2017 SAC Conference

2017 Southern Connect SAC Conference

August 24th & 25th, 2017

A regional effort to improve transit Safety, Accessibility  and Connectivity in South Mississippi

Lyman Community Center (13742 US Hwy 49, Gulfport MS 39503)

This is a free event designed to address some of our region’s priority goals and objectives to resolving safety, access and connectivity concerns through the development of a truly coordinated transit system that meets the needs of our community members as well as the agencies and providers who serve them.

Continuing Education Opportunities: Professional Development Hour (PDH) Certificates provided by MDOT and GRPC.

1. Day 1 (8:30am-noon) How to conduct an internal safety audit of your transit system. For mobility managers, operation managers, safety supervisors, and others responsible for ensuring safe practices within your transportation organization.  Appropriate training for both large and small providers. (PDH – 3 hours)

2. Day 2 (8:30am – noon) Awareness Training for Supporting Low-Income Individuals. For all individuals who make policy and operational decisions for your organization, those who work directly in support of traditionally under-served populations, including low-income individuals of all backgrounds. (PDH – 3 hours)

3. Day 2 (1pm – 5pm) Driver Re-certification for Wheelchair Securement and Lift Operations. All drivers needing to complete the skills training course to re-certify are welcome to register for this class. Seating is limited. Course costs will be covered by the MS Gulf Coast MPO, Get To B safety program. (Completion Certificate)

DRAFT Agenda:

Thursday, August 24th Friday, August 25th
Time Session Description Time Session Description
8:30 How to conduct an internal safety audit of your transit system. (PDH Certificate – 3 hours) 8:30 Registration opens
9:00 Southern Connect Member Meeting: Developing a Coordinated Training Schedule & Maintenance Program 9:00 Awareness training to best serve our  low-income community members  (PDH Certificate -3 hours)
12:30 Registration opens 12:00 Lunch/Volunteers flip ballroom A as lunch begins
12:45 Welcome 1:00 Outlining our coordinated transportation pilot program(s) (locations, partners, funding, goals and objectives)
1:00 Keynote Presentation: What is coordinated transportation & how can we make it work in South Mississippi ( Q&A) 1:00 Driver Re-Certification Course for wheelchair securement and safe operations (Driver Certificate)
2:00 What is Southern Connect & how are our members support regional transportation needs today 2:15 Break
2:20 Break/Move to North & South Sessions rooms 2:30 Drafting our pilot program implementation plans
2:30 Who are you? What’s your community role? What are your transportation needs? (north & south breakouts) 3:30 Convene back together – Program overviews
3:30 Outlining our coordinated transportation pilot program(s) (locations, partners, funding, goals and objectives) 3:50 Wrap up and next steps (including regional referral/scheduling center & defining optimal service areas, Southern connect etc.)
4:30 Break for the day – talk with members, speakers, etc.