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Mayors & Managers Forum: A Bumpy Road

August 2, 2013 @ 8:00 AM - 10:30 AM

| $20.00
A Bumpy Road: The Lansing Debate Over Transportation Funding


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A Bumpy Road: The Lansing Debate Over State Transportation Funding

For many years, Michigan’s roads, bridges and transit systems have been starved for funds—and our communities suffer as a result. While Governor Snyder has named the funding crisis a top priority, discussion in Lansing has produced dozens of ideas, but little consensus. What does the swirl of competing proposals mean for our local communities? When a solution finally emerges, will it support cities’ goals of maintaining infrastructure in good repair, creating safe and attractive downtowns with complete streets, and providing the transit service that today’s workforce requires? Or will new transportation funding bypass local needs?

This forum will explore those questions and more, bringing together experts from Lansing and our local governments to understand what’s on the table and how it will impact our communities. As representatives of those communities, our local officials’ voices must be heard in Lansing.


City representatives and other interested parties are welcomed to join the interactive discussion with policy experts and your peers from around the region. We look forward to sharing our ideas with you and learning more about what the swirl of competing proposals mean for our local communities. Tickets are $20.00 and include breakfast. Member cities can register up two city representatives online, free of charge.  Space is limited, RSVP today!

Wayne State University
Hillberry Room A, Student Center
5221 Gullen Mall, Dearborn, MI 48202
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Registration ends at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 1. Tickets may still be available: contact the program manager at 866.960.8803 x716.


8:00 – 8:30 a.m.  Registration and Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00 a.m.  Welcome Presentation
9:00 – 9:30 a.m.  Speaker Presentations
9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  Facilitated Q & A




We invite you to stick around afterward to continue the discussion with other attendees.


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Kirk T. Steudle
Director, Michigan Department of Transportation

Kirk Steudle is the Director of the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and has served in that position since 2006. He is engaged in all aspects of transportation in the State of Michigan. Mr. Steudle is the 2013 Vice Chair of the Transportation Research Board (TRB) Executive Committee, on which he has been a member since 2004. He chairs the Strategic Highway Research Program (SHRP 2) Oversight Committee for TRB. He was the 2011-12 President of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and is a member of the AASHTO Executive Committee. He is the 2013 Vice Chair for Board of Directors of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITSA). He also is a member of the Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) Program Advisory Committee to the U.S. Department of Transportation. Additionally, he serves on the Board of the Engineering Society of Detroit, and is Chair of the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute (UMTRI) Advisory Board. Mr. Steudle is a graduate of Lawrence Technological University (LTU), where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Construction Engineering and is also on the LTU College of Engineering Advisory Board.

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Paul E. Tait, CAE
Executive Director, Southeast Michigan Council of Governments
President, Metropolitan Affairs Coalition

Paul Tait is the Executive Director of the Southeast Michigan Council of Governments (SEMCOG) and oversees a staff of 60 and a budget of $9.5 million. SEMCOG is a regional planning partnership of 160 member local governments and is the designated Metropolitan Planning Organization for transportation planning and decision-making in the seven-county Greater Detroit region. Mr. Tait also serves as the President of the Metropolitan Affairs Coalition (MAC). MAC is a unique coalition of business, labor, government, and education that is a catalyst for addressing some of Southeast Michigan’s most pressing issues, including those affecting the economy. It is the only coalition that brings labor to the table in full partnership with business and government. Mr. Tait joined SEMCOG in 1972, serving in a variety of planning and administrative capacities before being named executive director in 1998. He has Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Masters of Public Health in Health Planning degrees from the University of Michigan. He is a Certified Association Executive awarded by the American Society of Association Executives. He is a graduate of Leadership Detroit and the Institute for Organizational Management, a multi-year national program for leadership training. He is also a graduate of the Harvard University John F. Kennedy School of Government Program for Senior Executives in State and Local Government.

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Roy C. Rose, PE, EXW
Chief Executive Officer and President, Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick, Inc.
Chairman, Regional Transit Authority Finance Committee

Roy Rose is the Chief Executive Officer and President of Anderson, Eckstein and Westrick, Inc. (AEW). With over 34 years of experience, Mr. Rose offers knowledge of engineering innovation. He joined AEW in 1985 and his career has included all phases of project management. Operating closely with municipal officials, their staff and other government agencies, Mr. Rose maintains community goals and objectives, as well as identifies projects which provide workable solutions. He was appointed in 2008 to a five-year term as an Alternate Member to the City of Roseville Construction Board of Appeals. He was also actively involved with the Lake St. Clair Clean Water Initiative Program for the Macomb Office of Public Works, an endeavor which consisted of more than 20 individual projects, performed by different contractors for a total construction cost of over $35 million. In 2013, Rose chosen to represent Macomb County as a board member of the Regional Transit Authority (RTA), as well as Chairman of the RTA’s Finance Committee. Mr. Rose is a graduate of Michigan Technological University, where he received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering.


The Michigan Suburbs Alliance greatly appreciates support from the following organizations.


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Interested in sponsoring our Mayors & Managers forum or other events? We’d love to craft a sponsorship package to suit your needs—contact Emily Thompson at 866.960.8803 x 716 or emily@suburbsalliance.org.

About the Mayors & Managers Forum

As one of its many roles, the Michigan Suburbs Alliance convenes people who work to create transformational change in their communities. Our guests include planners, developers, professors, elected officials, government employees and citizen advocates—people who work to create transformational change in their communities and the region. We bring topics that are important to our cities to the table and provide a positive space to discuss innovative solutions to the challenges our communities face each day.

The Suburbs Alliance is proud to engage key community members in conversations about the future of their cities and the region. Each Mayors & Managers event brings a different important topic to the table, providing a positive space to discuss innovative solutions to the challenges our communities face.


August 2, 2013
8:00 AM - 10:30 AM


Wayne State University
Hillberry Room A, Student Center
Detroit, MI 48202 United States


Emily Thompson
866.960.8803 x 716