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This Award recognizes the Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) for their success in hosting the 2005 Right-of-Way Professional's Workshop in September 2005. This is the 13th year they have hosted an annual workshop for right-of-way professionals.
The workshop included topics of interest to practitioners engaged in the acquisition of right-of-way for transportation improvement projects. The Workshop topics were of value to both public and private sector employees. The core subjects included title examination, appraisal, purchasing and relocation assistance. Related topics included eminent domain, the use of design/build techniques, an overview of the overall right-of-way acquisition process, state-aid processes, valuing and negotiating real estate rights over railroad property, and dealing with utilities. The keynote speaker was Gerald Solomon, right-of-way project manager for the Central Artery/Tunnel Project in Boston, Massachusetts.
The 2005 Workshop attracted approximately 300 participants, of which 37 percent were Mn/DOT employees and 63 percent were from the private sector and local public agencies. The first event in 1993 was restricted to Mn/DOT employees. The Department has come to appreciate the contributions made by its public and private sector partners. This is the only event of this kind in the State of Minnesota.
The Workshop was developed in concurrent course tracks, which were tailored for appraisers, real estate professionals, attorneys and engineers. The coupling of related topics assisted particular groups of workshop participants to maximize their learning experience. For the first time, a track was designed for the acquisition of a fictitious "mock parcel" from "Concept to Condemnation." The sessions were presented in a sequential order commonly known as "the acquisition process."
As in past years, the schedule was divided into "blocks." This was done to meet the requirements of the Minnesota Department of Commerce for certification of continuing education credits. To receive the maximum number of appraisal/real estate/attorney credits at this workshop (15), participants were required to attend a different class during each hour of the specified block. A session block identification number was given at the conclusion of the last class of a designated block. Attendees were encouraged to attend those classes that pertained to their licensing requirements.
Minnesota Department of Transportation and Allan Pint.