Momentum: Issue #71

May 10, 2021

Infrastructure Week 2021

At a time when infrastructure is one of the hot topics in Washington at both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, it seems that “United for Infrastructure 2021: A Week to Champion America’s Infrastructure” is perfectly timed this year.

For the ninth year, United for Infrastructure is convening stakeholders across the country – virtually – to highlight the importance and role of infrastructure in daily life. If you haven’t checked out the events, here is the calendar. The kickoff event, which happened earlier today, featured President Joe Biden, Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg and many other industry leaders – including ITS America board member John Barton of HNTB. 

ITS America is participating again this year by hosting these two virtual events – and it’s not too late to register!

Freight Movement – Shipping, Trucking, and the Last Mile
Wednesday, May 12, 12 noon ET

We are working to create a safer, greener, smarter transportation system and freight movement is the backbone of that system. us to explore how the ports are transforming their operations and the steps they are taking to reduce the emissions from congested operations; how the highways and freight corridors are maximizing efficiencies and reducing the use of fossil fuels; how the last mile of delivery is being transformed and how electrification is shaping this movement. This discussion will kick off a series of webinars and panels that will explore how these agencies are adapting to meet these opportunities and challenges to redefine transportation.

  • Kevin Biesty, Deputy Director, Arizona DOT, and ITS America board member
  • Chris Cannon, Chief Sustainability Officer, Port of Los Angeles
  • Kristen White, Executive Director, Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAV-X), Minnesota DOT
  • Marc Williams, Deputy Executive Director, Texas DOT, and ITS America board member
  • Tracy Larkin-Thomason, Vice President of Policy Programs and Mobility on Demand, ITS America (Moderator)

Register here

How Infrastructure Technology is Being Deployed Around the World
Friday, May 14, 11 am ET

How is technology being deployed around the world to win the 21st century infrastructure race? While much of the focus in Washington, DC is on Congress’ next steps on infrastructure, localities throughout the United States, Asia, Europe, and Australia are using technology to transform infrastructure to make their regions safer, smarter, and more resilient. How does America’s proposed nearly $600 billion investment in infrastructure compare to countries around the globe? How we can get the biggest return on our investments through deployment of technology? Join ITS America President & CEO Shailen Bhatt and his counterparts from Asia-Pacific, Europe, and Australia for this timely discussion!

  • Hajime Amano, President, ITS Japan
  • Jacob Bangsgaard, CEO, ERTICO – ITS Europe
  • Shailen Bhatt, President & CEO, ITS America
  • Susan Harris, Chief Executive Officer, ITS Australia

Register here

Also this week, Shailen Bhatt and Dr. Huei Peng, Director of MCity and ITS America board member, are participating in “The Future of Mobility,” a virtual event sponsored by The Hill. Registration is available here – their conversation with The Hill’s Julia Manchester begins at 3:05 pm ET.

Enjoy the week and happy viewing!