Evening Welcome Reception - open to all conference attendees. 7-9pm in the Skylounge Penthouse of the New Yorker Hotel. Details to follow soon.
-Special guest Malcolm A. Smith, President of the Senate, NY. -Special guest New York Senator John L. Sampson.
MONDAY NOVEMBER 15
WELCOME COFFEE & REGISTRATION
BRINGING HIGH SPEED RAIL TO AMERICA
Opening session with the leading advocates for high speed rail in America. Hear about the benefits, opportunities, and challenges of a major new infrastructure project for America. Hear about great progress being made, status of the program, and what's coming next.
-NY Governor David Paterson -Norman Mineta (former Transportation Secretary) -Congressman Paul Tonko -NY Senator Malcolm Smith -Sam Hamad - Quebec Minister of Transport -Bill Millar - President, American Public Transportation Association -other speakers TBA
COFFEE & NETWORKING BREAK
HIGH SPEED RAIL AROUND THE WORLD
Get up to speed on what's happening around the world in HSR, and how fast high speed rail is spreading throughout numerous countries, and the many benefits that come with it.
Hear from one of the world's leading experts on urbanism, city planning, and transit oriented development. Designer, and best-selling author of Suburban Nation, and the Smart Growth Manual.
-Jeff Speck - Former Design Director DPZ; and Director of Design at NEA
TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT (TOD), STATION ARCHITECTURE, RAIL CONNECTIVITY
Hear about making the connection between HSR, regional & local rail, urbanism, real estate development and the many synergies created. See the latest station designs, station area planning, and more. Learn how to profit from real estate around rail stations.
-Katherine Perez - ULI Los Angeles (Moderator) -Huw Thomas - Foster+Partners, London -Stuart Sirota - TND Planning Group -Mark Leininger - SOM Architects
COFFEE & NETWORKING BREAK
WHY HIGH SPEED?
There are many reasons to invest in a national high speed rail network: jobs, economic recovery, mobility, convenience, safety, energy security, climate solution, and more. Hear from experts on these and other reasons we need to catch up to the rest of the world on advanced transportation for the 21st century.
-Petra Todorovich - America 2050 (Moderator) -Karen Rae - Federal Railroad Administration Deputy -Jim Steer - Steer, Davies, Gleave (UK) -Phineas Baxandall - USPIRG -Will Schroeer - Smart Growth America
LAUNCHING A NEW HSR SYSTEM
Learn about the most ambitious HSR programs in the world taking off all across China with 42 new lines now under construction, Spain, and other countries. Hear about the incredible Chinese HSR industry launched to build their system, and set up major new industries for export - creating millions of jobs across numerous sectors. See how Spain is changing everything in their country with their new rail project.
-Mr. Xiaodong Zhou - TSDI, China -Mr. Jianfeng Cheng - CSR -Lan Mond - NDF, China -Cecilia Ribalaygua, Apia xxi & Universidad de Cantabria, Spain -Victor Roig - GPO Engineering, Spain
COCKTAIL RECEPTION WITH RAY LAHOOD - U.S.Transportation Secretary
TUESDAY NOVEMBER 16
WELCOME COFFEE & REGISTRATION
HSR SYSTEM DEVELOPMENT - FINANCE, CONSTRUCTION, OPERATIONS
Officials will discuss the many ways to get systems going, and options for operational models. Hear from the leading experts in America and around the world on creative ways to expedite new HSR systems, pitfalls to avoid, and how to move projects forward successfully. Learn why a number of diverse groups are advocating for an advanced, modern transportation system for America.
-Elliot "Lee" Sander - Group Chief Executive, Global Transportation - AECOM, and Board Chairman Regional Plan Association -Tim Smart - Director Engineering & Assets, HS1, UK -Joseph Borremans - TUC Rail, Belgium -Jack Kinstlinger - KCI; American Road and Transportation Builders Assn. -Mysore Nagaraja - Chairman, Spartan Solutions
COFFEE & NETWORKING BREAK
FINANCING HIGH SPEED RAIL
Hear from financial experts and industry leaders on bringing private capital into HSR projects. Wall Street leaders will discuss the conditions for investing, while international rail industry leaders will lay out the business case for profitable high speed rail systems. Public-private partnerships, creative financing, an HSR investment fund, and the development of an infrastructure bank will be discussed.
The busiest rail corridor in America is getting a new look! Hear from experts about the bold new vision for the Northeast Corridor (NEC) connecting America's political, financial, and academic capitals. The feasibility of taking the NEC to the high-capacity level of European and Asian HSR systems will be evaluated. The business case and the many benefits will be discussed.
-Paul Nussbaum, Transportation Reporter - Philadelphia Inquirer (Moderator) -Marilyn Taylor - Dean, Univ. of Penn. Design -Al Engel - Amtrak Vice President, HSR -Foster Nichols - Parsons Brinckerhoff -Howard Permut - President MTA Metro-North -Erika Lindsey, MCRP 2010 Penn Design
LUNCH: MEDIA, MESSAGING, MARKETING
Special panel of leading public relations and communications professionals discuss HSR and shaping the message for promoting high speed rail across America.
