Kevin Kokes, AICP
Kelly Porter, AICP
Andrew Pompei, AICP
Thursday, March 10, 10:30 am.
Metropolitan planning organizations (MPOs) throughout Texas are working to improve mobility for pedestrians and cyclists. These regional entities are partnering with local governments to develop and implement long-range pedestrian and bicycle plans, helping create well-connected active transportation networks. Hear panelists from the Austin, Dallas-Fort Worth, Houston, and San Antonio areas discuss regional planning efforts and other initiatives aimed at making walking and biking a safe and convenient transportation option within the state’s metropolitan areas. This sessions learning objectives include:
- Identify regional resources available to local governments interested in improving pedestrian and bicycle mobility.
- Discuss “lessons learned” from regional pedestrian and bicycle initiatives MPOs statewide are implementing.
- Discuss issues their communities are facing when creating a regional pedestrian and bicycle network.
Principal Transportation Planner,
North Central Texas Council of Governments
Kevin Kokes is a Senior Transportation Planner within the Sustainable Development Program of the North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG) Transportation Department. The Sustainable Development Program is responsible for preparing and implementing programs and projects that integrate land use, transportation, and air quality policy of Mobility 2040, the Metropolitan Transportation Plan for the 12-county North Central Texas region. These activities include transit-oriented development (TOD) initiatives, and increasing accommodations and planning for active transportation throughout in the region. Active transportation efforts include planning for regional bicycle and pedestrian facilities, safety and education programs.
Prior to joining NCTCOG, Kevin worked in both the public and private sectors. His responsibilities included management and preparation of community comprehensive plans, transportation corridor studies, land use and transit-oriented development studies, urban design guidelines, complete streets and context sensitive solutions, sustainability plans, LEED project facilitation, community meeting facilitation, and design charrettes.
Kevin’s professional involvements include Texas APA: Midwest Section, Texas APA: North Central Section, AICP and LEED AP BD+C
Senior Multimodal Planner,
Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO)
Kelly Porter, AICP, is Senior Multimodal Planner for the Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (CAMPO). He also serves as interim manager for the Regional Planning Division at CAMPO. In his role with CAMPO, Mr. Porter manages the long-range planning activities which includes the Regional Transportation Plan, the Active Transportation Program, and the Platinum Planning Program. Mr. Porter has over nine years of planning experience and has worked in the public, private and nonprofit sectors, as well as with communities of varying scale from small rural towns to dense urban communities. Before CAMPO, Mr. Porter worked for the Houston-Galveston Area Council where he worked as part of the team developing the 2040 Regional Transportation Plan and Our Great Region 2040 Sustainable Development Plan, in addition to working on safety programming, sub-regional planning initiatives and healthy communities planning. He also managed nine Livable Centers land use/transportation studies, two award winning sustainability case studies, and the pedestrian-bicyclist, parks, and floods programs. Mr. Porter is active in the leadership of the American Planning Association at the local, state and national levels. Mr. Porter received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology from Prairie View A&M University in 2006 and his Masters of City and Regional Planning with an emphasis in Land Use, Environmental Planning and Growth Management from University of Pennsylvania in 2008.
Her professional involvements include AICP and Immediate Past Director of TxAPA: Houston Section
Bicycle/Pedestrian Transportation Planner,
Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization
Allison “Allie” Blazosky joined the Alamo Area MPO in June 2013. As the bicycle/pedestrian transportation planner, she works to increase awareness of and participation in active transportation modes through outreach, community education and facility planning. She coordinates the Bicycle and Pedestrian Mobility Advisory Committees (BMAC and PMAC) and leads the MPO’s Walkable Community program.
Allie is a certified planner through the American Institute of Certified Planners and is Secretary for the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS) San Antonio Region. She holds a Masters of Urban Planning from Texas A&M University and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Trinity University.
Senior Regional Planner ,
Houston-Galveston Area Council
Andrew Pompei, AICP is a Senior Regional Planner at H-GAC’s Community and Environmental Planning Department. As the metropolitan planning organization (MPO) for our region, H-GAC works with local governments to allocate funding towards transportation improvements, including pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure. Mr. Pompei has worked with H GAC’s Pedestrian-Bicyclist Subcommittee to draft the 2040 Regional Pedestrian and Bicycle Plan, along with other initiatives related to the agency’s Pedestrian-Bicyclist Program. As part of the Bringing Back Main Street program, he helps communities address issues related to downtown revitalization. Prior to working at H-GAC, Mr. Pompei practiced planning in Virginia, where he worked with elected officials and community members to develop land use policies and long-range plans. Mr. Pompei holds undergraduate and graduate degrees in Urban and Environmental Planning from the University of Virginia. He is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP) and serves as Treasurer of the Houston Section of the American Planning Association.
His professional involvement includes AICP membership and he is treasurer of Texas APA: Houston Section