Former U.S. DOT secretaries in NSSGA panel discussion

By |  February 11, 2014

NSSGA is bringing together a distinguished panel of former U.S. Department of Transportation secretaries to share ideas and insights into how to achieve passage of a multi-year, surface transportation reauthorization bill. The panel discussion will be a part of NSSGA’s annual convention, which takes place during ConExpo-ConAgg week in Las Vegas. Specifically, it will occur during the convention’s general session, Thursday, March 6, 8:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Encore Las Vegas.

The transportation panel discussion will be moderated by Michael Johnson, NSSGA’s president and CEO. The group includes:

Ray LaHood: Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood joined Building America’s Future (BAF) on Jan. 8 as a new co-chair. Serving alongside fellow co-chairs, former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell, LaHood will help lead BAF’s bipartisan coalition of current and former elected officials who are committed to raising awareness about the need to invest in the nation’s roads, bridges, airports, rails and ports. Under President Obama’s leadership, LaHood served as the U.S. Secretary of Transportation from 2009 to 2013.

Mary Peters: The principal of Mary Peters Consulting Group, an organization dedicated to finding new and better ways to finance and build American infrastructure, she served as U.S. Secretary of Transportation from 2006 to 2009. In that role she led efforts to substantially improve transportation safety, to improve the performance of the nation’s transportation system and develop new policy and funding sources to support America’s transportation system into the 21st Century.

Norman Mineta: President and CEO of Mineta and Associates, and former U.S. Secretary of Transportation from 2001-2006, he provides counsel and strategic advice to clients on a wide range of business and political issues. Mineta is well known for his work in the areas of transportation – including aviation, surface transportation and infrastructure – and national security. He is recognized for his accomplishments in economic development, science and technology policy, foreign and domestic trade, budgetary issues and civil rights.

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