CARY – The Regional Transportation Alliance (RTA) is set to host its 18th annual meeting this week, focused on the state of transit and mobility in the Triangle region.

Presentations and keynotes from RTA leadership and partners will highlight the expansion of Interstate 540, funding for the RDU Airport and the future of RTA as the organization positions its goals for 2020.

The event will also present awards to the NC Department of Transportation and Southern Environmental Law Center for their work on the Complete 540 project, linking Apex, Cary, Clayton, Garner, Fuquay-Varina, Holly Springs and Raleigh.

State of Mobility 2020, set for January 17 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Cary, follows RTA’s recent announcement of a new theme to describe its 2020 goals: “Dauntless Resolution,” a reference to the inscription on the Wright Brothers Memorial in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.

RTA Executive Director Joe Milazzo says, “Dauntless resolution is both a key part and concise description of what the regional business community will need to possess to advance our transportation priorities, and to ensure the success and prosperity of our region into the new year and decade.”

Within the context of RTA’s “2020 resolution” announcement, the meeting will bring together 300-400 members of the local business community to strategize for a successful 2020.

The meeting agenda includes a presentation from Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority President and CEO Michael Landguth on the RDU Vision 2040, a master plan that encompasses the airport’s short- and long-term development and expansion goals.

In another session, Duke University VP of Public Affairs and Government Relations Michael Schoenfeld (who also serves as RTA’s air service chair) will present a talk on funding the future of RDU, along with RTA’s RDU Airport Infrastructure Development task force members.

A series of keynote presentations will cover disruptive technologies and future cities. Speakers include First Citizens Bank Triangle Area Executive and RTA Rapid Research Chair Jay Irby, WakeMed Innovations Medical Director Dr. Stuart Ginn and NC State University CIO and Vice Chancellor for Information Technology Dr. Marc Hoit.

The audience will also hear more about RTA’s 2020 goals from RTA 2020 Chair Maeve Gardner, along with other top leaders within the organization.

Tickets are $95 for RTA members and partners; $125 for non-members. The event is co-presented by the Research Triangle Park Foundation and Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority.

Attendees can follow along using the event hashtag #RTASOM20.

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