Military and Transportation Agency Officials Discuss Impact of Federal Stimulus
The Society of American Military Engineers, Lake Michigan Post, brought together a broad range of government agency officials to discuss the impact of the federal stimulus on the regional transportation network and the highway construction industry.
About 75 military and civilian engineering and construction industry professionals attended the 15th annual SAME LMP Industry Day event recently in Lake Forest to hear from officials from federal, state and local agencies.
The lineup for the federal agency panel discussion featured speakers from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Naval Station Great Lakes.
State and local panels included speakers from the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, Regional Transportation Authority, Lake County Stormwater Management Commission, Illinois Department of Transportation, Cook County Department of Transportation and Highways and the Illinois Tollway.
The keynote speaker was Congressman Brad Schneider, who serves on the House Committee on Ways and Means and the House Committee on Foreign Affairs.
Illinois Tollway Acting Chief Engineering Officer Manar Nashif served on a panel with IDOT Region 1 Engineer Jose Rios and Cook County DoTH Superintendent Jennifer “Sis” Killen.
Nashif provided an update on the Tollway’s Move Illinois capital program, highlighting major projects including the I-490 Tollway and Central Tri-State Tollway (I-294) Project, as well as opportunities for veteran-owned firms to pursue contract opportunities with the Tollway through the Veterans Business Program.
The Society of American Military Engineers, Lake Michigan Post, is part of a national organization that unites public and private-sector individuals and organizations from across the architecture, engineering, construction, environmental and facility management, cyber security, project planning, contracting and acquisition and related disciplines in support of national security. Many of its members are active or discharged service members.