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Anthony Foxx Announced as Keynote Speaker for 2019 State of the Region

    February 22, 2019

    With the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission’s (MORPC’s) State of the Region luncheon set to return April 18, the keynote speaker has been selected and is sure to provide a thought-provoking presentation for attendees.

    The State of the Region is one of Central Ohio’s most significant events of the year – attended by the region’s top political, business, and civic leaders. With a theme of “Planning Today. Transforming Tomorrow,” the event will highlight community accomplishments and showcase upcoming plans for leading our region into the future.

    The 2019 State of the Region Keynote Speaker is Anthony Foxx.

    Anthony Foxx - Chief Policy Officer & Senior Advisor, Lyft

    Anthony works alongside Lyft’s co-founders and executive team – at the intersection of transportation policy, technology, and public-private partnerships – to expand affordable mobility options and improve people’s lives with the world’s best transportation.

    From 2013-2017, Anthony served as the 17th United States Secretary of Transportation, leading an agency with more than 55,000 employees and a $70 billion budget, whose primary goal was to ensure that America maintains the safest, most efficient transportation system in the world. Among many accomplishments during his tenure, the DOT established a first-ever policy framework for the safe integration of self-driving vehicles, and leveraged $350 million in public and private funding to demonstrate how smart technology can change cities and local communities.

    Anthony was also the mayor of Charlotte, North Carolina from 2009-2013. During this time, he made transportation investments the centerpiece of Charlotte’s job creation and economic recovery efforts. These investments included extending the LYNX light rail system, the largest capital project ever undertaken by the city. He also expanded Charlotte-Douglas International Airport (the sixth busiest in the world), worked with North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue to accelerate the I-485 outer belt loop, and started the Charlotte Streetcar project.

    The State of the Region will take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Register here before the early bird deadline ends March 17th.

    If your organization is interested in being a sponsor for the State of the Region, please contact Amanda McEldowney at 614.233.4112.

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