International Right of Way Association's 2008 Public Real Estate Education Symposium

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January 24, 2008


Mass Mailout Number III-2008-04


Subject:  International Right of Way Association's 2008 Public Real Estate Education Symposium


Dear Transit Colleague: 


The purpose of this letter is to encourage transit agencies to send key employees, involved in real estate activities, to the International Right of Way Association’s (IRWA) 2008 Public Real Estate Education Symposium (PRES) scheduled for February 12-14, 2008 in Dallas, Texas.  This educational conference offers over twenty transportation sessions during the three day event.


These sessions promise to be timely and educational.  Added to this year’s conference will be an extensive review of lessons-learned from recent FTA project reviews, and a discussion of the proposed real estate changes to FTA Circular 5010.1C.  Additional topics include the following:


·                    The Role of Real Estate Consultants on Project Management Oversight (PMO) contracts;

·                    Buy Real Estate not Trouble on FTA projects; 

·                    Federal Transit Administration Joint Development Projects;

·                    Dedications, Donations, and In-Kind Contributions; 

·                    Relocation Planning and Advisory Services;

·                    FTA “Stump the Chumps” – A Panel will discuss questions on Acquiring Land for FTA Projects.


As in the past on FTA-related training, we will allow Grantees to bill a Federal project for the cost of their attendance.  This is an excellent opportunity for our grantees, FTA personnel, PMO’s, and consultants working on PMO contracts to learn what is required on federally supported projects.


For additional information, registration and hotel accommodations go to:  PRES page on the IRWA website.


Whether you have an established real estate program or propose starting one, I urge your Agency to participate in the IRWA’s Public Real Estate Educational Symposium.  If you have any questions please contact Ron Fannin, TPM-20, at (202) 366-1647 ( or Mamie Smith-Fisher, TPM-20, at (202) 366-8063 (


Please feel free to distribute this throughout your organization as appropriate.





Letitia A. Thompson

Regional Administrator