About

COMTO Kansas City

The Kansas City Chapter of COMTO was officially formed in March of 1985 and established a mission to assist the membership in its professional development, to provide financial assistance through a scholarship to a deserving student, and to increase visibility of the organization within the community. The chapter which was once made up of mostly KCATA employees has expanded to include KDOT, MoDOT, MARC, Burns & Mcdonnell, FAA, SE3, NICE, Taliaferro & Browne, P/Strada,  and other local firms/businesses.The main objective throughout COMTO is to see the diverse faces of America equally reflected in all levels of the transportation industry.

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Goals

 

  • Provide opportunities for DBEs to do develop relations business with primes
  • Serve as a clearing house for Public transportation agencies promoting various activities and opportunities
  • Inspire the youth to explore a career in Transportation
  • Support the Advancement of
  • Membership Growth and Retention
  • Professional Development and Training
  • Chapter Growth and Development

 

Core Values

COMTO KC core values are embodied in how we conduct business and how we interact with our stakeholders, including our members, customers, partners and supporters. We affirm, and are committed to, the following core values

  • Advocacy
  • Diversity
  • Excellence
  • Inclusion
  • Innovation
  • Integrity
  • Service

 

History

 

Founded in 1971 on the campus of Howard University in Washington, D.C., the Conference Of Minority Transportation Officials (COMTO) was created to provide a forum for senior level minority professionals in the transportation industry.  It was an occasion to act, born of the need to address the inequities of a rapidly expanding industry within which its minority workers, upon whose shoulders the industry was built, were not allowed the same access to employment, promotion and contract opportunities.  It was recognized by its founders from the beginning that COMTO was positioning itself for a long and arduous but rewarding history.

 

The founders, leaders and dedicated workers whose original vision formed the foundation of COMTO would be proud of where we stand today.  With 39 chapters and over 2000 members encompassing individual, organizational, transportation agencies, non-profits and Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs) their efforts have ensured that members of COMTO now serve in every sector of the transportation industry.  From highways and roads to mass transit systems, subways to rail systems and port authorities to airports, COMTO members represent every level of the transportation industry.  Our members are reflected in the faces of those who now serve as presidents and chief executive officers who determine the future and the direction of major transportation systems and thousands of employees – to the mechanics and operators who ensure the safe passage of millions of transportation riders everyday.

 

Since its inception, COMTO has continued to evolve to become the premier organization for the training, education and professional development of minority transportation professionals.  From the advancement of Historically Underutilized Businesses (HUBs), legislative initiatives, scholarship and program opportunities our scope is varied and far reaching.  We have chronicled numerous successes and victories.  But the true measure of how far we have come is revealed by the talent, tenacity and accomplishments of our members who have joined forces to correct the inequities of the past and chart the direction of the future.

 

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