October 10, 11, & 12



MPO Conference 

Bloomington, Indiana

at the 

Monroe Convention Center


Be part of the MPO Conference in Bloomington, Indiana, through October 10-12, 2023. Over three days, professionals from diverse Indiana MPOs, the Indiana Department of Transportation, Federal Highway Administration, local governments, and more, unite to share transportation and planning insights. Join us to connect and collaborate. This year's theme is climate change and sustainability! 



Tuesday, October 10

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Kickoff the conference with welcomes, networking, and mobile workshops!

Wednesday, October 11

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Join us for several breakout sessions, covering an array of topics, including community engagement and partnerships, walkable communities, multi-modal transportation, crash data analysis, planning, sustainable materials, and more!

Thursday, October 12

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The Indiana Metropolitan Planning Organization Council closes the conference with a regularly scheduled meeting. 


2023 Indiana MPO Conference 



Keynote Speakers

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Dr. Gabriel Filippelli

Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute - Executive Director

Dr. Gabriel Filippelli is a Chancellor’s Professor of Earth Sciences and Executive Director of the Indiana University Environmental Resilience Institute. Filippelli is a biogeochemist with broad training in climate change, exposure science, and environmental health. Filippelli has published broadly, including publications in Science, Nature and Geology as well as in specialty journals and in popular press. He is the Editor-in-Chief for the journal GeoHealth, a Fellow of the International Association of Geochemistry, a 2022 Fulbright Distinguished Chair, and former National Academy of Sciences Jefferson Science Fellow, where he served as a Senior Science Advisor for the U.S. Department of State. 

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Michael Smith

Indiana Department of Transportation - Commissioner

Mike joined INDOT in 2015 as Deputy Commissioner of the east central district. In 2017, he became deputy commissioner of statewide operations, where he focused on improving agency capital assets, including increased investment in fleet and facilities, and process improvement, particularly within planning and maintenance activities. He was named chief financial officer in 2021 and oversaw INDOT’s financial relationships with contractors, consultants, and partners, leading the agency through the management of federal COVID relief funds and continuing to deliver record construction projects.  

His leadership roles throughout his tenure at INDOT provided him with unique insight into the agency as a whole. As commissioner, Mike is responsible for the management of the agency’s 3,500 employees and the development of its $4 billion annual budget. He provides strategic management direction to the agency’s finance, construction, capital program, operations, people services, and legal divisions.   


Monroe Convention Center

Monroe Convention Center

302 S College Ave

Bloomington, IN 47403

The Monroe Convention Center is nestled in the heart of Downtown Bloomington, Indiana. Conveniently located near attractions and hotels, Bloomington welcomes you to a vibrant blend of culture and convenience.

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John Waldron Arts Center

The Waldron

122 S Walnut St

Bloomington, IN 47404

Built in 1915, The Waldron served as Bloomington’s City Hall and subsequently housed the City’s police and fire departments until the City deeded the property in 1990 to the Bloomington Area Arts Council. Since then, the building has provided gallery space, classroom space for art education, two performance spaces, meeting rooms, offices, radio station, and community art center. 

Bloomington’s Old City Hall building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is part of the Courthouse Square Historic District.



Register for the Conference

Early Bird Registration (now through September 30): $150

Registration after September 30: $200

Student Registration*: $25 

 *Students must have valid student email upon purchase and student identification card at check-in. Limited quantities available. 



MPO Projects & Staff Awards

Nominations for the Indiana MPO Awards are closed. 




Mobile Workshop Registration

Building a Pedestrian (and Bicyclist) Network: The Whole is Greater than the Sum of its Parts

Join this walking tour, led by the City of Bloomington's Beth Rosenbarger. Participants will cover at least 3 miles on foot, visiting several infrastructure projects and providing feedback on design, such as a neighborhood greenway, pedestrian crossing islands, a 2-way protected bike lane, and more. Participants will also visit a street that is currently being studied for safety improvements. 

Bike Bloomington

Join a bike tour, led by City of Bloomington's Hank Duncan. Participants will cover at least 3 miles by bike. Participants will visit several infrastructure projects and provide feedback on design, such as a neighborhood greenway, pedestrian crossing islands, a 2-way protected bike lane, and more. Participants will also visit a street that is currently being studied for safety improvements. Electric bikes and helmets are provided by Bird. 

Indiana University Campus Sustainability and Transportation Tour 

Join Indiana University Office of Sustainability's Tanjimul Alam and Amanda Keene for a walking tour around campus. The Indiana University Campus Sustainability Tour will provide participants both a broad campus tour and highlight of various campus sustainability programs along a 2-3 mile walking path. The route will feature various well-known landmarks, specific campus facilities, sustainability and transportation programs, and notable events in partnership with IU Sustainability, Transportation Demand Management, and IU Student Foundation / Little 500 staff.

Bloomington & Monroe County Bus Tour 

The Bloomington & Monroe County Bus Tour will be led by a Visit Bloomington guide, highlighting all of the significant landmarks and main attractions of Bloomington and Monroe County. 

Supporting Regional Goals through Multi-Level Implementation

Attend a presentation, led by Madison County Council of Government Staff, Ryan Phelps and Brandon Kendera. This session branches from regional MTP development to local level ordinance adoption to illustrate the process of implementation. Learn how to make MTPs more actionable and develop context-based thoroughfare plans for local decisions that support regional goals.