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2024 N.C. Transportation Summit


The N.C. Department of Transportation, in partnership with NC GO! and NC Chamber, hosted the fifth annual N.C. Transportation Summit, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 21-22, 2024, at the Koury Conve​​ntion Center in Greensboro.​​ ​

The annual event explored topics related to safety, funding and innovation for North Carolina’s growing population and transportation needs.​

Monday, May 20

Technical Tour at A&T University Recap​

See the latest technology in action! Innovations in autonomous vehicles, electric vehicles and buses, unmanned aerial systems, wheelchair charging, and more.

Tuesday, May 21

Opening Session

Speakers: Mike Fox, chair of N.C. Board of Transportation (emcee),​ Greensboro Youth Chorus Dudley High School Air Force JROTC, Mark Finlayson, chair of NC Go!. and NCDOT Secretary Joey Hopkins, P.E.

Keynote Speaker: Solomon Thomas, New York Jets defensive lineman

General Sessions​​

General Session 1: Friend or Foe? AI and Machine Learning’s Place in Transportation

As transportation systems embrace artificial intelligence (​AI) and machine learning technologies, questions abound regarding their potential impacts and ethical considerations. Expert panelists from government and the transportation industry will explore the opportunities and challenges presented by AI. Whether you’re a transportation professional, policymaker, or technology enthusiast, this session offers a unique opportunity to explore the future of transportation in the AI era.  ~Description Written by ChatGPT~ 

Landon Zimmer, member of the N.C. Board of Transportation, Division 3

Conal Deedy, director of Volvo North America,'s Customer Productivity Solutions; Tyler Subasic, Amazon Web Services, Principal, Airports and DOTs; and
Alyssa Farrell, director of SAS, Global Industry Marketing

NCDOT ​Secretary Joey Hopkins, P.E.

Breakout Session: The Track Ahead - Economic Development and Revitalization by Rail

Getting communities of various sizes ready for rail is a key component to successful transit-oriented development, multimodal transit options, passenger rail service and economic growth and development. Hear strategies and lessons learned about successful projects in New England, Florida and North Carolina.

Introduction: Lisa Mathis, member of the N.C. Board of Transportation, Division 8

Moderator: Julie White, NCDOT deputy secretary for Multimodal Transportation

Speakers: Dr. Kim Delaney, director of Strategic Development and Policy, Treasure Coast Regional Planning Council; Patricia Quinn, executive director​, NNEPRA; and Yaidee Fox, assistant city manager, City of Hickory

Breakout Session: Cultivating Compassion - Empowering Employees Through Stressful Times

Supporting our employees as they navigate life’s stressors, both physical and emotional, is paramount to creating a healthy and efficient working environment. Learn how to “Cultivate Compassion” in your workplace with some key takeaways on employee empowerment.

Introduction: Brad Lail, member of the N.C. Board of Transportation, Division 12

Moderator: Amanda Olive, NCDOT Human Resources director

Speakers: Aaron Back, peer consultant, ​N.C. Department of Public Safety; Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, chief of staff to N.J. Governor Philip D. Murphy; Peter Tateishi, CEO, Associate General Contractors of California; and Charles Rousseau, director of Strategy and Planning for the Division of Mental Health and director of Strategy and Planning for the Division of Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities and Substance Use Services​​, N.C. Deparment of Health & Human Services 
Breakout Session: ​Costly Crossroads: Navigating Project Costs Through Challenging Times

With project costs steadily on the rise, the industry is at a “Costly Crossroads.” Whether you’re tasked with overseeing large-scale infrastructure projects or managing smaller, local initiatives, this empowering session can help you steer your projects toward success amid financial uncertainty.

Introduction: Tony Lathrop, member of the N.C. Board of Transportation, Division 10

Moderator: Lamar Sylvester, P.E., NCDOT chief engineer

Speakers: Dr. Joyendu Bhadury, interim dean and professor, UNC School of Business and Economics; Dave Bauer, president & CEO, ARTBA; Lance W. Simmons, P.E., Texas Department of Transportation chief engineer; Yolonda Jordan, Federal Highways Administration division administrator
Breakout Session: Immersing in Research and Development Alongside Our Academic Partners

This session explores how a strong partnership  between industry leaders and academic partners can lead to cutting-edge technologies and solutions for long-lasting success.

Introduction: Meagan Phillips, member of the N.C. Board of Transportation, Division 11

Moderator: Christy Dunston, NCDOT Office of HBCU Outreach director

Speakers: Dr. Rongfang "Rachel" Liu, professor, North Carolina Agricultural & Technical University; Dr. Abdennaceur Karoui, professor, Elizabeth City State University; Dr. John Hildreth, interim associate dean for Research, Western Carolina University; and Dr. Don Chen, professor, Department of Engineering Technology & Construction Management, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, 

Breakout Session: The N.C. Department of Transportation Office of Civil Rights - PRIME Opportunities

Moderators: Tunya Smith, NCDOT Office of Civil Rights director and Boyd Tharrington, P.E., NCDOT deputy chief engineer


Matthew Payne, senior design build manager, Archer Western Construction

Keith Nixon, director of Business Acquisition​, Balfour Beatty

Lee Bradley, P.E., chief estimator, ​Blythe Construction

Travis Padgett, P.E. Design-Build p​rogram manager​, Blythe Development 

Drew Johnson, P.E., vice president of N.C. Operations​, Branch Civil

​Blake Horning, manager Engineering & Project Management, Carolina Sunrock

Andy Barry, P.E., estimator, S.T. Wooten

Kristofer Edelberg, project manager, Flatiron

Mike Grey, P.E., chief business officer, United Infrastructure Group

Casey Hurley, P.E., project director, Lane Construction Group

Kosal Sarou, DBE compliance officer​, Skanska USA Civil Southeast, Inc.

