- July 26, 2021
9:00 am - 10:30 am
Please join the Greater Baltimore Committee for a panel discussion on current transportation and infrastructure policies and programs.
- Senator Ben Cardin, Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Transportation and Infrastructure — Cardin will discuss the bipartisan infrastructure package focused on highways, bridges, transit, ports, airports and broadband that President Biden has introduced.
- Secretary Greg Slater, Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) — Slater will discuss potential programs that could qualify for funding in the state and region, including highways, bridges, transit, airport and ports.
- Director Kenrick “Rick” M. Gordon, head of Maryland’s Office of Statewide Broadband — Gordon will discuss all the potential investments and/or plans for investments for broadband using state and federal dollars.
Senator Cardin has been a national leader on health care and civil rights, taxes and retirement security, infrastructure and the environment while representing the people of Maryland in the U.S. Senate, and before that in the House of Representatives.
Senator Cardin currently serves as Chair of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee. He also is Chair of the Senate Small Business and Entrepreneurship Committee and serves on the Senate Foreign Relations and Finance Committees. The interconnectivity of these assignments allows Senator Cardin to promote policies, legislation and programs that help grow our state and national economies and create job opportunities; support small businesses; protect our middle class and most vulnerable citizens; conserve clean air and water; advance progress and innovation in clean energy and transportation; and promote transparency, good governance, and the protection of civil and human rights.
Senator Cardin is the leading proponent of investing to improve America’s aging water infrastructure so communities like Baltimore and Flint are no longer forced to provide bottled water to students because of lead and other contaminants in the water system. He is also a leading advocate for the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay, which is the economic, historical and cultural heart of Maryland.
His commitment to expand economic opportunity while protecting our environment fuels his advocacy for federal investments in transportation infrastructure that reduce pollution and expand opportunities. Senator Cardin lead the establishment of the Transportation Alternatives Program, which supports local transportation needs such as pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure that supports the health, safety and quality of life in our communities. His recent efforts on infrastructure have led to progress on important projects around the state, including improved capacity and resilience at the Port of Baltimore. He has also been a strong advocate of investing to improve the quality and accessibility of public transit in Baltimore. He is a co-author of the America’s Transportation Infrastructure Act of 2019 (S. 2302), which, if enacted, will be the first surface transportation authorization bill to include a major provision devoted to tackling the challenge of climate change.
Prior to serving in the Senate, Cardin represented Maryland’s Third Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. As a Maryland legislator, Cardin served in the Maryland House of Delegates, including as Speaker.
With more than two decades of public service, Greg Slater was named Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) in January 2020 after working his way up from the MDOT State Highway Administration. His career spanned technical and leadership positions in both the engineering and planning/programming offices and, ultimately, Administrator in 2017.
Secretary Slater is the only person to have served as head of an MDOT agency and as the Maryland Transportation Secretary. As State Highway Administrator, he oversaw the largest highway construction program in the state’s history; reduced poorly rated bridges from 69 in 2015 to 29 in 2021 with 26 of those now under construction or funded for construction and three in design; performed state-of-good-repair maintenance on about 85% (14,500 lane miles) of Maryland’s pavement network since 2015; concentrated on system focus; and initiated the transformation of urban and suburban corridors with a context-driven approach. As Secretary, he oversees every aspect of state transportation, from its highways, tollways, roadways, transit systems / services to motor vehicles, the Baltimore/Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport and the Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore.
He is a graduate of Towson University, University of Maryland University College National Leadership Institute and Leadership Maryland. Secretary Slater is the recipient of the American Council of Engineering Companies’ Presidents award, the 2020 Md. Washington Minority Contractors Association, Inc. Best Government Administrator of the Year for Minority Business Enterprise award, and The Road Gang’s Lester P. Lamm Memorial Award for Public Service.
Secretary Slater led the department through the Covid-19 pandemic including the conversion to all electronic tolling, maintaining a robust construction program, shifting to a remote operation, maintaining critical supply chain operation at the Port of Baltimore and BWI Marshall Airport, maintaining a transit system for the essential workforce and continuing critical motor vehicle licensing operations. Leading the recovery, Secretary Slater is currently focusing the department on big infrastructure with more than 20 mega projects and overseeing a department of more than 10,000 employees. In addition to ensuring a state of good repair at all of MDOT’s agencies, he is laying the foundation for tomorrow’s transportation system with integrated, smart infrastructure; adaptable solutions; system focus; and modernization.
Kenrick “Rick” Gordon, P.E. has more than 30 years in engineering design and construction administration experience. His career began as a civil engineer working with municipalities on public works projects. He then moved into commercial, industrial development, ultimately managing the engineering arm of a small development company.
Gordon served at the U.S. Department of Agriculture as a General Field Representative for the USDA’s Rural Utilities Service Telecommunications Program. In this role, he assisted small, rural telephone companies and internet providers seeking federal funding for telecommunications improvements, including broadband expansion.
Formerly, as the Director of the Governor’s Office of Rural Broadband and now as the Director of Maryland’s newly created Office of Statewide Broadband, Gordon oversees digital inclusion efforts and the expansion of broadband capabilities statewide to bring access to households and businesses in Maryland’s rural areas. He works with agencies across county, state and the federal government and with independent provider stakeholders to establish and enact programs to provide statewide access to high-speed internet.
A question-and-answer session will follow the discussion. Please submit questions in advance using the registration form.
When: Monday, July 26, 2021; 9-10:30 a.m.
Where: Virtual Event via Zoom
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