SC State’s James E. Clyburn Transportation Center Hosts Statewide Needs Conference

Friday, April 17, 2009

The James E. Clyburn University Transportation Center (JECUTC) at SC State will host the Seventh Annual Statewide Transportation Research and Curriculum Needs Conference on Thursday, April 16- 17, 2009 at the Hilton Myrtle Beach Resort in Myrtle Beach, S.C. The theme for this year’s conference is “South Carolina’s Future Transportation Needs.”

The purpose of this Conference is to unite transportation officials, local, state, and federal government, colleges, universities and emergency respondents to develop a sustainable transit system that will allow South Carolina citizens, tourists and retirement communities the maximum public transportation benefits.

“The mission of the Transportation Center is to educate, support and develop outreach mass transit initiatives,” said Lamar Tisdale, coordinator of Technology Transfer and Training at SC State. “This is a great opportunity to bring transportation professionals together to address South Carolina’s current and future rural transit needs.”

During the Conference, topics such as land use development, sprawls, re-developments, Transit Oriented Developments (TODs), light rail and emergency preparedness will be discussed.

The Conference keynote speaker is Julie Cunningham, president and CEO of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) located in Washington, D.C.

Other presenters include: Dr. Yvette Taylor, regional administrator of the Federal Transit Administration Regional office in Atlanta, Ga., David Burgess, transit planner for the SC Department of Transportation, Bruce Watts, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) presenter and Dan Burden, principal and senior urban designer, Glatting Jackson & Kercher Anglin and co-founder of Walkable Communities, Inc.

For more information on the Seventh Annual Statewide Transportation Curriculum and Research Needs Conference, contact Lamar Tisdale, Coordinator of Technology Transfer and Training at 803-516-4532 or ltisdale@scsu.edu.