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New Webinar: Moving Forward in 2017: Active Transportation in the New Congress and Trump Administration (January 5, 2017)

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Webinar Title:  Moving Forward in 2017: Active Transportation in the New Congress and Trump Administration

Webinar Date/Time: January 5th, 2017 at 2pm Eastern, 11am Pacific

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About this Webinar

Join America Walks and Rails-to-Trails Conservancy on January 5, 2017 at 2 p.m. Eastern for a policy briefing, “Moving Forward in 2017: Active Transportation in the New Congress and Trump Administration.” The briefing will explore what’s anticipated in federal trail, walking and biking policy as the new Congress and Trump administration prepare to take office. Experts in transportation and public health policy and former Congressman Tom Petri (R-WI) will share their intelligence and unique insights about what the new political climate will bring for active transportation. Participants will be invited to ask questions at the end of the briefing.

Participants will:

  • Share the latest intelligence from federal decision-makers regarding transportation and health policy
  • Provide insights regarding actions Congress and the Trump Administration may take relating to active transportation
  • Learn of the new policy agenda developed by the Partnership for Active Transportation
  • Discuss how supporters of the Partnership for Active Transportation and Every Body Walk! Collaborative can engage in federal advocacy

About the Presenters

kevin-mills-photoKevin 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, is a board member of America Walks 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.

tompetriphotoThomas Petri is a former Republican U.S. Representative for Wisconsin’s 6th congressional district. During his 36 years a congressman, Petri served as a member of the Transportation and Infrastructure committee and chairman of the Highways and Transit subcommittee, where he was a champion for trails, walking and biking.

Most notably during his tenure, Congressman Petri repeatedly saved the Transportation Enhancements program from elimination, personally leading the charge to do so. Congressman Petri has received awards from the Coalition for Recreational Trails in recognition of his many years as a Congressional champion for the Recreational Trails Program (RTP) and in 2014, their annual awards were renamed the Tom Petri Annual Achievement Awards in his honor.

Congressman Petri also served on education committees including: Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education; and Higher Education and workforce training. Combing his transportation and education work, he also supported the Safe Routes to School Program while serving in Congress.

jackrayburnphotoJack Rayburn is a Senior Government Relations Manager at Trust for America’s Health. He works on all TFAH government relations priorities related to obesity and chronic disease prevention and co-leads efforts on health reform.  He has a diverse legislative portfolio that includes health care financing, agriculture, education, transportation, and other areas that impact the availability and accessibility of healthy choices.  He previously served as Policy Aide for U.S. Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) for all health care issues.  Mr. Rayburn also worked at the Healthcare Leadership Council on health information technology and health care quality and for the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee under the chairmanship of the late Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA).  He has a Bachelors of Science in Biology from Georgetown University and a Masters in Public Health from The George Washington University.