2015 Transportation & Infrastructure Summit

April 9, 2015



Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Raleigh-Durham Airport at Research Triangle Park | 4810 Page Creek Lane, Durham, North Carolina, 27703

When: Thursday, April 9 | 8:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Tickets: Chamber Cornerstone Members – $129 | Chamber Members – $149 | Non-Members – $229

What: 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…


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Silver Sponsors

Piedmont Natural Gas

Bronze Sponsors

APAC-Atlantic, Inc., Thompson-Arthur Division
North Carolina Railroad Company

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.

North Carolina currently faces significant challenges to maintain and improve statewide transportation, especially as the growing population places increased demand on the transportation system. Forecasts show that by 2018, gas tax revenues (which make up 70% of the state’s transportation revenue) will peak and start declining. Over the next 10 years, the state will produce about $2 billion less in necessary transportation revenues due to declining gas tax dollars. Investing in the transportation system is crucial for quality of life and economic growth, and will yield a significant return on investment as it provides a resource for years to come.

The North Carolina Chamber is proactively working to address the long-term transportation challenges in our state. We have developed the Coalition for a Prosperous Future to join the voices of key stakeholders throughout the broad-based business community with other aligned organizations to advance comprehensive solutions around this critical issue.

Draft Agenda

8:00 am Registration

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

8:45 am A Look at the States Who Got it Right
Ms. Janet Kavinoky,, US Chamber (Invited)

9:15 am Challenges to North Carolina’s Transportation System
Charles H.W. Edwards, Executive Director, North Carolina Center for Global Logistics

9:45 am NC Chamber Transportation Study
Daniel Findley, Senior Research Associate, ITRE

10:15 am Break

10:30 am The Intermodal Industry’s Impact on Jobs and the Economy
Mr. Rob Martinez, Vice President, Business Development, Norfolk Southern

11:15 am Logistics Panel
Mr. Paul J. Cozza, CEO, North Carolina State Ports Authority
Mr. Jerry Cook,VP Government and Trade Relations, Hanesbrands, Inc.
Ms. Rachel Vandenberg, PE, VP and National Director for Ports & Intermodal, Dewberry
Ms. Penny Whiteheart, Managing Director of NC Aerospace Inc
Ms. Sepideh Saidi, PE, President, CEO, SEPI Engineering & Construction (Moderator)
Other Speakers Invited

12:00 pm Legislative Panel
Representative Bill Brawley, North Carolina House of Representatives
Representative John Torbett, North Carolina House of Representatives
Other Speakers Invited

12:30 pm Lunch and Keynote: Secretary Tony Tata, NC Department of Transportation

2:00pm Closing Remarks

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