Ex-transportation boss to address GLI eventThe Honorable Ray LaHood
(The Courier-Journal) – Former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood will be the keynote speaker at the Greater Louisville Inc.”top investor” event on Oct. 29.
He will update officials of the metro chamber of commerce on the future of our region’s transportation infrastructure.
This event is intended to educate local business leaders on how events in Washington impact mobility in Louisville. Studies have indicated that at present about 28 percent of Louisville Metro’s urban roads and 30 percent of its bridges are deficient or in poor condition.
Kent Oyler, GLI president and CEO, said in a news release that GLI is committed to looking at “what we need to build Greater Louisville’s 21st century transportation system.”
The event will also feature a report on the area’s infrastructure by the American Society of Civil Engineers and a panel discussion that will include Kentucky Secretary of Transportation, Mike Hancock. The panel will hear audience questions.
LaHood, an Illinois Republican, served in Congress from 1994-2008, and then was appointed to transportation secretary in the Obama administration. He left the DoT post in 2013 and since has been co-chairman of Building America’s Future, a group of bipartisan officials who advocate for the federal government to increase funding for transportation and infrastructure projects.
The event will be 7:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 29 at the Seelbach Hotel. The event is not open to the general public but is intended for members of GLI’s top investors group.