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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. 

Event Description

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. Additionally, over the course of the next decade, the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will only have funds available for 17% of our state’s needed transportation projects. During that same time frame, 57% of the revenue currently used to fund infrastructure projects will decline due to North Carolina’s heavy reliance on the dwindling motor fuels tax. Surging costs from historic storms, an inadequate revenue formula, and the COVID-19 pandemic have all contributed to a transportation crisis here in North Carolina. This event will address these issues, 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.

Read more about how the NC Chamber is advocating for transportation and infrastructure investments here.


Presented By
  • Martin Marietta Logo


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

Ronald L. Keeter, Eastern Deputy Chief Engineer, North Carolina Department of Transportation

8:50 amNetworking Break
9:00 amOverview of 2020 Foundation Transportation Study

Daniel Findley, Ph.D., PE, Senior Research Associate, Institute for Transportation Research and Education, NC State University

Dr. Findley will provide an overview of the NC Chamber Foundation’s forthcoming Transportation Study.

9:15 amLaunching Destination 2030
  • Sepi Saidi, President and CEO, SEPI, Inc.
  • Jim Dewey, Director, Supply Chain – Transportation, Lowe’s Companies, Inc.
  • Troy Dover, PE, President, Summit Design and Engineering Services, LLC
  • Moderator: Jake Cashion, NC Chamber

The importance of North Carolina’s transportation infrastructure cannot be overstated. Our roads, bridges, ports, railways, and airports provide the pathways that keep commerce moving in our state and connect North Carolina’s businesses and its people to the rest of the global economy. In this panel discussion, you will learn about the broad-based coalition to modernize and diversify North Carolina’s transportation funding structure to improve our quality of life and meet the demands of a growing state in an increasingly competitive business environment.

10:05 amNetworking Break
10:15 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.

10:35 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.
  • Harry Sideris, Senior Vice President, Customer Experience and Services, Duke Energy
  • Reid Campbell, PE, Senior Project Manager, AECOM
  • Moderator: Pamela Townsend, PE, Senior Vice President, WSP

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.

11:25 amClosing Remarks

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