NETWORKING & PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT EVENTS
Sunday, June 26th Networking Activities
Get Acquainted Social (5:30 – 7:30 PM) – California Grand Ballroom:
Welcome reception in the Exhibit Hall. This event will include a cash bar and complimentary appetizers. A perfect opportunity to get to know many of the ITE leaders and reconnect with old friends. Welcome remarks will be made and raffle prizes will be given away.
Monday, June 27th Networking Activities
Opening Session and Keynote Address (8:00 AM – 9:30 AM) – Oasis 2
Join fellow attendees in kicking off the first full day of the conference. Your LAC Co-Chairs and District President will be on hand for opening remarks followed by a Keynote Address and a brief ITE update by the ITE International President Beverly Kuhn that will segue into the ITE Town Hall that follows. We are excited to announce that Mr. Darren Kettle, CEO of Metrolink/SCRRA will be our opening session speaker! Mr. Kettle will be presenting preparation for the 2028 Olympics, planned County service line extensions and enhancements, and much more
ITE Town Hall (10:00 AM – 11:30 AM) – Mojave Learning Center
The ITE International Leadership Town Hall session is intended to provide an open forum for members to have a facilitated conversation with ITE International Leaders. ITE President Beverly Kuhn, your Western District International Directors, and additional Executive Committee members will share details about key ITE initiatives and activities and seek feedback from members in an informal setting. This is your opportunity to meet ITE’s Leadership, ask questions and share suggestions on how to make ITE better.
Kickoff Luncheon (11:30 AM – 1:00 PM) – Oasis 2
Mingle with fellow attendees during our traditional Kickoff Luncheon then hear an exciting presentation from our Keynote Speaker, Paul Tollett! Mr. Tollett, President and CEO of Goldenvoice, will speak about upcoming festivals, concert setups, spectator traffic control, festival technologies, and regional agency coordination in the Coachella Valley.
Young Member & First Time Attendee Ice Cream Social (3:00 – 4:30 PM) – Oasis 3
Meet and mingle with other young members and first time Annual Meeting attendees. This inaugural social event will feature fun, activities, and opportunities to meet some of our ITE leadership including ITE International President Beverly Kuhn, ITE International Vice President Rosana Correa, and your Western District officers & International Directors!
Family Night (6:00 PM – 9:00 PM):
The Palm Springs LAC has a ton of fun activities planned at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Join us for a fun-filled evening with self-guided tours in an air-conditioned hanger showcasing Cold War, Korea, and Vietnam War aircrafts and exhibits. We’ll have your favorite picnic style games like corn hole, connected four, checkers along with concessions stands serving snow cones, popcorn, and more.
Tuesday, June 28th Networking Activities
Career Guidance Panel Session – Ethical Dilemmas in the Workplace (8:00 – 9:30 AM) – Oasis 3
“We have all experienced situations in which our professional responsibilities unexpectedly come into conflict with our deepest values… we are caught in a conflict between right and right. And no matter the option we choose, we feel like we’ve come up short.” – Joseph Badaracco
Ethical dilemmas are an inevitable element in decision making. These situations occur when a difficult choice has to be made between two courses of action, either of which entails violating or compromising ethical standards. Our goal with this session is to explore this topic with a focus on providing the following:
- Recognizing and defining ethical dilemmas/issues
- Identifying and understanding differing perspectives in workplace situations
- Developing viable alternative courses of action or solutions and identifying constraints
- Assessing alternatives in terms of consequences, defensibility, and barriers
- Enhancing and improving the ability of attendees to work toward a satisfactory resolution of an ethical dilemma
Moderator: Cathy Leong, Wilson Okamoto Corporation
Hon. Fred Minagar, Mayor City of Laguna Niguel, Orange County, Minagar & Associates, Inc.
