Beginning this year, Detroit is the new home of NTW, according to the Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau (DMCVB), the official host of NTW that spearheaded the effort to secure the event.
"From our automotive history to our world-class international airport, and our high volume of international shipping, rail and trucking opportunities, Detroit is the natural home for this important event," said Larry Alexander, president and CEO of the DMCVB. "We're very impressed by the numbers of organizations that have stepped up to develop programming to support National Transportation Week."
He said the level of forums taking place will help to put the national spotlight on Detroit as the place to hold future transportation-related conventions and meetings.
Leading Business Conferences and Events
One of the focuses for NTW 2007 is alternative energy technology, which several local conferences and events in metro Detroit will highlight. National Transportation Week also will serve as a forum for transportation officials to highlight other key issues.
* Monday, May 14, 10 a.m. - NTW kick-off, NextEnergy 461 Burroughs, Detroit
* Monday, May 14, 10:30 a.m-2 p.m. - The CMI-Schneible Group Presents an Alternative Energy MEDIA ONLY Ride and Drive, NextEnergy, (lunch served). Media will be able to experience more than 20 vehicles by 10 manufacturers including hybrids, electric vehicles, fuel cells and more.
* Tuesday, May 15, 7:30 a.m., NextEnergy - The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau and WWJ Newsradio 950 will host a business breakfast, "Moving Michigan: Advancing Transportation Through Technology." This meeting will spur conversation about the state of the transportation industry and the exciting changes expected in the future. A panel of leading transportation experts and local officials will discuss how technological advancements are reshaping all sectors of the transportation industry as we know it. The panel will detail how Michigan can capitalize on these advancements to improve safety and efficiency, and help create job opportunities and improve our economy.
Tickets are $25, and advance registration is required. For reservations, call 248-455-7360 or visit http://www.wwj.com/. Featured speakers include:
-- Kirk Steudle-Director, Michigan Department of Transportation
-- David Cole-Chairman for the Center For Automotive Research
-- Robert Ficano-Wayne County Executive, focuses on development plans for Detroit Metro and Willow Run airports as an "Aerotropolis" and competitive advantages for the region and state
-- John Jamian-President, Seaway Great Lakes Trade Association
* Tuesday, May 15, All Day - 2007 Energy Conference and Exhibition sponsored by DTE Energy and the Engineering Society of Detroit; Rock Financial Showplace, Novi, Mich.
* Wednesday-Thursday, May 16-17, All Day - 2007 ITS Michigan Annual Meeting and Exposition sponsored by the Michigan Department of Transportation and Intelligent Transportation Society of Michigan; Rock Financial Showplace, Novi
* Thursday, May 17, All Day - The Michigan Clean Fleet Conference, organized by NextEnergy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality and the Michigan Department of Labor and Economic Growth; NextEnergy, Detroit
"NextEnergy is very pleased to take a significant role as Detroit hosts National Transportation Week," said James Croce, CEO of NextEnergy in Detroit's TechTown. "The fuels that will power all forms of transportation in the future will largely be alternative fuels such as those being developed by the companies we nurture at NextEnergy every day. National Transportation Week recognizes our mission, and we are proud to support the U.S. Department of Transportation in every way."
There are also a host of events for the week geared for consumers, including:
* Sunday, May 13 - 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m. A "365 Years of Fun" Car Cruise from the Walter P. Chrysler Museum in Auburn Hills to The Henry Ford in Dearborn. The event celebrates several transportation milestones being commemorated in 2007. Spectators are welcome and encouraged to visit the automotive attractions at the start and finish of the event. (Rain date Saturday, May 19.)
* Monday, May 14, 6:45 a.m. - Detroit * Bikes! To Work Day, along Michigan and Woodward Avenues, sponsored by Detroit Synergy and Transportation Riders United
* Wednesday, May 16, 6 p.m. - Detroit in Transit: Visions of a Region on the Move," a reception honoring top designs showing what Detroit transportation could look like in 2025. Centaur, 2233 Park Ave. Detroit
* Friday, May 18, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Classic Car Cruise at 4 p.m. - Nankin Mills, Hines Drive, Westland. The final NTW event is Wayne County's Transportation Education Expo, featuring exhibits from students at Michigan schools and universities ranging from a plug-in hybrid automobile, to an electric car and the latest in technological advances
According to the Federal Highway Administration, the transportation sector accounts for more than 11.7 million jobs and contributes more than $1 trillion annually to the U.S. economy. Americans travel almost five trillion miles a year and the transportation network carries more than 12 billion tons of freight every year.
The Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau is proud to host NTW 2007 in Detroit. Established in 1962 by President Kennedy, NTW celebrates the significance of transportation in the United States and focuses on its future impact in our country. Other transportation-related events are happening around the country in New Mexico, Nevada, Rhode Island, Texas and Florida. Visit http://www.ntweek.org/ for a complete list of events.
Source: Detroit Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau