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Critical Infrastructure Summit – Collinsville, IL

June 6, 2017 12:30 pm
June 7, 2017 3:15 pm
Laurie Silvey
Gateway Center
1 Gateway Drive, Collinsville, IL, United States, 62234

Join us for this very important conference which will highlight and showcase the Registerimportance of the Metro East & St. Louis region to the U.S. infrastructure and health of our nation’s economy. This includes energy, telecommunications, utilities, freight, and more.


This conference has been determined to be qualified to offer 3.75 PDHs for Engineers. If you have questions about other types of continuing education credits, please inquire.

Click here to download flyer and agenda – InfraSummit_rev

2017 Agenda (Subject to Change)

June 6 – Day One
12:00pm            Tour of Prairie State Generating Campus

Coal remains a crucial component of our nation’s energy portfolio. This campus alone has a $22 billion economic impact while providing 2.5 million families with energy every day. Attendees will tour the power plant and coal mine and learn about why this energy source remains important for economic success.

For location details and to RSVP please contact Katie Stonewater,

3:00      St. Louis Freight Assets Tour

We are incredibly honored by the Terminal Railroad of St. Louis as they host a freight assets tour of the St. Louis region. This tour will crisscross the Mississippi River while showcasing rail, water, and freight assets that power the local economy while providing sponsors and key stakeholders time to network with each other.

(Open to event sponsors and by invitation)

5:00pm            Opening Reception

Join attendees of the event the night before the conference at the Gateway Center in Collinsville, IL. Take the opportunity to mix and mingle with other engaged stakeholders who are also attending the conference.

1 Gateway Dr, Collinsville, IL 62234

Day 2 – Gateway Center, 1 Gateway Drive, Collinsville, IL
8:00 – 8:30      Registration and Breakfast

8:30 – 8:45      Welcoming Remarks

Todd Maisch, President & CEO, Illinois Chamber of Commerce

Edward Mortimer, Transportation & Infrastructure, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

8:45 – 9:15      Panel Discussion:Overview of St. Louis Region Freight and its Importance to the North American Freight Network

Moderator: Mary C. Lamie, Director, St. Louis Regional Freightway
Asim S. Raza, Chief Legal Officer, Director of Real Estate and
Terminal Railroad Association
Brad Reinhardt, President, Giltner St. Louis
Rick Barbee, Vice President of Marketing,
SCF Marine-St. Louis

The St. Louis region is crucial to the American economy. While the world of freight is constantly changing, from shifting trade routes to e-commerce, this panel discusses how the St. Louis region is addressing challenges and opportunities and some of the challenge and opportunities of the region and then transition these comments to a national level and the role the region’s freight network plays at a national level.

9:15 – 9:45      International Keynote: Energy and Infrastructure Opportunities in the U.K.

Sam Hollis, Vice Consul on Energy, Environment & Infrastructure, Department for International Trade | British Consulate-General Chicago

The UK remains a strong partner with the U.S. and exchange of talent and opportunities continues to grow. Sam Hollis with the UK Department of International Trade will present on how St. Louis area companies can engage in foreign markets and what type of investment prospects exist abroad.  A 2016 review by Wells Fargo shared that 63% of surveyed businesses expect to increase long-term international business development planning, further highlighting how ripe the global economy is with opportunity for local businesses.  Not to mention, the local economic development growth that goes with expanded business opportunities.

9:45 – 10:30    Morning Keynote: Public-Private Partnerships and their Role in Critical Infrastructure

Sam Beydoun, Bureau Chief, Innovative Project Delivery, Illinois Department of Transportation

After his election, President Donald Trump announced that his administration would pursue a major infrastructure plan with public-private partnerships (P3s) as a key component of any program. Sam Beydoun recently came to IDOT after working on P3s in Virginia and will share his insight on this important financing & project delivery tool.

10:30 – 10:45  Networking Break

10:45 – 11:15  Water Infrastructure & Future Preparedness

                        Presented by Illinois American Water

Water infrastructure is one of the most important assets people don’t think about as it is usually out of sight and out of mind. However, upgrading and improving our clean water, waste water, and storm water systems is important as many of them are beyond their useful life. Hear about what is being done to ensure the St. Louis region is prepared for the future of water.

11:15 – 12:00  Panel Discussion: Energy Infrastructure’s Impact on Supporting Business and Society, and Efforts to Ensure its Sustained Contributions
Presented by Ameren

Moderator, Eric Kozak, Senior Director of Gas Operations, Ameren
Bruno Stopka, Ameren Innovations, Ameren Illinois
Rick Welton, Senior Director of Distribution, Planning, Operations & Reliability, Ameren Illinois
Deborah Fulk, Senior Planner, DHS-FEMA Region V

Energy is critical to maintaining our way of life and supporting a successful business.  The role of energy infrastructure is to get energy from where it is produced to where it is needed – it is that critical link that makes our society work.  People – businesses – need to understand how energy infrastructure increases their productivity, economic growth, and competitiveness – and how they can engage in that development.  With that, the role of government and utilities to help local communities plan for outages; how to respond to those incidents; and the investments that can be made to mitigate outages and their impact on society.

12:00 – 12:15  Networking Break

12:15 – 1:15    Fireside Chat: The Impact of Federal Policies on Critical Infrastructure
Presented by Illinois Soybean Association

Scott Sigman, Illinois Soybean Association

Ed Mortimer, Transportation & Infrastructure, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

Heath Knakmuhs, Senior Director of Policy, Institute of 21st Century Energy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce

With the change in administration in Washington, DC, federal agencies and the U.S. Congress are in a new and different position.  A lack of appointments in federal agencies leaves key positions unfilled while the Republican controlled congress moves forward on important policy shifts, the future is murky. This fireside chat with experts on federal policy will discuss what we can expect over the next several years and how that impacts our critical infrastructure.

1:15 – 2:00      Panel Discussion: Collaboration & Focused Efforts: How do We Work Together?

When something happens it very rarely impacts just one unit of government. Collaboration & cooperation between different units and levels of government, from local mayors to federal agencies is critical to preparing, reacting, and responding to disasters. This discussion will showcase what is being done at various levels of government to prepare for events that threaten our infrastructure as well as what they are doing to work together.

2:00 – 2:45      Closing Keynote: Department of Defense Logistics and Reliance on Regional Infrastructure for Success

Lt Col Scott Bryant, Commander, 375th Civil Engineer Squadron

2:45 – 3:00      Closing Remarks





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