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Dan Bartholomay, CEO of Minneapolis-based Railvolution, is gearing up for his organization’s national conference on Sept. 21 – Sept. 24 in the Twin Cities.

He’ll have folks like Dr. Beverly Scott, the director of Boston’s MBTA transit authority on hand rubbing elbows with directors and engineers from public transit authorities in Salt Lake City, Atlanta, Denver, Phoenix and Seattle, to name a few.

Bartholomay, who was once the commissioner for the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, helped launch the Central Corridor Funders Collaborative through his previous position with the McKnight Foundation, as well as the Itasca Project. He’s all about figuring out how to use public transit to connect workers to jobs and spur economic development.

The fact that his group’s national conference will be in his hometown next month — based at the Minneapolis Hyatt Regency with events spread throughout the metro — excites him to no end. “We move from site to site every year, and I expect we won’t end up in Minneapolis for another 12 to 15 years,” he said.

“We bring together one of the more diverse groups of people anywhere around these issues. The last four years we’ve been in DC, Seattle and LA and now we’re here. We’ll have probably 25 or so transit agencies represented, including a bunch of the CEOs, and we also have a bunch of engineering firms.” Read more