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Transportation and Communities 2018: Academy Edition ● September 13 - 14, 2018 at Portland State University
In honor of our 10-year anniversary, we’re trying something a little different. Instead of brief sessions that introduce you to a topic– we will be offering fifteen half-day workshops that focus on skill building and providing the tools to apply the latest research to practice. These will be hands-on, immersive learning experiences in a small classroom setting. Hosted by the Transportation Research and Education Center at Portland State University. Supported by our U.S. DOT grant-funded consortium: the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC).

⇨CLICK HERE TO REGISTER⇦ This event is a la carte, and pricing is per workshop. You may attend as few as one, or as many as four workshops. Questions? Contact us at asktrec@pdx.edu.  Let us know if you’re a student interested in volunteering, and we’ll be in touch later this summer.
  • Half-Day Workshop (general admission): $95
  • Half-Day Workshop (student rate / elected government officials rate): $50
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Thursday, September 13 • 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Calculating Economic Development Outcomes of Your Transit System

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This workshop starts with economic base theory, shows how to calculate location quotients and shift-share models, and interpret outcomes. It will compare economic base methods with others, showing the advantages and limitations of each.Participants will get the University of Arizona’s entire transit database. Then, using their laptops and being only moderately proficient with excel, participants will engage in hands-on analysis. They will choose one transit system to analyze, such as their local bus rapid transit system. Participants will then generate LQs, shift-share analyses, and graphs showing changes in the number and share of: 
  • Jobs by sector with respect to type of system and distance from stations;
  • Jobs by wage category with respect to type of system and distance from stations; and
  • Population, households, householders by age, and housing by tenure with respect to type of system and distance from stations. 

Learn more about the National Institute for Transportation and Communities (NITC) research that informed this workshop.

  • Understand the importance of using economic base theory to assess outcomes of fixed-guideway transit systems over time;
  • How to apply LQ and shift-share techniques to measure outcomes to determine whether fixed-guideway transit systems make a difference shaping development patterns over time; and
  • Interpreting results for planning and policy.
This half-day workshop is eligible for 3.5 hours of professional development credit through AICP (see our provider summary). We can provide an electronic attendance certificate for other types of certification maintenance.

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Robert Hibberd

Professor of Planning & Real Estate Development, University of Arizona
Robert Hibberd is a PhD student in geography and urban planning, emphasizing urban geography, demographics, Smart Growth and New Urbanism, housing affordability issues, and sustainable development.  See his researcher profile here.... Read More →
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Chris Nelson, PhD

Professor, University of Arizona
Arthur C. Nelson is the PI for such NITC projects as "Do TODs Make a Difference?" and "National Study of BRT Development Outcomes." These reports have led to more than a dozen manuscripts that have been published, accepted for publication, or in review. They have also been featured in webinars, press conferences, news media outlets, and academic and professional conferences. Nelson pioneered the genre of research... Read More →

Thursday September 13, 2018 1:30pm - 5:00pm PDT
Smith Memorial Student Union, Portland State University 1825 SW Broadway, Portland, OR 97201, USA