On June 26, 2014, the Humphrey School of Public Affairs hosted a memorial service to celebrate the life of U.S. Congressman James L. Oberstar, who served in Congress from 1975 to 2011. He was the longest-serving Member of Congress in Minnesota history and served as the chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
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.
Event 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.
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.
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.
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.
Conclusion of August 23, 2012, program, "Innovations in Road Safety: A Forum Hosted by James L. Oberstar.
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.
SPEAKER 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mileage-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.
A 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.