A Recap of COMTO Kansas City’s 4th Annual Membership Drive

On February 23th 2017, the Kansas City Chapter of COMTO held it’s 4th Annual Meeting/Membership Drive. The event was held at the East Patrol Police Station Community Room in Kansas City, MO. The purpose of this event was to emphasize the importance of the Conference of Minority Transportation Officials for people of color, women, and all disadvantaged people/communities/businesses working in the transportation industry. Also, this meeting detailed the opportunities that are available for DBEs, primes, transportation agencies, individuals, students, and municipal governments. If you would like to learn more about how to join COMTO, click here.

The afternoon began with various COMTO KC members and interested parties attending our Annual Meeting. The chapter discussed previous events held, networking opportunities, more visibility for the chapter, and our upcoming scholarship endeavors.

COMTO President Whitney Morgan & COMTO Scholarship Chair Doria Watson
Lesa George of KCATA (bottom-left), Akala Jones of the City of Kansas City, MO (left), and Fay Fleming of MoDOT Communications  (right)
Lester Woods of MoDOT External Civil Rights (left) and Monique Campbell of Bellewether Global (right)

The Membership Drive featured a talented group of guest speakers who all happen to be COMTO members. The flyer below describes the event:


There were four total speakers who each touched on a different issue pertinent to the transportation industry as well as the Kansas City region. The program for the event was listed as follows:

Welcome & Occasion

Donnetta Cole

COMTO KC Vice President


President’s Comments/Benefits of COMTO

Whitney Morgan ~ Transportation Planner II

Mid-America Regional Council

COMTO KC President


COMTO National Update/DBE Supportive Services

Lester Woods, Jr. ~ External Civil Rights Director

Missouri Department of Transportation

Former COMTO National Board Member


“It’s Not About the Numbers: It’s About the People”

Fay Fleming ~ Director of Communications

Missouri Department of Transportation

 COMTO Member At-Large

“Future of Transportation, Autonomous Vehicles”

Jason Sims P.E. ~ Operations Program Director

Kapsch TrafficCom

New COMTO KC member (Welcome Aboard!)


The Chapter would like to thank all those who attended and our sponsors and partners for the event:

Taliaferro & Browne Inc.

Stewart Town Coffee & Catering

Kansas City PD East Patrol Division

To view more photos from the event, please visit our Facebook Page.


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