Inland Northwest Regional Transportation Summit Agenda – Draft

Track 1 Freight Mobility
Track 2 Personal Mobility
Track 3 Economic Development
Wednesday September 19, 2007
4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Registration
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm


Dick Ford, Transportation Commission Chair
Mayor Dennis Hession, City of Spokane
Senator Lisa Brown, Majority Leader

Opening Address: “Transportation’s Impact on the Economy and Community”
Tom Fitzsimmons, Governor Chris Gregoire’s Chief of Staff


6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Opening Reception
(Convention Center Reception Patio)
Thursday, September 20, 2007
7:15 am – 8:00 am Registration/Breakfast
8:00 am – 8:45 am

Day Two Welcome – Commissioner Elmira Forner

Keynote Address: Taking Charge Locally of Your Transportation and Economic Future – Tim Farrell, Executive Director, Port of Tacoma


8:45 am –9:00 am Senator Patty Murray (on tape)
Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (on tape)
9:00 am – 9:15 am WSDOT Interim Secretary Paula Hammond
9:15 am – 9:45 am

Transportation Funding Challenges & Opportunities in Washington and Idaho

Washington Senator Chris Marr
Washington Representative Alex Wood
Idaho Representative Frank Henderson

9:45 am – 10:15 am

The Inland Northwest Hub – Coming Together for Transportation

Idaho Senator John Goedde
Judy Cole, Director of Business & Public Affairs, Avista and
Latisha Hill, Regional Business Research & Project Manager, Avista

10:15 am – 10:30 am Break
10:30 am – 12:00 pm Freight Mobility

Global Trade
Cross-Border Trade
Short Lines
Personal Mobility

North Spokane Corridor
Intercity Connections: Bus and Rail
Ways to Commute
Economic Development

Travel, Tourism and the Inland NW
Technology and Transportation
Aviation Opportunities
Ports as Economic Engines
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm


Transportation Funding Approaches and Alternatives Across the US


1:45pm –3:15 pm Freight Mobility
Repeat morning topics
Personal Mobility

Repeat morning topics
Economic Development

Repeat morning topics
3:15 pm – 3:30 pm Break
3:30pm – 4:10 pm

Local Funding Options and Opportunities

Steve Gorcester, Executive Director, Transportation Improvement Board
Senator Lisa Brown, Majority Leader

4:10 pm – 4:30 pm

Breakout Reports: Facilitated Summary of Breakout Groups’ Discussions

Reema Griffith, Executive Director
Washington State Transportation Commission

4:30 pm – 5:15 pm

Bringing Together Transportation and Economic Development
Questions and Answers

Bob Drewel, Executive Director, Puget Sound Regional Council and
Shaun Higgins, Spokane Spokesman-Review


5:15 pm – 5:30 pm Next Steps
Dick Ford, Chair, Transportation Commission