WTTC 2017



The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT), Office of Business Opportunity & Equity Compliance, Tribal Affairs along with the WisDOT Inter-Tribal Task Force present this year’s Wisconsin Tribal Transportation Conference.

This is an opportunity for state, tribal, federal and transportation construction professionals to come together and increase their knowledge of governmental and transportation initiatives of the 11 Tribes of Wisconsin and WisDOT.

Sessions include: How to do business with WisDOT, transportation safety, cultural resources and preservation, and federal Indian law and tribal transportation projects.




  • Tribal government representatives who work in planning, roads, natural resources, real estate, cultural resources/historic preservation, economic development, and safety;
  • Tribal leadership.
  • Construction industry representatives, business owners and consultants – prime contractors.
  • DBE firms and business owners considering WisDOT contracting.
  • Other organizations and agencies that work in the transportation and construction industry.
  • WisDOT staff including Tribal liaisons, environmental coordinators, project managers, designers, safety managers or coordinators, transit staff, utility coordinators, local program coordinators and real estate.



Workshops – The conference will feature four conference tracks:  safety, cultural/environmental resources, business and economic development, and general transportation topics.  The conference will also include important state, federal and Tribal updates, upcoming construction project updates and networking opportunities.

Oneida Nation Community Tour – This year’s conference host, the Oneida Nation, is extending a special invitation to WTTC attendees to take a tour of the Oneida community before the Opening Ceremony. The tour will take place from 9:30 to 11:30 am on Tuesday, November 7th, and will pick-up at the Radisson hotel lobby.  If this is your first time visiting the beautiful Oneida community, this is a great opportunity to learn more about one of Wisconsin’s federally recognized Tribal community’s history, culture and heritage.  Seating is limited, and pre-registration is required.

Speed Networking Event – This formal, accelerated and timed speed networking event will take place on Tuesday, November 7th from 10:30 to 11:30 am.  The event is designed to provide participating Prime Contractors, sub-contractors, Native American DBEs, TrANS program participants and graduates, and others seeking the opportunity to meet and share business cards, resumes, brochures and related capability statement information.  Pre-registration is encouraged. For more information, email Gary Mejchar, AICCW, or call 414-517-1604.

Business Networking & Vendor Expo – Prior to the Opening Ceremony, a special networking lunch session will be held from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm on November 7th, sponsored by the Inter-Tribal Task Force and the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin. This session is designed for anyone interested in business and labor opportunities in the construction industry. Informal networking opportunities with Tribal roads representatives, prime contractors, resource organizations, WisDOT and various other state, Tribal and federal government contract opportunities programs will be available. Seating is limited, and pre-registration is required. For more information, email Gary Mejchar, AICCW, or call 414-517-1604.

Legislative Reception – The Oneida Nation, in conjunction with the Inter-Tribal Task Force, will host a legislative reception on November 7th at 5:30 pm.  The reception serves as an opportunity for WisDOT administrators, state legislators, Tribal leadership, and conference attendees to meet and greet prior to the start of the Tribal Excellence Awards Dinner Banquet.  Light refreshments will be provided.

Tribal Excellence Awards Dinner Banquet – A banquet will be held on Tuesday, November 7th at 6:30 pm to present Tribal Excellence Awards to those that have made a significant impact on Tribal affairs initiatives and services in Tribal transportation.  The banquet will include dinner and entertainment.  Additional tickets for non-registered guests may be purchased with registration.

Tribal Excellence Awards will be given at this year’s Annual Tribal Transportation Conference to those that have made exemplary contributions and service to building and enhancing partnerships with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation and Wisconsin Tribal communities.

Nominations may include any individual, business, consultant, organization and/or partner that have made a significant impact on tribal affairs initiatives and services in transportation. Selections will be made based upon the description and information provided in the nomination form. Award recipients will be selected by the conference planning committee. Nominations must be received by September 30, 2017 for consideration.




Conference Participant Fee – $80 (includes materials, meals and one dinner ticket).

Vendor/Exhibitor Registration Fee – $150  (includes one six-foot table, two chairs, conference materials, meals and one dinner ticket).

Vendors should check-in at registration, beginning at 8:00 am on November 7th, to receive instructions on setup.  All vendors should be setup by 11:30 am.

Lodging Information – A block of rooms, under the name “WTTC”, is being held at the Radisson hotel at the state rate of $82 per night until October 18th.

Check-in time is 3:00 pm; check out-time is 11:00 am.

Radisson Conference Center and Hotel 2040 Airport Drive Green Bay, WI 54313
Reservations: (920) 494-7300
Website:  http://www.radisson.com



Native-Owned Businesses/NADBE/Other – The WisDOT Inter-Tribal Task Force has a limited number of need-based scholarships available to assist in attending the 2016 WTTC.

View the NADBE Scholarship Application.

For more information, please contact Gary Mejchar, American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin (AICCW) at gary@aiccw.org or 414-517-1604.


TrANS Grads and Industry Orientated Career Seekers – The Tribal Labor Advisory Committee has a limited number of scholarships for individuals interested in meeting with prime contractors and participate in a business networking session to showcase their talents and share their resume.

View the TrANS Scholarship Application.

For more information, please contact Leah Sunn, Tribal Labor Advisory Committee Grant Coordinator, at LRisingSun@ldftribe.com or 715-588-4397.



Kelly Jackson, Statewide Tribal Liaison
Wisconsin Department of Transportation