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Thank you for attending the Mercury Alliance Annual Meeting Oct. 11-13, 2017.
To view the Annual Meeting presentations, please click the link below. The password has been emailed to the registered attendees.

Carolyn Kramer.TIAC Update.10-12-17

Rep. Corlew.Task Force.10-12-17

Ben Reeser.LRP Update.10-12-17

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Jeff Glenn provided testimony on behalf of the Mercury Alliance at the first meeting of the 21st Century Missouri Transportation System Task Force on Wednesday, June 28, in Jefferson City. A copy of that testimony can be found here.

During the meeting, held in the Missouri Capitol, MoDOT Director Patrick McKenna provided a presentation to the task force on the current state of transportation funding in Missouri. Following his presentation, public testimony was provided by the Mercury Alliance, Integrated Roadways, and the Missouri Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association.

Senator Dave Schatz, Vice Chairman of the task force, indicated his strong preference for a 2+2+2 increase to the gas tax, phasing in a 6-cent increase over time. Task force member Representative Bill Reiboldt favors a 10-cent gas tax increase. Task force member Senator Bill Eigel expressed his preference for finding money in the existing state budget to increase funding for transportation and removing lower volume roads from the system. When asked to name a preferred revenue stream to solve the state's transportation system, Glenn indicated an all-of-the-above approach should be considered. "The state's transportation funding problem is a dynamic one and may require dynamic solutions. We believe all options should be on the table for discussion," said Glenn.

Representative Kevin Corlew, Chairman of the task force said members should keep an open mind as they study the issue over the next six months and that all options should be considered.

The task force will hold meetings throughout the state in the coming months. During several of the meetings, they will receive presentations in addition to testimony. The schedule is listed below (with scheduled presentation topics):

·      July 26, 1:00 p.m. - Union Station Board Room, Kansas City (Overview of other states' activity)

·      August 23, 1:00 p.m. - Springfield (Impact of transportation infrastructure on business and economic development)

·      September 20, 1:00 p.m. - Kirksville (The future of transportation)

·      October 18, 1:00 p.m. - St. Louis (AASHTO overview of state and federal infrastructure activity; traffic safety)

·      November 15, 1:00 p.m. - Cape Girardeau (Working session; informational topic TBD)

·      December 13, 1:00 p.m. - Columbia (Wrap up and working session)

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2016 Mercury Alliance Recap

 

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As 2016 draws to a close, we want to sincerely thank Mercury Alliance Members for a successful year! From our kickoff meeting at MoDOT Central Headquarters on January 27th, through end of the calendar year, it's been an eventful time for the Mercury Alliance.

2016 Highlights

Advocacy & Education:

Over the past 11 months, we have conducted presentations on the Mercury Alliance to the following organizations:
* Missouri Asphalt Pavement Association Board of Directors Annual Meeting
* Missouri Economic Development Council Winter Meeting
* WTS - Kansas City Annual Business Meeting
* Missouri/Kansas Chapter ACPA Annual Board Meeting
* Transportation Engineers Association of Missouri Conference
* Missouri Highways & Transportation Commission
* St. Louis Regional Chamber Transportation & Infrastructure Committee
* Missouri Limestone Producers Association Annual Meeting
* Missouri Society of Professional Engineers Fall PDH Days
* Northland Regional Chamber Legislative & Planning/Development Committees

In addition, we testified in both House and Senate transportation committees on SB 623 and meet regularly with MoDOT leadership.

We created a website (www.mercuryalliance.org) to serve as a communications and publicity tool for the Alliance.

Recruitment:

Since January, we have conducted more than 85 recruiting visits/phone calls including trips to the following regions:
* Cape Girardeau
* Columbia
* Jefferson City
* Joplin
* Kansas City
* Springfield
* St. Joseph
* St. Louis

Community of Interest Groups:

The first Community of Interest Group meetings were held on July 12th at the AGC of Missouri office in Jefferson City. In the five months since the first meetings, Community of Interest Groups have engaged in the following activities:

Economic Development
Chairman: Brian Weiler, Springfield-Branson National Airport
Vice Chairman: Sheila Tracy, Northland Regional Chamber
Chairman-Elect: Matt Morrow, Springfield Area Chamber of Commerce
MoDOT Liaison: Machelle Watkins, Missouri Department of Transportation
* Conducted initial meeting
* Determined leadership positions
* Secured MoDOT Liaison
* Conducted a conference call to determine topics for future study
* Will hold a workshop to develop draft policy statements in February 2017

Education & Research
Chairman: Chris Layton, Individual Member
Vice Chairman: Carlos Sun, University of Missouri, College of Engineering
MoDOT Liaison: Jay Wunderlich, Missouri Department of Transportation
* Conducted initial meeting
* Determined leadership positions
* Secured MoDOT Liaison
* Held conference call to discuss recruitment of additional group members

