Sunday, June 12, 2016

ITS America: Pivotal Former US Transportation Secretaries Take to Keynote Stage at ITS America 2016 San Jose


ITS America
Maureen Knightly
ITS America 2016 San Jose

Pivotal Former US Transportation Secretaries Take to

Keynote Stage at ITS America 2016 San Jose

Secretary Norman Mineta to Speak Tuesday, June 14

Secretary Rodney Slater to Speak Wednesday, June 15

Washington, D.C. – What do two former Secretaries of Transportation think of the new world of data driven transportation? ITS America 2016 San Jose, the new venue highlighting this transformative moment in intelligent transportation, welcome not one, but two former Secretaries of Transportation who presided over the U.S. Department of Transportation at critical times in recent history.
The Honorable Norman Y. Mineta, who served as Secretary during 9/11 and Hurricane Katrina and The Honorable Rodney E. Slater, who envisioned the department’s role and began its preparations for the digital age, will share their insights on intelligent transportation systems (ITS) and key components driving deployment.
Former Secretary Mineta is cemented in American history for his unprecedented order that grounded all civilian air traffic – more than 4,500 planes – on September 11, 2001 following the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center towers in New York, the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., just before the final plane went down in a field in Pennsylvania. Less than four years later, he managed transportation for the unprecedented civil response following Hurricane Katrina, the costliest natural disaster in U.S. history. Secretary Mineta served as mayor of ITS America 2016 host city San Jose from 1970 to 1974 and represented Silicon Valley in Congress from 1975 to 1995.
Former Secretary Slater was instrumental in securing record federal investment in transportation during his tenure at the department from 1997 to 2001, namely the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century for surface transportation expansion and repair and the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment Reform Act for the 21st Century for aviation system modernization, safety, and security. Slater served as Federal Highway Administration director from 1993 to 1997 and, prior to that, on the Arkansas State Highway Commission from 1987 to 1993.
The Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America) advocates for industries marrying tech and transportation, putting transportation at the center of the Internet of Things (IoT). ITS America works to identify and drive public policy issues at the local, state, and federal levels to advance deployment of the technologies that will support data-driven integrated mobility.
The Mineta Transportation Institute was established by Congress in 1991 as part of the Intermodal Surface Transportation Equity Act (ISTEA) and was reauthorized under the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st century (TEA-21). The Institute is funded by the US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology (OST-R), the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), and by other public and private grants and donations, including grants from the US Department of Homeland Security.
Squire Patton Boggs is an an international commercial law firm that offers a range of business, commercial and corporate services from offices throughout the World. The firm’s highly-regarded transportation and infrastructure practice provides strategic counsel to public and private sector domestic and international clients on a wide range of congressional executive branch policy, legislative and regulatory matters, as well as on state and local public sector infrastructure investment and opportunities.
ITS America 2016 San Jose, a new show representing this transformative moment in intelligent transportation, is built around the theme “Integrated Mobility. Transportation Redefined.” Each day has its own focus:
  • “#THISisITS Making It Work,” on Sunday, June 12, features public-private partnership and investment opportunities, highlighted by the U.S. Department of Transportation’s “Accelerating ITS Deployment Day” workshop. (All USDOT events are free and open to the public.)
  • “Wheels & Things” rolls in on Monday, June 13, sponsored by Xerox. The day revolves around all things using, altering or creating new ITS technology and features Seval Oz, CEO, Continental ITS, as keynote.
  • “The Infrastructure of Things” is on Tuesday, June 14, sponsored by Lear Corporation. The day is built around all the things that interact with wheels and things. Jim Zemlin, executive director of the Linux Foundation, is the keynote with special remarks from former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Norman Mineta.
  • “Show Me The Money!” on Wednesday, June 15, is sponsored by Amazon Web Services (AWS). The day features venture capitalists and the changing business models that are disrupting the “transportation” landscape. In addition to AWS Frank DiGiammarino’s keynote, and there will be special appearances by members of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, former Secretary of Transportation Rodney Slater, and U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Transportation Mark Dowd, who leads the Smart City Challenge.
  • “#THISisITS Touring = Learning” and U.S. Department of Transportation Workshops will highlight Thursday, June 16. The workshops and tours around San Jose will showcase intelligent transportation systems at work.
  • The show features 80+ professional sessions, focusing on issues in transportation public policy, the after-market and ITS, startups in the integrated transportation field, terrorism and how it affects transportation, a special series called ITS University, and research presentations dubbed “Journey to Journals.”
  • The exhibit floor features 200+ exhibitors, vendors, and hands-on demonstrations of integrated mobility technology, products, and consumer-driven services.
For conference schedule and sessions detail, visit
To register, use the official portal, www.ITSAmericaRegistrationPortal, and book hotel by May 18 to ensure discounted conference rate.
Working press with valid press credentials register at no cost. (To qualify, you may be asked to provide a written request from your publisher, editor or producer, on company letterhead, stating your news media assignment and officially requesting your press pass.)
Integrated Mobility. Transportation Redefined.


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