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Northern Flyer Alliance Symposium – April 6, 2012

Theme: The Business Case for Passenger Rail

Symposium Agenda  Click here

NARP Symposium Handout  Click here

Symposium PowerPoint (Large 38.3 mb)  Click here

Speaker Profiles   Click here

Welcome by Councilman Scott Wagner  Click here

Pat & Kris Larkin  Click here

Chris Larson, President & CEO Larson Binkley, Inc.  Click here

Joe Szabo, Administrator, Federal Railroad Administration Click here

Derrick James, Amtrak  Click here

Dennis Slimmer, KDOT  Click here

Ross Capon, President & CEO, Natl Association of Railroad Passengers Click here

Pete Meitzner, Councilman, Wichita, Kansas  Click here

Homer Nicholson, Mayor, Ponca City, Oklahoma  Click here

Rick Harnish, Executive Dir Midwest High Speed Rail Association Click here

Stu Nicholson, Engage Public Affairs Click here

Due to technical difficulties, the rest of the speakers were not recorded.

Location: Kansas City’s Union Station Board Room

The NFA held a Symposium on April 6, 2012 at Kansas City’s Union Station. The purpose was to create a venue for public officials, business owners, community leaders, the medical community, Board of Regents, railroad interests and elected officials from several Midwest states to come together to discuss why passenger rail is so important to businesses, the medical community, and society, and why the expansion of passenger rail is a fiscally conservative approach to the nation’s transportation problems.

The Symposium featurde panelists from around the Midwest with expertise and business interest in passenger rail expansion. We had the following panel participants:

Federal Railroad Adminstration, Joe Szabo, Administrator

National Assoc. Railroad Passengers, Ross Capon, President and CEO

Wichita City Council Member, Pete Meitzner

KDOT, Dennis Slimmer, Chief of Transportation Planning

Midwest High Speed Rail, Rick Harnish, Executive Director

Amtrak, Derrick James, Director of Government Affairs

KS Rail Caucus Member, and business owner, Sen. Dick Kelsey

Past MIPRC Commissioner, and business owner Sen. Daryl Beall, Iowa

Mayor, Ponca City, Oklahoma, Homer Nicholson

Larson Binkley (engineering firm), Chris Larson, Pres. & CEO

Flint Hills Tourism, Pat & Kris Larkin

Kansas University, Professor Wally Meyer, Director of Entrepreneurship Programs

Engage Public Affairs, Stu Nicholson

Missouri Department of Transportation, Michele Teel

The audience consisted of public officials, business owners, community leaders, the medical community, Board of Regents, railroad interests and elected officials from the states of Kansas, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Texas and Oklahoma.

Sponsored by:

Northern Flyer Alliance

Kansas Rail Caucus

With Support From:

Larson Binkley, Inc.

D&M Consulting Services

The United Transportation Union