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JW Marriott
Austin, TX
January 7-8, 2019


The following agenda is draft and subject to change.

4:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Registration and Information Desk Open
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Registration and Information Desk Open
7:45 – 8:45 a.m.
Breakfast, Opening Remarks and Road Hand Awards
9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
Session A – Texas: A State of Movement and Momentum

Orange construction barrels are a common sight on primary and secondary roadways all over the state. That’s because the state of Texas has been experiencing a population boom and great economic prosperity. And that momentum is expected to continue. State Demographer Dr. Lloyd Potter will provide an overview on the increasing population and changing demographics around the state. Texas Transportation Commission Chairman J. Bruce Bugg, Jr. will provide an overview of what progress has been made on the state’s transportation system since 2015. The Texas Clear Lanes program is just one example of how TxDOT is helping meet the demands of those driving in Texas. D.J. Gribbin, a transportation expert serving in several White House administrations, will look at transportation and its challenges from a federal perspective.

  • J. Bruce Bugg, Jr., Texas Transportation Commission
  • Lloyd Potter, PhD, UTSA
  • D.J. Gribbin, Madrus, LLC
10:45 a.m. – noon
Session B – #EndTheStreakTX

TxDOT’s Executive Director considers safety every day as he leads a department of 12,000 men and women whose top priority is also safety. James Bass will challenge Forum attendees to think about how we can all work better together to reduce the number of fatalities on Texas roads. Sadly, at least one person has died on Texas roads since November 7, 2000. Panelists gathered will discuss what must be done to #EndTheStreak.

  • James Bass, Texas Department of Transportation
  • Laura Ryan, Texas Transportation Commission
  • Jay Blazek Crossley, Farm & City
  • Robert Wunderlich, P.E., Texas A&M Transportation Institute
  • Dug Begley, Houston Chronicle
12:15 – 1:15 p.m.
Lunch Keynote - Cybersecurity

As is the case in almost every industry and sector, technology is an enabler for business success and organizational effectiveness. With those technology advances though, is an increased need for protection. General Keith Alexander, U. S. Army (Retired) will discuss what steps must be considered and taken to protect enterprises in these times when cybersecurity rises as a strategic necessity.

  • General Keith Alexander, U.S. Army (Retired)
1:45 – 2:45 p.m.
Session C – Trade and Transportation

Moving goods and people is at the core of the mission of the Texas Department of Transportation. With that in mind and the increased demand we’re seeing on our highways for capacity to move them, we will hear from trade and international experts on how Texas is working to increase opportunity for business to move their products safely and effectively to markets throughout the state, the country and the world.

  • Jeff Austin, III, Texas Transportation Commission
  • Claudia Lagos Galindo, Government of Mexican State of Tamaulipas
  • Tiffany Melvin, North American Strategy for Competitiveness
  • The Honorable Rolando Pablos, Former Secretary of State, Texas
  • Caroline Mays, Texas Department of Transportation
2:45 – 3:45 p.m.
Session D – Energy Sector

One of the biggest challenges for transportation planners and TxDOT is how to meet ever increasing demand for safer roads and more capacity in Texas energy sectors. This panel will focus on the current state of roads in the energy sector and what’s at stake as demand for Texas energy continues to rise. We will hear perspective from energy industry leaders, the trucking industry and community leaders from the area.

  • Alvin New, Texas Transportation Commission
  • John Esparza, Texas Trucking Association
  • Todd Staples, Texas Oil and Gas Association
  • Randy Hopmann, P.E., Texas Department of Transportation
4:00 – 5:15 p.m.
Session E – 86th Texas Legislature

In addition to hearing from Senator Robert Nichols, one of the leading experts on transportation policy in the state of Texas, attendees will hear from both state senators and state representatives on the most pressing issues around transportation facing legislators during the upcoming legislative session.

  • The Honorable Robert Nichols, Texas Senate
  • The Honorable Kelly Hancock, Texas Senate
  • The Honorable Armando “Mando” Martinez, Texas House of Representatives
  • The Honorable Geanie Morrison, Texas House of Representatives
  • Ben Wear, Austin American Statesman (Retired)
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Reception: Don’t mess with Texas®
7:30 – 11:00 a.m.
Registration and Information Desk Open
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Breakfast Keynote

The day starts with an interesting look at the states revenue estimates and financial forecast by Comptroller of Public Accounts, Glenn Hegar.

  • The Honorable Glenn Hegar, Comptroller of Public Accounts, Texas
9:30 – noon
Tech Tuesday
  • Greg Winfree, Texas A&M Transportation Institute
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Session F – Tech Talks

The first half of Tuesday morning will consist of short talks on how transportation and technology innovations will continue to change the face of transportation in the State of Texas. Included will be leading industry experts on automated vehicles and transportation, air transport, disruptive technology, smart mobility, and questions facing policy makers as automated and connected vehicles become closer to reality on various Texas roadways.

  • Tyler Duvall, Personal Air Vehicles, McKinsey & Company
  • Alan Wells, Self-Driving Trucks at Uber ATG
10:45 a.m. – noon
Session G – Connected and Autonomous Vehicle Initiative

The second half of the Tuesday morning program will be a panel discussion offering strategic insight and vision for advancing leadership by the State of Texas in the continued testing, deployment and production of autonomous and connected vehicle technologies as well as related infrastructure applications. Participants will include representatives from industry and higher education/research representatives and the Texas Department of Transportation.

  • Darran Anderson, Texas Department of Transportation
  • Kathleen Baireuther, City Solutions, Ford Smart Mobility
  • Kameron Simmons, Starsky Robotics
  • Chris Wightman, Drive.ai


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