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Monday, September 16

8:30–10:00 a.m. | Opening Plenary Session

Keynote Address: Helen A. Brohl

Helen A. Brohl - HeadshotExecutive Director of the US Committee on the Marine Transportation System (CMTS), former PIANC USA Commissioner, and 2016 Woman of the Year in Maritime Policy by the Organization of American States

Helen Brohl is the first Executive Director of CMTS partnership under which 25 Federal agencies collaborate to address US waterways, ports, and intermodal connections. Under her direction, the first-ever National Strategy for the Marine Transportation System (MTS) was developed and approved. She is focused on issues including Federal infrastructure financing and investment, system performance measures, navigation technology integration and coordination, and integration of marine transportation issues into the President’s Ocean Policy and National Export Initiatives. She was instrumental in the development of the CMTS Strategic Action Plan for Research and Development in the MTS, the CMTS response to the National Ocean Policy, the CMTS National Strategy for eNavigation, and a marine transportation policy for the U.S. Arctic.

PIANC Welcome: Rickey "R.D." James

Rickey "R.D." James - HeadshotAssistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works

Mr. R.D. James was confirmed by the Senate on January 30, 2018, and sworn in as the 12th Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works on February 5, 2018. As the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, he establishes policy direction and provides supervision of the Department of the Army functions relating to all aspect of the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers' Civil Works program. These responsibilities include programs for conservation and development of the nation's water and wetland resources, flood control, navigation, and shore protection. President Ronald Reagan first appointed Mr. James to the Mississippi River Commission on December 1, 1981. Prior to his appointment, Mr. James was a self-employed farmer and manager of cotton gins and grain elevators for the A.C. Riley Company in New Madrid, Missouri.

Tuesday, September 17

12:00–2:00 p.m. | Awards Luncheon

Luncheon Address: Leslie S. Richards

Leslie Richards - HeadshotPennDOT Secretary of Transportation, Chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission, and Chairwoman of the Pennsylvania Public Private Partnership Board

Secretary Leslie Richards was appointed by Governor Tom Wolf in 2015. She is responsible for one of the largest multimodal transportation systems in the US, which includes the Ports of Philadelphia, Erie, and Pittsburgh. Under her direction, Pennsylvania has embarked on a program of innovation and adoption of technology, including the extensive use of Public-Private Partnerships to address infrastructure funding and reliability challenges, an early partnership with Waze, the implementation of a metric-driven infrastructure investment approach, the inauguration of IdeaLink 20/20, and the development of the new PennDOT 20-20 strategic vision which includes the innovative PennDOT Connects.

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