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2017 Transportation Conference to highlight Missouri’s transportation infrastructure needs and strategies

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Transportation infrastructure plays a key role in Missouri’s economy. Our central location, rail connectivity, port availability and metropolitan airports are strong assets. What are we doing to invest in those assets? What do employers need most in transportation upgrades? What innovative transportation concepts are being used by employers and what is the impact?

These questions and more will be answered during the 2017 Transportation Conference on Thursday, Feb. 16, at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Jefferson City. The conference begins at 8 a.m.

The conference is presented by the Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry, in partnership with the Missouri Department of Transportation.

Ed Mortimer, executive director, transportation infrastructure, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, will be the keynote speaker. Mortimer will provide a national outlook on federal transportation initiatives and funding and what Missouri can expect to change in the future.



8:00 am – 8:30 am

Registration and Breakfast

8:30 am – 8:35 am


Daniel P. Mehan, President, Missouri Chamber of Commerce & Industry Gregg C. Smith, Chairman, Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission

8:35 am – 9:30 am

Citizen’s Guide to Transportation Funding in Missouri

Patrick K. McKenna, Director, Missouri Department of Transportation

9:30 am – 10:00 am

Buckle Up/Phones Down

Ed Hassinger, Chief Engineer, Missouri Department of Transportation

10:00 am – 10:15 am

Networking Break

10:15 am – 11:00 am Freight Railroading 101

Michael Gaynor, Assistant Vice President of Field Operations, GoRail

11:00 am – 11:45 am

Innovations in Transportation: Inspecting and Preserving Infrastructure through Robotic Exploration (INSPIRE)

Dr. Genda Chen, Missouri S&T

11:45 am – 12:00 pm

Networking Break

12:00 pm – 12:45 pm

Luncheon Keynote Presentation: Federal Transportation Update

Ed Mortimer, Executive Director, Transportation Infrastructure, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm

Air Traffic Control (ATC): Reform and Modernization

Philip Moore, Governmental Affairs, Southwest Airlines Company

1:30 pm – 1:45 pm

Networking Break

1:45 pm – 2:30 pm

Innovations in Transportation: Responding to Change from the Perspective of State Government

Michael DeMers, Director, Missouri Department of Transportation Innovative Partnerships and Alternative Funding

2:30 pm – 3:15 pm Innovations in Transportation: An Innovative Approach to Managing Commercial Traffic on the US Highways

Jeff Schwartz, Missouri Truck Ferry

3:15 pm Conference Adjourns