Transportation Policy Academy 2016 – Washington, D.C. – Meeting Archive

Ten state legislators from around the country, chosen in consultation with the CSG regions, attended the 6th Annual CSG Transportation Leaders Policy Academy May 18-20, 2016 in Washington, D.C. The academy took place against the backdrop of Infrastructure Week, a week of infrastructure-themed events in the National’s Capital and elsewhere. Attendees had the opportunity to participate in Infrastructure Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill and to meet with officials at the U.S. Department of Transportation. They took part in a policy roundtable with stakeholders and experts from such organizations as the American Society of Civil Engineers, the American Road and Transportation Builders Association, the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Transportation for America, the Eno Center for Transportation and the Alliance for Innovation and Infrastructure. In addition, they attended briefings on state regulation of rideshare companies, autonomous and connected vehicle technologies and transit-oriented development. The group also toured the area around Navy Yard, a rapidly developing, transit-centric D.C. neighborhood that is home to Nationals Baseball Park and the U.S. DOT headquarters. And they heard remarks from Virginia Secretary of Transportation Aubrey Layne about the commonwealth’s efforts to reform its processes for transportation project selection and public-private partnership deployment. This page includes photos from the three-day academy, the complete agenda for the event and links to web pages where you can read extended excerpts of remarks from many of the speakers, view their PowerPoint presentations and find additional materials.

Policy Academy attendees following meeting at U.S. Department of Transportation, May 19. Top row: Rep. Carl Glimm (R-Montana), Rep. Steven Smith (R-New Hampshire). Middle row: Rep. Isaac Latterell (R-South Dakota), Sen. Scott Hammond (R-Nevada), Rep. Mac McCutcheon (R-Alabama). Bottom row: Rep. Judy Clibborn (D-Washington), Rep. Christine Powers (D-Maine), Sen. Fred Girod (R-Oregon), Rep. Armando "Mando" Martinez (D-Texas), Rep. Brian Best (R-Iowa).

6th Annual CSG Transportation Leaders Policy Academy

Washington, D.C.

May 18-20, 2016

Policy Academy Agenda

Wednesday May 18

8:30-9:30a.m. Infrastructure Week Advocacy Day Kick-Off & Logistics Briefing

9:30a.m.-12:30p.m. Capitol Hill meetings scheduled as part of Advocacy Day

12:30-2 p.m. Infrastructure Week Luncheon & Press Event

3:30-5p.m. Session on Rideshare Companies: Insurance & Regulatory Issues for States

Presented in collaboration with The Griffith Insurance Education Foundation.

Thursday May 19

8-11:45a.m. Transportation Policy Roundtable

Speaker: Brian Pallasch, Managing Director for Governmental Relations & Infrastructure Initiatives, American Society of Civil Engineers

Topic: Failure to Act: Closing the Infrastructure Investment Gap for America’s Economic Future

Speaker: Alison Black, Senior VP for Policy & Chief Economist, American Road & Transportation Builders Association

Topic: State & Local Funding Update

Speaker: Joung Lee, Policy Director, American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

Topic: Federal Transportation Funding & States

Speaker: Ed Mortimer, Executive Director of Transportation Infrastructure, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Topic: Transportation Investment & the Business Community


Panel Discussion: Future of the Federal-State-Local Transportation Partnership

Speakers: Emil Frankel, Senior Fellow, Eno Center for Transportation

Jeff Davis, Senior Fellow & Eno Transportation Weekly Editor, Eno Center for Transportation

Joe McAndrew, Policy Director, Transportation for America

Brigham McCown, Chairman & Founder, Alliance for Innovation & Infrastructure


12-1:30p.m. Luncheon at Global Automakers

Topic: Autonomous Vehicle Technologies

Speakers: Tracy Woodard, Director of Government Affairs, Nissan

Kelly DeMarchis, Counsel, Venable Law Firm

Michael X. Cammisa, Senior Director-Safety, Global Automakers


2-3 p.m. – #InfrastructureMatters to States & Local Governments: A Capitol Hill Briefing on Financing America’s Infrastructure

Hosted by CSG, AASHTO, the Government Finance Officers Association, the International City/County Management Association, the National Association of Counties, the National Conference of State Legislatures, the National Governors Association and the National League of Cities

Topic: the important role states and local governments play in financing, building and maintaining America’s infrastructure and the impact of federal policies, programs and proposed reforms.


U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Oregon)

Rep. Judy Clibborn (D-Washington), CSG West Transportation & Economic Development Committee Chair; former co-chair, CSG Transportation Public Policy Committee

Craig Thurmond, Mayor of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma; National League of Cities Board Member

Hans Riemer, Councilmember, Montgomery County, MD; representing the National Association of Counties

Dr. Sheryl Bailey, Deputy County Administrator, Chesterfield County, Virginia; representing International City/County Management Association

Moderator: Matthew Chase, National Association of Counties

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3:30-4:30 p.m. – Listening Session at U.S. Department of Transportation

Speaker: Dana Gresham, Asst. Secretary for Governmental Affairs, U.S. Department of Transportation

Robert Mariner, Deputy Director for Infrastructure Finance & Innovation, U.S. Department of Transportation

Duane Callender, Director, TIFIA Joint Program Office, U.S. Department of Transportation

Sophie Shulman, Senior Policy Advisor, Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Transportation

Heather Dean, Congressional Liaison Specialist, Federal Highway Administration, U.S. Department of Transportation


6:30-8:30 p.m. – Dinner with Keynote Speaker

Speaker: Aubrey Layne, Virginia Secretary of Transportation

Topics: Virginia’s project prioritization and public-private partnership deployment reforms


Friday May 20  

8 a.m.-12 p.m. Panel Discussion & Tour on Transit-Oriented Development & Building Communities


Marco Li Mandri, President, New City America (California)

Angela Fox, President & CEO, Crystal City (VA) Business Improvement District

Michael Stevens, President, Capitol Riverfront (DC) Business Improvement District

Panelists discussed the evolving responsibilities of state legislation-enabled business improvement districts around transit hubs in building vibrant communities. Then, attendees toured D.C.’s fastest growing neighborhood, the Capitol Riverfront, and learned about the unprecedented change of recent years and what lies ahead for the area that is home to the Washington Nationals Baseball Park, the U.S. Department of Transportation headquarters, The Yards Park, the Half Street Entertainment District and more.

Further Reading

CSG thanks Global Automakers, Nissan and Toyota for their support of the

6th Annual CSG Transportation Leaders Policy Academy.

Thanks also to the Griffith Insurance Education Foundation.