Presentation on theme: "Transit Connections 2013 The Value of Transit The Economics of Transit: Here and Around the Nation / Innovative Transit Solutions Tom Skancke Las Vegas."— Presentation transcript:
Transit Connections 2013 The Value of Transit The Economics of Transit: Here and Around the Nation / Innovative Transit Solutions Tom Skancke Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance Stephen Maples University of Nevada, Reno Andrew Austin American for Transit
Building Communities for the Future Attracting, growing, and retaining millennials through great public transit
Americans for Transit Mission: to create, strengthen, and unite grassroots transit rider campaigns Founded in 2012 by the Amalgamated Transit Union & Good Jobs First Train to build capacity; Support campaigns on-site; Build a national coalition of grassroots transit rider organizations.
Who am I? Avid bus rider, train nerd, bike rider, and walker Former Field Director at Transportation Choices in Washington State Worked on multiple successful (and a few unsuccessful) transit ballot campaigns; led advocacy to save bus service statewide
What the Heck Is a Millennial Anyway? Wikipedia says… William Strauss and Neil Howe coined term in some books about the post Gen-X generation. Roughly defined as people born between 1982-2004.
I am a Millennial… Who grew up in an medium sized town & in a middle class family. Which means (like many of my peers)…
I grew up getting certificates and stickers for things that maybe should have been expected (“graduating” 4 th grade and potty training anyone?)
Sort of… This is the most educated generation in American history and the only group for whom real wages fell in the three years after the recession began. (Youth/national unemployment)
“How to Write the Worst Possible Column About Millennials” “use vapid tropes about spoiled young people refusing to work bc they just don't want to” Pretend every member of this 85-million-person generation grew up in a fabricated life-size playhouse on the set of Hannah Montana. Blame today's high youth unemployment on "their parents’ success"
How to Write the Worst Possible Column About Millennials
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