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Forward Motion, June 2010

Annual summit promises action-packed day
complete with trip to Disneyland

Less than five months away, the ninth annual Mobility 21 Southern California Transportation Summit program is shaping up to be one of the most exciting to date. Registration for the premier transportation conference includes:

  • Full day of high-caliber speakers and panelists
  • Three plenary sessions
  • Four morning and four afternoon breakout sessions
  • Presentation of the 2010 Mobility 21 Awards
  • Hot breakfast and lunch
  • Expanded transportation industry expo for great networking
  • Hosted self-parking
  • Ticket to visit Disneyland after the conference ends

Hurry, sponsorships are selling quickly! Don’t miss out on this unique marketing opportunity for your business, while helping to bring more transportation funding to Southern California.

Check out the Mobility 21 Facebook page to see a list of sponsors already signed up to support this year’s summit. Read more about the Summit sponsorship opportunities.

For additional information, contact Marnie O’Brien Primmer at 949.288.6884 or mprimmer@mobility21.com


Mobility 21 hosts reception honoring new Caltrans Director Cindy McKim

Together with the Orange County Business Council’s OCMoves and WTS Orange County, Mobility 21 is proud to co-host a special reception honoring Caltrans Director Cindy McKim from 4 to 5:30 p.m. on July 23 at the Irvine Hyatt.

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger recently appointed McKim to serve as director of Caltrans. McKim has more than 25 years of experience with Caltrans, serving most recently as chief deputy director. As director of Caltrans, McKim will manage the operation of California’s state transportation system.

Reservations are required for this free event. Contact Kate Klimow at 949.794.7210 or kklimow@ocbc.org for sponsorship opportunities.


Orange County gets connected during groundbreaking ceremony for freeway project

The Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) joined federal, state and local partners to break ground on the county’s largest construction project this month.

Called the West County Connectors, the $328-million project will link bus / carpool lanes on the San Diego Freeway (I-405) with those on the Garden Grove Freeway (SR-22) and San Gabriel River Freeway (I-605) to create a seamless and safer connection between the three freeways.

“This project will strengthen the region’s economy with jobs and improve the quality of life by reducing traffic congestion for hundreds of thousands of commuters who use this route each day,” Caltrans Director Cindy McKim said in a statement.

With a number one priority of creating jobs, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) provides $49.5 million for the project. Other funding sources for the project include:

  • $186 million from the 2006 voter-approved transportation 1B bond
  • $87 million from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality program
  • $5 million in local transportation funds

“We’re here to create jobs and improve infrastructure,” said Federal Highway Administrator Victor Mendez in describing the importance of the project. “The promise of the recovery act is coming to fruition right here, right now.”


FuturePorts conference focuses on collaboration

to keep Southern California moving
Nearly 200 transportation professionals gathered at the recent FuturePorts conference, “Clearing the Air: Building our Future Begins Now” to learn about advancements at the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles and the state of goods movement in Southern California.

Industry leaders discussed the value of the Ports to the local and regional economy, the role of technology in reducing air pollution and the importance of a united voice in seeking state and federal funding.

“There’s no doubt that this is a great nation, a great state and a great region. We are not going to disappear overnight,” said Mobility 21 Board Member and Southern California Association of Governments Executive Director Hasan Ikhrata during a presentation on goods movement and the importance of collaboration. “But the question is how are we going to make this region stand alone as an economic engine and remain competitive among other parts of the country?”

Mobility 21 has been working with the Ports to ensure that funding for improving our region’s freight movement infrastructure is included in the next surface transportation authorization legislation. Click here to see the latest Mobility 21 brochure on the importance of funding goods movement.


TRANSPORTATION EVENTS IN THE COMMUNITY

Friday, July 23
OCMoves, WTS Orange County & Mobility 21: Reception Honoring
Caltrans Director Cindy McKim

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Thursday, July 29
WTS Los Angeles: Crucial Confrontations Workshop
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Aug. 18, 19, 25 & 26
WTS Orange County: Transportation Academy
more info

Wednesday, October 6
CSULB Center for International Trade & Transportation:
Panama Canal Expansion: The Battle for Jobs and Cargo. Who Wins? Who Loses? Who Decides?

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Friday, Oct. 29
Mobility 21: Ninth Annual Southern California Transportation Summit

Nov. 14-16
Self-Help Counties Coalition: Focus on the Future Conference
more info

 

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