General Session 2: Championing a Safer Tomorrow: Preventing Transportation Tragedies

Hear from leaders in transportation safety spanning from local to national experts and the active steps they are taking to build a future with a common goal of preventing transportation-related tragedies.

Introduction: Pat Molamphy, member of the N.C. Board of Transportation, At-Large

Moderator: Kristin Barnes, P.E., NCDOT d​irector of Strategic Planning and Programming

Speakers: Melissa Wandall, owner, ​M3 Motivational Concepts; Sam Sinclair, team lead pf Safety Programs,​ National Highway Traffic Safety Administration; and
Ryan Sharp, director of Transportation and Parking, City of Hoboken​.

Closing Remarks
Andy Perkins, vice chair of the N.C. Board of Transportation

Wednesday, May 22

General Sessions

General Session 3: Navigating the Trifecta: P3s – Politics, Policies, and Public Sentiment

Consider the intricate landscape of public-private partnerships (P3s), where politics, policies, and public sentiment intersect. Industry partners share tips and lessons learned from first-hand experience in delivering projects that align with government policy while remaining sensitive to public opinion and individual community needs. 

Introduction: Pat Molamphy, member of the N.C. Board of Transportation, At-Large

Moderator: NCDOT Chief Operating Officer Chris Peoples, P.E.

Speakers: Dr. Jonathan Gifford, director, George Mason University Center for Transportation Public-Private Partnership Policy; Mike McDermott, head of Portfolio Management, Build America Bureau; Dr. Shawn Wilson, former commissioner, Louisiana Department of Transportation & Development;​ and Helen Pinkston-Pope, senior counsel​, ​Georgia Department of Transportation.

Breakout Session: Securing Our Streets: Safe Roadways Everywhere, for Everyone

Safety professionals and transportation leaders convene to examine ongoing initiatives aimed at crafting safer, interconnected, and more enriching communities, while also deliberating on the necessary next steps in expanding the reach.

Introduction: Meagan Phillips, member of the N.C. Board of Transportation, Division 11

Moderator: Brian Mayhew, P.E., NCDOT state traffic engineer

Speakers: Jessica Rich, Safe Streets and Roads for All Program manager, Federal Highway Administration; Debbie Smith, Director. Charlotte Department of Transportation; Tristan Winkler, director, French Broad River MPO
King Gee, director of Mobility and Safety, AASHTO

Breakout Session: The N.C. Department of Transportation Office of Civil Rights - DBE’s Ready for Prime Time

Moderators: Tunya Smith, director, NCDOT Office of Civil Rights and Boyd Tharrington, NCDOT deputy chief engineer

Breakout Session: Advance Mobility - Forever First from Streets to Sky
From ground-level urban mobility solutions to the boundless possibilities of aerial transportation, the sky is no longer the limit. Listen in on the revolutionary and transformative technologies that are shaping the future of travel.

Introduction: Lisa Mathis, member of N.C. Board of Transportation, Division 8

Moderator: Becca Gallas P.E., NCDOT director of Aviation

Speakers: Cemre Kavvasoglu, Product Management director, ADASTEC; Lydon Sleeper, East Policy lead, Joby Aviationp; and ​Kiel Clasing, Business Development manager, Oceaneering International

Ensuring Environmental Equity, Justice, and Resilience in Transportation

In a world facing unprecedented environmental challenges, ensuring environmental equity, justice, and resilience in transportation has evolved into fundamental necessity for building a more sustainable and inclusive future.

Introduction: Melvin Mitchell, member of the N.C. Board of Transportation, Division 4

Moderator: Ebony Pittman, NCDOT deputy secretary for Business Administration

Speakers: Vernice Miller-Travis, executive vice president, Metropolitan Group; Nicole Boothman-Shepard, vice president. senior director, Disaster Resiliency Solutions Group; and
Sherri White-Williamson, d​​irector of Environmental Justice Strategy, North Carolina Conservation Network

General Session 4: Funding the Future of Transportation Roundtable

Special Guest: N.C. Governor Roy Cooper

Mike Fox, chair of the N.C. Board of Transportation

Loretta Boniti, Spectrum News

Speakers: ​Bob Poole, director of Transportation Policy​, Reason Foundation; Susan Howard, director of Policy and Government Relations, AASHTO; and Carolyn Kramer Simons, State Funding Policy senior director, ARTBA.

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