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Southern Region Meeting Agenda



Monday - September 25, 2017  

3:00pm - 4:00pm   Small Railroad Meeting
     
4:30pm - 5:30pm   Young Professionals Gathering 
     
5:30pm - 7:00pm   Welcome & Awards Reception
     

Tuesday - September 26, 2017  
7:00am - 8:00am   Breakfast 
     
8:00am - 8:30am    Call to Order & Welcome 
     
8:30am - 9:10am    General Session
Keynote: A Discussion about the Major Policy Issues Faced by Freight Rail in 2017 and Beyond
Ed Hamberger, CEO, Association of American Railroads

     
9:10am - 9:45am    Keynote- At the STB: The Debate Over Reform
Deb Miller, Board Member, Surface Transportation Board
 
     
9:45am - 10:15pm    Networking Break
     
10:15am - 12:00pm    Cultivating Strong Safety Cultures
        Speakers: Mike Long, Sr. Safety & Operations Manager, Short Line Safety Institute
                      Michele Malski, Safety Program Manager, Short Line Safety Institute
The Short Line Safety Institute presents a new look into safety culture training by merging
simulation technology to explore the cost of poor culture that could end in a catastrophic
result. The Institute will provide insight into their progress, their purpose, and will walk the
audience through a real life situation that results from poor safety culture. The SLSI team
will then delve into an interactive and collaborative session about improving the simulated
safety culture by using the ten core elements.
     
12:00pm - 1:00pm    Lunch and Networking with Exhibitors 
     
1:00pm - 4:00pm    Choice Between:
    Option #1 : Operations Track
    Option #2 : Marketing & Business Development Topics
     What's New at the Port of Charleston
       
Speaker: Jack Ellenberg, Senior VP, Strategic Projects, South Carolina Ports Authority
Keeping Freight Moving through Ports --- The South Carolina Ports Authority handles cargo
valued at $70 billion annually, and the state is the midst of a $2-billion capex program to
expand port and transportation infrastructure.  Jack will discuss the industry dynamics
driving these development plans, as well as rail’s increasingly important role in international
transportation.
     
     TIGER/INFRA Grants - Tips to Become a Successful Applicant
        Speaker: Jo Strang, VP, Safety and Regulatory Policy, ASLRRA
                      Fred Oelsner, Associate, Chambers, Conlon & Hartwell, LLC
This session will cover: project readiness (from feasibility, to ready to bid under federal 
requirements), matching and competitiveness, new benefit cost analysis guidance, project 
delivery and partnership structures encouraged by the Administration.
     
    Developing and Marketing Industrial Sites on Your Railroad
    Speakers: Brian Gwin, Industrial Development Manager, Norfolk Southern
Matthew Gedney, Vice President, Industrial Development, Gulf & Ohio Railways
Carl Warren, Director Industrial Development, CSX Transportation
Moderator: Peter “Doc” Claussen, Vice Chairman, Gulf & Ohio Railways
    In this session, a panel of experts will discuss the ins and outs of starting this process and
making your railroad marketable as an industrial development site.
     
2:50pm - 3:20pm    Networking Break 
     
4:30pm - 5:00pm    Railroad Sandhouse Session 
4:30pm - 5:00pm    Associate Sandhouse Session 
     
5:00pm - 5:30pm    Southern Region Meeting & Elections - Railroad Members Only 
     
6:00pm - 7:30pm    Kicking Back for the PAC Reception 
    Join us for an informal evening of networking with colleagues. 
Questions? Contact Lindsey Collins at lindsey.collins@cch-llc.com.
     
     

Wednesday - September 27, 2017
 
7:00am - 8:00am   Breakfast 
     
 8:00am - 9:00am
  Economic Outlook: Wrapping up 2017 and Looking Ahead to 2018
         Keynote: Frank Hefner, Professor of Economics, College of Charleston
This session will discuss unemployment rates, interest rates, GDP growth, and issues that bring
together an economic forecast. The information will use real time data in this fast paced time of
constantly changing current events.
     
9:05am - 12:00pm    Choice Between:
    Option #1: Operations Track
    Option #2: Legislative and Regulatory Round Table Discussions
   

Understanding How the New Part 219 Rule will Affect Your Railroad
     Speaker: Jerry Powers, A/D Program Manager, Federal Railroad Administration
The changes to Part 219 are now in effect. Maintenance of Way employees and certain contractors
are now required to receive federal testing. Attend this session to understand the regulatory
requirements. 

     How to Interact with Law Enforcement Agencies without a Railroad Police Department
   
Speaker: Ron Sparks, Dir. of Safety, Training and Chief of Police, Arkansas & Missouri Railroad
     This session will cover proven approaches in dealing with Local Government, Law Enforcement and
“community issues” along your railroad.  A focus will be on how best achieve the benefits of increased
cooperation.  We will explore the differences, benefits and costs of using private security versus a
commissioned railroad police officer.
     
    Sleep Apnea, The Not So Silent Killer
        Speaker: Roy Novick, Senior VP of Clinical Training, n3sleep
    This session will be an overview of the prevalence of sleep apnea as it relates to gender, race, 
age, occupation and comorbidities that are related to sleep apnea. The presentation will also cover 
definitions, diagnoses and treatment options.
     
10:40am - 11:10am    Networking Break 
     
 12:00pm -12:30pm
   A Look at Today's Regulatory Climate
        Speakers:  Jo Strang, VP, Safety and Regulatory Policy, ASLRRA
                    Chuck Baker, Partner, Chambers, Conlon & Hartwell
                    Keith Borman, VP - General Counsel, ASLRRA 
What's happening in the Congress and this Administration? Come hear the latest about what is
or isn't going on in the nation’s capital. What's going on with regulatory reform? What's the status
and likelihood of important legislation passing, such as the 45G short line railroad tax credit or
changes to truck size and weight laws?
     
12:30pm - 1:00pm    Boxed Lunch to Go 
     
1:00pm - 3:00pm    Tour of the Port of Charleston 
     (Transportation will be provided)
     
1:30pm - 6:30pm    Golf Outing at Patriots Point Links on Charleston Harbor (Optional Event)
    Includes boxed lunch at course and post-outing hors d'oeuvres reception.
    Bus transportation will be provided to and from the hotel. 
     

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