2022 Infrastructure Roundtable

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

8:00 a.m. Virtual Link is Live – Sponsor Showcase
8:30 a.m. Welcome and Introductory Comments
— Gene Barr, President and CEO, PA Chamber
8:45 a.m. Opening Keynote: Update from PennDOT on Current and Future Pennsylvania Infrastructure Plans
— Yassmin Gramian, Secretary, Pennsylvania Department of TransportationPennDOT oversees programs and policies affecting highways, urban and rural public transportation, airports, railroads, ports, and waterways. The secretary will:

  • Provide an update on the latest initiatives PennDOT is planning that will impact the business community
  • Discuss the plan for private/public partnerships to repair bridges
  • Share how PennDOT is planning to prepare Pennsylvania’s roads for autonomous trucks and cars; tips on how business can help
9:30 a.m. Autonomous Trucks and Cars — The Way of the Future
Facilitated by Kevin Sunday, Director of Government Affairs, PA Chamber of Business and Industry
Matt Blackburn, Senior Manager, Government Relations, Aurora
Elizabeth Fishback, State and Local Affairs Lead, Argo AI
Clay Roach, Vice President, Transportation, FedExCompanies are struggling to find talented workers and the demand for truck drivers is at an all-time high. Much of the current breakdown is the result of not having enough truck drivers. As companies look to find creative ways to move their products, many are looking seriously at autonomous trucks and cars. This presentation focuses on the following topics:

  • The demand for driverless trucks is surpassing cars and funds are pouring in to develop and sustain this technology.
    Two companies heavily involved in manufacturing these trucks — Aurora and Argo AI — will discuss how close we are to having this technology be available to businesses; and what infrastructures need to be upgraded or completed to make this work.
  • Key actions companies need to take when implementing the use of autonomous vehicles — from the perspective of FedEx, who has started their use
  • Policy, safety and liability challenges companies could face in using these types of vehicles
10:15 a.m. Refreshment Break – Sponsor Showcase
10:30 a.m. The Importance of 5G and Broadband to Pennsylvania’s Future
Cliff Nathanielsz, Regional VP, Mobility & IoT, AT&T Business SolutionsWe’ve heard a lot about 5G, the next generation of wireless technology, but what could it mean for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania? 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. We will discuss:

  • AT&T’s 5G Climate Reduction Program
  • How this program was developed and implemented, and what it means for PA
  • Strategies companies can intertwine into their own climate reduction programs
  • The advantages 5G will bring to company networks — increased speed and capacity, a new generation of AI and machine-based learning, interactive services and more
11:15 a.m. Final Thoughts and Questions
11:30 a.m. Adjourn

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