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Sunday, March 10 • 3:15pm - 4:00pm
Building Coalitions of Support in Red States

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Have you heard the one about the time a Republican mayor and the Democrat bicycle advocate walked into a bar? While some of us from more conservative parts of the country have sometimes cried tears in our beer about the challenges of selling the importance of bicycle infrastructure to our DOT's, decision makers and elected officials, success is possible - it just requires some additional creative strategy. In this session, you'll hear how a coalition in Nebraska came together achieve the seemingly impossible: convincing the state DOT, local MPO, two Natural Resource Districts, two towns and two counties to work together and pay for the infrastructure to add a sidepath to the side of a highway bridge that was being reconstructed. You'll also learn tips for how to best work with "red state" elected officals from Nebraska's favorite cycling mayor /MPO board chair.

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Julie Harris

Executive Director, Nebraska Bicycling Alliance
Julie Tuttle Harris earned a Bachelors of Science in Political Science and Economics from the University of Nebraska at Kearney and a Masters in Public Administration from University of Nebraska at Omaha.A native of Scottsbluff, Nebraska, Julie grew up in a neighborhood that made... Read More →

Rita Sanders

Mayor, City of Bellevue Nebraska

Sunday March 10, 2019 3:15pm - 4:00pm EDT
Kennedy 3rd Floor