JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Chamber of Commerce and Industry will host the Missouri Conference on Transportation Thursday at the Capitol Plaza Hotel. Registration begins at 8:00 a.m., with presentations beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Pivoting the transportation debate as the center discussion, the Chamber will be hosting Stephen Miller, chairman of the Missouri Highways and Transportation Commission, and Patrick McKenna, director of the Missouri Department of Transportation. Speaker Todd Richardson, who recently proposed bringing back cost sharing, will discuss his ideas alongside House Pro Tem Denny Hoskins. Later presentations will highlight tobacco funding options, public-private partnerships and a keynote address from U.S. Rep. Sam Graves, chairman for the Congressional Subcommittee on Highways and Transit.
“It’s time to have a conversation about the diverse set of transportation proposals on the table and begin to discuss which plan, or plans, present the best road forward. A wrong turn at this point would be calamitous for Missouri’s infrastructure,” said Daniel P. Mehan, Missouri Chamber president and CEO. “Missouri business leaders are watching these talks closely. The business community remains deeply concerned about the future of our transportation system and our Missouri 2030 strategic plan continues to call for action.”
Visit mochamber.com for the full agenda, including presentations about Uber, river ports, international trade and other important topics.
Rachael Herndon was the editor at The Missouri Times and also produced This Week in Missouri Politics, published Missouri Times Magazine, and co-hosted the #MoLeg podcast. She joined The Missouri Times in 2014, returning to political reporting after working as a campaign and legislative staffer.
Rachael studied at the University of Missouri – Columbia. She lives in Jefferson City with her husband, Brandon, and their two children.