The 2011 National Scenic Byway Conference will be held Aug. 21-24 in Minneapolis.
The conference theme is “Livability, Sustainability, Responsibility” and promises many opportunities for networking, sharing information and experiencing byways firsthand, as well as keeping informed about the issues facing the National Scenic Byway Program as the U.S. Congress grapples with the next Transportation Program Bill, according to a news release from the National Scenic Byway Foundation.
The National Scenic Byway Foundation will have a presence during the entire conference with workshop sessions, exhibit and a networking/showcasing reception and silent auction event titled “Milling Around” Tuesday evening (Aug. 23) at the historic Mill City Museum along the banks of the Mississippi River on the Grand Rounds and Great River Road National Scenic Byways.
Conference highlights include a session led by the Federal Highway Administration titled “Livable Communities and the Future of the National Scenic Byway Program,” which will provide insight into how surface transportation reauthorization legislation may affect the future of the Program, especially in the context of fostering livable communities.
The America’s Byways Resource Center, Federal Highway Administration and the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) will honor outstanding byway projects and leadership at an awards dinner Wednesday evening during the conference.
In an effort to help byways become more sustainable organizations and to help them adjust in light of the current economic uncertainty, workshops scheduled for the conference will focus on finances, byway organization, corridor management and visitor experience.
Additional information and registration for the conference are available online at www.BywaysResourceCenter.org. For further information about the National Scenic Byway Foundation, go to www.nsbfoundation.com.