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August 27, 2020

Following recommendations issued by Governor Cooper and the CDC, the NC Chamber’s Transportation & Infrastructure Summit has been rescheduled for August 27, 2020 and will be a virtual event. Our team remains in close contact with state officials and we feel that this decision is in the best interest of the health and welfare of our community. Thank you for understanding. 

North Carolina’s rapidly growing population raises questions about what our state’s transportation and infrastructure networks should, and will, look like in the years ahead. This event will address these questions, with a focus on what’s changing, where we’re headed and how we’ll get there. A must-attend for those in the transportation and infrastructure industries looking for high-level networking and the latest policy updates.

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Thursday, August 27
8:05 amAttendees Admitted to Event
8:15 amWelcome and Introductory Remarks

Ward Nye, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Martin Marietta

8:30 amThe State of Transportation in North Carolina

Bobby Lewis, Chief Operating Officer, North Carolina Department of Transportation

9:00 amNetworking Break
9:10 amNC Can't Afford to Stop: Status Update
  • Sepi Saidi, President, SEPI, Inc.
  • Troy Dover, Summit Design and Engineering Services, LLC

The strength of North Carolina’s competitive economy hinges on the strength of our state’s transportation infrastructure. Last year, North Carolina’s infrastructure funding crisis severely impacted businesses in the industry, forcing layoffs and hundreds of project delays. Our panel of experts will provide an update on the NC Can’t Afford to Stop campaign and the importance of developing a long-term, future-focused plan that establishes predictable, consistent funding measures to increase available transportation infrastructure investment.

9:55 amNetworking Break
10:05 amBuilding Infrastructure for a Low Carbon Future
  • Diane Huis, Senior Vice President, Innovation and Business Development, North Carolina’s Electric Cooperatives

In an effort to promote electric vehicle (EV) adoption and decrease carbon emissions, NC Electric Cooperatives are building a network of charging stations across North Carolina. In this quick hit, you will learn how an increase in charging stations will lessen range anxiety for drivers, reduce emissions and support innovation. You will also hear about other strategies to promote beneficial electrification and support NC Electric Cooperative’s goal of decreasing carbon emissions to net zero between now and 2050. Additional opportunities include electrifying manufacturing processes and enabling non-emitting equipment, resulting in a business decreasing its environmental footprint.

10:25 amA Unified Vision for Infrastructure in North Carolina
  • Trey Rabon, President, AT&T North Carolina
  • Jerry Cook, Vice President, Government and Trade Relations, Hanesbrands, Inc.
  • Reid Campbell, PE, Senior Project Manager, AECOM

North Carolina must identify ways to continue investing in the development and maintenance of sound physical infrastructure, including transportation (roads, railroads and ports), water and sewer, energy and broadband/advanced communications to meet the demands of population and economic growth. Our panel of experts will discuss current and future efforts to update aging infrastructure, improve the power grid, and improve efficiency and resiliency.

11:15 amClosing Remarks

Ward Nye, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Martin Marietta