2017 Transportation & Infrastructure Summit

April 18, 2017

North Carolina is working to find comprehensive, long-term solutions to meet transportation and infrastructure needs, which become increasingly demanding with business and population growth. This event will address current and future transportation and infrastructure issues in North Carolina, with a focus on funding, impact on job growth and more.

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Gold Sponsors


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Get Engaged: #MovingNC


What: Transportation & Infrastructure Summit
When: Tuesday, April 18, 2017 | 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Where: Sheraton Imperial Hotel | 4700 Emperor Boulevard, Durham, NC

Registration and Sponsorships

Ticket Pricing:

Cornerstone Members: Early-Bird $150 | Regular $175 | Late $200
Members: Early-Bird $175 | Regular $200 | Late $225
Non-Members: Early-Bird $250 | Regular $275 | Late $300

The deadline for early-bird pricing is Tuesday, March 21. Late registration pricing starts on Thursday, April 13.


Email Beth Shore or call 919-836-1406 for more details about sponsorship opportunities.

Draft Agenda

8:30 – 9:15 a.m.
Registration and Networking

9:15 – 9:30 a.m.
Introductory Remarks
Lew Ebert, NC Chamber
Ward Nye, Martin Marietta

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Upcoming Projects and How They Will Impact Your Business
Scott Saylor, President, North Carolina Railroad Company
Paul Cozza, Executive Director, North Carolina State Ports Authority
Carla Picard, External Affairs Manager, Dominion Energy
Quinton C. Kendall, Vice President for State Relations and Public Funding, CSX Transportation
Jerry Cook, Vice President, Government and Trade Relations, Hanesbrands, Inc. (Moderator)

North Carolina has several exciting projects in the works.  In this session, our panel of experts will discuss the Carolina Connector, the Queen City Express the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, and expansion and economic development projects underway with the NC Railroad Company.  You will walk away with a better understanding of these projects and how you can leverage them for your business.

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.
Networking Break

10:45 – 11:30 a.m.
Broadband: Meeting the Challenges in Non-Urban North Carolina
Ted Abernathy, Managing Partner, Economic Leadership, LLC (moderator)
Dan Gerlach, President, Golden LEAF Foundation
Rondi Furgason, Vice President of Operations, CenturyLink

Broadband is an integral part of building a 21st century technology infrastructure that supports North Carolina citizens and businesses. Unfortunately, there is still a significant portion of households and businesses in non-urban areas of North Carolina without access to a wired connection capable of 25mbps download speeds. Our panel of experts will discuss current efforts to close this digital divide in North Carolina.

11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Lunch and Keynote
Secretary James Trogdon, North Carolina Department of Transportation

12:45 – 1:30 p.m.
Three Ways Airports are Generating Economic Activity and Commerce in NC
Kevin Baker, Executive Director, Piedmont Triad International Airport
Julie Wilsey, Airport Director, Wilmington International Airport
Michael Landguth, President & CEO, Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority
Brent Cagle, Aviation Director, Charlotte Douglas International Airport
Joe Milazzo, Executive Director, Regional Transportation Alliance (moderator)

North Carolina’s airports are a vital part of our transportation system. In this session, our panel of experts will discuss the many ways airports are generating economic activity, connecting our state to the global economy and promoting growth.

1:30 – 1:45 p.m.
Networking Break

1:45 – 3:10 p.m.
Quick Hits on Innovation and Disruption in Transportation

  • Electric Grid and System Infrastructure – Lee Mazzocchi, Senior Vice President, Duke Energy
  • Managed Motorways – Beau Memory, Executive Director, North Carolina Turnpike Authority
  • Smart Cities – Trey Rabon, Executive Director, Legislative Affairs, AT&T
  • Autonomous Vehicles – Technology Impacts and the Future of Transportation
    Steve Kuciemba, Vice President / National ITS Practice Leader, WSP|Parsons Brinckerhoff

There are many potential benefits to the autonomous vehicle technology revolution but an equal number of unknown factors as we will see more advancements in the next 10 years than many of us have seen over the past 50 years. This session will focus on how our increasingly connected society and the advent of connected and automated vehicles are changing the way we look at mobility.

3:10 p.m.
Closing Remarks

Continuing Education Credit

4.5 credit hours.

Live Group Study



Silver Sponsors

Wake Stone Corporation

Bronze Sponsors

NC State Ports
North Carolina Railroad Company
PSNC Energy
Smith Anderson
Wetherill Engineering
Young Moore


HTI (Human Technologies Inc.)

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