ideamorningsJason D’Mello is taking Idea Mornings on the road… and on the rails.

First, the rails:

Earlier this month, we urged you to help D’Mello crowdfund his ticket onto the inaugural trip of the Millennial Trains Project. The project is a transcontinental train ride from the Bay area to DC with stops in 10 cities. Millennials (people aged 18-34) with vision, creativity and an entrepreneurial spirit and a proposed project will work on their project, network and be mentored along the way.

D’Mello raised the funds in just a couple of days.

D’Mello’s project is to bring Idea Mornings to the 10 cites on the train trip. He now tells us that Patrick Dowd, founder of the Trains Project, is partnering with him to organize these events as part of the programming for the journey.

The plan is to invite 20 entrepreneurs and innovators in each city onto the train and broadcast the event online.

D’Mello says, “The speakers will be a mix of riders from our train and local thought leaders in each city and I’m just honored to have the Millennial Trains project take such an interest in this project and offer to host and help find speakers to make it successful!”

D’Mello has caught the transportation bug. Next week he takes Idea Mornings on the road… literally!

No need to reinvent the wheel (Okay, enough with the transportation puns)… Below is D’Mello’s press release for the event:

We are partnering with Vision Louisville, TARC, and The Parklands of Floyds Fork for a two-part breakfast talk!

TARC is providing a hybrid bus to take 40 people from Union Station (1000 West Broadway) to the Parklands of Floyds Fork.

Meet us at 7:15 at Union Station – the bus will leave promptly at 7:30am.  It will return around 10am.  Plenty of parking available.

Contact  dmelloja [at] if you would like to ride the bus (limited seating).  Talk #2 at the Parklands of Floyds Fork is open to the public.

Talk #1 – Mohammad Nouri from Vision Louisville Connectivity Focus Team

7:30am Friday July 26

Location: On the Bus!

Mohammad has more than 30 years experience serving both in the public and private sectors assisting clients in creating livable and quality communities.

Utilizing the motto “great communities are made, not born,” he assists clients with urban planning and design, transportation, engineering and sustainability in infrastructure design.

Mohammad has a degree in civil engineering and is a registered Professional Engineer in Kentucky and Indiana. He is a LEED AP, and a fellow, Institute of Transportation Engineer (ITE).

Mohammad has gained national recognition in advancing bicycling, walking, and public transportation as part of an integrated transportation strategy.

During his tenure at Metro Louisville, he provided policy direction on instituting Complete Streets Policy for Louisville. In addition, he authored the Bicycle-Friendly Louisville plan in which earned Louisville recognition as a bicycle-friendly community by the League of American Bicyclists.

Talk #2  Scott D. Martin – Park Director “Bringing the Metropolitan Region Together – Public Parks as Infrastructure”

8 a.m. July 26

Location: The Parklands of Floyds Fork  (Gheens Foundation Lodge) map

Scott serves as the Parks Director for The Parklands of Floyds Fork – a private/public partnership developing a $125 million, 4,000 acre privately developed public park on the edge of Metro Louisville.  Tasked with operating the park, Scott serves as member of the leadership team that seeks to reapply the metropolitan planning and development lessons of Fredrick Law Olmsted in the new century with the wrinkle of the new model being a private/public partnership.

Scott joined The Parklands team in 2010 after serving eight years as the director of commerce & leisure services in Franklin County.  In this capacity, he was part of the County’s leadership team overseeing economic development, parks & recreation, tourism, and pilot open space conservation programs.  Team successes include a series of economic development projects that brought nearly 600 new jobs and $100 million in new private sector investments, the doubling of public park acreage, the first countywide parks, recreation, and trails plan, first PDR program, and hosting of the community’s first nationally televised sporting events.  Prior to Franklin County, Scott spent five years working for the Boise (Idaho) Parks and Recreation Department as the Coordinator of Partnerships during which time he provided staff support and conservation planning for the successful $10 million Foothills Open Space Serial Levy campaign that has preserved over 9,000 acres of land to date.

Scott holds a MPA (Natural Resource and Environmental Policy with honors) and BA (Political Science) from Boise State University.  Scott and his wife live just outside of Prospect , KY and spend their free time kayaking, camping, and hiking.