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State and Local Policy Program

Events

2013 Fall Forum: Transportation Policy and Economic Competitiveness
BNSF Video Part I

Part I
Event held on September 20, 2013, at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Freight Transportation is vitally important to jobs and economic competitiveness in Minnesota. Local and national perspectives on freight transportation and economic competitiveness were discussed by U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, Matt Rose, CEO of BNSF Railway; and former Congressman James L. Oberstar. The event included two panel discussions featuring businesses and local policy makers.

 

 

BNSF Video Part 2Part II of 2013 Fall Forum: Transportation Policy and Economic Competitiveness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Impacts of Regional Transit Investment: Research, Results, and Legislative Action

Transit Forum 3.21.13Event held on March 21, 2013, at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Major studies on transportation finance and investment have been released recently by the Itasca Group, Counties Transit Investment Board, and the Minnesota Department of Transportation. The Chambers of Commerce from Minneapolis and St. Paul hosted a discussion on the results of these studies, on public attitudes toward transit funding, and on legislative responses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regional Innovation Clusters and Economic Competitiveness: A Forum on Lessons Learned from Regional Cluster Initiatives

Regional Innovations Forum 9-25-12

Part I
Event held on September 25, 2012, at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. The Greater Minneapolis-St. Paul Region and the Minnesota economy have benefited historically from competitive industries and innovative business, academic, and policy leadership. This success is manifest through a concentration of corporate headquarters and innovation clusters in a range of industries -- medical devices, life sciences, food, publishing, retailing, information technology, finance, insurance, and the arts, among others. The forum featured presentations and lessons learned from regional innovation cluster initiatives in Minnesota, Oregon, South Carolina, and Puebla, Mexico, and explored job and economic development strategies through state, local, and educational policies.

 

 

Forum panel discussion 9-25-12

Part II
Panel discussion of Regional Innovation Clusters and Economic Competitiveness: A Forum on Lessons Learned from Regional Cluster Initiatives, held September 25, 2012, at the Humphrey School.

 

 

 

 

 

Innovations in Road Safety: A Forum Hosted by James L. Oberstar

Oberstar Forum 8.23.2012

Part I
Event held on August 23, 2012. Road fatalities and serious injuries in the U.S. are not only tragedies for the families and friends of the victims but also a significant economic cost to our nation's health system and lost productivity. In recent years, technology and policy innovations have helped to reduce traffic fatalities and promise to have an even greater impact in reducing road deaths in the future. James L. Oberstar, Member of Congress (1975 to 2011) and Chair of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (2007 to 2011), hosted a forum with U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar and FHWA Administrator Victor Mendez to discuss innovations in road safety and what U.S. states are doing to reduce traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

Oberstar Forum 8.23.2012 Part 2

 

Part II
Conclusion of August 23, 2012, program, "Innovations in Road Safety: A Forum Hosted by James L. Oberstar.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Global Knowledge Hubs: Lessons from Norway and Implications for Minnesota

Global Knowledge Hubs presentation May 15

Event held on May 15, 2012, at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. Professor Torger Reve, an international expert on economic competitiveness, presented the findings of his latest research on Norwegian global knowledge hubs -- superclusters of knowledge-based industrial development, characterized by a high concentration of innovative industrial actors interacting closely with advanced research institutions, venture capital, and competent ownership. Torger Reve is the Wilh Wilhelmsen Chair in Strategy and Industrial Competitiveness at the BI Norwegian Business School in Oslo, Norway. He also heads the Center for Maritime Competitiveness.

 

 

The Future of Transportation Finance: Who Will Pay? A Forum Hosted by James L. Oberstar

Transit Forum May 15 2012SPEAKER PRESENTATIONS. Event held on May 15, 2012, at the University of Minnesota's Humphrey School of Public Affairs. As gas prices rise and vehicles become more fuel efficient, gas tax revenues have not kept up with funding requirements for the nation's transportation system. Who will pay to maintain and make necessary improvements in the nation's transportation system in the future? Congress and the Administration are currently stymied on the transportation funding problem, and states are struggling to find new funding solutions. James L. Oberstar, Member of Congress (1975 to 2011) and Chair of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (2007 to 2011), hosted a forum discussing the future of transportation funding and who will pay.

 

The Future of Transportation Finance: Who Will Pay? A Forum Hosted by James L. Oberstar

Oberstar Panel May 15

DISCUSSION PANEL following speaker presentations - Tom Sorel, Commissioner, Minnesota Department of Transportation. Janet Kavinocky, Executive Director, Transportation and Infrastructure, U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Bill Goins, Worldwide Account Manager, FedEx Services. John Hausladen, President and CEO, Minnesota Truckers Association. Margaret Donahoe, Executive Director, Minnesota Transportation Alliance. Barbara Thoman, Executive Director, Transit for Livable Communities.

