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International Transportation Executives to Meet in Tampa, FL March 12-14 to Discuss Cyber-Security, Privacy and Share Best Practices

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, March 6, 2017
CONTACT: Bill Cramer, Communications Director, IBTTA
202-210-2962 (mobile)


Conference Hosted by IBTTA and the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA) at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA), the worldwide association for the owners and operators of toll facilities and the businesses that serve them, in partnership with the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority will host transportation leaders from around the globe in Tampa, FL to discuss and share best practices to advance greater mobility for drivers in the age of digital communications.   

WHAT: Hosted by the Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority (THEA), IBTTA’s Communications and Administration Workshop: Strategies for Success will be held March 12-14, 2017 at the Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay in Tampa, Florida. The full program, including a list of speakers and topics to be discussed, is available here.

WHY: In the age of digital communications, best practices around the free flow of vital information to consumers and internal transportation stakeholders has become a critical component of mobility. Topics are divided into general sessions, a communications track, and an administration track. General session topics include cyber security: managing threats to consumer data and privacy, transportation policy and politics, best practices in organizational alignment and team engagement, the truth and nothing but the truth--how to communicate with customers, and discussing highly disruptive infrastructure projects.

WHEN: Sunday, March 12 to Tuesday, March 14, 2017

WHERE:Grand Hyatt Tampa Bay, 2900 Bayport DriveTampa, FL 33607

WHO: International transportation leaders from around the world will be in attendance, including Tampa, FL:  

  • Joseph Waggoner, Executive Director and CEO, Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway Authority, Tampa, FL
  • Laura Kelley, Executive Director, Central Florida Expressway Authority, Orlando, FL
  • Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti, Executive Director and CEO, Florida's Turnpike Enterprise, Ocoee, FL
  • Emanuela Stocchi, President, IBTTA; Director of International Affairs, AISCAT, Rome, Italy
  • Rosetta Jones, Vice President of Issues Management/Corporate Relations, Visa, Inc., Charlotte, NC
  • Anthony Pickett, Chief Corporate Services Officer, The Federal Bridge Corp. Ltd., Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  • Carole Défossé, Communication & Information Manager, ASECAP, Brussels, Belgium
  • Patrick Jones, Executive Director and CEO, IBTTA, Washington, DC

CONTACT: 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.For more information, please visit  

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About THEA
The Tampa-Hillsborough Expressway (THEA) serves as the host agency for the conference. As an independent agency of the state, THEA maintains and operates four facilities within Hillsborough County, Fla.: The Lee Roy Selmon Expressway, the Brandon Parkway, Meridian Avenue and the Selmon Greenway. The Florida Legislature established THEA in 1963 as a transportation option to bring roadway infrastructure projects online sooner using toll revenue funding. Since then, THEA has led the charge in state-of-the-art transportation options on a local and national level. THEA is a member of IBTTA.

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 them. Founded in 1932, IBTTA has members in more than 20 countries on six continents. Through advocacy, thought leadership and education, members are implementingstate-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.