For Immediate Release: COMTO National Conference Meets to Advance Equity in Transportation in the Midst of Disruption and Change

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The organization comes together in-person after a 3-year hiatus due to Covid-19

For Immediate Release
July 9, 2022

The Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO), a nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing minorities in the transportation industry with 35 chapters in the U.S. and Canada is coming together to host its 51st National Meeting and Training Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Florida on July 9-11, 2022. More than 600 transportation industry professionals representing transit agencies, engineering and planning firms, federal agencies, and small and minority owned businesses will come together to explore and strategize on creating an equitable and diverse industry.

This year’s conference theme is Navigating the Future: Advancing Transportation Beyond Disruption and will offer opportunities for leadership training, professional development and networking for attendees. The conference will kick-off Saturday, July 9, 2022 with a Sunset Cruise, sponsored by HNTB Corporation, to raise funds for the local COMTO Fort Lauderdale scholarship fund and a Youth Symposium designed for middle and high school students to learn about career opportunities within the transportation industry and related fields. The conference’s opening plenary, sponsored by WSP USA, on Sunday, July 10, 2022 will feature keynote speaker White House Correspondent April Ryan.

Additional speakers and highlights include:
• Jennifer Homendy, Chair, National Transportation Safety Board, will give remarks during the opening plenary on Sunday, July 10, 2022.
• Omer Osman, Secretary, Illinois Department of Transportation, will keynote the Scholarship Gala on Sunday, July 10, 2022.
• Panels featuring top U.S. Department of Transportation officials will take place on Monday, July 11, 2022.
• The Industry Awards Gala will take place on Monday, July 11, 2022 which will honor transportation’s leaders and accomplishments from the past year.

“COMTO is thrilled to be back in-person for our legendary conference. As the voice for equity in transportation, our National Meeting and Training Conference offers unmatched opportunities for leaders in transportation to engage across all modes, all sectors and all career levels to unite to further our goal of creating a more diverse and inclusive industry,” said April Rai, President and CEO. “Our industry and our world has seen much disruption and change since we last met in 2019. It’s our duty as an organization to bring us together once again to discuss not only where we’ve been, but where we’re headed.”

The conference’s official hashtag for the event is #NMTC51. Additional information, including schedule and speakers can be found at COMTO’s National Meeting and Training Conference website.


About the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO)
Founded in 1971, the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring full access for minorities in transportation while preparing and positioning leaders for rapidly evolving global opportunities. With 35 chapters in the U.S. and Canada, COMTO is driven by a mission to increase opportunities and maximum participation in the transportation industry for minority individuals, veterans, people with disabilities and certified MWDBE businesses through leadership training, professional development, scholarship and internship funding, political advocacy, partnership building and networking opportunities. For more information, please visit

Gatwiri Muthara
Sr. Manager, Marketing and Communications, COMTO

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