CPC Senior Management attended this Summit. State leaders and experts discussed the future of mobility. Exploration of that future was one of the themes at the 2016 Floridians for Better Transportation Summit. “Transportation is transformative. It has the power to fuel the economy, stimulate job creation and change the way we live,” said Floridians for Better Transportation President Matthew D. Ubben. “If Florida can get transportation right, the rest will follow.” The keynote speaker was Lawrence Burns, a former University of Michigan engineering professor who also has served as a vice president for research and development at General Motors.
Florida Department of Transportation Assistant Secretary Brian Blanchard discussed developments in Tampa Bay’s transportation system. Janet Zink, assistant vice president at Tampa International Airport and Jim Kuzma, chief operating officer at Space Florida, provided updates on aviation and aerospace developments. Port Tampa Bay Vice President Ram Kancharla discussed the impact of the newly expanded Panama Canal. U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson gave an update on transportation developments in Washington, D.C. impacting Florida.
Other key speakers included: FDOT District Secretary Paul Steinman, All Aboard Florida Vice President Rusty Roberts, Kenworth of Jacksonville President Denny Ross, BB&T Capital Markets Managing Director Kevin Sterling, and Jim Tymon, chief operating officer for the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials.