SUNY BEST presents “Smart Transportation” discussion


BINGHAMTON, NY -- The SUNY Business and Education Cooperative of the Southern Tier (SUNY BEST) will host Mark Bowers, who will present “Smart Transportation” at 10 am Thursday, Jun. 2, at the Binghamton University Downtown Center.  This discussion, which is free and open to the public, will be held in Room 220.  Pre-registration is required.

Bowers, an associate capital program analyst with the New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT), will discuss key issues related to the connection between land use and transportation, including the ideas of sustainability, smart growth, and context sensitive solutions.  He will focus on the role of transportation with respect to three key issues; the economy, the environment, and equity (people’s access to transportation) and discuss the 10 most commonly identified smart growth principles and the methodology behind the smart code.

As Regional Pedestrian/Bicycle Coordinator for NYSDOT Region #9, Bowers has worked in the Regional Planning and Program Management Office for over 20 years.  In this role, Bowers has headed a cross-functional team of transportation professionals who review and advocate for the inclusion of bicycle and pedestrian accommodations on all capital construction projects undertaken by NYSDOT.  Bowers also chairs a working group seeking to complete the implementation and construction of the Greater Binghamton Greenway.

Bowers has a background in civil engineering, and has received both regional (NYSDOT Award of Excellence) and national awards (AASHTO Trailblazer Award) for process improvements and public involvement.  He has also received the 2009 Restoring the Pride Award for Individual Leadership from the City of Binghamton, and in 2010 received the Parks & Trails New York Healthy Trails, Healthy People Award for work on the implementation of the Greater Binghamton Greenway.  Bowers is a native of Binghamton, New York.

Pre-registration for the discussion is required through the SUNY Best website at:

SUNY BEST is a volunteer group comprised of senior staff members from key economic and educational institutions in the Southern Tier.  The group works to forge strong alliances, strengthen industry specific needs and provide information and outreach for business. SUNY BEST also seeks to explore and support the business community workforce needs for traditional and emerging industry clusters such as nanotechnology, biotechnology, energy, photonics, energy conservation and renewal. 



Last Updated: 9/17/13