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 Schedule At A Glance

The 2016 Annual Meeting is scheduled for September 11-14 in Los Angeles at the JW Marriott Los Angeles L.A. LIVE and L.A. Convention Center.
Hosted by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Area Transportation Authority, APTA's major policy & management conference attracts public transportation leaders and managers from all sectors. Join the discussions with your colleagues to share best practices. Register early for this opportunity to network with colleagues and learn from one another.
 
Sessions that directly address APTA’s 2015-2019 Strategic Goals have been identified throughout the program using the following icons:
 
 The APTA Strategic Plan can be found here.
 
see Continuing Education for more information and the list of the specific sessions/credit hours offered
 
NOTE: This schedule is subject to change.  
Last updated: September 12, 2016​
 
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Saturday, September 10   Sunday, September 11   Monday, September 12   Tuesday, September 13   Wednesday, September 14   

Saturday, September 10

7 a.m. - 4 p.m.

American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Golf Tournament

"Golfing for a Cause"
Shotgun Start: 7 a.m.
Location: DeBell Golf Club, 1500 E. Walnut Avenue, Burbank, CA 91501

Visit www.aptfd.org for more information & to register your foursome(s).
All proceeds from the tournament will benefit the APTF Scholarship Fund.

QUESTIONS?
Contact APTA's Brandon Roccio at broccio@apta or 202.496.4859.
 
Event Sponsors: ALSTOM, Clever Devices, Ltd., Knorr Brake Corporation, Transit Marketing Group, WABTEC Transit Group
8 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Committee Meetings

- APTA Board of Directors | 1 - 5 p.m.
 
>see Committee Meetings for the current list of scheduled meetings
 
9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

TECHNICAL TOURS

Sign up on site at the host information desk for the tour of your choice.
Saturday - Tour participants should gather in the Georgia Foyer, 3rd, Floor, Tower Side, in the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE at the tour start time shown below.
Sunday - Tour participants should gather in Georgia 1, 3rd, Floor, Tower Side, in the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE at the tour start time shown below.
 
- Metro’s Sustainable Bus Facilities - Division 13 and El Monte Station | 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. | 40 person limit
- Iconic Union Station: Past, Present and Future | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (also on Sunday, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.) | 40 person limit
- Where Magic Meets Metro - New Construction Projects at Universal City/Studio City Station and North Hollywood Station | 2 - 4 p.m. | 40 person limit
- Metro Art Moves! | 2 - 5 p.m. (also on Sunday, 2 - 5 p.m.) | 40 person limit
 
>see Technical Tours for tour descriptions
 
 
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk

    Georgia Room 2, 3rd Floor, Tower Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
    Conference bags sponsored by WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff
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    Conference lanyards sponsored by AECOM
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    Hotel keys sponsored by Herzog Transit Services, Inc.
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  • Host Information Desk

    Georgia Room 2, 3rd Floor, Tower Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE

Sunday, September 11

7 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Committee Meetings

- Legislative Committee | 10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
 
>see Committee Meetings for the full list of scheduled meetings
 
8 a.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Conference Registration Desk

    Georgia Room 2, 3rd Floor, Tower Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
  • Host Information Desk

    Georgia Room 2, 3rd Floor, Tower Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

    Studio 1, 2nd Floor, Tower Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

TECHNICAL TOURS

Sign up on site at the host information desk for the tour of your choice.
Sunday - Tour participants should gather in Georgia 1, 3rd, Floor, Tower Side, in the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE at the tour start time shown below.  (Saturday - gather in the Georgia Foyer)

- Iconic Union Station: Past, Present and Future | 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. (also on Saturday, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.) | 40 person limit
- Metro Regional Connector, Crenshaw/LAX Transit Line Construction Projects | 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. | 40 person limit
- From Delis to K-Town to the Walk of Fame: Metro's Red Line | 1 - 5 p.m. | 40 person limit
- Metro Art Moves! | 2 - 5 p.m. (also on Sunday, 2 - 5 p.m.) | 50 person limit
 
>see Technical Tours for tour descriptions
 
1 - 2:15 p.m.

This is APTA

Plaza Room, 3rd Floor, Tower Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
Getting involved, using APTA’s resources
3 - 3:30 p.m.

A Conversation for Transit Board Members with APTA Leadership & Executive Staff

Plaza Room, 3rd Floor, Tower Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
6 - 8 p.m.

