Tentative Conference Schedule
11:00am – Event Registration Opens
11:30am – Lunch Served
12:00pm – Opening Remarks – Top Capital Improvement Programs in the State: Rebekah Morris, AZBEX
AZBEX Publisher Rebekah Morris will open up the Conference with a Top 10-style list of what public agencies have the largest 5-yr Capital Improvement Programs. This wildly popular segment will get attendees in the right mindset to absorb the opportunities presented by the rest of the speakers.
12:15pm – Education Update – K-12 & Higher Education: Randie Stein, Stifel
Attendees will hear what public school districts have bonds on the ballot in November, 2017. In addition, learn what the impact of the recently passed $1B state bond authorization means for the three state universities.
12:45pm – Valley Metro Update: Robert Forrest, Valley Metro
If you’re active in this space, you know about what light rail segments and street car projects are planned. In this segment, you’ll hear not only the highlights of major projects in planning & development, but how they’re impacted by tax revenue collections, federal funding and other driving forces.
12:55pm – Rural Outlook:
Out of Sight, but Not Out of Mind – Panelists from around the state are all in one panel to discuss upcoming project opportunities & challenges of developing infrastructure in their growing areas.
Moderator: Martin Ramirez, FNF Construction
Panelist: Elaine Young, Navajo Nation
Panelist: Jeffrey Kramer, City of Yuma
Panelist: Rick Ellis, Pima County Department of Transportation
1:40pm – City of Mesa Update: Rob Kidder, City of Mesa
As the 3rd largest city in Arizona, Mesa will always have infrastructure needs. Come here the City talk about what’s new in their world, and how that can provide opportunities for you and your firm in the future.
1:50pm – BREAK
2:15pm – KEYNOTE, Federal Impact on Arizona: Mary Peters, Mary Peters Consulting (Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation)
How Arizona is Impacted by Federal Actions – Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Mary Peters will give attendees a first-hand account of how federal transportation policy comes to be and how that will be felt at a local level.
2:45pm – Transportation Panel – Federal & State Overview:
From state to regional agencies, hear how transportation projects are delivered to the market. As projects move up or get delayed, attendees will learn how and why that happens and how they can stay ahead of the curve.
Moderator: Wylie Bearup, Arizona State University
Panelist: Eric Anderson, Maricopa Association of Governments
Panelist: Dallas Hammit, Arizona Department of Transportation
Panelist: Dave Martin, Arizona Chapter Associated General Contractors
3:30pm – ADOA Update: Gina DeCotiis, Arizona Department of Administration
As the state’s lead procurement agency that brings state-owned spaces to the market, hear how they’ll be investing in the Capitol Mall area and beyond.
3:40pm – Dating Delivery Game:
It’s not the Dating Game, it’s the Delivery Game! Gameshow style discussion where owners choose their ideal delivery method based on described project criteria. Attendees will learn how to think like an owner on selecting delivery methods for future projects.
Host: Dan Spitza, Achen Gardner Construction, LLC
Firm Representative: Jesse Gutierrez, Arizona Department of Transportation
Firm Representative: Rick Martorano, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at ASU
Firm Representative: Candace Huff, City of Phoenix Aviation Department
4:45pm – Program Concludes / Networking Happy Hour Begins
6:30pm – Networking Happy Hour Concludes