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In Partnership With
ELEC 825
Gateway Regional Chamber-Commerce
Hudson County Chamber of Commerce
Meadowlands Chamber
New Jersey Business Magazine
WSP
In-Person June 14 8:30 am - 12:00 pm $79.00 The View at Lincoln Park
201 Lincoln Park, Jersey City, NJ 07304
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Breaking the Infrastructure Log Jam

Collaborate as a Partner

Join us on Friday, June 14th as we gather with experts, practitioners, policymakers, and other stakeholders to discuss and exchange ideas on the factors affecting transportation in North Jersey. Conversations at the event will help to define a path forward on how to get from “here to there” in a realistic manner and will cover commuting, transit and our supply chain. These discussions will include Q&A sessions to involve the audience.

Symposium Program

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    8:30 AM
    Breakfast, Networking, & Registration
    9:00 AM
    Opening Remarks
    Presented by Emory A. Edwards – Hudson County Chamber of Commerce
    9:10 AM
    Keynote
    Presented by Acting Commissioner Francis K. O’Conner, New Jersey Department of Transportation, & Introduced by Brian Tangora – The Gateway Regional Chamber of Commerce
    9:40 AM
    The State of the Region
    Speakers from area businesses will discuss how regional infrastructure issues affect their business, supply chain, and workforce.

    Presented by Todd M. Hay, PE, CME – Pennoni, with additional speakers to be included.
    Moderated by Michele N. Siekerka, Esq., NJBIA

    10:40 AM
    Networking Break
    11:00 AM
    Solutions for the Log Jam
    This panel of experts will discuss some of the obstacles and potential solutions for a path forward.

    Presented by:
    Zoe Baldwin – Regional Plan Association
    Jerry Keenan – New Jersey Alliance for Action
    Moderated by Jim Kirkos – Meadowlands Chamber & Meadowlands Live!

    12:00 PM
    Closing Remarks

Meet Our Featured Speakers

Daniel Baer, AICP Daniel Baer, AICP Senior VP, National Lead for Major Project Development, WSP

brings over three decades of experience managing multi-disciplinary teams in advancing complex transportation and land development initiatives, including preparation of master plans, environmental impact statements (EIS), feasibility studies and alternatives analyses (AA) for major transportation and site development projects throughout New Jersey and the country. He has collaborated with clients to develop fundable, practical phased implementation programs that build momentum and provide early tangible benefits for long-term economic development. Dan’s notable projects include the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail Transit System, Secaucus Transfer Station, Port Authority Bus Terminal and the Transportation Plan for American Dream and the Sports Complex. Dan also served as Mayor of Millburn Township, NJ.

Zoe Baldwin Zoe Baldwin Vice President, State Programs & NJ Direction, Regional Plan Association

As the Vice President of State Programs, Zoe works to expand RPA’s presence and efficacy in each state, helping to build diverse support for policies that promote a stronger, more connected region. Zoe also leads research, planning, and advocacy activities in her home state of New Jersey, where she draws on her considerable experience in public policy and community engagement to develop and advance policies and projects that facilitate equitable, vibrant, and resilient communities.

Zoe has over twenty years’ experience in public policy at the state and federal levels. Before joining RPA, Zoe was the Director of Government Affairs for the Utility & Transportation Contractors Association where she advocated for increased federal and state investment in water and transportation systems, and for greater transparency and efficiency in public procurement. In that role, she was successful in getting language included in the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law that established a federal marketplace allowing states to buy and sell toll credits – a program that has the potential to generate several billion dollars in new transportation capital funding for NY and NJ.

Prior to her work in the private sector, Zoe served as Projects Director for United States Senator Cory Booker and as Senior Specialist for Transportation and Environment for US Senator Frank Lautenberg. Zoe got her start in infrastructure policy as the New Jersey Advocate for the Tri-State Transportation Campaign and began her career as the Legislative Director for NJ State Senator Loretta Weinberg.

