The Rural Mobility Champion Award
To be presented at the
22nd National Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation Conference
Asheville, North Carolina
October 2-5, 2016
Nomination Deadline: September 1, 2016
The Transportation Research Board's Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation Committee has established the "Rural Mobility Champion Award" to honor individuals who have made significant achievements in improving transportation services in rural communities. This award was created as a companion to the Committee's Roger Tate Is Smiling Award, which is awarded to individuals who are recognized for their contributions to rural transportation improvements on a national scale.
Individuals, rather than transit agencies or other entities, are eligible to receive the Rural Mobility Champion Award. Nominees must be involved in improving transportation services in rural communities through activities such as service provision, advocacy, planning, administration, education and training, or research and demonstrations. Involvement can be at the local, state, or federal/national level in public or private sectors. The focus of this award is on significant and measurable improvements in transportation services now being offered to people in rural communities.
QUALIFICATIONS FOR THE AWARD DEMONSTRATED BY THE NOMINEE
- A passionate commitment to improving rural transportation opportunities and operations for people in rural communities.
- The ability to recognize needs and problems in their community and to implement workable ideas and solutions that contribute to improved or expanded rural mobility services or programs.
- Being able to positively influence local and/or state leaders to support local rural mobility programs through advice, advocacy, agreements, education, legislation, or training.
- A record of championing rural mobility causes without the necessity of receiving personal recognition or gain.
2016 NOMINATION AND AWARD PROCESS
Nominations should be submitted by email to Jon Burkhardt at this address: JonBurkhardt@comcast.net. Any person or group involved in any way in rural public, intercity bus, or human services transportation may nominate an individual to receive the award. For more information about submitting a nomination, please download the Nomination Guidelines using the link at the top of this page.
This award will be presented in person at the 22nd National Rural Public and Intercity Bus Transportation Conference. The recipient(s) of this award will be eligible for scholarship(s) that will help defray the costs of attending the Conference where this award will be presented.
Nominations for 2016 must be submitted by September 1, 2016.