The Tampa Bay Transportation Forum 2014 will focus on the economic benefits of regional transportation investments in Tampa Bay. Through opening remarks, a main panel discussion and three breakout sessions, the Tampa Bay Partnership hopes attendees will leave with a better understanding of why investing in Tampa Bay’s infrastructure and making transit options available is important to keep our region competitive in the global marketplace.
7:30AM to 8:00AM – Registration and Breakfast
8:00AM – 8:10AM – Welcome and Introductions
8:10AM to 8:30AM – Opening Remarks – Tom Murphy, Former Mayor of Pittsburgh and
Senior Resident Fellow, Urban Land Institute
8:30AM to 8:45AM – "The Business Case" – Alex Glenn, Duke Energy
8:45AM to 9:45AM – General Session Panel
Transportation and Tampa Bay’s Economic Future
Tampa Bay stands at the precipice of greatness on the world economic stage. We have an opportunity to secure a future in which we fulfill our potential and provide our region with the highest quality of life possible. Securing such a future requires us to make a significant investment in a comprehensive system of mass transit. This panel will highlight the necessity of investing now in Tampa Bay’s transportation infrastructure to keep our region competitive in a 21st century economy.
Moderator: Bridgette Bello, Tampa Bay Business Journal
Secretary Ananth Prasad, FDOT
Tom Murphy, Former Mayor of Pittsburgh and Senior Resident Fellow, Urban Land Institute
Joe Lopano, Tampa International Airport
Don Skelton, Tampa Bay Area Regional Transportation Authority (TBARTA)
Christine Kefauver, HDR
9:45AM to 10:00AM – Break
10:00AM to 11:15AM – Breakout sessions: All attendees pick one
Breakout Session A - Transit Across Generations
From the Greatest Generation to Millennials, different generations have varying transportation needs. Developing comprehensive systems of public transit can meet the needs of each generation in different ways. This session will explore the ways in which having access to transit options can benefit and meet the needs of every generation of Tampa Bay residents.
Moderator: Stewart Gibbons, Gibbons Group/Urban Land Institute
Commissioner Karen Seel, Pinellas County
Ken Hartmann, HNTB Corporation
Jeff Johnson, AARP
Mike Merrill, Hillsborough County
Brian Seel, Connect Tampa Bay
Breakout Session B - Modern Transit Technology
The digital age has brought with it a multitude of new and exciting possibilities to enhance transportation. From ride sharing services based on smart phone apps, to the potential for self-driving cars in the not-too-distant future, this session will explore new and exciting technological developments in the transit sector and what they will mean moving forward.
Moderator: Christine Kefauver, HDR
Senator Jeff Brandes, The Florida Senate
Commissioner Mark Sharpe, Hillsborough County
Bakari Brock, Lyft
Katharine Eagan, Hillsborough Area Regional Transit
Joe Waggoner - Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority
Breakout Session C - Building Better Communities for a Better Tampa Bay
One of the biggest benefits from investing in a comprehensive system of transit is the creation of healthy, thriving, interconnected communities. This session will explore the best practices for fully integrating transit systems into the communities they serve and promoting the best possible quality of life outcomes.
Moderator: Stuart Rogel, Tampa Bay Partnership
Commissioner Susan Latvala, Pinellas County
Darnell Grisby, APTA
Brad Miller, PSTA
Brandi Gabbard, Pinellas Realtor’s Association
Jody Barry, Florida Hospital
11:15AM to 11:30AM – Break
11:30AM to 12:15PM – Mayoral Panel
Moderator: Gary Sasso, Carlton Fields Jorden Burt, P.A.
Mayor Bob Buckhorn, City of Tampa
Mayor Rick Kriseman, City of St. Petersburg
Mayor George Cretekos, City of Clearwater
Mayor Howard Wiggs, City of Lakeland
12:15PM to 12:25PM – Closing Remarks
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Tampa Bay Partnership
The Tampa Bay Partnership is an organization focused on stimulating economic growth and economic development in the Tampa Bay area via corporate relocation and business expansion. The Tampa Bay Partnership works with businesses in the counties of Pasco, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Citrus, Hernando, Manatee, Polk, and Sarasota; and the metropolitan areas of Tampa, St. Petersburg, Lakeland, Clearwater, Sarasota, Bradenton, and Winter Haven to attract relocating businesses and encourage corporate expansion into Florida by offering relocation assistance, commercial real estate services and other support.
Incorporated in 1994, the Tampa Bay Partnership has formulated alliances with numerous Florida businesses covering a wide range of disciplines, including construction, commercial real estate, financial, and non-profit efforts. The Tampa Bay Partnership also works with the chambers of commerce in Tampa, and other cities around the Tampa Bay area.