The need for safe and reliable transportation networks continue to be important to the economy and commerce of North Dakota. Individuals or companies interested in engaging in conversations on transportation infrastructure development should attend.
Sponsorship opportunities are available.
This day-long event dives deeper into how transportation and associated policies play a role in all industries and our state's economics. National and regional experts will provide updates on trends and data impacting their organization, industry, and our state.
Agenda - Subject to Change
8:00 AM: Registration
9:00 AM: Welcome Address
Arik Spencer, President and CEO, Greater North Dakota Chamber
Cory Fong, Director of Communications & Public Affairs, MDU Resources Group, Inc
9:15 AM: Keynote Speaker
Ed Mortimer, Vice President of Transportation Infrastructure, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
10:15 AM: Break
10:30 AM: Local Infrastructure - A Key to North Dakota's Economy
Terry Traynor, Executive Director, ND Association of Counties
Blake Crosby, Executive Director, ND League of Cities
Local economies and their citizens rely on sound infrastructure networks and services. Counties and cities receive $122.5 and $69.6 billion, respectively, from state transportation user revenue - is this enough for local economies to thrive? Traynor and Crosby will discuss the pivotal role of local transportation infrastructure impacting North Dakota's economy.
11:15 AM: ND Transportation Needs Gap
Denver Tolliver, Director, Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute
North Dakota needs $24.6 billion over the next 20 years to maintain current roads and bridges, but there is only $10 billion in revenue projected. Tolliver will provide a high-level overview of the UGPTI's Transportation Needs Assessment, specific to state and local roads. He will also include an update on the current Needs Study that is underway.
12:00 PM: Lunch
1:00 PM: KEYNOTE: The Economic Impact of Transportation Construction
Kenneth D Simonson, Chief Economist, The Associated General Contractors of America
North Dakota's transportation construction budget is 81% federally funded, compared to the national average of 42.5%. This results in a problem because only 17% of North Dakota's 107,000 miles of roadways are eligible for federal funds, and the Federal Highway Trust Fund is going broke. Simonson will discuss the contribution of construction to the economy and employment in the state and nation. His presentation will dissect current information on materials cost, labor trends, and overall outlook. Attendees will understand the impact of additional investments on construction and the overall economy.
2:00 PM: Industry Opportunities and Impacts
Key industries impacting North Dakota's GDP are energy, agriculture, and tourism. The success of these industries relies on safe and efficient transportation networks. Hear about the impact our current transportation systems make on North Dakota's industries as well as about potential improvements that can be made to eliminate roadblocks.
3:00 PM: Break
3:15 PM: KEYNOTE: State of North Dakota Transportation
Bill Panos, Director, North Dakota Department of Transportation
The NDDOT is one the largest state agencies with a biennial budget over $1B. Panos will provide a look at the current state of North Dakota's transportation system and the North Dakota Dept. of Transportation's vision for the future.
4:00 PM: Close