New NHI Web-based Training: LPA Real Estate Acquisition

The National Highway Institute (NHI) announced a new web-based training that provides an overview of Local Public Agency (LPA) real estate acquisition and the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970 ( Uniform Act). The free training is targeted for those directly involved or providing oversight for acquiring right of way for federally-funded projects.

Upon completion of the self-paced Local Public Agency Real Estate Acquisition training (estimated 6 hours total), participants will be able to:

  • Explain the statutory basis for Federal requirements and relate these to State and local laws, regulations and procedures
  • Explain the intent of the Uniform Act and describe what States and LPAs must do to comply
  • Describe how a typical project is developed and strategies for enhancing project delivery
  • Describe the LPA role in the appraisal process and determine the appropriate valuation format for specific situations
  • Describe the sequence for land acquisition and options available to the negotiator
  • Explain what relocation advisory services are to be provided to property owners and tenants and differentiate the residential and nonresidential relocation processes
  • Summarize various property management activities and evaluate property management actions using specific case studies

If you’re interested in the training (Course Number: FHWA-NHI-1411047), register for the course directly through NHI.

For additional information about this NHI training, visit the course site or contact NHI at nhicustomerservice@dot.gov or 877.558.6873.

About David Giongco

David is a registered civil engineer with the Caltrans Division of Local Assistance. Learn more about him here and connect with him on Twitter and at LinkedIn.

2 thoughts on “New NHI Web-based Training: LPA Real Estate Acquisition

  1. Hi David. I am the Real Property Program Administrator for the City of Mountain View, but before coming here seven years ago I spent a career in Federal service, serving as the Regional Director of Real Estate for the Naval Facilities Engineering Command and later Regional Director of Real Estate for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. In fact, I was also a national instructor for the Corps of Engineers the last few years of my Federal career. One of the things I continually ran into was a lack of understanding by Project Managers, and others, about how long the property acquisition and relocation process can take. I have often told people the public sector real estate acquisition process isn’t just a new ballgame, it’s a whole new sport. A message I hope you can get across is that people need to account for this lengthy process in their project management milestone schedules (GANTT charts).

    • Thanks for stressing that, Dennis. You’re absolutely right … understanding and incorporating accurate timelines for RW activities is critical for preparing project schedules.

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