Funding and Political Cooperation

APA Florida Chapter, Emerald Coast Section


Thursday, November 12, 2015
1 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. CST

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The session will explore how financial support is critical to a stable infrastructure.  Elected officials, transportation industry professionals, and national organizations aimed at cultivating key partnerships for funding will address this heavy topic that involves laws, innovation, and collaboration.

The moderator is Jay Trumbull, Chairman of the Florida Transportation Commission. Speakers are Mayor Susan Haynie for the City of Boca Raton; Florida State Representative Clay Ingram; Anath Prasad, Vice President of consulting firm, HNTB; and Erich Zimmermann, director of the transportation programs with the National Organization of Regional Councils (NARC).   

Erich Zimmermann is responsible for NARC’s transportation portfolio, which includes managing priorities for NARC’s member Metropolitan Planning Organizations and Regional Transportation Planning Organizations. At NARC, Erich works with members to refine policy priorities and recommendations for the federal surface transportation authorization and amplifies these messages to Congress and the Administration. He guides member concerns, responses, and recommendations to federal implementation of MAP-21, the current transportation authorization. Erich manages and executes NARC’s transportation technical assistance and education program, providing a suite of member outreach, training and peer networking opportunities on transportation issues. Prior to his time at NARC, Erich spent nearly a decade at Taxpayers for Common Sense. He has a B.A. in Political Communication from The George Washington University and a M.S. in Environmental Studies from the University of Montana.