June 2018 Lunch

Posted by on Jun 19, 2018 in Blog, Calendar Of Events |

When: Tue Jun 19, 2018 12pm – 1pm

Where: Paradise Buffet, 4425 State St, Murray, UT 84107

Who: Michael Lanning (Parsons) has been working as a program manager for the Guam Department of Public Works’ FHWA funded road and bridge program since 2008.  Since the inception of the program management work, Michael has helped develop a complete transportation program similar to a state department of transportation, including numerous manuals, master plans, policies and procedures, program systems, financial plans, guidelines, standard plans, standard specifications, training materials and public information and outreach programs.  Michael’s presentation will go over the development of the FHWA funded road and bridge program on Guam from 2008 to 2018.

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APPLICATION DEADLINE EXTENDED: Active Transportation Planner (Filled as a Planner I/II) – Wasatch Front Regional Council

Posted by on Jun 11, 2018 in Blog |

Extended application deadline Noon Thursday, June 21, 2018

The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC), the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Association of Governments (AOG) for the area of Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Morgan, Tooele, and southern Box Elder counties in Utah, is seeking a full-time Active Transportation Planner.

WFRC builds consensus and enhances quality of life by developing and implementing visions and plans for a well-functioning multi-modal transportation system, livable communities, a strong economy, and a healthy environment. The person who fills this role will be a key leader and ambassador for active transportation in the region, and help communities and residents see the benefits associated with biking and walking.

Description:

The Active Transportation Planner is an integral part of the WFRC Long-Range Planning Group, just as active transportation (bicycle and pedestrian transportation) is an integral part of our region’s transportation system. This position has the primary responsibility for short- and long-range planning, development, coordination, and assisting in the implementation of active transportation projects. The Active Transportation Planner strengthens partnerships with local jurisdictions, regional partners, community-based organizations, and the private sector to promote interest and investment in active transportation. The position also performs a variety of professional and technical duties as needed to assist in the development and maintenance of long-range regional transportation plans and programs. Knowledge and experience regarding transportation planning for other modes and land use planning is desirable.

Functions and Duties include, but are not limited to:

1. Develop partnerships with local and state government, transit agencies, community-based organizations, stakeholders, and the private sector to identify, fund, and implement active transportation projects that maximize the region’s investment.

2. Work with local jurisdictions and regional partners to develop bicycle and pedestrian plans and improvements in coordination with the Wasatch Choice 2050 Vision, Utah’s Unified Transportation Plan, WFRC’s Regional Transportation Plan, and other applicable studies, plans, policies, and guidelines (e.g., NACTO, MUTCD, and AASHTO).

3. Facilitate coordination of local, county, regional, and state active transportation plans.

4. Promote uniformity in active transportation planning, methodology, and GIS schema.

5. Serve as an expert resource for active transportation planning and project development, including:

  • Develop and present bicycle and pedestrian planning and project development topics at meetings and conferences;
  • Serve on local county and municipality bicycle and pedestrian committees;
  • Work with counties and municipalities on planning and developing bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and programs at the local and regional level (e.g., Move Utah, regional bike share, etc.);
  • Provide technical assistance to local communities seeking help on issues related to active transportation projects and respond to questions regarding bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure;
  • Review and provide comments to local and regional plans and projects on bicycle and pedestrian access, bike safety, and customer experience.

6. Identify data needs and coordinate data collection as it applies to the Regional Bicycle and Pedestrian Program. Analyze reports, studies, and related information and make recommendations for improving the accessibility and safety of bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Participate and coordinate with the development of the bicycle component of the regional travel demand model.

7. Work with internal and external partners in creating, maintaining, and/or updating performance-based planning and monitoring of the region’s active transportation system.

8. Educate and assist local communities to apply for and obtain bicycle friendly community, business, or university status.

9. Attend public meetings and open houses.

10. Participate with internal teams relating to the Regional Transportation Plan, Transportation Improvement Program, and Transportation and Land Use Connection program.

11. Attend, manage, and participate in user groups, project coordination meetings, and event planning and coordination (e.g., Active Transportation Health Summit, Bike Summit, and Mobile Active Transportation Tours).

12. Maintain professionalism, integrity, and a public-service attitude.

13. Other duties as assigned.

Qualification Requirements:

1. Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor’s degree in urban planning, engineering, geography, public administration, business administration, or related field. Master’s degree, equivalent experience, or enrollment in master’s degree program preferred.

2. Two to three+ (2-3+) years of increasingly responsible professional experience in transportation planning, urban design, or related field. Personal computer software experience with MS Office Suite word processing, project management, and spreadsheet application required. Mapping and GIS application experience desired.

