Panel Discussion with Agencies

Regional Transportation Update

334 W Spokane Falls Blvd, Spokane, WA 99201

We would like to thank everyone who attended the Panel Discussion with Agencies event. We sincerely hope that you found it valuable.

Please join us as we hear from some of our regional transportation agencies in Spokane and north Idaho. Roger Flint, COO for Parametrix, will moderate a discussion with the following panelists:

  • Sabrina Minshall, AICP, Executive Director, Spokane Regional Transportation Council
  • Karl Otterstrom, Director of Planning and Development, Spokane Transit Authority
  • Robert Blegen, Assistant Regional Administrator for Construction, WSDOT
  • Marvin Fenn, PE, Engineering Manager, Idaho Transportation Department

Roger will ask the following questions to our panelists and then will open it up to the audience for Q&A:

  • An update on their regional or transportation strategic plans.
  • Discuss your agency’s funding cycle and how it aligns with how you plan out their projects.
  • What projects is your agency hoping to complete in the next 1-5 years?
  • How do you select consultants and contractors for your projects? What ways can consultants and contractors stand out in the selection process or when delivering your projects?
  • What are your biggest challenges that the A/E/C community could help you with?
Thank you to our MEETING SPONSOR 

  • Sabrina Minshall, AICP, Executive Director, Spokane Regional Transportation Council – The Spokane Regional Transportation Council (SRTC) Board appointed Sabrina Minshall as the agency’s Executive Director in June 2017. Sabrina has over 20 years of professional planning experience at the local, state and regional levels of government. Ms. Minshall is certified with the American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP.)  Minshall came to the Spokane area from the Community Planning Association of Southwest Idaho, where she served as Director of Planning. She has extensive experience in the transportation and government fields, having also worked as the Planning and Programming Manager for the countywide highway district in Ada County, Idaho and as the Community Development Director for the City of Nampa, Idaho.  Minshall is a Board member for the Inland Empire Section of the American Planning Association Washington State Chapter and Past President of the Idaho Chapter of the American Planning Association.   Sabrina holds a B.A. in Political Science from Boise State University. She and her husband Dave have three children; Taylor 23, Aaron, 21, and Emma 16.
  • Karl Otterstrom, Spokane Transit Authority -- Karl is a native of Spokane, Washington, and earned his Bachelor’s degree from Eastern Washington University in 2002. He later obtained his Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Washington.  Karl has worked in the fields of urban, regional and transportation planning for over 15 years. Since 2009, he has held the position of Director of Planning and Development for the Spokane Transit Authority. Karl and his team are responsible for delivering many of the capital project and service improvements in the STA Moving Forward, funding for which was approved by voters in 2016. Projects under construction in 2019 include Spokane Falls Station, SCC Transit Center and Moran Station Park and Ride. Later in the year construction elements of the Central City Line, Spokane’s first bus rapid transit (BRT) project long planned by STA and the City of Spokane, will be advertised for bids. Karl is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.
  • Robert Blegen, Assistant Regional Administrator for Construction, WSDOT -

    Robert Blegen is the Assistant Regional Administrator for the WSDOT – Eastern Region, and oversees the Construction Division.  He is a licensed Civil Engineer who has been with the WSDOT for 20 years serving various roles in design, construction and maintenance/operations.  Prior to his WSDOT career, Robert served in a wide variety of assignments as an Engineer Officer in the United States Army and worked in Colorado for an Architecture/Engineering Consulting firm. Robert and his wife Stacey have five children ranging from 6 to 21 years old and spend most of their time away from work snow skiing in the winter, at the lake in the summer, and in general supporting the activities of their kids.

  • Marvin Fenn, PE, Engineering Manager, Idaho Transportation Department – Marvin started working for the Idaho Transportation Department in 1991 and has been with District 1 since 1998. He currently serves as the Engineering Manager for District 1. He oversees the engineering side of things, including Design, Traffic, Materials, and the Construction Section.
  • Roger Flint, COO, Parametrix – Roger has diverse experience gained from over 30 years of managing projects as an agency employee and as a consultant. This experience within agencies and cities has helped him as a consultant to better understand a client’s needs. Roger has worked with SRTC, WSDOT, STA, City of Spokane, Spokane County, and many other local jurisdictions in Spokane County.  As a result, he is very aware of the issues facing the region. Roger currently sits on the Spokane Good Roads Association, serving as vice president. He is also a past board member of the GSI Board of Trustees and participated in its Transportation Committee giving him a further understanding of the region’s priorities. He is a past member of Washington States Public Works Trust Fund (PWTF) and numerous other boards and commissions in the region.
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Panel Discussion with Agencies