Transportation Summit Calls Attention to Buffalo Niagara Development Needs
State and national leaders gathered to discuss funding for region’s transportation infrastructure
BUFFALO–On May 2, the Buffalo Niagara Partnership hosted the first ever Transportation Summit, at the Jacobs Institute at Gates Vascular Institute. The Partnership brought state and national leaders to Buffalo to discuss the importance of investment in our transportation infrastructure.
“With the Federal Transportation Bill expiring at the end of 2014, we need to creatively problem solve the transportation funding gaps in Buffalo Niagara and the state as a whole,” said Dan Leonard, Director of Regional Development at the Buffalo Niagara Partnership. “Our business economy depends on local communities taking more control over means of financing, regulation and completion of our infrastructure projects. Investing in transportation means a healthy, more vibrant Buffalo Niagara.”
Transportation Summit discussions focused on the present state of transportation project funding, creative means of increasing funding for transportation projects, gaining more local control over projects as well as ways to make project delivery more efficient and cost effective.
The summit featured speakers and panelists representing diverse backgrounds in the transportation industry, including breakfast keynote Gregory G. Nadeau, Deputy Administrator of the Federal Highway Administration and lunch keynote Janet Kavinoky, U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Director of Transportation & Infrastructure, as well as:
- Karen Rae, New York State Deputy Secretary of Transportation
- Marilyn Shazor, Federal Transit Administration Region 2 Administrator
- Avery Ash, AAA Director of Federal Relations
- Nathan Macek, Parsons Brinckerhoff Senior Planner
- Randall Over, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) National President
- Brian Sampson, Design Build Institute of America Liberty & Unshackle Upstate
- Mike Elmendorf, Associated General Contractors of NYS President
- Matt Reiffer, American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) Director of Transportation Programs
The event was followed by a working session with the One Region Forward project team, engaging the event’s experts with the local project team to craft our regional sustainability plan.
ABOUT THE BUFFALO NIAGARA PARTNERSHIP
The Buffalo Niagara Partnership is the region’s private sector economic development organization and regional chamber of commerce, representing nearly a quarter of a million employees in the Buffalo Niagara region. The Partnership’s work has three main focuses: advocacy, business development and convening. By mobilizing members and strategic partners around common goals, the Partnership grows private investment and jobs in Buffalo Niagara.