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The future of Mobility and Communities

Thursday, August 6, 2020

Georgia International Convention Center

College Park, Georgia

About ConnectATL 2020


Technology is moving fast: vehicles are becoming ‘ACES’ -- autonomous, connected, electric, and shared. What does this mean for metro Atlanta?

Join us for a deep dive into this issue at this year’s ConnectATL Summit, which is powered by ARC in partnership with GDOT. More than 30 local and national experts are on tap to speak at this year’s event, which is designed for local government officials, transportation experts, and industry leaders.

Georgia International Convention Center

2000 Convention Center Concourse,
College Park, GA 30337 (Map)

Date & Time

Thursday, August 6, 2020
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Summit Highlights

Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC)

5G Possibilities in the ATL

Cellular Vehicle to Everything (C-V2X)

Connected Vehicle Master Plans

Electric Vehicle Inftrastructure

Announcing Keynote Speaker: Shailen Bhatt

President and CEO of the Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS)

Shailen Bhatt

As chief executive at ITS, Shailen Bhatt promotes policies that advance the development and deployment of intelligent transportation technologies throughout the United States. Bhatt is a leading voice in transportation on technology’s ability to save lives and reduce crashes on U.S. roadways. He speaks extensively about the importance of vehicles to communicate with each other and all roadway users as one of the best ways to improve safety and reduce congestion.

He is also passionate about reducing transportation’s carbon footprint and the need to provide seamless mobility and transportation choices to people no matter where they live. Bhatt was appointed as a transportation leader by three governors and was also a presidential appointee at the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Program of Events & Speakers

Program of Events

8:00 - 8:45 am

Registration & Exhibit Visits (International Ballroom)

8:45 - 9:15 am

Welcome (International Ballroom)

  • Doug Hooker, Executive Director, Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC)
  • Russell McMurry, Commissioner, Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT)

9:15 - 10:00 am

Keynote (International Ballroom)

Advancing Transportation Technologies

  • Shailen P. Bhatt,
    President and CEO, Intelligent Transportation Society of America (ITS America)

The Intelligent Transportation Society of America advances the research and deployment of intelligent transportation technologies to save lives, improve mobility, promote sustainability, and increase efficiency and productivity. Mr. Bhatt will provide his forecast on what the future holds, while highlighting progress made to date nationally in advancing innovative transportation technologies.

10:00 – 10:25 am

Exhibitor Visits & Coffee Break

10:25 - 11:45 am

Visionary Panel (International Ballroom)

The Rise of ACES: How Autonomous, Connected, Electric, Shared Vehicles will Transform Our Future

Russell McMurry, Commissioner, GDOT


  • Shailen P. Bhatt, President, ITS America
  • Kelly Funkhouser, Head of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles, Consumer Reports
  • Nick Juliano; Public Affairs Manager, Southeast; Uber
  • Jovan Zagajac, Manager of Connected Vehicle Platforms and Products, Ford Smart Mobility

11:45 - 11:50 am

Remarks from Commissioner Tim Echols, GA Public Service Commission

11:50 - 12:00 am

Keynote (International Ballroom)

Presenting Sponsor Showcase

  • Conure Telecom Services

12:00 - 1:00 pm

Exhibitor Visits, Networking Break, and Lunch

1:00 - 2:15 pm

Implementation Track: Session 1A (Swiss Suite)

Car Talk: New Technologies Driving Today’s Connected Vehicles

Connected vehicle projects are cropping up across metro Atlanta and the nation. What lessons can be learned from some of these trailblazing initiatives? This session will explore real-world implementation of advanced technologies and showcase programs underway in the region.

