ANAHEIM, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--National infrastructure experts joined forces today at the Mobility 21 Summit to highlight Southern California pushing boundaries in infrastructure to transform the region’s future.
During an exclusive media availability at the Summit with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, thought-leaders provided insight into transportation’s nexus with opportunities and challenges Southern California faces in addressing affordable housing, bolstering the economy and developing resiliency to address our region’s vulnerabilities to climate change, natural disasters and an aging infrastructure system.
“In L.A, we’ve always pushed beyond the limits of what’s possible, because we’re not just preparing for the future of transportation — we’re driving it,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “This summit is about working as a region to address the challenges of today and make our communities stronger and more resilient for generations to come.”
The 18th annual Mobility 21 Southern California Transportation Summit attracted more than 1,300 local, state and federal elected officials, public agency leadership and private sector leadership throughout California to the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim. Experts from a broad spectrum of backgrounds come together every year for the nonprofit organizations’ ‘beyond the limits’-themed conference and expo, the state’s largest one-day transportation event.
“Representing one of the premier regions of the country, Mobility 21 continues to grow in both voice and action when it comes to advocating for a better tomorrow,” Dr. Ray Wolfe, Chair of Mobility 21, said. “It is imperative to Southern California that we identify both the problems and solutions in our pursuit of providing transportation and other quality of life enhancements to the millions of residents we serve.”
Topics at the Summit Topics included data driven e-commerce and goods movement, forecasts for mobility on demand services, public and private sector plans for zero emissions, workforce development, navigating impacts of state and federal funding gaps, user fees for drivers and the future of transit ridership.
Mobility 21 presented awards to several transportation leaders for their efforts to keep the region moving:
Lifetime Achievement Award:
- Hon. Michael D. Antonovich, Former Supervisor, County of Los Angeles
- Arthur T. Leahy, Former Board Member, Mobility 21
- Hon. Gregory Pettis, Past Chairman, Riverside County Transportation Commission and Past President, Southern California Association of Governments (in memoriam)
Public Sector Leader of the Year:
- Hon. Grace F. Napolitano, Congresswoman, U.S. House of Representatives and Member, House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Private Sector Leader of the Year:
- Ford Mobility
For more information about the conference, visit the event website: http://mobility21.com/2019summit/agenda/