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2016 Irving Transportation Investment Summit Agenda


2:00 p.m.    Registration

2:30 p.m.    The State Perspective on Transportation, Water and Economic Development: 2017 Texas Legislative Session Preview – with Evan Smith of the Texas Tribune

Members of the Texas Legislature preview the transportation and water policy that may be discussed in the 85th Texas legislative session.

3:30 p.m.    Tax Road vs. Toll Road 

Presentation by Senator Robert Nichols

4:15 p.m.    Infrastructure and Local Government

City officials from Texas’ major urban areas discuss infrastructure challenges and solutions from a local perspective.

5:15 p.m.    Congressional Reception Sponsored by LBJ Express and North Tarrant Express

6:30 p.m.     Stakeholder Dinner Sponsored by Dannenbaum Engineering

                          Invitation Only


8:00 a.m.    Registration

8:30 a.m.    Welcome Breakfast and Morning Keynote

Join us as TxDOT Executive Director James Bass and Commissioner Victor Vandergriff discuss key statewide transportation issues.

9:30 a.m.    Signature Breakout Session – Why Transportation Matters for Economic Success

Stakeholders discuss how investment in transportation is key to economic development at both the state and federal levels.

10:30 a.m.    Breakout Sessions

Session 1 – Economic Case for Building Transit Oriented Developments

Discussion on how cities are utilizing transit-oriented developments to meet market demand while promoting smart growth.

Session 2 – Women in Infrastructure

Women leaders in the transportation, water and economic development fields discuss strategy, implementation and resources.

11:30 a.m.    Awards Luncheon 

Honoring Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison with the Lifetime Infrastructure Champion Award

Keynote Speaker: Victor Mendez, Deputy Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation

1:30 p.m.    Signature Breakout Session: Blue Green Gray Infrastructure – Sponsored by Earth Day Texas

Michael Morris and David Marquis will host this signature panel session on cutting edge thinking and solutions to infrastructure challenges. Panelists will discuss new, innovative ways to address our future needs. Additionally, Michael and David will introduce a Call for Projects, a competition for government entities, non-profits, and businesses to submit proposals for innovative infrastructure projects that need funding. Projects will be submitted to NCTCOG, and the team of judges will be led by Jim Levitt, Director of the Conservation Finance Institute at Harvard University. The winning projects will be submitted for funding to NCTCOG and partners. 

2:30 p.m.    Breakout Sessions

Session 1 – International Trade and Border Issues

Discussion on how international freight, trade, and border crossings affect the DFW region and Texas.

Session 2 – Texas on the Move: Transportation Technology & Innovation

Discussion on innovative technology in transportation and the future of mobility in our state and region.               

3:30 p.m.    Ice Cream Social

4:00 p.m.   End of Summit