-Michael Kehs - Hill & Knowlton (Moderator) -Angela Greiling Keane - Bloomberg News -Leonard Burnett - CEO, Uptown Media Group -other speakers TBA
LEGAL FRAMEWORK FOR HSR IN AMERICA
Hear from the nation's top legal experts about the national high speed rail program, and the legal framework for getting a major new infrastructure project built. Learn about the process, challenges, and opportunities this new national program is opening up across America.
-Thomas Hart - USHSR Legal Counsel (Moderator) -Orlan Johnson - Saul Ewing -Jeffrey Boothe - Holland & Knight -John Daniels - Quarles & Brady -Allen Bromberger - Pearlman and Pearlman -Mike Bedke - DLA Piper
NEC PLANNING, VISIONING, & STANDARDS
Hear about the planning process for upgrading the NEC, challenges, and streamlining construction. Learn about the need for, and the process for developing HSR standards on the NEC, and the rest of the United States.
Hear industry leaders discuss the many benefits HSR delivers to the aviation industry - from relieving airport congestion, to making vital connections to nearby cities. Learn how short haul trips are better made by HSR, freeing up crowded airspace and packed runways for longer distance, more highly profitable flights.
-Neysa Pranger, Director of Public Affairs, RPA (Moderator) -Jeffrey Zupan, Senior Fellow - Regional Plan Association -Matthew A. Coogan - Director - New England Transportation Institute -Stephen Van Beeck - Eno Transportation Foundation
NOTE: All atempts have been made to finalize this agenda, but many factors are beyond our control. Therefore this agenda is subject to change without notice.
Previous conference attendees include executives from:
Balfour Beatty AECOM Parsons Brinckerhoff KCI Technologies Bechtel Flour U.S.-Japan High Speed Rail Central Japan Railway Japan Int'l Transport Institute CRCC (China) TSDI (China) CSR (China) NDF (China) Korail TUC Rail Alstom Siemens Talgo Bombardier Hyundai Rotem Renfe
Foster + Partners Architects HOK Dover Kohl Urban Land Institute Autodesk Bentley Systems Terracon Systra Ardanuy ARTBA SMI International First Southwest Investment Bank Hill & Knowlton Global-5 Communications Arcadis Shaw Group Faithful+Gould CA. HSR Authority CA DOT CalPirg Amtrak
DLA Piper Holland & Knight Manatt Parker Poe Lockheed Martin Raytheon Northrop Grumman Alion Science & Tech. BAE Systems Invensys Rail Sumitomo Finley Engineering Mc Dean Archer Western Pandrol Liebherr NKT Cables Southwire Fooke Wilbur Smith
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DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT & ECONOMIC BENEFITS
Hear experts discuss the many benefits to cities and economies from the arrival of HSR. Benefits range from increased development activity, newly created jobs, economic development, urban revitalization, development of new industry clusters, rising property values, energy savings & business efficiencies, and more.
-Stu Brody - Counsel to NY State Senate and Hiscock & Barclay, LLP (Moderator) -Kip Bergstrom - Stamford Redevelopment Commission -Stephen Fitzroy, Director Operations, Research, Trade for EDR Group -James Cartin - HNTB
TECHNOLOGY, VISUALIZATION, TRAINING
See the latest state-of-the-art technology and visualization programs that advance the industry of HSR. See first-hand how technology is revolutionizing the planning, design, engineering, and operations in the HSR industry.
-Connie Crawford - Louis Berger Group (Moderator) -Josep Marie Ribes - President & CEO Ardanuy, Spain -Don Kemper - Wegmann -Kathryn Spear - Ansaldo STS -Choong Yeol Ye - Korean Transport Institute -Invensys rep TBA
HSR IN THE EMPIRE STATE
Find out about the latest progress on the Empire Corridor connecting New York City with Buffalo, and the prospects of connecting New York City to Montreal. Hear about the challenges and opportunities facing the development of these corridors. Hear from experts in the industry how to advance rail as a major transportation mode going forward.
-Debra Warner - Centerstate Corp. for Economic Opportunity (Moderator) -Stanley Gee - NY State Transportation Commissioner -John Parisella - Delegate General, Quebec -Anne O'Neil - MTA
SMALL BUSINESS INVOLVEMENT IN HSR
Federal and state guidelines mandate small business involvement in HSR projects around the US. Find new opportunities for getting involved in these projects. Connect with leaders about the many ways to participate in major infrastructure projects getting underway across America.
-Dwayne Sampson - Past President COMTO NY (Moderator) -Melvin E. Clark, Jr. - G.W. Peoples -Dr. Thomas Mensa - Green Energy and Transportation -other speakers TBA