New Webinar and Training- Local Ballot Initiatives
America Walks and the Center for Transportation Excellence are excited to announce a new online webinar and training series. The series will arm advocates with the knowledge, training and tools to successfully initiate Local Ballot Initiatives to support projects and infrastructure related to improving transit to develop walkable communities. The series will begin with an informational webinar followed by a more in-depth and hands-on training.
About the Webinar
Join us for an information webinar on June 28th to learn more about Local Ballot Initiatives and how they can be used to support work being done at the local level. Participants of the webinar will have an opportunity to apply for an in-depth training with customized toolkits that will arm them to start their own local ballot initiatives in their communities.
About the Presenters
Jason Jordan serves as the director of the Center for Transportation Excellence (CFTE). He oversees CFTE staff and programming related to transportation ballot initiatives, state and local transit finance policy, communications and research. CFTE is a national research and technical assistance center dedicated to public transportation ballot campaigns and finance policy. Jason is also a partner in the Washington, D.C. public affairs and government relations consulting firm, Advocacy Associates, LLC, where he directs the firm’s transportation and community development practice providing lobbying and strategic support to groups including the American Planning Association, where he serves as APA’s director of policy and government affairs. Previously, Jordan worked for U.S. Senator Max Cleland and in policy and association management positions for several organizations, including the Council for Urban Economic Development and the American Chamber of Commerce Executives. Jordan has broad political campaign experience having managed field operations and provided general strategic guidance for both congressional and statewide campaigns.
Jennifer Kalczuk is the External Relations Manager at The Rapid, the transit system serving the greater Grand Rapids, Mich., area, a position she has held for nearly 18 years. She manages public relations, marketing, government relations, and customer service for the agency. Prior to joining The Rapid, Ms. Kalczuk held communications positions in both the private and non-profit sectors. She is in her third term as President of the Michigan Public Transit Association, and is the immediate past chair of APTA’s Marketing & Communications Committee.
Tom Shrout joined his wife Debra in forming the consulting company, Avvantt Partners LLC after serving 22 years at the helm of Citizens for Modern Transit in St. Louis. In 2010 Tom conceived, managed and produced a transit outreach program that CMT implemented that resulted in a 63 percent win at the polls for a transit tax in the midst of a bad economy and coming off a defeat of an identical measure only 17 months before. This was the capstone of his advocacy career that saw 44 miles of light rail built, $15 billion in new development around MetroLink Stations and a 65 percent growth in transit ridership. His current firm, Avvantt Partners, assists communities, advocate, local government and institutions with making positive public policy changes that promote transit and walking. Tom and Debra are big walking advocates as they make a practice of walking at least four miles a day. They recently relocated to downtown Los Angeles, where they are living car free.