Welcome to Los Angeles Reception at the Products & Services Showcase

Hall K, Exhibit Hall, Los Angeles Convention Center
(tickets required)

Monday, September 12

7 - 8 a.m.

Coffee Service

Diamond Ballroom Foyer, 4th Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
7 - 8:15 a.m.

Committee Meetings

>see Committee Meetings for the current list of scheduled meetings
 
7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • APTA Standards Program Information Desk

    Platinum Ballroom Foyer, 2nd Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
  • Conference Registration Desk

    Georgia Room 2, 3rd Floor, Tower Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
  • Host Information Desk

    Georgia Room 2, 3rd Floor, Tower Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

    Studio 1, 2nd Floor, Tower Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
  • TCRP Information Center

    Platinum Ballroom Foyer, 2nd Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
8 - 9 a.m.

OPENING GENERAL SESSION: Where Public Transportation Goes, Community Grows

Diamond Ballroom, 4th Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
General Session sponsored by Proterra, Inc.
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9 - 10 a.m.

GENERAL SESSION: Your Brain is Good at Inclusion...Except When It's Not

Diamond Ballroom, 4th Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
Guest Speaker: diversity guru Dr. Steven L. Robbins

Sponsored by AECOM
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10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  • An Open Mind is a Terrible Thing to Close

    Gold Ballroom Salon 3, 1st Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
    Understanding others + increasing one’s ability to solve problems = better personal and organizational outcomes
    Sponsored by AECOM
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  • Challenges of 21st Century Transit Policing

    Platinum Ballroom Salons A&B, 2nd Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
    Perspectives from Dallas and Washington
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  • Complete Streets and Complete Trip

    Gold Ballroom Salon 1, 1st Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
    Strengthening connections, access, and amenities, and system performance
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  • Smart Cities: Reimagining Transportation

    Platinum Ballroom Salon D, 2nd Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
    A round-table discussion of how forces such as big data, technology, new startups, and innovation are changing the ways cities operate
    Sponsored by Accenture
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  • The Procurement Super Session!

    Platinum Ballroom Salon C, 2nd Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
    Sponsored by HNTB Corporation
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  • Trend-Setting Initiatives: California on the Move

    Gold Ballroom Salon 2, 1st Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
    A laboratory for game-changing innovation
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11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

PRODUCTS & SERVICES SHOWCASE

Hall K, Exhibit Hall, Los Angeles Convention Center
(includes lunch; tickets required)

>see 
Exhibitor Information/Registration for details and to register
 
2:15 - 3:15 p.m.

GENERAL SESSION: A Conversation with the FTA Leadership

Diamond Ballroom, 4th Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
3:45 - 5:15 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  • AdWheel Awards Ceremony

    Diamond Ballroom, 4th Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
    Honoring top marketing and communications campaigns where you will also learn from some of the best communicators in the industry, as they detail their successful campaigns and the strategic importance of marketing and communications in public transportation.
  • Early Career Program Graduation

    Platinum Ballroom Salon C, 2nd Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
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  • First and Last Mile Planning and Solutions

    Gold Ballroom Salon 3, 1st Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
    Improving first/last mile services and customer amenities
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  • Integrating Innovation into Your Organization

    Gold Ballroom Salon 1, 1st Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
    What does it really mean to be a chief innovation officer?
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  • State of Good Repair, Transit Asset Management – Prioritize for Quality Service

    Gold Ballroom Salon 2, 1st Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
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  • Transforming Lives and Communities: The Power of Transportation Investment

    Platinum Ballroom Salon D, 2nd Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
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  • Workforce Development's Three P's: Programs, Practices, and Partnerships

    Platinum Ballroom Salons A&B, 2nd Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
    Sponsored by CDX Learning.
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5:30 - 7 p.m.

Committee Meetings

>see Committee Meetings for the current list of scheduled meetings
 
6 - 7 p.m.

Young Professionals in Transportation Networking Event

Location: BottleRock (1050 S. Flower St., entrance on 11th St.)

Please join us at this happy hour co-sponsored by APTA and the LA Chapter of the Young Professionals in Transportation. The event is an opportunity for young professionals of all ages to interact and network with other colleagues in the industry and to share innovative ideas.
 
8 - 11 p.m.

