Agenda

8 a.m.

WELCOME

Speaker:

  • Gary Fickes – Commissioner Precinct 3, Tarrant County

8:10 a.m.

SESSION #1

AUTOMATION WITHIN THE U.S. SUPPLY CHAIN

Automation is the key to supply chain redundancy, resiliency and national security. This panel will discuss advancements in automation that have been made and implemented within intermodal and first- and last-mile transportation systems, including a conversation on the “Smart Port” concept.

Moderator:

  • Russell Laughlin, Executive Vice President, Hillwood, Fort Worth

Panelists:

  • Tyler Duvall, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Cavnue, Arlington, Virginia
  • Michael Morris, PE, Transportation Director, North Central Texas Council of Governments, Arlington
  • Brant Ring, Chief Executive Officer, ITS ConGlobal, Fort Worth

9 a.m.

SESSION #2

ACCELERATING MOBILITY PROJECTS THROUGHOUT NORTH TEXAS

The 2021 Tarrant County Bond Election and the federal infrastructure bill will accelerate the development of important road projects. This panel will discuss the status of these and how those measures will impact the region.

Moderator:

  • Victor Vandergriff, Executive Director, Tarrant Regional Transportation Coalition (TRTC), and Chair, 2021 Bond Selection Committee for Tarrant County

Panelists:

  • K. Maenius, County Administrator, Tarrant County, Fort Worth
  • Lauren Prieur, Interim Director, Transportation and Public Works, City of Fort Worth, Fort Worth

9:50 a.m.

BREAK

10 a.m.

SESSION #3

ELEVATING OUR EXPECTATIONS: AIRPORT EXPANSION AND THE FUTURE OF FLIGHT

In just the past decade, there’s been tremendous infrastructure investment at our major airports. In addition to this investment, our airports are preparing for a world where planes share airspace with Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) vehicles, like delivery drones and (later) air taxis.

Moderator:

  • Johan C. Petterson, PE, CFM, Principal, Corporate Development, DEC, Dallas

Panelists:

  • John Ackerman, Executive Vice President, Global Strategy and Development, Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Fort Worth
  • Christian Childs, President, Alliance Aviation Companies, Fort Worth

10:50 a.m.

BREAK

11 a.m.

SESSION #4

DRIVING TEXAS’ ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT THROUGH MULTIMODAL TRANSPORTATION PLANNING

Introduction:

  • Lindsay Mullins, Executive Director, State Government Affairs, BNSF Railway, Austin

Speaker:

  • Caroline Mays, AICP, Director, Planning and Modal Programs, Texas Department of Transportation, Austin

11:30 a.m.

SESSION #5

THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF MANAGED LANES

This discussion will focus on the impact of added capacity, enhanced mobility and congestion relief in the communities where managed lanes and connectivity have been constructed.

Moderator:

  • Robert Hinkle, Director, Corporate Affairs, NTE Mobility Partners LLC and LBJ Infrastructure Group LLC, North Richland Hills

Panelists:

  • Brooke Akins, Director, Global ESG, Cintra, Austin
  • Craig Hulse, Director, Economic Development, North Richland Hills

Noon

LUNCHEON 

ANNOUNCEMENTS AND PRESENTATIONS

  • Invocation – John Huffman, Mayor, City of Southlake
  • Color Guard
  • Pledges
  • Presentation – Tim O’Hare, Tarrant County Judge, Fort Worth

12:30 p.m.

RETHINKING TEXAS HIGHWAYS

Keynote Speaker:

  • Robert Poole, Director of Transportation Policy and Searle Freedom Trust Transportation Fellow, Reason Foundation, Plantation, Florida

1:25 p.m.

CLOSING REMARKS

Speaker:

  • Gary Fickes – Commissioner Precinct 3, Tarrant County