More than 300 top transit officials from across the state converged on Clearwater Beach this weekend for the 39th Annual Florida Public Transportation Association Conference.
CLEARWATER - More than 300 top transit officials from across the state converged on Clearwater Beach this weekend for the 39th Annual Florida Public Transportation Association Conference.
The event at the Hilton Clearwater Beach and hosted by staff from the Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority continues through Tuesday, Oct. 29.
“We are excited to bring the conference to Clearwater Beach this year, especially given that it has been 13 years since we have held a conference in Pinellas County,” said FPTA Executive Director Lisa Bacot. “PSTA has been an exceptional host property and considering the high level of interest in public transit in this area, it’s the perfect time to highlight their accomplishments to a statewide audience. Plus, with nearly 350 people already registered for this event, it should provide nearly $200,000 in economic benefits to the community.”
This year’s program, entitled Public Transportation…We’re All About People, will feature sessions with the Florida Secretary of Transportation, Ananth Prasad and American Public Transportation Association CEO Michael Melaniphy as well as numerous other accomplished federal and state transit leaders.
Along with enjoying Pinellas County’s beaches and attractions, conference attendees will engage in a diverse program that includes sessions on planning, operations, maintenance, marketing, financial management and professional development. They’ll also have opportunities to learn all about the county’s new and comprehensive transit improvement plan – Greenlight Pinellas. Of course, visitors will also be able to enjoy the luxury of staying in a town that has recently been selected by the readers of USA Today as the best place in the nation to watch a sunset – Clearwater Beach.