NATPO

IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO THE MEMBERSHIP
Of the North Atlantic Transportation Planning Officials (NATPO) Organization

 

NATPO began in 1947 and its last Annual Conference was in August 2008 at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada.

A provision of the NATPO Charter is to hold an Annual Conference during the summer months, a practice which has been followed every year for the past 61 years.  A Standing Item on the Conference Agenda is an Annual Business Meeting, at which the Membership reviews the past year’s events, the budget and most importantly, selects a host / organizing team for the upcoming year’s Conference.

As is customary during the Business Meeting, a State or Province (in rotation) typically steps forward with an offer to host, which is then confirmed by a membership vote by those present at the meeting.  At the last Conference in 2008 however, a new host did not come forward for 2009, primarily due to the constraints in many states and provinces at the time.  In an effort to keep the organization moving forward another year until a new host could be secured for 2010, those in attendance recommended that a Working Group be formed for that purpose.  Two States and two Provinces (Maine, Vermont, New Brunswick and Ontario) came forward to volunteer their efforts and to form the Group.

The Working Group organized two Annual Business Meetings for 2010 and 2011 (via teleconference), at which most of the membership was represented.  The purpose of the meetings was to approve revisions the NATPO Charter and to attempt to secure a host for 2011.  Although the newly revised Charter was agreed to, the Working Group was not successful in finding a Conference Host.

Over three years have passed since the last Annual Conference was held in 2008.  During that time, Ontario has continued to move the organization forward through leading the Working Group meetings, updating the Charter, and hosting the website and the two annual business meetings.  Due to the lack of dedicated staff in the organization and the resources required to update the Membership List, the Working Group has made the difficult decision to announce that NATPO is no longer active.

Ontario has sponsored the current NATPO website (http://www.natpo.ca) since 2007, and will continue to do so until September 2012 when its annual renewal is due.  At that time Maine has offered to assume domain sponsorship at (http://www.natpo.org), pending any Province or State being able and willing to host the Conference.

The organization has stood the test of time for 64 years and the current membership still express a willingness to continue the organization until such as time as a member State or Province can offer to host an Annual Conference in the future.

2008 Highlights:

  • Workshops, Exhibits and Special Speakerson the theme of sustainable transportation planning
  • Dinner at Fort George followed by a Ghost tour
  • Winery tour to Peller Estates including a Wine and Cheese Pairing
  • Niagara Region Wine Route: many interesting wineries to visit and taste test
  • Niagara-on-the-Lake walk-about; Historical walk; Angel Inn Pub
  • Family/Guest activity guide – Maid of the Mist; Whirlpool Jet Boat ride; Clifton Hill, the Butterfly Sanctuary, and much more
  • Morning walk through the beautiful Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake

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