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APWA JULY 2019 LUNCHEON: Anti-Light Rail Initiative – Get the Facts
July 17 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
As you may have read or heard, Proposition 105 will be voted on August 27, 2019. If Prop 105 passes, it would terminate “the furtherance of any light rail extension or any other fixed rail line transit system and “redirect the funds from the termination of all light rail extensions planned in Phoenix to finance infrastructure improvements”. There is a lot of misinformation on Prop 105. As a result, Scott Smith, Valley Metro CEO will join us on July 17th to discuss Prop 105 and share the facts.
Scott Smith, Valley Metro CEO
Scott Smith is the CEO of Valley Metro responsible for the planning, design, construction and operation of an expanding regional transit network in metro Phoenix, Arizona. The Valley Metro system is a partnership of 18 cities, towns and Maricopa County, offering bus, light rail, paratransit and vanpool services to 70 million riders annually.
Smith’s leadership is a continuation of his public service as the former Mayor of Mesa and president of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the only Arizona mayor to have served in this position. As Mayor, he strategically guided the city to an economic rebound between 2008 and 2014. He also has a wealth of experience in the private sector as a certified public accountant, lawyer and CEO of a regional homebuilding and development company. In 2015, Smith served as a Resident Fellow in the Institute of Politics at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Smith’s passion for public transportation stems from his belief that transportation infrastructure is critically important to the regional, state and national economy and to improving the quality of life for those who need and choose transit as their mobility option. His strong customer service approach keeps the organization focused on serving the interests of several customer groups, including riders, voters, the business community and city leadership.
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