January 23-24, 2018

The PROGRESS IN MOTION Rail Forum is an ideal venue for planners, elected officials, economic developers, and business and industry representatives to discuss the issues impacting rail, and how rail contributes to North Carolina’s transportation system and economy.  The North Carolina Railroad Company invites you to be a part of the dialogue and help maximize the state’s rail assets through an exchange of ideas and information.


DAY 1 – Tuesday, January 23, 2018
General Reception
Rye Bar & Southern Kitchen (inside Marriott Center City, Downtown Raleigh)
5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Check in begins at 4:45)

DAY 2 – Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Marriott Center City, Downtown Raleigh
Master of Ceremony, Ben Kinney, Business North Carolina Magazine
8:00 a.m.Check-in & Breakfast Refreshments
8:30 a.m. – Morning Program, State Ballroom

  • Welcome & Opening Remarks
  • Roads in the Fork: Railroads 2018 and Beyond, Tony Hatch, Senior Transportation Analyst, ABH Consulting
  • NCRR Invests: Spurring Growth, Tracking Progress, Craig Goodson, Davidson County Economic Development Commission and Jason Semple, Martin County Economic Development Corporation discuss how the North Carolina Railroad Company’s economic development initiative, NCRR Invests impacted the recruitment of manufacturers to their counties
  • Networking Break

11:00 a.m.Breakout Sessions, University Ballroom and State Room E/F
Attendees can choose from one of the following sessions, which will be offered concurrently.

Rail Sites: What industrial rail users need in a site and best practices for rail site development
What constitutes a great site?  What are best practices for master planning rail sites or rail-served industrial parks?  During this breakout session, leading industrial rail site development and recruitment consultant, Courtney Dunbar will discuss what users are looking for in a site and how to competitively position your site for success.

Working with the Railroad:  Collaborating with communities to enable growth
How do you plan for development in a community or neighborhood with a railroad? How do you collaborate with railroads that run through your community to address safety? During this breakout session, panelists representing communities and railroads will share their successes, challenges and best practices in accommodating growth along a vibrant railroad.   This session includes a panel discussion, moderated by Ben Kinney, which includes Jim Westmoreland, City of Greensboro; John Hodges, Town of Garner; Scott Stevens, City of Goldsboro; Matt Gedney, Gulf & Ohio Railway; and John Spencer, Director of Corridor Management, North Carolina Railroad Company.

12:30 p.m. – Closing Remarks and Lunch, State Ballroom

  • Christopher Chung, CEO, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina
2018 Presentations +
2016 Presentations +

The Rail Renaissance – Is it over?

Tony Hatch, Senior Transportation Analyst, ABH Consulting

Moving People in North Carolina

A panel discussion moderated by Joe Milazzo, II, P.E., Regional Transportation Alliance
Paul C. Worley, CPM, Director, NCDOT Rail Division
John M. Lewis, Jr., CEO, Charlotte Area Transit System
Jeff Mann, General Manager, Go Triangle

Tracking Success & Spurring Growth: An NCRR Update

Anna Lea Moore, Vice President – Economic Development, North Carolina Railroad Company

Lunch Keynote: Economic Development Challenges, Opportunities, and the Importance of Rail Infrastructure

Gray Swoope, President & CEO, VisionFirst Advisors


Scott Saylor, President, North Carolina Railroad Company

2014 Presentations +

Moving North Carolina: A Documentary Preview

Michael Sheehan, Producer

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

Freight Transport: A Look into the Crystal Ball

Larry Gross, President, Gross Transportation Consulting, Inc.

The Fugure of North Carolina Ports

Paul J. Cozza, Chief Executive Officer, NC State Ports Authority

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

Investing in Rail — Fueling the Future

Bill Robbins, Executive Vice President, TransDevelopment Group

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