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Seventh annual asset management conference set for April 25 in Livonia

Contact: Jeff Cranson, Director, Office of Communications, 517-335-3084
Agency: Transportation

April 3, 2012 -- The Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council will sponsor the seventh annual Michigan Transportation Asset Management Conference, Wednesday, April 25, at the Schoolcraft College VisTaTech Center in Livonia. The conference will once again provide a forum for state and local officials to examine the relationship between asset management, pavement management, and road funding. This year a post-conference workshop for elected officials will be offered on Thursday, April 26, at the same location.

With a theme of "Leveraging Best Practices," the conference will focus on providing attendees with practical examples of best practices being applied at the international, national, state and local level and insights on how organizations can gain financial leverage following asset management principles.

"Every state and local agency is faced with diminished financial resources to maintain infrastructure and services," said State Transportation Director Kirk T. Steudle. "Asset management is more important than ever in these challenging economic times. This conference highlights the benefits of taking an asset management approach with solid examples."

The Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council includes representatives from the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT), Michigan Municipal League (MML), Michigan Association of Counties (MAC), Michigan Townships Association (MTA), Michigan Association of Region (MAR), Michigan Transportation Planning Association (MTPA), and the County Road Association of Michigan (CRAM).

Transportation asset management is a process of managing public assets, such as roads and bridges, based on the long-range condition of the entire transportation system. The Michigan Transportation Asset Management Council, created in 2002 by the Michigan Legislature, promotes the concept that the transportation system is unified, rather than separated by jurisdictional ownership. Its mission is to recommend an asset management strategy to the State Transportation Commission and the Michigan Legislature for all of Michigan's roads and bridges.

All registrations are being handled by the Michigan Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) by phone at 906-487-2102. Seating is limited; early registration is encouraged.

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