The Emerald Coast Transportation Symposium brings together professionals and policy-makers to openly discuss ways we can adapt our transportation system to the 21st century economic and environmental realities. Below are the speakers and panel sessions we hosted at the 2015 event, with links to presentations where applicable. View the digital program.

Day 1-November 12 Sessions Speakers
7:45 – 8:45 a.m. Registration and Breakfast Buffet
8:45 – 8:55 a.m. Mobilization Destin City Councilman Jim Wood and Walton County Commission Chairman Bill Imfeld
8:55 – 9:15 a.m. WFRPC Overview
(presentation)
Austin Mount, executive director – West Florida Regional Planning Council
9:15 – 9:45 a.m. Kickoff Keynote Jim Boxold, secretary – Florida Department of Transportation
Introduction by Tommy Barfield, secretary- FDOT District Three
9:45 – 10:15 a.m. Sponsored Break HNTB
10:15 – 11:45 a.m. Panel Discussions
Energy Conversation
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Moderator: Vaughn Nichols, key account manager – Gulf Power Company
This panel will explore Alternative Fuels and Energy by focusing on its integration and evolution over the past decade. The sky is the limit for renewable resources, as sustainability and efficiency are at the fore front of policy decisions and planning priorities.
  • Colleen Kettles, program coordinator- Central Florida Clean Cities Coalition – Florida Solar Energy Center
    (presentation)
  • Tony Morgan, deputy director – Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Office of Energy
    (presentation)
  • Jim Roberts, public information specialist – Emerald Coast Utilities Authority
    (presentation)
Generations
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Moderator: Mary Bo Robinson, transportation director – West Florida Regional Planning Council
Panelists will discuss how various generations work, live and travel and the implications for planning, design and construction.  This panel will also address how the various generations relate to each other.
  • Dr. Tim Chapin, associate dean – College of Social Sciences and Public Policy at Florida State University
    (presentation)
  • Lara Diettrich, owner – Diettrich Planning
    (presentation)
  • Jonathan Paul, principal – NUE Urban Concepts
    (presentation)
Military Installations
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Moderator: Pensacola City Councilman Charles Bare
Military installations are an integral part of the Northwest Florida Region. Learn about their unique challenges of balancing mission and community relations with such issues as encroachment, infrastructure, technology and transportation.
  • Commander Doug Huggan – Panama City NAS Coastal Systems
  • LTC. Jason Moritz – 7th Special Forces
    (presentation)
  • Col. Thomas Palenske, vice commander – 1st Special Operations Wing at Hurlburt Field
12:00 -1:15 p.m. Lunch Keynote
(presentation)
Dr. Jim Johnson, the William Rand Kenan, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Strategy and Entrepreneurship at UNC’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and director of the Urban Investment Strategies Center at the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Panel Discussions
Emerging Innovation
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Moderator: Keith King, Esri
(presentation)
Technology is changing transportation, and planning needs to anticipate the future reality. This panel will explore emerging technologies and local partnerships to discuss how innovation is improving transportation planning.  From new data collection techniques that result in more accurate transportation demand modeling to the emergence of autonomous vehicles on Florida roadways, planning can utilize technology to improve the future transportation network.
  • Ed Hutchinson, manager – Florida Automated Vehicles Initiative
    (presentation)
  • Bill King, senior business development executive  – AirSage
    (presentation)
  • Clay Packard – Atkins
    (presentation)
Funding and Political Cooperation
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Moderator: Brad Swanson, executive director – Florida Transportation Commission
Financial support is critical to a stable infrastructure.  Elected officials, transportation industry professionals, and national organizations aimed at cultivating key partnerships for funding will address this heavy topic that involves laws, innovation, and collaboration.
  • Susan Haynie, mayor – City of Boca Raton
  • Florida State Representative Clay Ingram
  • Ananth Prasad, vice president – HNTB
  • Erich Zimmermann, director of transportation programs – National Organization of Regional Councils
    (presentation)
Automobile Cessation
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Moderator: Mike Lewis. FDOT
This panel will examine how to implement plans and programs which help reduce automobile dependency at the community level within a municipality and region.  Panelists will focus on engaging the audience with the topic and questions of how better bike-ped facilities have a direct impact on community health, social structure and economy.
  • Dan Burden, director of innovation and inspiration – Blue Zones
    (presentation)
  • Mark Llewellyn, CEO – Genesis
    (presentation)
  • Christian Wagley, principal – Sustainable Town Concepts
    (presentation)
3:00 – 3:30 p.m. Sponsored Break West Florida Regional Planning Council
3:30 – 4:15 p.m. Sparking Imagination –Imagination leads to innovation in projects. The speakers for Sparking Imagination will provide presentations posing the question “what if.” What would happen if transit stops were engaging and people felt as if they were part of the community, as opposed to waiting for transit under a sign along the side of the road? What if the built environment promoted all modes of transportation and had infrastructure available for people to make healthy transportation choices? Our presenters will spark your imagination to the possibilities.