3. An equivalent combination of education and experience.

Compensation and Benefits:

Competitive compensation, commensurate with experience and responsibility. Full benefits package.
To apply:

Those interested in this position should submit a letter of interest outlining their experience, qualifications, reasons for interest, and resume to Ned Hacker, by email to nhacker@wfrc.org by the extended deadline of Noon Thursday, June 21, 2018. If you have questions, contact Ned Hacker by email or at (801) 363-4230 x 1120. For general information, please visit our website at www.wfrc.org.

The Wasatch Front Regional Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Transportation Engineer Position(s) – PineTop Engineering

Posted by on Mar 30, 2018 in Blog |

TRANSPORTATION ENGINEER POSITION(S)

Company

PineTop Engineering, a Wasatch Front transportation design and operations firm, is looking to fill one, or possibly two, staff positions immediately. PineTop is a 10-year-old company specializing in traffic signal operations and Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) operations for various State and Local governments and agencies across Utah. Our firm is headquartered in Murray.

Responsibilities

Anticipated tasks and roles within our industry niche are eclectic, ranging from Microstation plan development to wiring and device configurations on site in the field. Typically, most staff will be working in some and/or all of the following areas;

  • Coordinated signal timing development and deployment.
  • Design (CAD) for both traffic signal and ITS /communication projects.
  • Field maintenance of both signal and ITS devices (device configurations, communications setup, testing and troubleshooting electronic equipment).
  • Staffing (part time) at the UDOT Traffic Operations Center to remotely manage and respond to incidents, construction and weather events during the day.

Benefits

Salary will depend on experience but is anticipated to be in the range of $70k/yr to start. Beyond salary, our benefits package is very competitive, furnished office space, cell phone and laptop, a company vehicle and all tools/safety gear for each employee, 14 paid holidays, 25 vacation/sick days annually, company health insurance, a matching IRA program, and generous annual bonuses.

Qualifications

As a highly specialized, highly technical niche industry, few candidates are anticipated with the precise skill set required. We are willing to train intelligent, motivated employees, provided they meet the following basic pre-requisites:

  • Able to work on your own and manage projects and tasks with little oversight (once trained).
  • Reasonably experienced with computers, with a knowledge of how to work with various utilities and programs, modify ports and IP settings, comfortable typing and working with spreadsheets, etc.
  • Have a clean driving record (required to be on our commercial auto insurance).
  • Willingness to work both in and out of an office environment; significant field work in all

Beyond weather is required. these required elements, significant preference will be given for the following:

  • College degree in a technical or engineering field.
  • EIT status (working toward a PE) or a licensed PE.
  • Hands-on experience with traffic signals and/or Intelligent Transportation Systems and/or fiber and wireless communications.
  • Knowledge of, or experience with, CAD (Microstation).

Contact

Provide a resume (with references) to Michael Wright at mike@pinetop.net, or call at 801-556-5018.

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Community and Economic Development Director – Wasatch Front Regional Council

Posted by on Jan 17, 2018 in Blog |

Community and Economic Development Director, Job Description and Announcement

The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) is the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Association of Governments (AOG) for the Davis, Morgan, Salt Lake, Tooele, Weber, and southern Box Elder Counties of northern Utah. WFRC builds consensus and enhances quality of life by developing and implementing visions and plans for a well-functioning multi-modal transportation system, livable communities, a strong economy, and a healthy environment.

The WFRC is seeking a full-time Community and Economic Development Director to manage and develop the Wasatch Front Economic Development District (WFEDD) and oversee the Transportation and Land Use Connection (TLC) and Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) programs. This person will serve as staff Area Coordinator, help shape policy and funding in economic development and land use issues, especially as they interrelate with transportation.

The WFEDD is a federally recognized Economic Development District (EDD) that supports economic development plans, promotes long-term economic competitiveness, and attracts federal monies in order to implement local plans for the Wasatch Front region. The TLC program helps communities with their desired local land use and transportation planning that is consistent with the principles of the Wasatch Choice Vision. The CDBG program’s objective is to fund community development projects and services that principally benefit low-to moderate-income persons. General Duties and Responsibilities of the Community and Economic Development Director:

