Transportation is rife with change, disruption and innovative technologies - Uber, self-driving vehicles, and drones, to name a few. Greater Des Moines is looking at a 56 percent gain in residents by 2050. That leads to a series of questions about how our world-class metro will adapt and position itself for smart growth, embrace disruptions, capitalize on new innovations, ensure the region continues to attract top notch employers and a diverse workforce, and of course, maintains our much-beloved short commute times.
 

Our panel will answer questions such as:

  • How will self-driving cars and autonomous uber-like services affect the city?
  • How should the region prepare for new and disruptive technologies?
  • Will I-235 and other roads have the capacity to handle our projected population growth?
  • What should be done to promote walking and biking as alternative forms of getting to work?
  • What does the long-term future look like for mass transit in the region?
  • How will Iowa position itself using big data to get workers to work and ship goods effectively?


Panelists:


Paul Trombino

Director
Iowa Department of Transportation

Elizabeth Presutti

General manager
DART

Larry James

Chair
Urban Land Institute Iowa

Todd Ashby

Executive director
Des Moines Area Metropolitan Planning Organization

Moderators:
Chris Conetzkey - Editor | Business Record
Perry Beeman - Senior Staff Writer | Business Record