PROGRESS IN MOTION 2014 is an ideal venue for planners, elected officials, economic developers, and those in business. High speed rail, increased freight usage and rising fuel costs are keeping rail in the spotlight—and make PROGRESS IN MOTION 2014 an ideal venue for discussing how railroads contribute to North Carolina’s transportation system and the state’s economy. Come be a part of the dialog and help maximize the state’s rail assets through an exchange of ideas and information.

Day 1: September 24

Nature Research Center, NC Museum of Natural Sciences
121 W. Jones Street, Downtown Raleigh

4:00 p.m.  4:45 p.m.             Registration & Check-in (4th Floor)

4:45 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.             Program (4th Floor)

Opening Remarks & Welcome
Scott M. Saylor
, President, NCRR

Moving North Carolina: A documentary preview
Michael Sheehan, Producer

Freight Rail: An Engine for Growth
Les Passa,
Vice President, Strategic Planning, CSX

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.            General Reception (1st Floor )
Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments.  Enjoy the Nature Research Center displays and musical entertainment!

Business Attire

Day 2: September 25

State Ballroom, Marriott Center City
500 Fayetteville Street, Downtown Raleigh

8:00 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.            Registration & Check-in

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.          Morning Program
Master of Ceremonies, Angie D. Harris,
 Director of Government and Media Relations, Ward & Smith

Opening Remarks & Welcome
Duane Long, Chairman, NCRR Board of Directors  

Freight Transport: A Look into the Crystal Ball
Larry Gross, President, Gross Transportation Consulting, Inc.

The Future of North Carolina Ports
Paul J. Cozza, Chief Executive Officer, NC State Ports Authority

Mid-Morning Break

Measuring the Economic Impact of Rail in North Carolina: Results of 2014 Study Released
Katherine B. Heller, Senior Economist, RTI International
Sara Lawrence, Senior Economic Development Analyst, RTI International
Zachary Oliver, Economist, RTI International

Next Stop: The Impact of Planned Future Passenger Stations
A conversation with Mayor Tom Stevens, Town of Hillsborough; Mayor Newell Clark, City of Lexington; and Mayor Pro Tem Chad Baucom, Town of Harrisburg
Moderated by Jeff Mann, Parsons Brinckerhoff

Mega Projects:  Here we come, ready or not!
Dr. C. R. (Buzz) Canup,
President of Canup & Associates, Inc

12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.            Lunch & Keynote Speaker
Investing in Rail — Fueling the Future
Bill Robbins, Executive Vice President, TransDevelopment Group

Business Attire

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