The Greater Baltimore Committee’s 2010 Transportation Summit on September 22 will feature four high-level experts on transportation policy including Pennsylvania Governor Edward G. Rendell, an outspoken advocate for stepped-up investment in the nation’s transportation infrastructure.
Joining Rendell as featured speakers on the summit program at the Hyatt Regency Baltimore will be U.S. Department of Transportation Deputy Secretary John D. Porcari; CSX Chairman Michael J. Ward, and Pete Ruane, president of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association.
“We are very fortunate to be able to hear from these four highly-knowledgeable presenters in one program,” said GBC president and CEO Donald C. Fry of speakers for the Sept. 22 GBC transportation summit event. “They all have unique, close-up, expert perspectives on the substantial transportation infrastructure challenges facing our nation and our state.”
Summit topics will include reactions to President Barack Obama’s $50 billion transportation infrastructure plan, the need for national and state infrastructure investments and their relation to job-creation, the role of freight and the need to move it more efficiently, and improving transportation resources as a means of building a competitive edge in Maryland and in the nation.
Rendell, along with California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in 2008 founded Building America’s Future, a bipartisan coalition of elected officials dedicated to bringing about a new era of investment in the nation’s infrastructure.
Among other things, Rendell is pressing the Pennsylvania legislature to increase transportation funding in that state by approximately $1 billion per year.
Porcari, as deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, serves as chief operating officer with responsibility for the day-to-day operations of 10 modal administrations and the work of more than 55,000 DOT employees nationwide. Prior to joining DOT in June 2009, Porcari was Secretary of the Maryland Department of Transportation.
Ward is a 32-year veteran of CSX Corporation, where he has served as chairman, president and CEO since 2003. During his career, he has held executive positions relating to nearly all aspects of the company’s business, including sales and marketing, operations and finance.
Ruane has served as president and CEO of the American Road and Transportation Builders Association since October 1988. He has more than 35 years of experience in economic development, transportation and construction. Previously, he was president of the National Moving and Storage Association for nine years, and has served as deputy director of the U.S. Office of Economic Adjustment, and worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense and on the President’s Economic Adjustment Committee.