 

 

 

 

A Conversation with Bob Johns

On April 18, 2012, Director Robert C. Johns of the USDOT's Volpe National Transportation Systems Center, met with Humphrey School students to discuss future federal transportation policy directions and careers in transportation with the federal government. Johns' powerpoint presentation can be accessed here.

 

Transit Investments: How Should They Be Evaluated? A Forum Hosted by James L. Oberstar

Oberstar Transit Forum

Event held on February 24, 2012, at the University of Minnesota's Law School. The U.S. Federal Transit Administration currently uses six criteria for evaluating and making decisions about which transit capital investments to fund through the federal New Starts Program. The criteria are mobility improvements, environmental benefits, operating efficiencies, cost effectiveness, transit supportive land use, and economic development effects. FTA recently issued new proposed rules and policy guidance for its New Starts and Small Starts programs. James L. Oberstar, Member of Congress (1975-2011) and Chair of the U.S. House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee (2007-2011), hosted a forum to discuss the pros and cons of the current criteria and how they apply to transit investments in the Minneapolis-St. Paul region. Panel members: Mark Fuhrmann, Program Director for New Starts Rail Projects, Metro Transit; Yingling Fan, Assistant Professor, Humphrey School of Public Affairs; Peter McLaughlin, Hennepin County Commissioner; Mark Fabel, Development Project Manager, McGough Development; and Barbara Thoman, Executive Director, Transit for Livable Communities.

 

Innovations in Parking Pricing as Transportation Demand Management

An event held on December 15, 2011, at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs featured David Zavattero, Deputy Director of the City of Chicago's Department of Transportation. Zavattero oversees Chicago's efforts to manage parking demand in one of the nation's most congested cities through innovative strategies including a transition to private curbside parking management and experimentation with congestion pricing. The event also featured the results of a federally-funded demonstration project recently completed by the Humphrey School's State and Local Policy Program in downtown Minneapolis that examined whether and how introducing incentives and flexibility into monthly parking contracts could encourage commuters to utilize transit, biking, walking, and other transportation modes. A reaction panel consisting of legislators, parking providers, and practitioners discussed the implications of these and other efforts to use parking pricing as a tool for transportation demand management.

 

Rethinking Transportation Finance Roundtable

Paul SorensenMileage-Based Road Use Charges: Opportunities and Challenges to Direct Usage-Based Charges for Transportation Funding, presented by Paul Sorensen, RAND Corporation. Held at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, September 21, 2011.

Powerpoint ~ Mileage-Based User Fees (MBUF): Implementation and Transition Issues

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Stillwater Bridge: What Are the Issues?

Stillwater Bridge ForumA forum hosted by James L. Oberstar, held at the Humphrey School of Public Affairs, September 9, 2011. Panel members: Adam Josephson (Minnesota Department of Transportation), Chris Stein (National Park Service), Michael Wilhelmi (Coalition for the St. Croix River Crossing), and Jim Erkel (Minnesota Center for Environmental Advocacy) discuss the issues surrounding the proposed Stillwater Bridge crossing the St. Croix River between Minnesota and Wisconsin.

 

 

 

TechPlan Roundtable

  • ITS and Your Life, August 19, 2011, in the Humphrey Forum, Atrium level of the Humphrey Center, University of Minnesota
  • New Frontiers in Transportation Policy, Technology, and Planning, July 9, 2010, at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center.
  • New Frontiers in Transportation Policy, Technology, and Planning, June 18, 2009, in the Wilkins Room, Humphrey Center.
  • New Frontiers in Transportation Policy, Technology, and Planning, June 19, 2008, Conference Room 180, Humphrey Center.
  • Improving System Performance and Safety, September 10, 2007, Coffman Memorial Union, University of Minnesota

Regional Planning & Policy Brownbag Discussion Series

Martin O. Sabo Lecture Series

  • Tom Berg, Attorney and former member of the Minnesota State Legislature, "Minnesota's Miracle: Learning from the Government That Worked," October 9, 2012.
  • James L. Oberstar, former Minnesota 8th District Congressman, "Putting America First in Transportation," May 6, 2011.
  • National Transportation Policy Project, "Performance Driven: A New Vision for U.S. Transportation Policy," November 23, 2009.
  • Thomas A. Daschle, former U.S. Senate Majority Leader, "Public Leadership in a Changing World," May 2, 2005.
  • Rodney E. Slater, U.S. Secretary of Transportation, "Putting People First," February 3, 2004.
  • Martin O. Sabo, Minnesota 5th District Congressman, "A Vision for Public Service," April 15, 2002.

Symposium on Mileage-Based User Fees

eWorkPlace

  • eWorkPlace Celebration, June 21, 2011
  • eWorkPlace Conference, June 3, 2010
  • eWorkPlace Introduction, July 28, 2009