Michigan Rail Conference in Marquette Next Week
The fourth annual Michigan Rail Conference will take place next Wednesday and Thursday (Aug. 17-18) in Marquette.
This year’s theme is "Connecting the Dots: Business, Communities and Technology."
The program at Northern Michigan University will feature more than 30 speakers in panel discussions and breakout sessions on topics including the future of rail in Michigan; preserving, maintaining and enhancing Michigan rail assets; U.P. rail operations; passenger operations in an era of lean public investment; U.P. shippers; shortline operations; and U.P. tech companies supporting the rail industry.
The keynote speakers are Tom Baldini, a member of the Michigan Tech Board of Trustees and Frank Patton, managing partner for Great Lakes Basin Railroad.
A plenary session panel that discusses the future of rail in Michigan includes Tim Hoeffner, director of the Michigan Department of Transportation Office of Rail; Keith Borman, vice president and general counsel of the American Short Line and Regional Railroad Association; and Ray Lang, chief of state government relations for Amtrak.