  • Dan Burden, director of innovation and inspiration – Blue Zones
    (presentation)
  • Megan Doherty, principal planner – Tallahassee-Leon County Planning Department
    (presentation)
  • John Finch, owner – Sunshine Shuttle & Limousine
    (presentation, video)
4:30 – 7:00 p.m. Evening Celebration Sponsored by Sunshine Shuttle
Day 2-November 13 Sessions Speakers
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. Registration and Breakfast Buffet
9:00 – 9:15 a.m. Morning Welcome Santa Rosa County Commissioner Lane Lynchard, chairman of the Northwest Florida Transportation Planning Organization
9:15 – 9:45 a.m. Morning Keynote “Solar Energy; Lessons learned in New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward”
(presentation)
James Mazzuto, director of operations, New Orleans – Make It Right
9:45 – 10:15 a.m. Sponsored Break TransDev North America
10:15 – 11:45 a.m. Panel Discussions
Economic Stimulation
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Moderator: Tony Carvajal, executive vice president – Florida Chamber Foundation
A robust, healthy economy is attractive for both businesses and the labor force. Speakers from academia, the private sector, and the public sector are developing projects that are stimulating the economy and will discuss the factors that lead to success.
  • Harold W. Barley, executive director – MetroPlan Orlando
    (presentation)
  • Casey Steinbacher, president & CEO – Durham Chamber of Commerce
  • Dr. Ruth Steiner, professor and director – University of Florida Center for Health and Built Environment
    (presentation)
  • Randall Shepard, CEO – RSAE Labs
    (presentation)
Spatial Solutions and Applications
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Moderator: Michelle Wilson, GIS analyst – Walton County GIS
Esri and Citilabs demonstrate how spatial technology is moving from traditional workflows to online GIS for everyone. Tallahassee-Leon County GIS Department joins them as a nationally-recognized success story in utilizing GIS across their entire organization. The focus will be on transportation-related solutions that work to engage non-GIS users and promote citizen participation.
Transit, Trains, and Aviation
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Moderator: Lynn Haven City Commissioner Rodney Friend
Transit, trains and airplanes are relevant transportation choices today that will be vital standard modes of travel in the future. This panel will discuss the current issues and legislative initiatives that will decide the future network for these modes.
  • Jim Mathews, president & CEO – National Association of Railroad Passengers (NARP)
    (presentation)
  • Mayor Knox Ross, commissioner and chairman of the Southern Rail Commission
  • Thomas Stennis, government affairs director (South), Amtrak
    (presentation)
  • Terry Washington, PE – Federal Aviation Administration
    (presentation)
  • Keith Melton, Community Planner – Federal Transit Association, Region IV
12:15 -12:30 p.m. Florida’s Transportation Plan
(presentation)
Mayor Susan Haynie
12:30 -1:00 p.m. Lunch Keynote
(presentation)
Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti – Executive Director of the Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise
1:15 – 2:45 p.m. Panel Discussions
Logistical Implementation
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Moderator: Rickey Fitzgerald, state freight coordinator – Florida Department of Transportation
(presentation)
This panel will reveal a spectrum of roles across the supply-chain from operations to infrastructure to suppliers and service providers. The panel will also include a discussion about the future work force for this industry, and how it will affect the future of logistics.
  • Ken Armstrong, president & CEO – Florida Trucking Association
    (presentation)
  • Stephanie Lane, director of industrial development– CSX Transportation
    (presentation)
  • Doug Wheeler, president and CEO – Florida Ports Council
    (presentation)
Media Relations
 Moderator: Jeff Rogers, external communications & brand manager – Gulf Power Company
Citizen participation in the planning process would not be complete without the assistance from local and regional media. Learn what the media needs, when they need it and how they need it.
  • John Hutchinson, president – Hutch-Touch Consulting
  • Rick Outzen, publisher/editor – InWeekly
  • Linda Kleindienst, editor- 850 Magazine
  • Ian Satter, public information director – Florida Department of Transportation, District 3
Local Inspirations
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Moderator: Jim De Vries, principal – James De Vries Consulting
Recent success stories from the northwest Florida region will inspire future projects. This session will include discussion of partnerships and lessons learned from local success stories, and will look forward to the next steps of regional collaborations.
  • Dan Brown, superintendent -National Park Service
    (presentation)
  • Keith Bryant, traffic engineering manager – Bay County Traffic Engineering
    (presentation)
  • Vernon Compton, president – Blackwater Heritage Trail, Inc.
    (presentation)
  • General Gordon Fornell, chairman, chairman – Mid-Bay Bridge Authority
    (presentation)
2:45 – 3:30 p.m. Culmination – Moderator: Destin City Councilman Jim Wood
  • Santa Rosa County Commissioner Lane Lynchard, chairman – Northwest Florida Regional Transportation Planning Organziation
  • Bay County Commissioner Bill Dozier, chairman – Bay, Gulf, Holmes, Washington Regional Transportation Partnership
  • Santa Rosa County Commissioner Jayer Williamson, chairman – Florida-Alabama Transportation Planning Organization
  • Panama City Councilman Mike Nichols, chairman – Bay County Transportation Planning Organization

 
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