This year’s Transportation Forum proved the vital importance of this topic to the Lehigh Valley business community. To further reinforce how critical transportation is to our quality of life, a good number of elected officials and staff representing the full range of Federal, State and Local constituencies showed their much appreciated support. Many thanks to the businesses and organizations who generously sponsored to make the event possible.
To kick things off, Lehigh Valley Traffic Club past President Bill Fritchey presented much-deserved Scholarship Awards to students Baylee Zimmerman and Jacob Mann, and Lehigh Valley Workforce Development Board Executive Director Nancy Dischinat informed and entertained as only she can. Lehigh Valley Planning Commission Executive Director Becky Bradley then did the honors of introducing esteemed keynote speaker Edward Humes, author of the must-read book “Door-to-Door.” Mr. Humes, drawing from his extensive research into our nation’s complex transportation system, challenged conventional and long-accepted car-centric planning and encouraged us to open our minds to a future less and less dependent on human-piloted vehicles. Mr. Humes then participated in a panel discussion with Ms. Bradley, PennDOT District 5-0 Executive Michael Rebert, Lehigh Northampton Airport Authority Executive Director Charles Everett and Lehigh and Northampton Transit Authority Executive Director Owen O’Neill, expertly introduced by Langan Engineering’s AnnMarie Vigilante and facilitated by non-other than Tony Iannelli.
The panel session was taped as a Business Matters episode which aired on July 3rd on WFMZ and can be watched at WFMZ website www.wfmz.com. The Chamber’s Transportation Committee looks forward to your feedback- what topic do you want see next year?