Outside of her work at RPA, Zoe is a Commissioner on the board of the South Jersey Transportation Authority, which oversees the Atlantic City Expressway and Atlantic City International Airport, and a member of the board of directors for three nonprofit organizations: Downtown NJ, the Women’s Political Caucus of New Jersey, and Gardenship Art.

Emory A. Edwards Emory A. Edwards CEO & President, Hudson County Chamber of Commerce
Kate Gibbs Kate Gibbs Deputy Director, Business Development & Engineers Labor-Employer Cooperative, ELEC 825

At the cross sections of economic develop, business and organized labor you will find Kate Gibbs. The Deputy Director for the Engineers Labor-Employer Cooperative, ELEC 825, a collaborative trust focused on creating work opportunities for the members and signatory contractors of Local 825 Operating Engineers, Gibbs leads Business Development for the organization by promoting economic development and advocating for investments in all types of infrastructure.

She has established a strong record of shaping policy, building coalitions and implementing successful strategies and tactics that include political advocacy, government relations, communications and social media in pursuit of organizational goals. With her background in politics, public affairs and organizational management, Gibbs is uniquely suited to help ELEC 825 achieve its core objectives of growing the economy to create jobs for Local 825 members and its union contractors.

In November of 2015, Gibbs was elected to the Burlington County Board of Freeholders; becoming the youngest woman in NJ to be elected to countywide office. During her first two years in office, Gibbs served as Deputy Director before being elected in January of 2018, in a unanimous and bi-partisan vote of her peers to serve as Freeholder Director.

In this role she crafted and passed a tax-cutting budget while investing in a first of its kind $20 million school security grant program, creating a women’s mentoring program, and ensuring that all County facilities, schools and libraries are equipped with dedicated, private space for mothers to nurse or pump.

Prior to joining the Freeholder Board, Gibbs served on the Board of Trustees for Rowan College at Burlington County, where she worked closely with the County’s new Workforce Development Institute and played an active role in establishing the College’s partnership with Rowan University.

Gibbs actively participates on boards and committees for various Chambers of Commerce and business and industry organizations throughout the entire State of New Jersey.

Gibbs earned her Master’s in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business, graduating Summa Cum Laude and a B.A. from The American University, with a Double Major in Public Communications and Political Science.

Todd M. Hay, PE, CME Todd M. Hay, PE, CME Regional Vice President & Office Director, Pennoni

Todd M. Hay, PE, CME, serves as Regional Vice President for the Northern New Jersey, New York, and New England Region and as Office Director for our Boston Office. He has been working with multidisciplinary engineering projects during his more than 27-year career as a civil engineer, project manager, and principal. Todd is responsible for client service, business development, and managing the success and growth of our projects and staff within the region.

Todd has been involved in transportation and traffic; utilities; parks and recreation; K-12; colleges/universities; rooftop/ground mount solar; and a variety of federal, private, private/public design and design-build projects. His work experience has included client contact and coordination; in-house review of site plan and subdivision projects for entitlement compliance; preparation and coordination of site plans and technical specifications for bidding purposes; preparation of site plans for entitlement submission; expert witness testimony before local, county and state authorities; contract administration and construction support services for both private and public projects.

Todd has served as principal-in-charge for private clients including Toll Brothers City Living, Simon Properties, Garden Homes, Verizon, as well as many high-profile clients, such as architects, developers and contractors. He has also been involved in litigation and court matters serving as a design and construction expert witness representing developers, construction contractors, and New Jersey State Transportation Authorities.

Todd is Chairman Commissioner to the Somerset-Raritan Valley Sewerage Authority in Bridgewater, NJ, and is also an Industry Advisory Board Member to the School of Applied Engineering and Technology at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), an Advisory Board Member to the Customer Experience Program at Rutgers University, Board Member to the Commerce Industry Association on NJ, Board Member to ACE New Jersey, and is co-chair for the New Jersey Society of Municipal Engineers Annual Awards Program.

Todd is as semi-annual guest speaker for the Engineering Introductory Class at NJIT and has been involved with the Business and Economic Development Committee for the Joint Essex County Newark Workforce Board.

