Final Port Authority Centennial Symposium to be held December 7

November 18, 2021

December 7, 2021 | 8:30 am – 12:00 pm
Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy
Special Events Forum
33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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This event, the final in a series of four symposiums convened to celebrate the Port Authority’s Centennial, will bring together leaders from the public, private, non-profit sectors, and academia to consider the issues and opportunities that will shape the future of the New Jersey-New York metropolitan region in the decades ahead.

Two topics will be showcased: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and Emerging Technologies. The event will include a keynote address by Tom Wright, President, and CEO of the Regional Planning Association, and two-panel discussions. This will be an in-person event with the program live-streamed via webinar for an online audience.

The event is sponsored by the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy and the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at Rutgers University, and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Please note that on-site registration begins at 8:30 AM, and the program will start promptly at 9:00 AM.

Opening Remarks & Keynote Address
9:00 AM – 9:50 AM

Panel #1: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Port Authority as Global Leader
9:55 AM – 10:50 AM

Issues related to diversity, equity, and inclusion and social equity and inequality have gained prominence in the media, government and business over the past several years. In April 2021, the Port Authority released a 25-point plan to address, improve race dynamics across the agency and raise standards for workplace fairness and diversity within the agency. Moving forward, these topics will continue to shape the region, its institutions, and how we build communities and conduct business for decades to come. This panel will explore how communities, institutions, and businesses nationally are meeting these issues head-on and how the Port Authority can cement its role as a global leader in this important area.

Panel #2: Emerging Technology and the Changing Mobility Landscape
10:55 AM – 11:50 AM

Innovation in the transportation sector is accelerating. Over the past several years, advances in technology have encouraged significant investments in electric vehicles, new forms of personal mobility such as micromobility, and driverless vehicles are being tested in deployed throughout the world. Robotics, artificial intelligence, and machine learning may significantly change how how we move people and goods in the decades to come. This panel will explore how emerging transportation technologies may shape and reshape the region and how the Port Authority’s infrastructure and services may need to evolve to keep up with rapid change.

Closing Remarks
11:50 AM – 12 PM

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