Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Performance Driven: A New Vision for U.S. Transportation Policy

Martin Olav Sabo Lecture Series
Performance Driven: A New Vision for U.S. Transportation Policy

Monday, November 23, 2009
8:30a.m. - 1:30p.m.

Cowles Auditorium
Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
University of Minnesota West Bank Campus
301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN

About the Event

The Bipartisan Policy Center's National Transportation Policy Project (NTPP) has begun a dialogue across the country regarding recommendations contained in its report Performance Driven: A New Vision for U.S. Transportation Policy. The next public forum will be held at the University of Minnesota Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs in conjunction with the Martin Olav Sabo Lecture Series. Former Congressman Sabo, NTPP co-chair, will speak at the event.

Join us to discuss the direction of federal surface transportation policy. This conversation comes at a critical time where there is extraordinary opportunity for revitalizing America's surface transportation system. This event will bring together state transportation officials, federal and state legislators, academics, the business community, and other key stakeholders in a conversation about the need for reform in the next federal surface transportation bill.
About the Bipartisan Policy Center

In 2007, former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders Howard Baker, Tom Daschle, Bob Dole, and George Mitchell formed the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) to develop and promote solutions that can attract the public support and political momentum to achieve real progress. The BPC acts as an incubator for policy efforts that engage top political figures, advocates, academics, and business leaders in the art of principled compromise.

Preliminary Agenda

* Welcome
J. Brian Atwood, Dean, Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs
Former U.S. Rep. Martin Olav Sabo, Co-chair, Bipartisan Policy Center's National Transportation Policy Project
* National Transportation Policy Project Report
Joshua Schank, Director of Transportation Research, Bipartisan Policy Center
* Opportunities and Challenges Implementing Recommendations for Reform
Moderator: Mike Erlandson, Vice President for Government Affairs, SUPERVALU
Peter Bell, Chair, Metropolitan Council
State Sen. D. Scott Dibble
State Rep. Mary Liz Holberg (invited)
Peter McLaughlin, Commissioner, Hennepin County
Tom Sorel, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Transportation
* Development of Economic Benefit Metrics
Richard Mudge, Vice President, Delcan Corporation
* Local Business Community Perspective
Charlie Zelle, President, Jefferson Lines, and Co-chair, Itasca Project Transportation Task Force
* Where Do We Go from Here?
Emil Frankel, Director of Transportation Policy, Bipartisan Policy Center
* Luncheon Program
U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (invited)


This event is free and lunch will be provided. Registration is required as space is limited. Please RSVP by completing the online registration form.

More Information

Contact Gina Baas, 612-626-7331,

About the Series

Since its inception in 2002, the Sabo Lecture Series has been a forum for distinguished individuals to address the challenges of public service for our state and nation. The series honors the public service career of former Congressman Martin Olav Sabo, who represented Minnesota for more than four decades at both the state and federal government levels.

Parking and transit

A circular drive in front of the Humphrey Center is available for drop off and unloading. The 19th Avenue Ramp is just across the street. The 21st Avenue Ramp is just south of the adjacent Carlson School of Management. For transit information, call Metro Transit at 612-373-3333 or visit


The Hubert H. Humphrey Institute of Public Affairs and the Center for Transportation Studies at the University of Minnesota are hosting this event in cooperation with the Bipartisan Policy Center's National Transportation Policy Project. Additional sponsorship provided by the McKnight Foundation and SUPERVALU, Inc.

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