Freight
Chairman: Mary Lamie, The St. Louis Regional Freightway
Vice Chairman: Tony Kreutz, SCI Engineering
Chairman-Elect: Ed Twehous, Twehous Excavating
MoDOT Liaison: Cheryl Ball, Missouri Department of Transportation
* Conducted initial meeting
* Determined leadership positions
* Secured MoDOT Liaison
* Conducted a conference call to determine topics for future study
* Will hold a workshop to develop draft policy statements in February 2017

Industry Advancement & Diversity
Chairman: Tawn Nugent, GBA
Vice Chairman: Linda Moen, EFK Moen
Chairman-Elect: Srinivas Yanamanamanda, CBB
MoDOT Liaison: Lester Woods, Jr., Missouri Department of Transportation
* Conducted initial meeting
* Determined leadership positions
* Secured MoDOT Liaison
* Held conference call to discuss recruitment of additional group members

Innovation
Chairman: Gretchen Ivy, HNTB
Vice Chairman: James Gilbert, GBA
Chairman-Elect: Jason Dohrmann, HR Green
MoDOT Liaison: Tom Blair, Missouri Department of Transportation
* Conducted initial meeting
* Determined leadership positions
* Secured MoDOT Liaison
* Conducted a conference call to determine topics for future study
* Conducted research
* Conducted a workshop to develop draft policy statements

Roads & Bridges
Chairman: Dale Williams, Missouri Asphalt Pavement Association
Vice Chairman: Kevin Wallace, HNTB
Chairman-Elect: Chip Touzinsky, Garver
MoDOT Liaison: Dennis Heckman, Missouri Department of Transportation
* Conducted initial meeting
* Determined leadership positions
* Secured MoDOT Liaison
* Conducted a conference call to determine topics for future study
* Conducted research
* Conducted a workshop to develop draft policy statements

Safety
Chairman: Michael Purol, Poepping, Stone, Bach, & Associates
Vice Chairman: Jack Bainbridge, Heavy Construction Laborers' Local #663
MoDOT Liaison: Eileen Rackers, Missouri Department of Transportation
* Conducted initial meeting
* Determined leadership positions
* Secured MoDOT Liaison

Total Transportation
Chairman: Kim Cella, Citizens for Modern Transit
Vice Chairman: Mark Huffer, HNTB
Chairman-Elect: Brent Hugh, Missouri Bicycle and Pedestrian Federation
MoDOT Liaison: Michelle Teel, Missouri Department of Transportation
* Conducted initial meeting
* Determined leadership positions
* Secured MoDOT Liaison
* Conducted a conference call to determine topics for future study
* Conducted research
* Conducted a workshop to develop draft policy statements

We would like to thank AGC of Missouri and the Columbia Chamber of Commerce for serving as hosts for group meetings in 2016.

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The Mercury Alliance, an alliance for comprehensive transportation in the state of Missouri, has launched a website in its effort to improve Missouri’s comprehensive transportation system. The website features information on the operations of the Mercury Alliance, an events calendar for transportation related events in Missouri, and a membership directory.

“This website provides an opportunity for the Mercury Alliance to connect with like-minded people from across the state as we continue our efforts to improve Missouri’s comprehensive transportation system,” said Jeff Glenn, Executive Director.

The Mercury Alliance exists to increase awareness of the importance of Missouri’s transportation system and to engage elected leaders to pass legislation to preserve and improve it. Mercury Alliance members research and discuss transportation within the context of eight community of interest groups including: Economic Development, Education & Research, Freight, Industry Advancement & Diversity, Highways & Bridges, Innovation, Safety, and Total Transportation.

To learn more about the Mercury Alliance and become a member, Click Here.

 
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The Mercury Alliance, an alliance for comprehensive transportation in the state of Missouri, held four Community of Interest Group meetings at the AGC of Missouri office in Jefferson City on Tuesday, July 12, 2016 to discuss the future of Missouri’s comprehensive transportation system. The groups that met include: Highways & Bridges, Innovation, Transit/Bike/Ped/Passenger Rail & Air, and Economic Development. Each group met to discuss Missouri’s transportation system within the context of the group’s focus area.

“The Mercury Alliance exists to carry on a conversation with Missourians and their elected officials regarding the future of our transportation system,” said Jeff Glenn, Executive Director. “Today, four groups started shaping that conversation.”

Eight Community of Interest Groups will continue to meet on a regular basis to provide discussion, research, and materials to increase awareness of the importance of Missouri’s transportation system and to engage elected leaders to pass legislation to preserve and improve it. Mercury Alliance members participate in Community of Interest Groups including: Economic Development, Education & Research, Freight, Industry Advancement & Diversity, Highways & Bridges, Innovation, Safety, and Total Transportation.

To learn more about the Mercury Alliance and become a member, visit the website at www.mercuryalliance.org.

 
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