John Orr, Managing Director of Transportation, Access, and, Mobility, ARC

  • Robert Frey, Director of Planning and Innovation, Tampa Hillsborough Expressway Authority
  • John Hibbard, Permits and Operations Division Director,  GDOT
  • Tom Sever, Deputy Director of Traffic Engineering, Operations, and Maintenance, Gwinnett County
  • Angshuman Guin, Senior Research Engineer, Georgia Tech
  • Kristen Rome Winzeler, Program Director, North Fulton CID

1:00 - 2:15 pm

Planning Track: Session 1B (Kenyan Suite)

Planning Matters: Building a Roadmap for Our High-Tech Future

What type of planning do we need to do to prepare our communities for advanced transportation technology? This session will review technologies that are now on the market, as well as some on the horizon. Discussion will focus on important considerations for developing technology master plans.

Kofi Wakhisi, Planning Administrator, ARC

  • Leslie Langley, Smart Cities and Mobility Technology Specialist, AECOM
  • Gerald McDowell, Executive Director, Aerotropolis Atlanta CIDs
  • Jim Misener, Senior Director of Product Management, Qualcomm
  • Kristen Wescott, Transportation Services Unit Manager, City of Sandy Springs

1:00 - 2:15 pm

Impact Track: Session 1C (Italian Suite)

The Human Factor: The Real-World Impacts of Tech

How can technology help better meet the public’s mobility needs? This session takes a look at how regional agencies are sharing data and utilizing advanced technologies to support increased mobility options across metro Atlanta.

Moderator: Roz Tucker, Managing Director of Mobility Services, ARC

  • Kirk Talbott, Chief Information Officer, MARTA
  • Karen Winger, Transit Division Director, Gwinnett County
  • Brandon Winfield, CEO and Founder, iAccess Life
  • Joseph Yawn, Program Project Coordinator, Mobility Services, ARC

2:15 - 2:45 pm

Networking Break & Exhibitor Visits

2:45 - 4:00 pm

Implementation Track: Session 2A (Swiss Suite)

When the Rubber Meets the Road: Tech Innovations Shaping 2020 and Beyond

Significant progress has been made at the local level since the last ConnectATL Summit in 2018, to plan for – and implement – connected vehicle technologies. Highlights of these projects will be shared, with observations provided on lessons learned to date.

Moderator: Scott Higley, Director of Strategic Communications, GDOT

  • Andrew Heath, State Traffic Engineer, GDOT
  • Brian Johnson, City Manager, City of Peachtree Corners
  • Allie Kelly, Executive Director, The Ray
  • Josh Rowan, Transportation Commissioner, City of Atlanta

2:45 - 4:00 pm

Planning Track: Session 2B (Kenyan Suite)

Electric Avenue: Preparing for the Electric Vehicle Surge

What are the trends for electric vehicle market penetration, and how can utility companies and local governments be prepared to support anticipated demand for EVs? This session will cover a wide array of EV issues, from what to expect as a consumer to considerations for the public sector.

Moderator: Mike Alexander, Senior Director, Center for Livable Communities, ARC

  • Chad Bass, Manager of Charging Infrastructure, Porsche Cars North America 
  • Anne Blair, Director of Energy Efficient Transportation, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance
  • Jonathan Smoke, Chief Economist, Cox Automotive
  • Lincoln Wood, Electrification Policy Manager, Southern Company

2:45 - 4:00 pm

Impact Track: Session 2C (Italian Suite)

Paving the Way: Creative Partnerships to Solve Mobility Challenges

Technology promises great progress, but it also generates new problems, such as the need to safeguard data or step up safety measures. How can the private and public sectors work together to create innovative approaches and efficiencies?

Moderator:Malika Reed Wilkins, Senior Director, Center for Strategic Relations, ARC

  • Scott Evans, Senior Technology Project Manager, Forward Forsyth
  • Annette Simelaro, Deputy General Counsel, GDOT
  • Michael Shaffer, Executive Vice President, Georgia Cyber Center

4:00 pm


Plenary Panel

Cross-Sector Perspectives on ACES: Autonomous, Connected, Electric, Shared Vehicles



Commissioner, Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT)


President, Intelligent Transportation Society (ITS) of America


Head of Connected and Automated Vehicles, Consumer Reports


Public Affairs Manager, Southeast; UBER


Manager of Connected Vehicle Platforms and Products, Ford Smart Mobility

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