2018 Transportation & Infrastructure Summit

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“North Carolina in the Fast Lane”

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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What: 2018 Transportation & Infrastructure Summit
When: April 25, 2018 | 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Where: Sheraton Imperial Hotel & Convention Center | 4700 Emperor Blvd., Durham, NC 27703

Registration and Sponsorships


The deadline for early-bird pricing is Wednesday, March 28. Late registration pricing starts on Friday, April 20.

Special Hotel Rate: Reserve a room at the Sheraton Imperial by March 23 for a special room rate of $155.

Learn more about the sponsorship opportunities and contact Angela Sutton for more details.


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Gold Sponsors



Silver Sponsors

Duke Energy Logo for presenting sponsor            


Bronze Sponsors






STV Engineers
McKim & Creed, Inc.

Draft Agenda

7:45 – 8:30 a.m.    
Registration and Networking

8:30 – 8:45 a.m. 
Introductory Remarks
Lew Ebert, NC Chamber
Ward Nye, Martin Marietta

8:45 – 9:15 a.m. 
Meeting North Carolina’s Transportation and Infrastructure Needs
Secretary James Trogdon, North Carolina Department of Transportation

9:15 – 10:00 a.m.
New Approaches to Funding
Jennifer Brickett, Director, BATIC Institute, AASHTO
Rocky Moretti, Director of Policy and Research, TRIP
Burt Tasaico, Strategic Initiatives & Program Support Director, North Carolina Department of Transportation
David Ungemah, Vice President of Managed Lanes & Roadways Service Area, WSP
Jake Cashion, Moderator

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. 
Networking Break

10:30 – 11:15 a.m.
An Update on Upcoming Transformative Infrastructure Projects
Paul Cozza, Executive Director, NC State Ports Authority
Michael Landguth, President and CEO, Raleigh Durham International Airport
Bobby Lewis, Chief Operating Officer, North Carolina Department of Transportation
Moderator: Sepi Saidi, President and CEO, SEPI Engineering & Construction, Inc.

11:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Quick Hits

Workforce Challenges Impacting Transportation and Infrastructure Projects
Betsy Bailey, Director, NC Government Relations & Building Division, Carolinas AGC

With many major transportation and infrastructure projects in the works, the needs for a skilled workforce is critical.  In this quick hit, you will hear how a lack of resources and skilled workers is impacting our ability to meet the demands of these projects.

Atlantic Coast Pipeline Update
Bruce McKay, Atlantic Coast Pipeline

What is the current status of the Atlantic Coast Pipeline project?  What hurdles must be overcome to continue forward movement?  Learn more about this important project for eastern North Carolina in this quick update.

Power/Forward Carolinas
Robert (Bobby) Simpson III, Director, Grid Investment Plan Integration, Duke Energy

In 2017, Duke Energy announced Power/Forward Carolinas–a long-term project to modernize the state’s electric system.  In this quick hit, you will learn how these upgrades will harden the system against storms and outages; make it safer and more resilient against cyber-attacks and physical threats; help expand renewable energy; generate jobs and stimulate economic growth.

12:00 – 12:45 p.m.                

12:45 – 1:15 p.m.
Keynote:  Federal Infrastructure Update
James Ray, Senior Advisor for Infrastructure, Office of the Secretary, United States Department of Transportation

1:15 – 2:00 p.m.                     
The Movement of Goods and People:  A Futuristic Look
Jeffrey M. Barghout, CEO, Robocist
Keith Brandis, Vice President of Product Planning, Volvo Group North
Missy Cummings, Professor, Duke University Pratt School of Engineering
Nicholas Zabriskie, Public Policy Manager, Uber Technologies, Inc
Moderator: Jerry Cook, Vice President of Government and Trade Relations, Hanesbrands, Inc.

2:00 p.m.
Closing Remarks
Lew Ebert, NC Chamber

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