The more input into the toolkit, the more valuable it is. We are seeking input representing a variety of perspectives – DOTs, MPOs, transit agencies, local transportation planning agencies, etc. – from public and private sector practitioners across the country. Join us to see what it is all about,” Bilotto wrote.
So this is your chance to participate in developing a useful industry tool and to perhaps pick up a few tips and tools of your own from the effort.
Contact Claudia at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to RSVP for the webinar (or drop me an email and I’ll give you her phone number). If you are interested in participating, but cannot participate in the webinar, the project team will still like to consider your input. So reach out so they can discuss alternative arrangements with you.