The next EDC Business Forum is scheduled for Thursday, March 19, from 11:30 a.m., to 1:00 p.m., at the 1010 Building – 1010 7th Street, Minneapolis, MN.
The title of this month’s event is, “How do we get around? The Convergence of Technology and Transportation in East Downtown.” Car sharing, Light rail/transit development, Parking and other District Transit perspectives.” Guest speakers are Allan Klugman, Senior Professional Engineer, City of Minneapolis Department of Public Works – Traffic and Parking Services Division and Dan McLauglin, Executive Director, of the Commuter Connection.
In addition, Al Swintek from CenterPoint Energy will provide an update on the recently announced 2015 construction season projects that will impact the East Downtown starting at the end of the month. For more information, please visit the CenterPoint Energy Web site.
The cost to attend the forum is just $20. You can pay with cash or a check at the door. Please RSVP by no later than Monday, March 16, at Noon.
How do nearly 180,000 people in the downtown workforce come and go from their jobs? How do downtown residents come and go from their homes on a day-to-day basis? How do millions of downtown visitors come and go from the events and experiences they seek to have here? Answers to these questions range from the philosophical to the pragmatic. This business forum will bring together City of Minneapolis staff, regional transportation specialists, and commercial transit providers in a fast paced conversation about the “transportation ecosystem” that exists in downtown Minneapolis.
- Allan Klugman, Senior Professional Engineer, City of Minneapolis Department of Public Works – Traffic and Parking Services Division
- Dan McLauglin, Executive Director, Commuter Connection
Four car share companies, Zipcar · Uber · Car2Go · HourCar, will host information booths and provide attendees with a two minute introduction to their businesses. Three parking lot/ramp companies have been invited to participate too.
1. Welcome and Introductions, Paul Mellblom, EDC President and Dan Collison, EDC Executive Director (10 Minutes)
2. CenterPoint Energy 2015 Construction Season Update, Al Swintek, CenterPoint Energy (10 Minutes)
3. Commercial Venders: Zipcar, Uber, Car2go, Hourcar, and Parking Lots (10 Minutes)
4. Mapping all transit perspectives: Allan Klugman, City of Minneapolis (10 Minutes)
5. Understanding commuter options and connections: Dan McLaughlin, Commuter Connection (10 Minutes)
6. Q & A Moderated by Dan Collison (5 Minutes)
7. Preview of the January EDC Forum (5 Minutes)
Allan is a Senior Professional Engineer in the Traffic and Parking Services Division of the Minneapolis Public Works Division. He works on the planning and design of traffic infrastructure projects with an emphasis on signal systems. Allan also is involved in multi-modal planning efforts, coordinating City projects with partner agencies and managing the traffic analysis of new developments. Recent activities include revisions to the Minneapolis signal system to accommodate LRT and providing design input to the revision of the Hennepin/Lyndale bottleneck area.
Dan MacLauglin, Executive Director, Commuter Connection
Dan MacLaughlin is the executive director of the Downtown Minneapolis Transportation Management Organization (TMO). The TMO is a public-priimvate partnership between the City of Minneapolis and the downtown business community. It’s mission is to advocate for and promote a sustainable transit and transportation system that supports a vital and growing downtown Minneapolis.
Dan has a background in managing public education and outreach programs for both public and non-profit agencies; including the Institute for Education and Advocacy, the United States Peace Corps, Bolder Options, and TMO. Dan is a graduate of the University of Minnesota and a long-time resident of Minneapolis. He currently lives in the Victory Neighborhood with his wife, and two kids. His family chose a neighborhood with excellent bus service and beautiful, protected bikeways into downtown Minneapolis, which allows them to remain a one-car family, save money on transportation expenses, and lead more healthy and sustainable lifestyles.