American Public Transportation Foundation (APTF) Fundraising Reception

Location: The Conga Room at L.A. LIVE (800 W. Olympic Blvd.)

Please join the APTF Board of Directors, 2016 APTF Scholarship Recipients, sponsors, and friends of the foundation at a fundraising reception to celebrate the 2016 Scholars.  
 
Remember to bring a gift for the foundation. All donations will directly benefit the APTF and help us to provide scholarships and engagement opportunities to the future leaders of the transit industry.
 
Sponsored by APTA Business Member Activity Fund, Avail Technologies Inc., First Transit, Inc., Foothill Transit, Genfare, Keolis, McDonald Transit Associates, Inc., Motor Coach Industries, MV Transportation, Inc.
 

Tuesday, September 13

7 - 8:15 a.m.

Committee Meetings

>see Committee Meetings for the current list of scheduled meetings

7:15 - 8:15 a.m.

Coffee Service

Diamond Ballroom Foyer, 4th Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • APTA Standards Program Information Desk

    Platinum Ballroom Foyer, 2nd Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
  • Conference Registration Desk

    Georgia Room 2, 3rd Floor, Tower Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
  • Host Information Desk

    Georgia Room 2, 3rd Floor, Tower Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

    Studio 1, 2nd Floor, Tower Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
  • TCRP Information Center

    Platinum Ballroom Foyer, 2nd Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
8:15 - 9:30 a.m.

GENERAL SESSION: 2016 Political Overview with Paul Begala & Mike Murphy

Diamond Ballroom, 4th Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
Sponsored by APTA Business Member Activity Fund
 
9:45 - 11:15 a.m.

Educational Sessions

  • APTA/COMTO Assembly - Gentrification: A Moving Target for Equitable Service Provision

    Gold Ballroom Salon 2, 1st Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
    Same population levels, different demographic
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  • How Board Governance Models Impact Strategic and Capital Planning

    Platinum Ballroom Salons A&B, 2nd Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
    Prioritizing local and regional interests
  • Leading the Way: Small Operations Best Practices and Innovative Solutions

    Platinum Ballroom Salon C, 2nd Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
    Learn more about the “how to” in developing and managing your diverse initiatives.
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  • Mega Projects Worldwide

    Platinum Ballroom Salon D, 2nd Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
    Transformative public transportation projects
  • On the Right Path: Transit/Bike Partnerships Round Table

    Plaza Room, 3rd Floor, Tower Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
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  • Public Transportation "Pitch" Session

    Gold Ballroom Salon 1, 1st Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
    Advancing opportunities for young professionals in transportation
  • Why Design Matters for Transit

    Gold Ballroom Salon 3, 1st Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
    Promoting the importance of design in the success of a transit project
11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

APTA AWARDS CEREMONY & LUNCHEON

Diamond Ballroom, 4th Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
(tickets required)
Lunch co-sponsored by Genfare and APTA
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3 - 4:30 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  • ADA: Improving Transportation Access for Persons with Disabilities

    Platinum Ballroom Salons A&B, 2nd Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
    Fixed route & paratransit in Los Angeles County
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  • FTA's Enhanced Compliance Training and Technical Assistance Program

    Gold Ballroom Salon 2, 1st Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
    Contribute to new program’s priorities, advise on making the program more valuable and accessible
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  • Update on the Federal DBE Program

    Gold Ballroom Salon 1, 1st Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
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3 - 5 p.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Advancing Transit: Perspectives on Multimodal Long Range and Strategic Planning

    Platinum Ballroom Salon D, 2nd Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
    Sponsored by HNTB Corporation
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  • Creating Communities through Station Design & TOD Round Table

    Plaza Room, 3rd Floor, Tower Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
    Learn how TOD and station design support and encourage development.
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  • Creative Funding & Finance Approaches with Public and Private Partners

    Gold Ballroom Salon 3, 1st Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
    Investment and project delivery strategies to advance public transportation and infrastructure
    Sponsored by HNTB Corporation
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  • Mobility & Technology

    Platinum Ballroom Salon C, 2nd Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
    Sponsored by MV Transportation, Inc.
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3:30 - 5 p.m.

Leadership APTA: Celebrating Tomorrow's Executive Leaders

Diamond Ballroom, 4th Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
Class of 2016 leadership project presentations and graduation + welcoming the Class of 2017
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5:30 - 6:30 p.m.

