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transportation funding & performance in the map-21 era

Sponsored by the CSG Transportation Public Policy Committee

Friday, Sept. 20, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

The passage of MAP-21, the federal surface transportation authorization bill, in 2012 brought with it a host of policy changes but little in the way of long-term funding security for states trying to meet their growing infrastructure needs. Perhaps partially in reaction, an unprecedented number of states—including Missouri—explored new transportation revenue options in 2013. Meanwhile, bridge collapses earlier this year in Washington state and Missouri once again brought into sharp focus what’s at stake in finding new funding to fix old facilities. This session will explore how Missouri is hoping to shape its transportation future, how a new emphasis on performance measurement under MAP-21 will impact states and how the state of the nation’s aging infrastructure makes it a critical time for transportation policy.


Confirmed Speakers


Dave Nichols
Director, Missouri Department of Transportation

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Larry Frevert
Member, American Society of Civil Engineers

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Mara Campbell
Customer Relations Director, Missouri Department of Transportation

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Dave Nichols

David Nichols, P.E., became director of the Missouri Department of Transportation on April 2, 2013, after serving as chief engineer for the previous two years. Prior to that, he served 11 years as the department’s first director of Program Delivery.
Nichols began his MoDOT career in 1984. During the past 29 years he served in a variety of leadership roles, including district engineer for the department’s Northwest District headquartered in St. Joseph. He also worked in MoDOT’s Kansas City District.

Nichols is recognized for his visionary leadership in implementing cost-saving measures and producing results for Missourians. Under his leadership, MoDOT saved millions of dollars by bringing innovation and competition to the program delivery process. On average, MoDOT awarded projects 10 percent under budget since 2008, and MoDOT’s on-time performance record steadily climbed. In 2012, 95 percent of MoDOT projects were completed either on or ahead of schedule.
Nichols led the development of Missouri’s first design-build legislation in 2002, and the deployment of that process as MoDOT delivered The New I-64, kcICON and Safe & Sound projects. The projects were so successful that the Missouri General Assembly granted expanded opportunities for design-build in Missouri. It is now being used to deliver the Boone Bridge and final phase of the Page Avenue Extension in the St. Louis District, and the Manchester Bridge in the Kansas City District.
Nichols has also been a champion of diversity both at MoDOT and within the state’s contracting community. He is especially passionate about safety for MoDOT workers and construction partners and the motoring public.
A 1982 graduate of the University of Missouri-Columbia, he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering.
He is active in the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials and the National Society of Professional Engineers. The University of Missouri Civil Engineering Academy honored him as a member of its distinguished alumni.
Nichols and his wife Leslie have one daughter, Ashley. Back to speakers.

Larry Frevert

Larry Frevert, PE, PWLF, works part-time as a senior consultant for TREKK Design Group, LLC. Previously, he worked for the MO Department of Highways (Transportation Department), Kansas City, MO Public Works and Parks and Recreation Departments, HDR and Burns and McDonnell Engineering. While employed by HDR, Larry served on the ACEC KCMO Liaison Committee, chairing that committee in 2011-12.
Larry served the KC Metro Chapter of APWA as its Chapter President in 2001, after progressing through the chapter officer positions and chairing or serving on several chapter committees. In 2007-2008, Larry was National APWA President and in 2011, he was admitted in the charter class of Public Works Leadership Fellows (PWLF) by APWA. In 2010, he was recognized by APWA as a Top Ten Public Works Leaders of the Year.
In addition to APWA, Larry is a member of ASCE (currently serving on the Committee on America’s Infrastructure – the group that oversees preparation and publication of the ASCE Infrastructure Report Card), MSPE and NSPE, and the Engineers’ Club of Kansas City. He is past president of the MU Engineering Alumni Organization and the MU Civil Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni and is currently a member of the Governing Board of the
Mizzou Alumni Association. In 2009 he was recognized with the Missouri Honor Award for Distinguished Service in Engineering.
In 2009, Larry led a delegation of public works professionals to China and in 2011, another group to Russia. Both of these delegations were sponsored through the People to People International’s Citizen Ambassadors’ Program and the delegations exchanged technical information with their professional counterparts and were exposed to the culture of their host country. Back to speakers.

Mara Campbell
Mara Campbell is the customer relations director for the Missouri Department of Transportation, a position she assumed in June 2011. The customer relations division serves a dual role for the agency overseeing its communication and organizational performance efforts. This includes developing strategic approaches to improve performance at all levels and communicate key messages inside and outside the department. Her division has produced a wide variety of award winning projects from communicating the largest design-build project in the state’s history to implementing an organization-wide performance management system.             
Campbell has been employed with the department for sixteen years and has extensive experience in communication, marketing, performance measurement and process reengineering. She is a certified Quality Manager and represents MoDOT on the Missouri Interagency Planning Council, AASHTO’s Standing Committee on Performance Management, and chairs the Transportation Research Board’s Strategic Management Committee.
She and her husband, Carter, have one son, and three daughters. Back to speakers.