The program is led by the State and Local Policy Program of the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs (SLPP).
The activities of the program are organized and outlined in a strategic research and outreach plan that is updated every 2 years. Key components of the plan include:
- Research: research priorities, research selection process, peer review process, etc.
- Education: engaging policy leaders, transportation professionals, community leaders
- Outreach: public involvement, communications, web and social media
- Program Development: identification of opportunities to leverage the Program activities and attract additional funds.
TPEC Advisory Board
The TPEC Advisory Board provides input and advice regarding program directions and activities. A key role of this group is to provide insight regarding priority needs for Minnesota and suggestions for how the program might meet them. Membership includes, but is not limited to, the current chairs and ranking members of the Legislative transportation committees, other current and former elected officials, prominent research scholars and high level managers from both public and private transportation organizations.
This group meets 2 – 4 times per year, as determined to be appropriate by committee and program leadership.
Technical guidance is provided by a select group of State of Minnesota and University of Minnesota staff whose work is closely related to the work of the program. Organizations represented include MnDOT, Minnesota DEED, Metropolitan Council and CTS. Members of this group, both individually and as a group, provide advice regarding research approaches, development of outreach activities and similar technical discussions. Members of this group are asked to serve, and make recommendations for others to serve, on technical advisory groups for specific research activities.