  • Lead the integration of community and economic development at WFRC. This includes the work of the EDD and the integration of community and economic development and land use within the work of WFRC, both internally and with external parties.
  • Develop and promulgate a regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) that meets local, state, and federal guidelines.
  • Serve as executive staff to WFEDD committees and liaison to local, state, and federal organizations.
  • Work collaboratively with external stakeholders, including public and private sectors, business associations, economic development organizations, etc.
  • Assist and maintain contracts, projects, consultants, and agreements; ensure programs and projects meet community, regional, and statewide goals; perform outreach and communication efforts, including website updates, submission for awards, program or project talking points, and collaboration with members and staff; monitor and evaluate programs and projects; and assist in ongoing program improvements.
  • Manage and support three team members.
  • Work with WFRC team members to assist communities. Provide training, technical assistance, and support to local government members and partners of WFRC.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

QUALIFICATIONS:

Applicants must have at least a master’s degree, or equivalent work experience, in public administration, planning, business administration, management, or related field; and at least three years experience in planning, project management, grants management, or other relevant experience.

Desired Skills, Abilities and Knowledge:

  • Communicate effectively in oral and written expression.
  • Meet deadlines with narrow time constraints.
  • Work independently and as part of a team.
  • Effectively manage, lead, and mentor team members.
  • Willingness to accept and offer supervision and direction while exercising discretion in daily responsibilities.
  • Ability to understand and explain administrative practices for effective and efficient operations.
  • Knowledge of municipal government operations.
  • Experience in project management, program development, provision of technical assistance, grant administration, and conflict resolution.
  • Proficiency using Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint (or some equivalent).
  • Travel is a requirement of this position. Some evening work may be necessary. Possession of a valid driver’s license is required.
  • Maintain professionalism, integrity, and a public-service attitude.

TO APPLY:

Applicants must send a letter of interest outlining their experience and qualifications (one-two pages) and a resume to Ned Hacker, nhacker@wfrc.org by noon on Tuesday, February 6, 2018. The letter and resume can be mailed to the Wasatch Front Regional Council, 295 North Jimmy Doolittle Road, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84116. For further information, contact Ned Hacker at the addresses above or at (801) 363-4230 ext.1120. For general information please visit our website at www.wfrc.org. The Wasatch Front Regional Council is an equal opportunity employer.

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WFRC Director of Analytics, Modeling and Data Services Job Announcement

Posted by on Oct 27, 2017 in Blog |

The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) prepares transportation plans and programs as the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Association of Governments (AOG) for the area of Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Morgan, Tooele, and the southern portion of Box Elder Counties in Utah.

WFRC builds consensus and enhances quality of life by developing and implementing visions and plans for a well-functioning multi-modal transportation system, livable communities, a strong economy, and a healthy environment. In an effort to further the mission, WFRC is seeking the Director of Analytics, Modeling, and Data Services.

Utah’s population is growing rapidly. Our demographic profile is changing and becoming increasingly diverse. The pace of change in technology continues to increase. It is in that dynamic environment that this executive-level position will function. The person in this position will help WFRC, its member entities and stakeholders, to: analyze current and future trends; manage, interpret and display data and information; forecast and model regional and local scenarios; and shape policies and decisions that will impact our region for decades to come. In so doing, the person in this position must be able to operate at the intersection of sophisticated technical analysis and policymaking.

The Director will lead and manage the following activities of a multi-disciplinary team:

  • Travel demand and land use forecasting, socioeconomic estimation and projection.
  • Technical analysis that supports the planning efforts of WFRC.
  • Project-level analyses to support WFRC’s partners.
  • Help parties understand interactions between transportation, land use, and economic development.
  • Improve understanding of the impact of changing demographics, technologies, and other external forces on the Wasatch Front.
  • Produce physical and online maps, including interactive story maps.
  • Refine and maintain the Regional Travel Demand Model (TDM).
  • Refine and maintain the Real Estate Market Model (REMM), used for forecasting land use and socio-economic conditions.
  • Create, edit, and maintain spatial datasets.
  • Perform and disseminate analysis of spatial and tabular data.
  • Display and communicate complex concepts in clear, understandable ways.
  • Gather and produce data to enable analytics and modeling.
  • Coordinate with local governments and transportation partners to support the above activities.
  • Coordinate work efforts with other groups at WFRC.
  • Improve understanding of the modeling and forecasting process and tools especially among technical partners.\

The WFRC models are jointly operated with the Mountainland Association of Governments (MAG). MAG is a close partner in all model development decisions. In addition, WFRC and MAG
coordinate modeling with the Utah Department of Transportation (UDOT) and the Utah Transit Authority (UTA). UDOT maintains a statewide model which is integrated with the WFRC/MAG
model, as well as the other models throughout the state, all on the CUBE software platform. WFRC provides ongoing modeling support to UTA for mode choice and transit modeling.

