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For immediate release - November 1, 2005

Regional transportation summit to air on local cable channel

LEESBURG — More than 100 transportation planners and policymakers attended the first "Regional Transportation Summit" hosted by the Lake-Sumter Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) on Oct. 27. Local residents now can listen and see the exciting and informative presentations that were made at the summit.

Lake-Sumter Community College Television, Comcast cable channel 13, will broadcast the summit on Friday, Nov. 4, at 3 p.m. and Monday, Nov. 7, at 5 p.m. In addition, PowerPoint presentations made by guest speakers at the summit are available online at www.LakeSumterMPO.com.

The regional transportation summit was the first ever hosted by the Lake-Sumter MPO. The summit featured multiple speakers from various agencies that are involved with planning the transportation network in Lake and Sumter counties, including the Expressway Authority, Turnpike Enterprise and Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT). The keynote speaker of the summit was Robert Romig, Director of the Office of Policy Planning for the FDOT Central Office in Tallahassee.

The keynote speaker of the summit is Robert Romig, Director of the Office of Policy Planning for the FDOT Central Office in Tallahassee. Other speakers at the summitt include: Lake County Commissioner and MPO Chairman Debbie Stivender; Mike Snyder, Executive Director of the Orlando-Orange County Expressway Authority; Jim Ely, Executive Director of the Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise; Lisa Bacot, Executive Director of the Florida Commission for the Transportation Disadvantaged; and George Gilhooley, FDOT Secretary for District 5.

For more information about the summit or the Lake-Sumter MPO, call (352) 315-0170.


BACKGROUND: Established in 2004, the Lake-Sumter MPO is a regional, independent agency supported through federal funds and tasked with efficiently planning for the community's transportation needs. The purpose of the MPO is to provide a forum for a coordinated, comprehensive and continual transportation planning process. The agency is responsible for the planning of several modes of transportation and for coordinating and prioritizing projects on a regional level.


Related Links
Lake-Sumter MPO Web site

Contact information:
Christopher Patton
Communications Coordinator
Office: (352) 343-9609; Cell: (352) 455-0445

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