Rosana Correa, ITE International Vice President, Jacobs
Jeanne Acutanza, ITE Washington Section Past President, WSP
Tim Harpst, ITE International Past President, Past TCPB Chair, Horrocks Engineers
Kimberly Leung, Western District Vice President, SFMTA
Earn 1.5 PHD credits! See our Program page for more information.
Annual Business and Networking Luncheons (11:30 AM – 1:30 PM) – Primrose A & B:
Attendees can choose to attend the Annual Business Luncheon or a Networking Luncheon. The Annual Business Luncheon will feature the current State of the District, annual budgets, awards and election results. The Networking Luncheon will be an unstructured luncheon where attendees can meet and mingle.
Awards Banquet (Social Hour 6 PM – 7 PM; Banquet 7 PM – 11 PM) – Oasis 2 & 3:
Join us in recognizing the the best and brightest for their contributions and achievements. This year’s banquet is a 1950s Sock-Hop themed event! So time to grab your best ‘50s style clothing, practice the jive, and pretend to live in a black and white sitcom classic. Child care will be available on-site during this event.
Wednesday, June 29th Networking Activities
Western States Luncheon (11:30 AM – 1:30 PM) – Catalina/Madera:
A final celebration of the Western District, enjoy lunch with fellow members one last time, hear remarks from the District President, and witness the installation of new officers.
Technical Tour #1: CV Link – Connecting the Coachella Valley Tour (CANCELLED)
Description: CV Link is a revolutionary new concept in active and alternative transportation in the Coachella Valley. Led by the Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG), CV Link is multi-modal pathway that will provide access for pedestrians, bicyclists, and low-speed electric vehicles (including golf carts) across the Coachella Valley. The project will ultimately span more than 40 miles in a dual-path design that is generally along the valley’s main stormwater channel. CV Link is the backbone of the Coachella Valley’s active transportation network, and it encourages residents and visitors to walk, jog or bike to schools, parks, shopping centers, entertainment districts and employment. Prepare to lace up your sneakers for this engaging tour, which will take participants outside to enjoy a 2.3 mile stretch of the project in the Cities of Palm Springs and Cathedral City. Participants will learn about the project’s design, funding and the ongoing construction before having the opportunity to walk or ride a bicycle along the pathway.
Technical Tour #2: Palm Springs Wind Farm Tour (CANCELLED)
The journey will transport you on a private wind farm back in time 40 years ago to the present. The tour will encompass the successes and failures exhibited by inventors and engineers at the beginning of the “Wind Rush” in the 80’s to the modern sleek designs we see today. You will learn about how this farm was first established by one individual investor and how it has developed to be an energy corridor. This tour will allow you to get up close to an operating modern turbine that is as tall as the Statue of Liberty. Not only will you be able to get up close to real operating wind turbines over 400 feet high, our expert guides will easily be able to describe the inner workings of wind turbines and how they contribute to our energy grid. From the novice tour participant to engineers-types, everyone will be able to leave the tour with a better understanding of how this renewable energy is fast becoming part of our energy solution. Great photo opportunities to last a lifetime.
40th Anniversary of Palm Springs Wind Farms (windmilltours.com)
Technical Tour #3: CV Sync – Building a Smart Region in the Coachella Valley Tour (CANCELLED)
The Regional Traffic Signal Synchronization Project (CV Sync) is the Coachella Valley Association of Government’s (CVAG) major effort to advance the development and implementation of Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and Smart Region Programs with an emphasis in the development of multi-jurisdictional and regional smart intersections, smart corridors, and broadband communication network. CVAG has projected that the deployment of ITS will be an integral part of regional efforts to maximize highway and arterial system capacity and improve operational efficiency, improve safety and the environment and enhance the quality of life for residents and visitors in the region, including low-income communities. Currently, Phase I is under construction that includes the implementation of a Regional Traffic Management Center (TMC) and eight (8) Traffic Operations Centers (TOC). During the tour, we will visit the Regional TMC, a back-up TMC and we will visit some of the connected corridors and specific intersections.