Qualification Requirements:

WFRC is looking for someone with the following attributes and qualifications:

  • Interpersonal/Leadership Skills
    • Must be able to work and communicate technical work effectively with all levels of government, including management and technical staff, as well as local
      stakeholders to assure comfort with models, understand needs and concerns, and create realistic expectations.
    • Ability to document technical work clearly.
    • Work with members of the modeling team to teach varying skills and techniques related to model development and application.
    • Work with other members of the modeling team to help project consultants produce analyses and solve modeling issues or concerns.
    • Professionalism, integrity, and a public-service attitude.
  • Education and Experience
    • Master’s degree in Civil Engineering, Urban Planning, Economics, Demography, Statistics, Computer Science or closely related field; and
    • At least 8 years of progressive experience, including management experience; or
    • An equivalent combination of education and experience.
  • Knowledge of planning processes, specifically
    • Regional Transportation Plan/Transportation Improvement Program.
    • NEPA.
    • New Starts/Small Starts
  • Project management experience
    • Computer Skills
      • Understanding of data analysis techniques and software [R, SPSS, SAS preferred].
      • Computer programming experience.
      • Knowledge of how to use GIS effectively [ArcGIS skills preferred].
      • Transportation modeling software [Familiarity with CUBE preferred].
      • Model estimation software (e.g. R, SPSS, SAS, Alogit, Limdep) [preferred].

To apply:
Those interested in this position should submit a letter of interest outlining their experience and qualifications (1 – 2 pages) and a resume to Ned Hacker, Wasatch Front Regional Council 295
North Jimmy Doolittle Road, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84116 by Noon on Tuesday, November 14, 2017. The letter and resume can be sent by email to nhacker@wfrc.org. For further information,
contact Ned Hacker at the addresses above or at (801) 363-4230 x 1120. For general information, please visit our website at www.wfrc.org. The Wasatch Front Regional Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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WFRC Government Relations Manager Job Announcement

Posted by on Oct 27, 2017 in Blog |

The Wasatch Front Regional Council (WFRC) – the Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) and Association of Governments (AOG) for the area of Salt Lake, Davis, Weber, Morgan, Tooele, and southern Box Elder Counties in Utah – is seeking an individual in a full-time capacity to manage WFRC’s government relations and legislative issues at the local, regional, state and federal levels.

WFRC builds consensus and enhances quality of life by developing and implementing visions and plans for a well-functioning multi-modal transportation system, livable communities, a strong economy, and a healthy environment. The individual in this position will help to shape policy and funding in transportation and related land use and economic development issues that are vital to the future of our region and state.

Description: The Government Relations Manager will serve these primary functions:

  • Collaborate with local, state, and federal elected officials, agency staff, and other public and private partners and stakeholders.
  • Track and analyze relevant state and federal legislation and policy developments.
  • Participate in developing and implementing policies and programs designed to advance WFRC’s strategic goals and short- and long-range plans.
  • Participate in relevant state and national organizations and associations.
  • Report to the WFRC Executive Director; work with WFRC members and staff.

Desired Skills, Abilities and Knowledge:

  • Establish and maintain effective working relationships with local, state, federal, and other officials, staff, and agency partners and stakeholders.
  • Organize, coordinate and manage the efforts of multiple, disparate parties towards common goals.
  • Possess superior verbal and written communication skills.
  • Be a self-starter who can work both independently and as part of a team.
  • Effectively manage politically sensitive issues.
  • Strong analytical ability and attention to detail, with ability to think strategically.
  • Complete complex projects within specified deadlines while managing multiple work efforts.
  • Have knowledge of and interest in legislative and regulatory processes that affect regional transportation, land use, and economic development planning, policy, and funding.
  • Maintain professionalism, integrity, and a public-service attitude.

Preferred Qualifications:

  1. Graduation from college; advanced degree in Public Administration, Public Policy, Political Science, Law, or related field; AND
  2. Five (5) years of relevant experience related to above duties; two (2) years of which must have been in a lead or supervisory capacity; OR
  3. An equivalent combination of education and experience.

To apply: Those interested in this position should submit a letter of interest outlining their experience and qualifications (1 – 2 pages) and a resume to Ned Hacker, Wasatch Front Regional Council, 295 North Jimmy Doolittle Road, Salt Lake City, Utah, 84116 by Noon Tuesday, November 14, 2017. The letter and resume can be sent by email to nhacker@wfrc.org. For further
information, contact Ned Hacker at the addresses above or at (801) 363-4230 x 1120. For general information, please visit our website at www.wfrc.org. The Wasatch Front Regional Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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