Hey everybody!  What a busy summer it has been. The Virginia LTAP has had a full workshop schedule so far this summer. In June and July we conducted over 29 workshops, at ten different locations, including private training workshops in Fairfax, Arlington and Virginia Beach.

In mid-July the VA LTAP, in collaboration with other LTAP centers from the Mid-Atlantic region, co-hosted the 2017 NLTAPA Conference in Portsmouth. I was asked to participate in one of the breakout sessions called Innovative Outreach Measures. Joining me on stage was Matt Carter (DE LTAP) and Carly Keane (MD LTAP). We discussed our best practices on reaching the forgotten locals. I spoke with other LTAP representatives about my monthly journeys to remote townships and counties, with workshop materials in tow, inquiring about their training needs. The most gratifying aspects of my travels throughout Virginia are building strong relationships and working partnerships with our locals.

So what’s new? We’re working with Bob Pettit, VDOT State Training Operations Manager, and Ed Stellfox, VA LTAP instructor and civil engineer, to bring a revised Winter Maintenance Operations training workshop to our locals this fall. Please be sure to check our website for locations where this training will be taking place.

I will be back out facilitating classes until mid-August, and will hopefully squeeze in a few visits to our locals. If you would like me to come by and talk about your transportation needs or the types of training we provide, please send me an email at jwz9m@virginia.edu and we’ll see about setting up a visit.

If you already have training in mind and want to set up a class, please contact Robin Carpenter at rbh3c@virginia.edu and she will get you what you need!

Be safe out there this summer and I’ll see you on the TTA Highway!

Robin Carpenter, Program Manager, contributing writer

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