American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Workshops


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The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) is pleased to announce the availability of one-day American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) workshops. Public transit systems that receive ARRA grants will be subject to an increased level of monitoring and reporting in order to ensure compliance with federal regulations. FTA, with the assistance of the State Departments of Transportation, is providing an opportunity for transit agencies to receive up-to-date information on meeting the critical requirements.

The ARRA Workshop provides guidance and reference material in the area of Technical Capacity, Project Management, and Procurement. During the one-day program, you will have the opportunity to share experiences and knowledge with transit professionals from other agencies and gain an understanding of best practices in the industry. Time will be provided for questions and group discussion of each topic.  The attached agenda describes the workshop schedule and activities.

WORKSHOP LEADERS

The ARRA Workshops will be conducted by transit professionals who conduct reviews for FTA’s Triennial Review and State Management Review programs.  The instructors will provide guidance in each of the covered areas, answer questions about how to respond to specific requirements, share best industry practices, and provide references for additional information. FTA Regional Office staff also will attend the Workshop, and will be available to answer questions about your ARRA grant program.

WHO SHOULD ATTEND
These Workshops are intended for small urban, tribal, and rural transit professionals responsible for planning or managing transit projects funded with ARRA grants - especially grantees that are using ARRA funds for projects that are different from normal business operations (e.g. building a new operations facility, replacing a large portion of the fleet, buying vehicles powered by different fuels). Managers at those agencies that are recipients of ARRA grants are especially encouraged to attend this workshop. Please note that the size of the workshop is limited and FTA may restrict the number of attendees from each agency to no more than two. 

WHEN AND WHERE
Workshops will be held at the following times and locations:

ALASKA  April 20, 2010
University of Alaska
1815 Bragaw Road
Corporate Program Training Room
Suite 102
Anchorage, AK

WASHINGTON  April 22, 2010
Washington State Department of Transportation
Wells Fargo Building
999 Third Avenue
24th Floor Conference Room
Seattle, WA

IDAHO  June 2, 2010
Idaho Transportation Department
3311 West State Street
HQ Auditorium
Boise, ID

OREGON  June 4, 2010
Oregon Department of Transportation
2775 19th Street SE
Human Resource Center
Salem, OR

HOW TO REGISTER
All individuals must preregister.
For Alaska, please register online by cutting and pasting the following into your internet address bar:
http://dot.alaska.ecatts.com/lmsShowClass?classId=324&month=4&year=2010&id=0.45531964924062146

For all other states, please complete the attached registration form and email the form to:
e.osuna@diversifiedcapitalinc.com


ARRA WORKSHOP AGENDA

 8:00 - 8:30 am  Participant Check-in
 8:30 - 8:45 am  Welcome and Introductions
 8:45 - 9:45 am  Technical Capacity and Grants Management
 9:45 - noon

 Project Management
Presentation covering mechanisms to oversee projects including time and cost control and quality assurance.

 Noon - 1:00 pm  Lunch - on your own
 1:00 - 1:30 pm  Presentation of FTA reporting requirements for ARRA grants
 1:30 - 4:30 pm  Presentation of FTA requirements in the area of Procurement
 4:30 - 5:00 pm  Wrap Up

For additional information or questions please contact Elaine Wine at FTA Region 10 by calling (206) 220-7536 or email elaine.wine@dot.gov.

Sincerely,

/s/

R.F. Krochalis
Regional Administrator

Encl:  ARRA Workshop Registration Form