2022 Infrastructure Roundtable

January 20, 2022 | 8:00 AM TO 11:30 AM

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A modern, safe and reliable infrastructure network is essential to a healthy economy, and the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act is promising Pennsylvania tens of billions of dollars toward the completion of critical infrastructure projects statewide.

How will those dollars be invested, and what will it mean for the business community and job creation? Learn this, along with exciting news about the future of infrastructure, at the PA Chamber’s virtual 2022 Infrastructure Roundtable.

Program Highlights:

  • Pennsylvania Department of Transportation Secretary Yassmin Gramian will discuss future infrastructure plans for PA so businesses can plan, including the vision for public/private partnerships.
  • With the labor shortage forecast to continue for the next 10 years, and the already critical problem of hiring truck drivers, autonomous cars and trucks are seriously being considered by businesses to fill this void. Industry leaders will discuss how PA is preparing the roads for these types of vehicles, as well as what manufacturers of these vehicles are anticipating; and what it is like to use autonomous trucks.
  • With businesses operating remotely and schools teaching virtually, connectivity has never been more important. As broadband and mobile data demands increase, our communications infrastructure is critical in meeting the growing demand that is being placed on our networks. 5G networks will offer faster connection speeds and increase data capacity, which will pave the way for the Internet of Things to flourish. Innovations in healthcare, public safety, manufacturing, agriculture, and many other industries will grow exponentially with 5G.

2022 Infrastructure Virtual Roundtable

Pennsylvania State Board of Accountancy CPEs(PX177225) - Group Study 3
Continuing Legal Education Board CLEs 3
PA Registration Board for Professional Engineers, Land Surveyors, and Geologists Professional Development Hours (PDH) 3

Note: To receive continuing education credits, each individual is required by the crediting organizations to log on and log off as proof of attendance.

For questions on Continuing Education credit certifications for this event, please contact Susan Smith, 717.720.5457 | ssmith@pachamber.org.

About The Speakers

Robert Patrick Casey Jr.,  is an American lawyer and politician serving as the senior United States senator from Pennsylvania, a seat he has held since 2007. He previously served as Pennsylvania Auditor General from 1997 to 2005 and as Pennsylvania Treasurer from 2005 to 2007. Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Casey is the son of Bob Casey, a former governor of Pennsylvania. After graduating from Scranton Preparatory School in 1978, he attended the College of the Holy Cross. He received his J.D. degree from The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law. Casey practiced law in Scranton, Pennsylvania, before beginning his political career as Pennsylvania’s auditor general, a post to which he was elected in 1996 and re-elected in 2000. In 2002, Casey attempted to follow in his father’s footsteps by running for governor of Pennsylvania, but was defeated in the Democratic primary by eventual general election victor Ed Rendell. After being term-limited out of his position as auditor general, Casey was elected treasurer in the 2004 election. Casey defeated two-term Republican incumbent Rick Santorum in the 2006 U.S. Senate election in Pennsylvania.

Matt Blackburn,  joined Aurora as Senior Manager of Government Relations in March 2021, after spending nearly 15 years working in the U.S. Congress. Matt’s career on Capitol Hill began in March 2003 when he began working for then-Congressman Pat Toomey in his DC office.

In January of 2005, Matt began working for the late U.S. Senator Tom Coburn M.D. of Oklahoma. Matt supported the Senator’s role on the Senate Judiciary Committee, covering topics such as intellectual property, international trade, and visa and immigration reform. In 2010, Matt served as the Policy Director for Pat Toomey’s successful senate campaign. After the campaign, Matt returned to Pittsburgh to become the Senator’s Western PA Director, a post he held for nearly 11 years. During this time, he served as a Senior Advisor to U.S. Senator Toomey on issues including economic development across the Commonwealth, Pittsburgh’s unique infrastructure challenges, and oversaw the process for the selection and placement of United States District Judges across Pennsylvania.

Matt is a proud native of Erie, PA and a graduate of Gannon University. Matt resides with his wife Christy and their three children: Emma, Matthew, and Hannah in Oakmont, PA.

Yassmin Gramian, PE, serves as the secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation, a position that she assumed in May 2020. She manages PennDOT’s annual budget of $9.5 billion and oversees programs and policies affecting highways, urban and rural public transportation, airports, railroads, ports, and waterways. Under her leadership, the department is directly responsible for Pennsylvania’s vast system of state and local highways and bridges, as well as oversees the state’s vehicle registration, driver’s licenses and ID operations.

Gramian assumed the role of secretary amid the COVID-19 global pandemic. This challenging time necessitated quick, decisive action to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 to best protect citizens, employees, and business partners. Under Gramian’s leadership, PennDOT moved swiftly during the early stages of the pandemic to transfer essential functions to remote operations, while continuing to ensure roads were kept safe and passable, and crews remained available for responding to weather events. Gramian also serves as chair of the Transportation Revenue Options Commission (TROC), which was established by Executive Order of Governor Tom Wolf to develop comprehensive funding recommendations for Pennsylvania’s large and aging infrastructure.

Prior to joining PennDOT, Gramian worked for over 30 years in operations, design, and management of transportation infrastructure systems, including highway, tolling, bridge, and railroad projects. Gramian earned master’s and bachelor’s degrees in civil engineering from the University of Michigan and completed the Tuck Management Training Program at Dartmouth College. She is a professional engineer in Pennsylvania, Delaware, New Jersey, and Florida.

Clay Roach, is Vice President of Transportation for FedEx Ground, headquartered in Moon Township, Pa. With annual revenue of $30.5 billion, FedEx Ground is a leader in cost-effective ground package shipping, offering dependable service to businesses and residential customers throughout the U.S. and Canada. Through more than 200,000 team members, 650 operating stations, and 100,000 motorized vehicles operated by 6,000 locally owned businesses, FedEx Ground transported more than 10 million packages a day in its latest fiscal quarter.

A 27-year veteran of the transportation industry, Clay currently oversees transportation and logistics functions for the expansive FedEx Ground network, including planning and execution of linehaul operations and customer pick-up coordination.

Clay earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas and is a two-time recipient of FedEx Ground’s prestigious Five Star Award. He resides with his family in Canonsburg, Pa.

Elizabeth (Liz) Fishback, is the State and Local Affairs Lead at Argo AI, a self-driving technology platform company based in Pittsburgh. Prior to her current position, Liz served as the Regional Director for Southwestern Pennsylvania for U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA). Prior to joining Casey’s team in 2013, she worked for the Pennsylvania Democratic Party and for the late U.S. Senator Arlen Specter (D-PA) in his Pittsburgh Senate office. Liz is currently a member of the Board of Directors for the Pittsburgh Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Secretary of the Board of Directors for the Pittsburgh Parking Authority. She is a 2007 graduate of Smith College, where she majored in Government and Public Policy and medaled three times at the NCAA National Women’s Rowing Championships. Liz is a resident of the City of Pittsburgh and coaches rowing at her alma mater, Mt. Lebanon High School