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New Feb 24th Webinar: “The New Federal Transportation Bill: What Does It Mean for the Walking Movement?”

Date and Time: February 24th at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern

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About the Webinar

America Walks, Rails to Trails Conservancy and LOCUS are excited to announce a free joint webinar “The New Federal Transportation Bill: What Does It Mean for the Walking Movement?” on February 24 at 2pm Eastern. The webinar will examine the FAST Act legislation passed in December 2015 and discuss ways that traditional and new programs in the legislation can be used by advocates and organizations as they work on active transportation projects at the local, state and regional level. This webinar will allow participants to hear from experts on what the legislations says and how it can be leveraged for current and future work followed by a question and answer session.

About the Presenters

Untitled2Christopher Coes is the Director of LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors, Smart Growth America’s national developer’s coalition and is a nationally-recognized leader on community revitalization strategies and national real estate policy.

Mr. Coes has led LOCUS and Smart Growth America’s national and regional efforts on a range of issues including securing over $20 billion in transit-oriented development and local infrastructure financing in the recent federal transportation legislation, FAST Act. Under Mr. Coes leadership, LOCUS has grown to become a national leader known to be unafraid to tackle some of the toughest challenges facing the smart growth real estate industry today, including launching the Attainable Housing and Social Equity Initiative which is aimed to assisting local communities to develop place-based, market driven strategies aimed at encouraging economic growth while ensuring accessibility and social equity in great walkable urban places.

Over the past three years, Mr. Coes has advised cities on community revitalization, sustainable and equitable economic development near public transportation. Currently, Mr. Coes currently serves as an advisor to the USDOT’s LadderSTEP Transportation Empowerment Pilot that provides technical assistance to local communities by convening public and private entities to support game-changing community revitalization projects. In addition, Mr. Coes has facilitated numerous deal-making opportunities that have produced over $1 billion in new smart growth real estate deals.

Prior to joining LOCUS, Christopher served as a Consultant for Government Affairs and Campaigns at M+R Strategic Services. As a consultant, Christopher worked with various clients including Transportation for America – a broad, diverse and unprecedented coalition advocating for a national vision for a 21st century transportation system. For three years, Christopher served as Transportation for America’s Senior Campaign Advisor and Deputy Director. In addition to his work on transportation and real estate issues, Christopher brings over ten years of experience in government relations, advocacy and coalition building and program management. Mr. Coes currently serves as an active member of Urban Land Institute and serves as Treasurer and the Board of Directors Director of African American Real Estate Professional of DC.

Mr. Coes received a BA/MA in Government and Politics from St. John’s University, specializing in Public Administration.

Kevin MillsKevin Mills is the Senior Vice President of Policy at Rails-to-Trails Conservancy. Mills’ team works to make trail systems accessible to all Americans—and to make bicycling and walking a safe and convenient choice for routine travel—by advocating for public funding, building a broad-based movement for active transportation, and conducting cutting edge research. Kevin also serves as co-chair of the Everybody Walk Collaborative, and founder of the Partnership for Active Transportation. Before joining RTC in spring 2006, Kevin spent over 15 years leading urban sustainability initiatives at Environmental Defense Fund.

Ian ThomasIan Thomas is the State and Local Program Director with America Walks. In this role, he develops and delivers education programs for advocates, professionals, and elected officials, about the benefits of walkable communities and strategies to create them.

From 2000 until 2013, Ian served as the founding Executive Director of the PedNet Coalition of Columbia, MO. During this time, he developed one of the largest Walking School Bus programs in the country, coordinated a campaign that led to Columbia adopting the first “complete streets’ policy in Missouri, and was instrumental in reducing neighborhood speed limits.

In 2013, Ian won election to the Columbia City Council, where he continues to advance healthy and walkable community policies. He is a member of Smart Growth America’s Local Leaders Council and the National League of Cities’ Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.