The Future of Business Forum - What is the future of transportation?

May 19, 2020

New Date
9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Renaissance Albany Hotel

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Out of an abundance of caution and due to travel and meeting limitations and restrictions in place by many organizations, we have decided to postpone the Future of Business Forum on Transportation.
The new date for the Forum will be Tuesday, May 19, at the Renaissance Albany hotel.


What is the future of transportation? New York State is experiencing rapid change in the areas of transportation and transit. The State is also grappling with funding for various transportation infrastructure projects such as roads, bridges, rail, airports, and ports. With so many advances in technology combined with ever-changing transportation modes, what does the future of transportation look like in New York State?

New York State recently completed the new Tappan Zee/Mario Cuomo Bridge, new passenger rail stations in many upstate cities, and millions of dollars in upgrades at airports. New York State has authorized “ride share,” is exploring high – or higher speed – rail, and is looking to allow e-bikes and e-scooters.

However, the State is also implementing “congestion pricing” in New York City to fund the MTA and commencing the massive New York-New Jersey “Gateway” project. How does New York State balance all its Department of Transportation capital projects with MTA needs? This is especially relevant as New York State entertains new public policy initiatives like encouraging transit authorities to switch to electric buses; adding e-scooters and e-bikes to its roads; and grappling with how “gig economy” workers fare in the new world of transit high tech. As technology advances, where do driverless cars, electric cars, drones, high speed rail and other innovations fit into the picture?

Join The Business Council of New York State as it explores these issues through a series of panels and discussions on “the Future of Transportation” in New York State. Panels and topics will be announced shortly. It will be a “don’t miss event” dedicated to bringing you updates on where transportation public policy of New York State is headed and what the major players in these fields are thinking.


Tuesday, May 19 2020
9:00 - 9:30 a.m.  Registration / Networking

9:30 - 12:00 p.m.










High(er) Speed Rail in New York State
A detailed history of the issue from the people and industries following it

  • Gary Prophet, President
    Empire State Passenger Association (ESPA)

Innovations in Transportation
Exploring New Modes and Strategies in the Transportation of Goods & Commodities

  • Axel Carrión, Director of Public Affairs
    United Parcel Service

“Micromobility” – e-scooters & e-bikes - the “last mile” for urban transit  
The how/why/when of the issue and its recent history

  • Assemblywoman Nily Rozic, District 25
    New York State Assembly
  • Will Nicholas
    Bolt Mobility Corporation

Other topics and speakers to be announced soon.


Registration Information

Member Type Before 5/12/20 After 5/12/20
Business Council Member $99 $119
Non-member $149 $169

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Cancellation & Refund Policy: You may cancel your registration up to seven days prior to the event. You will be refunded, less a $25 processing fee. Cancellations received after May 12, 2020 will not be eligible for a refund. The Business Council encourages you to send a substitute in your place if you cannot attend.

Sponsorship Opportunities


  • Opportunity to give Welcome Remarks (5 minutes)
  • Logo on signage and program at event
  • 3 complimentary registrations
  • Only 1 sponsorship available






  • Opportunity to introduce speaker
  • Logo on signage and program at event
  • 2 complimentary registrations
  • 4 sponsorships available






  • Logo on signage and program at event
  • 1 complimentary registration
  • 10 sponsorships available




Sponsor Here

Please contact Maribeth Riley at [email protected] or call (800) 358-1202 for more information.


Renaissance Albany Hotel
144 State Street
Albany, NY 12207