Thought Leaders Are Coming to The Gulf Coast

Thought leaders in transportation and planning coming to the gulf coast in November

Want to make your community a better place for business, residents and visitors? Those interested in urban planning and transportation take note!

The Third Emerald Coast Transportation Symposium will be held November 12 & 13 at Sandestin Golf and Beach Resort near Destin. The Transportation Symposium provides a forum for leadership in transportation by enhancing cross-organization collaboration, developing lasting local and regional partnerships, sharing best practices, and giving innovators a platform to inspire others.

This year's event will bring together professionals and policy-makers to openly discuss ways in which our transportation system can be updated to meet the 21st century economic and environmental realities. Keynote speakers and panelists for the event include:

  • FDOT Secretary Jim Boxold, delivering the symposium kick-off address
  • Dr. Jim Johnson, profiled by Fast Company Magazine as "a geographer with a PhD, a professor with an endowed chair at a leading business school, an expert on poverty, and a tireless activist for social justice"
  • Dan Burden, director of innovation and inspiration at Blue Zones
  • Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, executive director of Florida's Turnpike Enterprise
  • James Mazzuto, director of Make It Right Solar

A draft program of all panel topics and keynote speakers on the event web site.

The two-day event is hosted by the West Florida Regional Planning Council, Northwest Florida Regional Transportation Planning Organization and the Bay, Gulf, Holmes, Washington Regional Transportation Partnership. Registration is $200 and available online $200 until October 15 (then late registration fees apply).

For more information, visit or call 800-226-8914, extension 204.

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