Dulles Chamber’s Innovate Conference To Be Headlined By Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

Dulles Chamber’s Innovate Conference To Be Headlined By Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

March 14, 2019


 Dulles Chamber’s Innovate Conference To Be Headlined
By Former U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood

Experts from across the D.C. region gather at the CIT Building on March 21 to discuss the necessity of a Smart Workforce in the creation of Smart Cities


CHANTILLY, Va. – The Dulles Regional Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Ray LaHood, our nation’s 16th Transportation Secretary and a respected bipartisan leader during his near-four-decade career in public service, will open our Innovate | Smart Cities, Smart Workforce Conference on March 21.

In a thought-provoking and insightful keynote conversation with celebrated speaker Arthur Mason, Executive Vice President at Cassidy and Associates, Mr. LaHood – now a Senior Policy Advisor with law firm DLA Piper – will discuss how we must develop our communities’ infrastructure, adopt new models of transportation and establish clearly defined goals to create Smart Cities and support the evolution of the Smart Workforce needed to sustain our urban environments into the next century.

Hosted at the CIT Building in Herndon and sponsored by Dominion Energy, Main Street Bank, the Fairfax County Economic Development Authority and Fairfax County Times, the Dulles Chamber’s Innovate | Smart Cities, Smart Workforce Conference considers the technological innovations in transportation, construction and law enforcement that will arise from the creation of Smart Cities as well as the dramatic changes we should expect in the coming decades in our living and working environments.

Some of these changes are already here, with urban planners taking their first steps in exploiting the benefits of ubiquitous broadband access and the dawn of the Internet of Things.

But for our cities to truly evolve into the smart, safe and clean communities we envision, it is imperative that we have a workforce that is ready to support the infrastructure and security demands of a world that will become increasingly reliant on Big Data and Artificial Intelligence to meet our daily needs.

In addition to our opening session with Mr. LaHood and Mr. Mason, we are also honored to feature CIT President and CEO Ed Albrigo in a Closing Keynote that considers our region’s contribution to best practices, policies, processes and technologies to equip communities with the resources, support and tools to become sustainable smart communities.

The Dulles Chamber’s half-day Innovate 2019 also features preeminent leaders in industry and academia to deliver fresh and enlightening insight into the creation and evolution of Smart Cities and the importance of a Smart Workforce in ensuring our region continues to lead the world in innovation.

Our experts discussing the intricacies of Smart Cities with moderator David Birtwistle, former CEO Northern Virginia Transportation Alliance, are:

  • Doug Carter, Founding Principal and President of Davis, Carter, Scott, one of our region’s largest locally owned architectural and interior architectural firms,
  • Glenn Havinoviski, Vice President, Transportation Systems for Iteris, Inc. and one of the world’s foremost authorities on Intelligent Transportation Systems, and
  • Michelle Maggiore, Business Development, Cities and Transportation – Industry Solutions Group at CISCO, where she advises the public sector on implementing technologies to support connected and automated vehicles.

The Smart Workforce expert panel, moderated by Dahl-Morrow CEO Andy Steinem, features:

  • David Fink, Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer at Airbus North America and an expert in global HR trends in high-tech industries,
  • Eric Williams, Superintendent, Loudoun County Public Schools, who is a keen observer of the educational needs of the future generations that will power a Smart Workforce, and
  • Brigitte Custer, Chief Technology Officer, Intel and Homeland Security Division at General Dynamics, and a recognized leader in cybersecurity strategy.

The Dulles Chamber’s Innovate | Smart Cities, Smart Workforce Conference addresses complex issues with the seriousness and expertise they deserve.

Let us introduce you to the future with a full morning of intelligent, refreshing and stimulating debate on March 21 at the CIT Building in Herndon.


For more details please contact:

John Boylan, President & CEO