UW-Parkside and Wisconsin ACES to host the Future of Transportation Conference

Published: February 14, 2023

Transportation ConferenceThe University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Wisconsin ACES (Automated Connected Electric Shared Mobility) will host the Future of Transportation Conference at UW-Parkside on Wednesday, March 15, 2023 from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. in the student center ballroom.

WI ACES is a non-profit organization that provides information on emerging automated, connected, electric, and shared (ACES) mobility technologies, and advocates for safe, equitable, democratized transportation technology adoption in Wisconsin. This daylong conference of government, industry, and academia will discuss how transportation can impact the economic and social well-being of citizens, and how the values of political groups and government can help to shape the future of transportation in Wisconsin.  

Important considerations of how equity and inclusivity, workforce growth, and infrastructure development can be facilitated in both the short and long term will frame the discussion, including how the values of political groups and government can help to shape the future of transportation in Wisconsin.

“As Wisconsin ACES, we're thrilled to be a part of the Future of Transportation Conference and to bring together experts from across the spectrum to discuss how we can shape the future of transportation in our state. This day-long event is a vital step towards a safe, equitable, and future-ready transportation system, and we can't wait to be a part of the conversation," said Eric Nutt, Director of WI ACES.

Craig Thompson, Wisconsin Secretary of Transportation, will be the keynote speaker, providing insight into Wisconsin’s activities to date. The Wisconsin Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Plan, approved in August 2022, begins the conversation on equity, access, and community resilience. Connect 2050, Wisconsin’s vision plan, commits to providing a multimodal transportation system in Wisconsin that is safe, affordable, accessible, and equitable. We will continue this conversation at the Conference on March 15th. The culmination of our day-long event will be a final session on foundational points for a white paper that will be produced from the conference.

Peggy James, Interim Director of the Center for Research in Innovation and Smart Cities at UW-Parkside, states “Infrastructure can integrate communities, or it can marginalize entire sectors. The key to a democratized transportation system is flexibility, dynamism, and, most importantly, access. The Center is excited to be able to facilitate this regional discussion at a critical time for transportation in the state and in southeastern Wisconsin.”

The conference is open to the public and registration is required. For more information or to register, visit https://www.uwp.edu/connect/businessandcommunity/crisc/transportationconference.cfm or call Giovanna Gutierrez at 262-595-2101.

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