This year's summit will feature joint programming with the Pacific NorthWest Economic Region (PNWER) Annual Summit. The PNWER Annual Summit taking place July 16th-20th brings together 550 legislators, business leaders, academics, and policymakers to discuss regional economic best practices and trade concerns. Rail is a key infrastructure area for PNWER and we are looking forward to a great event together.
|Wednesday, July 19|
|7:00 - 6:00pm||Registration|
|7:30 - 9:15am||Keynote Breakfast: Infrastructure and the Economy
Importance of investing in infrastructure as way to improve regional resiliency and competitiveness
|9:30 - 10:30am||Railroads are a Backbone: Importance of Railroads to PNW Communities
How railroads connect Pacific Northwest goods to domestic and international markets. Ways that railroads support agriculture exports.
|9:30 - 10:30am||Rural Broadband and Indigenous Economic Development|
|10:45 - 11:45am||Better Together: Moving People & Freight on the Same Tracks
Introducing High Performance Rail - Identifying ways to co-invest in freight and passenger rail to improve overall rail performance.
|12:15 - 1:30pm||Keynote Lunch: Smashing Roadblocks: Permit Modernization and Reform
Discussing ways that the current permitting process in the U.S. is one obstacle to reaching previously-explored decarbonization goals. What can the Pacific Northwest U.S. states learn from our Canadian partners on ways to improve the existing permitting process while maintaining high standards? How can the region work together to promote best practices at the state and local level?
|2:00 - 5:30pm||Policy Tours
Learn first-hand the key issues in our region by participating on policy tours in the greater Boise area.
|6:00 - 8:00pm||Reception at Boise Depot|
|9:00 - 11:00pm||Hospitality Suite|
|Thursday, July 20|
|7:30 – 9:15am||
|9:30 – 10:30am||
Legislative Panel: Connecting Our States
|10:45 – 11:45am||
Award Winning Plans and Projects
|12:15 – 1:30pm||Keynote Luncheon|
|1:45 – 2:15pm||Implementing Effective Interstate Rail Compacts|
|3:30 – 4:30pm||Optional Tour: Idaho Capitol Building|
|6:00 – 8:00pm||GNWPRS Closing Reception|