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ACCELERATE | How Transit Projects Create Economic Opportunity for Austin
There are many ways to do business with Capital Metro, and we want to make it as easy and efficient as possible, especially local businesses. Whether you want to participate in Project Connect procurement opportunities, have a product or service that could be a great fit for the agency or are looking to advertise on one of our buses or at a rail station, we want to work with you to make that happen.

PROJECT CONNECT is CapMetro’s proposed multi-billion dollar network expansion, including a new light rail system, a downtown transit tunnel, new MetroRapid routes and vehicles, a zero-emissions fleet and much more.

ACCELERATE is an opportunity for local vendors and historically underutilized businesses (DBE) to talk to CapMetro staff and learn the procurement ropes. This event will prepare your business to make the best proposal possible when these project procurements are made public.

10:00 AM | Welcome
10:05 AM | Opening Presentation | Randy Clarke, Capital Metro President & CEO
10:15 AM | Special Guest Speaker | Peter Rogoff, Sound Transit President & CEO
10:25 AM | Upcoming Projects | David Couch, Capital Metro
10:32 AM | Procurement Overview | Anita Deibert, Capital Metro
10:39 AM | Department Heads | overview of upcoming procurement opportunities and how to participate in Small and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Programs.
11:00 AM | Open Q&A Session
11:30 AM | End of Event

Aug 20, 2020 10:00 AM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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Randy Clarke
President & CEO @Capital Metro
Randy Clarke is president and CEO. Prior to this, Clarke held key leadership positions in public transportation in both Boston and Washington, D.C., and earned a master's degree in public policy from the University of Southern Maine. Since he joined Capital Metro and following the 2018 redesign of its bus network, transit ridership has been on the rise in the Austin area. Clarke sees the operation through the eyes of his customer by using the service every day, giving him insight that's fueled his challenge to “do more” in providing quality transportation options to the growing region. That familiarity with the service led Clarke to put in place multimillion dollar investments to the system and a renewed focus on improving customer experience When away from the office, Clarke enjoys traveling and competitive running with his wife, Kimberley, whom he met, as fate would have it, while riding a train.
Peter Rogoff
CEO @Sound Transit
Peter Rogoff is CEO of Sound Transit in Seattle. Sound Transit builds and operates regional transit across three counties, including commuter rail, light rail, bus rapid transit, and commuter bus service. With voter-approval, Mr. Rogoff is leading the agency as it plans and builds one of the most ambitious transit expansions in the United States. Before joining Sound Transit, Peter served since July 2014 as Under Secretary of Transportation for Policy in the U.S. Department of Transportation, the department’s third highest-ranking official. In that role he led the development of policies for the department, generating proposals and guidance regarding legislative, regulatory and safety initiatives. His work spanned all transportation modes, including aviation, highway, rail, transit and maritime transportation. Prior to his FTA appointment, Peter served for 22 years on the staff of the Senate Appropriations Committee, including 14 years as the Democratic Staff Director of the Transpo
David Couch
Project Connect Program Manager @Capital Metro
Accomplished executive with over thirty year’s management experience in transit. Track record of establishing, managing, and completing projects on schedule and within budget utilizing design-bid-build, design-build and guaranteed maximum price contract formats with a combination of financing methodologies. Projects include heavy rail, light rail and commuter rail from the environmental phase through design, construction, and placing into revenue service. Currently the Program Officer for Project Connect in the Capital Metropolitan Transportation Authority in Austin.