American Public Transportation Foundation Scholarship Awards – Building Leaders for the Future

Diamond Ballroom, 4th Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
Learn how the industry is giving back by investing in scholars and transit professionals – the future of public transportation.
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6 - 7 p.m.

Committee Meetings

>see Committee Meetings for the current list of scheduled meetings
 
6:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Leadership APTA Reception

Gold Ballroom Salon 4, 1st Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
Sponsored by AECOM, HNTB Corporation and SYSTRA Consulting Inc.
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

LGBT Professionals in Transportation

Location: City Tavern Downtown LA (735 S Figueroa St #133, LA)
 
APTA's LGBT Task Force invites you to join them at a happy hour to celebrate diversity in our industry. LGBT professionals and their allies are encouraged to join their colleagues at this first of its kind celebration at an APTA conference.
 

Wednesday, September 14

7:30 - 9 a.m.

WEDNESDAY WAKE UP BREAKFAST: "Boots on the Ground, Flats in the Boardroom"

Diamond Ballroom, 4th Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
Transportation Women Tell Their Stories
(tickets required)
Sponsored by Parsons Corporation
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7:30 - 10 a.m.
  • APTA Standards Program Information Desk

    Platinum Ballroom Foyer, 2nd Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
  • Conference Registration Desk

    Georgia Room 2, 3rd Floor, Tower Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
  • Host Information Desk

    Georgia Room 2, 3rd Floor, Tower Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
  • Moderators/Speakers & AV Preview Room

    Studio 1, 2nd Floor, Tower Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
  • TCRP Information Center

    Platinum Ballroom Foyer, 2nd Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
9:30 - 11 a.m.

Educational Sessions

  • Getting to Innovation with Technology

    Gold Ballroom Salon 1, 1st Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
    Improving customer service, streamlining internal practices
    Sponsored by MV Transportation, Inc.
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  • High-Speed & Intercity Passenger Rail

    Platinum Ballroom Salon D, 2nd Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
    Planning, engineering, funding, and partnerships lead to success
  • Strategies for Integrated Mobility Management

    Gold Ballroom Salon 2, 1st Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
    Explore new approaches to promote customer-centered mobility strategies for all transit users
    Sponsored by MV Transportation, Inc.
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  • Sustainability and Resiliency in Action

    Platinum Ballroom Salon C, 2nd Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
    Prepare for the future while improving quality of life and operating expenses now
  • Title VI, Environmental Justice, and Social Equity in Transit

    Gold Ballroom Salon 3, 1st Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
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  • Understanding the Complexities of a Comprehensive Payment System Serving the 21st Century

    Platinum Ballroom Salons A&B, 2nd Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
    Looking for a simple fare collection procurement? Try a museum.
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9:30 - 11:30 a.m.

FTA's Federal Safety Update

Plaza Room, 3rd Floor, Tower Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
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9:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.

TECHNICAL TOURS

Sign up on site at the host information desk for the tour of your choice.
Tour participants should gather in Georgia 1, 3rd, Floor, Tower Side, in the JW Marriott L.A. LIVE at the tour start time shown below.
 
- Southern California Regional Rail (Metrolink) | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
|40 person limit
- METRO'S PARTNERS AT THE PORTS: Tour the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach | 9 a.m. - 2 p.m. | 50-75 person limit
- LAND TO SEA: Long Beach Transit’s Multimodal Operations on the Waterfront | 11 a.m. - 2p.m. | 34 person limit
- Metro Division 20/One Santa Fe Joint Development | 1 -3 p.m. |30 person limit
- Metro Gold Line Monrovia Operations Campus | 1- 3 p.m. | 30-person limit
 
>see Technical Tours for tour descriptions
 
11:15 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

CLOSING GENERAL SESSION: Transformational Leadership Throughout the Organization

Diamond Ballroom, 4th Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
 
   
12:30 - 5 p.m.

Committee Meetings

>see Committee Meetings for the current list of scheduled meetings

1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

FTA WORKSHOP: State of Good Repair/Transit Asset Management

Platinum Ballroom Salons A&B, 2nd Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
see Program for workshop and registration details
1:30 - 5 p.m.

FTA WORKSHOP: Capital Investment Grants Program

Platinum Ballroom Salons F&G, 2nd Floor, Ballroom Side, JW Marriott L.A. LIVE
see Program for workshop and registration details
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