Infrastructure Insights: Public Works in the New Budget Era
Presented by CSG's Transportation Task Force
Saturday, May 22
Julliard Complex, 5th Floor
State departments of transportation face backlogs of infrastructure improvement projects, unprecedented budget cuts and uncertainty in the face of indecision in Washington about the future of transportation funding. That makes now a critical time for state officials to weigh the options available to address these issues in these difficult times. Session participants will hear both the federal perspective on what the future may hold and a state perspective on the difficult choices being made every day. Audience members will be invited to offer ideas from their own states on innovative financing options and creative budgeting.
New York State Department of Transportation
Stanley Gee was appointed by Gov. David Paterson as acting commissioner of the New York State Department of Transportation effective May 8, 2009. He leads a nationally recognized transportation agency of nearly 9,700 people responsible for providing a safe and efficient multi-modal transportation system for the people of New York.
At the national level, Gee is a member of the Transportation Research Board’s Second Strategic Highway Research Program Oversight Committee, and vice-chair of the I-95 Corridor Coalition’s Executive Board. Gee serves as Chair of the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials’ Subcommittee on Organizational Management. He is also a member of AASHTO’s Climate Change Steering Committee and the Intercity Passenger Rail Leadership Group. He attended Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, where he obtained his B.S. in Civil Engineering.
U.S. Department of Transportation
Jack Wells has been the chief economist at the U.S. Department of Transportation since November 2004. He has previously served as chief economist at the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, deputy administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, minority staff director of the House Subcommittee on Railroads, staff director of the Subcommittee on Investigations and Oversight of the House Public Works and Transportation Committee, senior economist at the U.S. General Accounting Office, and assistant professor of Economics at George Mason University. Wells has a B.A. from Harvard and a Ph.D. from Yale, both in Economics.