The business component of our meeting began with breakfast bright and early Tuesday morning. Christy Sammon, GoRail, provided insight about what is going on in the freight rail industry around the country. She was followed by Kristine Storm, VP, Purchasing, Genesee & Wyoming. Her presentation touched on everything from operations & infrastructure to supplier relationships. Next up was new GRA Associate Member and gold sponsor, Ryan Pidde, from Michelson & Company. Ryan delivered a very informative presentation on the State Railroad Tax Credit Concept, Funding the 45G Program in Georgia.
After a short break, Speaker David Ralston officially welcomed us to north Georgia. Nancy Cobb, GDOT, offered an Intermodal update on all areas of transportation including aviation, ports/waterways, public transit and rail. House Transportation Chairman Kevin Tanner was our keynote speaker. He gave us an update on everything transportation from the recent legislative session. Finally, a public policy panel of four fielded questions from Mark Middleton and the GRA audience. The panel consisted of Representative Christian Coomer; Senator Steve Gooch; Josh Waller, GDOT; and Craig Camuso, CSX.