N.C. Metropolitan Mayors Coalition to Host Urban Transportation Forum, "Metro Cities in the Pole Position”

The North Carolina Metropolitan Mayors Coalition announces its first-ever statewide transportation forum "Metro Cities in the Pole Position" on August 27 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord. White House Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs David Agnew and N.C. Department of Transportation COO Jim Trogdon will be keynote speakers.

Raleigh, NC, July 31, 2009 --(PR.com)-- One of the fastest growing states in the nation, 88 percent of North Carolina’s projected growth by the year 2030 will take place in the state’s metropolitan areas. However, the current method for allocating transportation funds penalizes urban areas, according to N.C. Department of Transportation secretary Gene Conti in a recent Charlotte Observer article on stimulus spending.

On August 27, the North Carolina Metropolitan Mayors Coalition will host its first-ever statewide transportation meeting to discuss strategies to address North Carolina’s urban transportation needs. The meeting and luncheon, “Metro Cities in the Pole Position,” is open to the public and will be held on August 27 from 11:30 am to 2 pm at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Concord.

The meeting will address critical transportation issues, including state transportation funds allocation using the equity formula, metro roadway congestion and comprehensive public transit development.

Key transportation stakeholders, including city council members, city managers, urban transit officials and transportation businesses, will gather at the Metro Mayors’ transportation meeting to discuss urban transportation needs and spending strategies to address those growing needs. Keynote speakers at the meeting will include David Agnew, White House Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, and Jim Trogdon, Chief Operating Officer of the N.C. Department of Transportation.

“Metro Cities in the Pole Position” is intended to encourage an urban transportation dialogue statewide. The Metro Mayors will unveil a new, interactive website at the meeting that encourages issue advocacy and the online exchange of ideas. The site will include a Twitter feed and breaking news posts, allowing interested parties to stay informed and involved.

Tickets for the “Metro Cities in the Pole Position” meeting and luncheon can be purchased for $35 in advance or will be available at the door for $45. Tables of eight can be reserved for $400. To register, visit http://www.ncmetromayors.org.

About the North Carolina Metropolitan Mayors Coalition
The North Carolina Metropolitan Mayors Coalition is comprised of mayors from North Carolina’s 26 biggest cities and focuses on transportation, public safety and the economy. The organization was founded in 2001 around transit issues by a group of 15 mayors across North Carolina.

The Metro Mayors work to encourage the exchange of ideas and best practices among municipal officials. The organization works with state officials to promote livable, environmentally friendly and economically viable urban development.

North Carolina Metropolitan Mayors Coalition
Brenna Sowder