Governor McDonnell to Host Statewide Transportation Conference "Opportunities in Motion"
(Received from the office of Governor Bob McDonnell)
Governor Bob McDonnell announced that he will host the 2012 Governor's Transportation Conference, themed "Opportunities in Motion," on December 5 through December 7. The conference, which will highlight Virginia's complex and evolving multi-modal transportation system, will be held at the Sheraton Premiere at Tysons Corner. Governor McDonnell will address attendees at the opening session of the conference on Wednesday, December 5th, at 1:00 p.m.
Speaking about the conference, Governor McDonnell said "Transportation is one of the greatest challenges facing the Commonwealth of Virginia, but with these challenges come opportunities. Throughout my Administration, we have worked in a bipartisan fashion with the General Assembly and stakeholders to re-open Virginia's closed rest areas; we have taken steps - like the 2010 Comprehensive VDOT Performance Audit - to improve our agency operations and performance; we have invested in programs like the Virginia Commercial Space Flight Authority; and, we have worked to reform MWAA and get the Dulles Rail Project back on track. Most importantly, we have made the largest investment in transportation in decades through my 2011 Transportation Funding and Reform Package. As a result of our efforts, today there are over $14 billion worth of projects under construction or in procurement throughout all part of the Commonwealth. However, we still have work to do, and this year's conference will highlight many of the opportunities to keep Virginia moving."
Governor McDonnell will be joined by Transportation Secretary Sean T. Connaughton and legislative, transportation industry, and government leaders for this annual forum to discuss Virginia's transportation projects and programs, as well as upcoming transportation trends and legislative initiatives.
The conference will feature sessions on:
• Transportation Funding
• Economic Outlook for Transportation in Virginia
• Making the Primary, Secondary and Rural Highway Systems Safer
• Freight's Contribution to Virginia's Economy
• Dulles International Airport: Economic Engine for Virginia
• Intelligent Transportation Systems
• New Developments in Transportation Research
• 2013 Legislative Outlook
"Recent projects, such as the opening of the 495 Express Lanes, mean more opportunity for Virginians," McDonnell said. "We are excited to showcase some of the transportation projects that are helping create jobs during construction and making Virginia a more attractive place to work and live."
The full agenda and other conference details can be found at www.vatransportationconference.com.