2014 Transportation and Infrastructure Summit

March 26, 2014


A Bridge to the Future – Making Logistics and Infrastructure a Competitive Advantage for NC

Presented by

Martin Marietta Materials Co Sponsor Logo


McGuire Woods Consulting Cornerstone Member Logo

Gold Sponsors



Piedmont Natural Gas Gold Sponsor Logo


Place: Sheraton Imperial – Durham, NC
Time: Wednesday, March 26 | 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Tickets: Chamber Cornerstone Members – $129 | Chamber Members – $149 | Non-Members – $229
Objective: There are currently more than nine million people living in North Carolina. By 2030, the population is expected to grow to 12 million, making North Carolina the seventh most populated state in the nation. This growth brings many opportunities, but it begs the question: Are we ready…

The North Carolina Chamber believes transportation is business. The rate and efficiency at which goods move is critical to meeting the current and growing demands of a dynamic state economy and ensuring that North Carolina is not only competitive with its neighbors but also in the global market place.  Therefore, the state must develop and implement comprehensive sustainable, long-term solutions to meet the transportation and infrastructure needs that exist now but also those that will come with the projected business and population growth Failure to address these critical components will have a detrimental and long-lasting negative impact on the state’s economy and ability to retain current investments and attract new jobs, new investments and expansions.

Sufficient physical infrastructure, including transportation, water and sewer, energy and broadband, to meet future demand is required for good jobs and a secure future. Register to join the North Carolina Chamber as we discuss how economic growth, safety and quality of life improvements are interconnected and dependent on investments in infrastructure.

Bronze Sponsor

Adopt A Highway
Food Lion
HNTB, Corp.
Norfolk Southern Corp.
North Carolina Railroad Company
North Carolina Section Institute of Transportation Engineers (NCSITE)
SEPI Engineering and Construction
Vulcan Materials Company


Adopt A Highway
Mi-Co Mobile Data Solutions

Draft Agenda

8:00 am

8:30 am
Welcome Remarks
Mr. Lew Ebert, President, NC Chamber

8:40 am
Challenges and Opportunities for Logistics in NC – A Business Perspective
Mr. Charles Edwards, Executive Director, NC Center for Global Logistics

9:15 am
What the Future Holds – Improving NC’s Economy via Rail
Mr. Scott Saylor, President, North Carolina Railroad Company
Mr. Franklin Rouse, Jr., Vice-Chairman, North Carolina Railroad Company Board

10:00 am
A Look at NC’s Competition: How Virginia Succeeded in Funding Reform
The Honorable Sean Connaughton, Former Virginia Secretary of Transportation, 2010-2014

10:40 am

11:00 am
What To Do? The Federal Role in NC’s Transportation Network and The Long-Term Revenue Picture for North Carolina
Mr. Nick Tennyson, Chief Deputy Secretary, NC Department of Transportation
Mr. Mark Foster, Chief Financial Officer, NC Department of Transportation

12:00 pm
Lunch and Keynote Address
The Governor’s Transportation Plan
The Honorable Pat McCrory
The Honorable Tony Tata, Secretary of Transportation, North Carolina

1:30 pm
A Legislative Perspective from NC House and Senate Members
The Honorable Bill Brawley, NC House, Chair, House Finance and Chair, House Transportation
The Honorable John Torbett, NC House, Chair, Joint Legislative Transportation Oversight Committee, Vice Chair, House Appropriations and Chair, House Subcommittee on Transportation Appropriations
Harry Kaplan, Senior Vice President and Director State Government Relations, McGuireWoods Consulting (Moderator)

Closing Remarks

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