Jerry Keenan Jerry Keenan President, NJ Alliance for Action

Jerry Keenan was appointed President of the New Jersey Alliance for Action in 2020 after serving as the association’s Executive Vice President since 2001. He originally joined the Alliance executive staff in 1997.

In his role as president, he works with business, government, labor, utility, education and other New Jersey leaders to grow the state’s economy and to ensure its infrastructure keeps pace with the needs of our residents and corporate neighbors.

He has served by appointment of past Governors and Cabinet officials on various commissions, including Governor Phil Murphy’s Restart and Recovery Advisory Council, the Penn Station Reconstruction – Station Advisory Working Group, the New Jersey Environmental Infrastructure Trust, the New Jersey Transit Joint Business Alliance, the State Congestion Busters Task Force and the Committee for a Smart New Jersey. Jerry also serves on the New Jersey Committee of the Regional Plan Association.

Mr. Keenan is a graduate of Rowan University.

Jim Kirkos Jim Kirkos CEO, Meadowlands Regional Chamber & Meadowlands Live! Convention & Visitors Bureau

Jim Kirkos is the President & CEO of the Meadowlands Chamber, whose mission is to accelerate economic, community and business development by providing its membership with networking & relationship building opportunities; destination & tourism marketing services; business education and leadership training; legislative and public affairs advocacy, and workforce development initiatives to businesses of all sizes across all industry sectors throughout the Meadowlands region.

Francis K. O’Conner Francis K. O’Conner Acting Commissioner, NJ Department of Transportation

Francis (Fran) O’Connor was nominated to serve as Commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Transportation by Governor Murphy in January 2024. He currently is awaiting New Jersey Senate approval and is serving as Acting Commissioner.

Fran returns to New Jersey State service with over 40 years of public and private sector transportation experience. He began his public service career at the New Jersey Turnpike Authority as a toll collector and rose to be the Deputy Director of the NJTA’s Electronic Toll Collection Program. In that role he launched the Authority’s first electronic toll collection installation.

While in the private sector, Fran advised transportation agencies across the country on the development and execution of critical projects with a strategic focus on toll roads. In this work, Fran has overseen hundreds of employees at a time, implemented large-scale customer service centers, and engaged with regulatory entities at all levels of government.

He graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s in accounting from St. Peter’s University.

Michele N.     Siekerka, Esq. Michele N. Siekerka, Esq. President & CEO, NJBIA

Michele N. Siekerka, Esq., President and CEO of the New Jersey Business & Industry Association, leads the nation’s largest, most influential employers’ organization, advocating on behalf of New Jersey’s large and small businesses for policies that will make New Jersey more affordable and regionally competitive.

Being known as a collaborative leader, Siekerka is leading an NJBIA established coalition (New Jersey Business Coalition) comprised of more than 100 business and nonprofit associations across the state to tackle the tough economic and business challenges our state is facing during COVID 19.

Well versed on the ‘boots on the ground” issues affecting our state’s business community, Michele is often the “go to” resource for media and is sought after to share her expertise in public forums across the state.

Scott Sprengel Scott Sprengel Vice President, Academy Bus

Scott is the Vice President for Academy Bus, headquartered in Hoboken, NJ. He oversees all aspects of the company, incorporating Charter, Commuter, Contract, and Go Bus Operations. Scott joined Academy in 2023. Prior to joining Academy Scott was Executive Vice President for Coach USA (2007-2021) based out of Paramus NJ. With a 32-year tenure in the passenger transportation industry, Scott has held diverse roles in operations, maintenance, administration, and management prior to joining Academy. He holds a degree from Rowan University.
Additionally, Scott contributes to the industry by participating in various professional organizations. He serves on the Board of Directors for Crime Stoppers of New Jersey, current President for the New Jersey Bus Association, and is a former board member of the New Jersey Greater Motorcoach Association.

Brian Tangora Brian Tangora President & CEO, Gateway Chamber of Commerce

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Refund Policy:

If you cancel 7 days or more prior to the scheduled event date, you will be eligible for a full 100% refund.
Unfortunately, cancellations made within 1 week (7 days) of the event will not be eligible for any refunds.