LTAP Resource Biweekly

Iowa LTAP is a resource that is ready to help, providing biweekly updates on webinars and other online opportunities and resources that we hope will be of value to local agencies wherever they may be. All webinars are listed in Central Time.

As always, if you have any subjects you’d like to see, please let us know and we’ll help you out. We are also available to answer technical questions and find technical resources for you (please call or email us).

LTAP Resource Biweekly #23 (4/27/21)

Biweekly #23

  • Worker Safety for Rural Bridge Construction. Friday, 4/30 at 12:00 PM. Guest speakers: Scott Smith and Staci Griffin of Iowa Municipalities Workers’ Compensation Association, and John Rasmussen, Pottawattamie County, Iowa. Workers on rural road bridge construction projects are faced with numerous additional hazards that may not be typically encountered during the course of their normal job duties. Participants in this webinar will gain knowledge in some of the leading causes of potential injury to workers on rural road bridge projects. Topics will include fall protection for bridge work in Iowa; taking care of Hi-Vis PPE and work zone signage; the inspection and usage of lift/tow chains, straps, and cables; and address the improper use of equipment to lift people. For more information and to register for this webinar, please go here.
  • Are All Your Bases Covered with DOT’s Drug and Alcohol Testing and FMCSA Clearinghouse? Friday, 5/7 at 12:00 PM. Guest speakers: Sheryl Phelps and Tracy Petrak, CJ Cooper, Inc. This webinar will cover U.S. DOT regulations regarding drug and alcohol testing. It will share what employers need to know and provide an overview of the FMSCA Clearinghouse. For more information and to register for this webinar, please go here.
  • Because I said so! (Team Productivity Without All the Stress). Friday, 5/21 at 12:00 PM. Guest speaker: Krisdeena Jansen, Glutreck, Inc. Do you ever just wish the people around you would do what they are told without needing constant reminders? Do you wish your team would collaborate more efficiently, or communicate more clearly? In this 60-minute session you will learn how the power of emotional intelligence and asking the right questions empowers people to be the best version of themselves. You will also explore how taking time to understand the root of resistance creates clear communication channels and builds trust within your team. Get ready for an energetic and interactive session where you will learn all about reducing your own stress and helping the people around you by taking a slightly different approach to resistance. You will walk away from this session with tips and tricks that can be immediately applied to your work and personal life! For more information and to register for this webinar, please go here.

Biweekly #23

  • Work Zone and Flagger Workshop Series (Iowa local agency staff only). Various dates and locations, each week from 4/20 to 5/20. Starting on 4/20, Iowa LTAP will be offering our workshop on basic flagging principles and work zone safety. The material presented is the same as that offered on-site and on-call by our staff. Two sessions will be offered each day for two days in each location. Limitations on attendance and registration will exist for Spring 2021. For more details, information, and to register (if you are an Iowa local agency), please go here.
  • Motor Grader Operator Workshops (Iowa local agency staff only). Various dates and locations, each week from 5/4 to 6/2. Starting on May 4, Iowa LTAP will be offering an abbreviated classroom portion of our motor grader operator workshop. Two three-hour sessions will be offered each day in each location. Limitations on attendance and registration will exist for Spring 2021. For more details, information, and to register (if you are an Iowa local agency), please go here.

Biweekly #23

The 2021 Iowa Build a Better Mousetrap Competition application period is now open! If you or your staff has done something innovative to address everyday challenges, now is your chance to let everyone know about it. Fabulous prizes await the top 3 winners in Iowa, and the winner of the Iowa competition (in each category) is also submitted to the national competition. More details about the competition and the online application can be found here. Applications are due by May 3, 2021. If you have any questions or problems, please contact Keith at kknapp@iastate.edu or 515-294-8817.

Biweekly #23

  • Forum on Equity and Public Engagement for Transportation Planning (Metroquest). Wednesday, 4/28 at 1:00 PM. Diverse and meaningful public engagement leads to more actionable plans and equitable communities. Join us for a forum on best practices for equity and public engagement for transportation planning! We’re teaming up with North Carolina DOT, Kimley-Horn, Amplify Consulting, and Public Participation Partners to highlight successful case studies and strategies. We’ll share proven techniques for diverse public outreach, showing you how to effectively lower barriers to public engagement for more equitable decision-making. For more information and to register, please go to this link.
  • Engaging Traditionally Underserved Communities using Virtual Public Involvement (VPI) (FHWA). Tuesday, 5/4 at 1:30 PM. This webinar will include a presentation focused on considerations/strategies for engaging traditionally underserved communities with VPI tools and a discussion. For more information and to register, please go to this link.
  • Designing for Complete Streets (FL LTAP). Thursdays, 5/6, 5/13, and 5/20 at 9:00 AM. This three-part webinar series will build upon the Introduction to Designing for Complete Streets webinar by going into further detail about Complete Streets concepts and how to create streets that are safe and functional for all users. Those concepts start with an overview of streets and their role as public spaces and various land use contexts and functions that streets need to provide in communities. For more information about each part of this three-part series and to register, please go to
  • Bicycles and Pedestrians: Meeting the Needs of All Users (TN LTAP). Wednesday–Thursday, 5/12–5/13 at 8:30 AM. Many communities in the United States were not designed for pedestrian and bicycle travel. However, today walkability and bikeability are important for active transportation and are indicators of a livable community. The objective of this workshop is to equip participants with information on providing safer, more connected, more comfortable, accessible communities so that walking is a viable transportation choice for everyone, including seniors, children, and people with visual, mobility, and other disabilities and that bicycling is a viable transportation choice for people of all ages. For more information and to register, please go here.
  • Storage and Handling of Asphalt Emulsions (FHWA). Thursday, 5/20 at 1:00 PM. For more information and to register, please go to the link.
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