The process of sifting through and organizing all the feedback we gathered at the May meeting (See above) helped to reinforce that Funding Structure and Regulations are primary barriers which need to be addressed, as they are closely tied to, and in several cases preventing, many of the creative solutions that we generated.
The focus of the July 18th workshop is to look closely at the current funding structure and regulations that inhibit our ability to collaborate and function more cohesively as a region. The workshop will have an emphasis on developing realistic strategies and solutions, rather than focusing on the many persistent barriers we all know exist. We will be using the Design Thinking model for problem solving to guide us through this process. This is an ambitious topic to tackle, but making real progress in rural and regional transportation will require a structure that fosters collaboration and coordination, rather than competition.