Infrastructure is the buzzword of the moment. More than ever, policy makers are trying to figure out how to improve and fund our nation’s transportation infrastructure. But an important part of the conversation is missing: resiliency. We must invest in the resiliency of our transportation networks from natural and man-made disasters, but still have yet to determine how. This is why the U.S. Chamber of Commerce is partnering with the Illinois Chamber of Commerce to hold the First Annual Critical Infrastructure Conference on June 6th and 7th in Collinsville, IL.
We see the importance of infrastructure investment in the St. Louis region, which is essential to the American economy. It is the connecting point of six Class I railroads to every blue water port in North America, amounting in the third highest rail volume nationwide. Over 210 million tons of freight move in and out of the region each year. Companies that operate the pipelines and electrical transmission lines crisscross the Mississippi River are investing billions to prepare for future energy demands.
This conference will bring private companies and public officials together to discuss how we can ensure our critical infrastructure is not only resilient but able to rebound after a catastrophic event. This can include a variety of issues, ranging from telecommunications to clean water. Along with discussing policy at the state, federal, and local level, we will feature recommendations on what small and medium-size business can do to protect their infrastructure-reliant interests. From this conference, policy makers and business leaders will learn how important infrastructure resiliency is to so many businesses and people in the St. Louis region and across the nation. We hope you’ll join us in Collinsville.
2017 Agenda (Subject to Change)
Day One – June 6
- Tours of facilities
- Coal mine & power plant
- St. Louis Freight Assets tour – Terminal Railroad of St. Louis
8:00 – 8:30 Registration and breakfast
8:30 – 8:45 Welcoming Remarks
- Todd Maisch, Illinois Chamber of Commerce
- TBD, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
8:45 – 9:15 Morning Keynote: Role of Federal Government in Resilient Infrastructure
9:15 – 9:45 Industry Keynote: Role of Businesses in St. Louis Region for Resilient Infrastructure
9:45 – 10:30 St. Louis Regional Freightway: Overview of St. Louis Region Freight and its Importance to the North American Freight Network
10:30 – 10:45 Networking Break
10:45 – 11:15 IDOT & MoDOT Conversation
- IDOT District 5 Regional Engineer Jeff Keirn
11:15 – 12:00 Ameren: Energy Discussion
12:00 – 12:15 Networking Break
12:15 – 1:15 Luncheon Keynote – To Be Announced
1:15 – 2:00 Panel Discussion – To Be Announced
2:00 – 2:45 Networking Break
2:45 – 3:15 Closing Keynote – To Be Announced
3:15 Closing Remarks, Prize Drawings, Adjourn
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