District 6 Annual Meeting in Denver: Transportation in the Sustainable Energy Future

On behalf of the Colorado/Wyoming Section, your Western District leadership, and the Sheraton Denver Hotel, we’d like to extend a great big mile high Rocky Mountain welcome to you and your family, and invite you to “Take the High Road” and join us in Denver, July 12-15, 2009 for the ITE Western District      Annual Meeting.  Whether you’re coming from across the state or across the American West, we know you’ll find what you’re looking for.  Here are just a few of the things Denver 2009 has to offer.

Update: New Hotel Rooms Rates at $130 per Night for the Conference

Family Activities

The Western District (6) is famous for making it easy for you to combine your annual meeting visit with a family vacation.  Our annual Family Night will take place at Elitch’s Amusement Park, the largest and most exciting amusement park and water slide extravaganza in the Mountain Time Zone.  What’s more, your ticket to the Family Night function is good for all-day admission to the park!  Enjoy the amusement rides for all ages, and myriad shopping, dining, and live show attractions.  On Tuesday, enjoy a family outing to the Colorado Children’s Museum, the Denver Botanic Gardens, or trek out on your own to any of the attractions in and around Denver.  The annual Awards banquet, at the Sheraton Tuesday night, comes complete with childcare, so you can enjoy both the Banquet and the live music afterward.

Vendor Exhibits

The transportation industry’s product and service innovators will be out in full force at the vendor exhibit, open Sunday through Tuesday afternoon, so be sure to stop by and see all of the latest and greatest new ideas in transportation.  If you’re one of these innovators and would be interested in exhibiting at the annual meeting, there are still a few spaces left!  Contact Will Johnson at (720) 540-6851 for more information and to reserve your space.

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Technical Program

Learn about the projects, people, and programs that are shaping the transportation planning and engineering profession through the annual meeting’s robust and varied technical program, which features over 90 technical presentations.  Come to Denver and experience dynamic presentations by the leaders in our industry, focusing on transportation’s role in the current and future “sustainable energy” movement.  If you’re looking for a sound opportunity for professional development, especially if you need continuing education credit for your PTOE or other certification, you can’t afford to miss it!

Technical Tours

One of the most advanced traffic operations centers in the Mountain West is just steps away from the Sheraton, at the City and County of Denver headquarters.  Light rail enthusiasts can enjoy a tour of Denver’s Elati Maintenance Facility, while those interested in transit-oriented development might enjoy a tour of historic Denver Union Station, which is just now beginning its second life as a major regional transit and development hub.  Conference attendees can also take advantage of the fabulous summer weather to get out on two wheels, and enjoy a bicycle tour of the City of Boulder’s many innovative and unique pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure features.  Transportation is provided for these tours, which are a great way to round out your conference experience.

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At the 2008 Annual Meeting in Anaheim, the Colorado-Wyoming Section rose from the ashes of previous years’ performance to take the Western District Traffic Bowl crown in triumphant, glorious fashion.  On Tuesday afternoon at the 2009 Annual Meeting, eight challengers will attempt to wrest it away and claim victory, prestige, bragging rights, and the privilege of holding the coveted trophy during the upcoming year.  Whether or not your section will be one of those challengers, see the high-tech phenomenon that’s sweeping the nation, as the famous Western District Traffic Bowl plays out for the 16th time.

Student Activities

Student participation in the Western District Meetings is highly encouraged and past year’s meetings have been well attended by student members.  This year’s Western District Meeting will have a series of events geared towards ITE student members including:

  • The James H. Kell Student Competition held Sunday afternoon. For more information about the competition see http://westernite.org/students/jameskellaward.pdf
  • Student Traffic Bowl
  • Discussions on what it means to be a Transportation Engineer and different career choices
  • Student leadership round table discussion to share ideas among different student chapters
  • Nightly social opportunities for students to network

For more information on the Western District Annual Meeting, check out the annual meeting website at www.westernite.org.  Take the High Road, and we’ll see you in Denver!

—Nate Larson, Local Activities Committee Co-Chair

Western District Annual Meeting

In Denver, Colorado, July 12-15, 2009

Registration will be online soon!  View the preliminary program and more at: www.westernite.org

Attend the 2009 Western District Annual Meeting and enjoy the beauty and splendor of Colorado.

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