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Georgia State and Local Elected Officials to Join International Transportation Leaders in Atlanta to Discuss the Future of Mobility

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:  Tuesday, September 5, 2017
CONTACT: Bill Cramer, Communications Director – 202.210.2962 mobile

MEDIA ADVISORY:  September 10th – 12th

The 85th Annual International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association Meeting to Showcase Award-Winning Toll Systems, Georgia Governor Deal, Atlanta Mayor Reed and Keynotes by Jay Rogers, Jr. and Decorated Former US Military Pilot Major MJ Hegar

WASHINGTON, D.C. – With Atlanta becoming a test bed for new innovative transportation technologies and systems promoting enhanced mobility for drivers, the International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA), the worldwide association representing toll facility owners and operators and the businesses that serve them, will shine a light on Georgia transportation during their upcoming  International Mobility Connections 85th Annual Meeting & Exhibition slated for Sunday, September 10th through Tuesday, September 12th at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis (265 Peachtree Center Avenue, Atlanta, GA.) Click here to view the Agenda and a full list of speakers.

The meeting will bring together a top-level list of Georgia elected leaders, state and local officials and nearly 700 transportation leaders from around the world.  With Atlanta as a key backdrop, IBTTA’s 85th Annual Meeting & Exhibition will focus sessions
on the future of mobility, including discussions featuring the state’s transportation challenges and opportunities, safety and security impacts and how mobility’s best practices are being shared across regional transportation hubs. 

The meeting will be hosted by IBTTA member, Georgia’s State Road & Tollway Authority, which is being honored as a Toll Excellence Award-winner for their customer service and marketing outreach related to the authority’s Commuter Credits program, a three-pronged pilot program that focused on providing alternatives to travelling solo during the peak periods on Atlanta's congested I-85 corridor.

Monday, September 11th

8:30 – 9:30 am
Nathan Deal, Governor, State of Georgia, Atlanta, GA
Patrick Jones, Executive Director & CEO, IBTTA, Washington, DC
Emanuela Stocchi, President, IBTTA, Rome, Italy
Christopher Tomlinson, Executive Director, State Road & Tollway Authority, Atlanta, GA

9:30 – 10:30 am – Keynote Speaker
John B. Rogers, Jr., CEO & Co-Founder of Local Motors, a technology company that created the world’s first 3D-printed car, the Strati, in 2014, Phoenix, AZ

11 am – 12Noon
Toll Excellence Award Winners Project Showcase, featuring Georgia’s State Road & Tollway Authority

2 – 3:30 pm
Roundtable featuring Georgia’s leading transportation agencies and officials discussing projects being implemented and the real-world impact on local citizen’s quality of life and the region’s economic development:
Doug Hooker, Executive Director, Atlanta Regional Commission
Christopher Tomlinson, Executive Director, State Road & Tollway Authority
Russell McMurry, P.E., Commissioner, Georgia Dept. of Transportation
Keith Parker, General Manager and CEO, Metro Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority
Roosevelt Council, Jr., Airport General Manager, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport

4 – 5:00 pm
Major MJ Hegar, former US Military Pilot
Major MJ Hegar is a hero twice over-a Purple Heart-decorated pilot, and the soldier who challenged a discriminatory military policy, winning women the right to serve on the front lines for the first time. She's also the author of the new memoir Shoot Like a Girl, soon-to-be a major motion picture. Hegar's exceptional grit shows that fighting for what you believe in in enemy territory and beyond-is always worthwhile.

Tuesday, September 12th

8:30 – 8:45 am
Kasim Reed, Mayor, City of Atlanta, GA
Meg Pirkle, Chief Engineer, Georgia DOT, Atlanta, GA

In addition to the list of high-level speakers attending this year’s 85th Annual Meeting & Exhibition, there will also be three tracks of breakout sessions focusing on: mobility, safety & security and technology.
Click here to view the Agenda and a full list of speakers.

Registration is complimentary for journalists with press credentials. For more information about registering as a member of the press, please contact Bill Cramer, Communications Director at or 202-210-2962.
To register, contact Harry Smith,


The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) is the worldwide association for the owners and operators of toll facilities and the businesses that serve tolling. Founded in 1932, IBTTA has members in 25 countries on six continents. Through advocacy, thought leadership and education, members are implementing state-of-the-art, innovative user-based transportation financing solutions to address the critical infrastructure challenges of the 21st Century. For more information, visit or join us on Twitter @IBTTA or #TollRoads.