Norris to Address Transportation and Emergency Preparedness at Conference

September 26, 2008

Norris to Address Transportation and Emergency Preparedness at Conference

     NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Tennessee Senate Republican Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) will discuss transportation issues as they relate to Tennessee’s disaster
readiness and recovery at a conference hosted by the University of Memphis Intermodal Freight Transportation Institute on Monday, September 29.  The 2nd Annual intermodal Conference is themed Disaster Recovery in Freight Transportation: Moving Beyond First Response. Transportation leaders and emergency response experts will join business and regional officials for the morning-long conference at the U of M’s FedEx Institute of Technology.  Norris will speak during the Noon hour after the conference hears from Homeland Security officials, local disaster response agency representatives, and transportation industry leaders.

Norris, a former Chair of the Tennessee Senate’s Transportation and Safety Committee, presided over the creation of the state’s first long-range transportation plan and the inception of rural transportation planning organizations for grass-roots initiatives to meet local community needs. He led the fight to stop the annual diversion of taxpayers’ money to the state’s general fund from the state’s transportation trust fund.  On October 2, he will address the Southeastern Rail Shippers Association in Nashville on freight transportation issues.  He recently convened a newly-formed Transportation Funding Advisory Group under the Council of State Governments (CSG) to collaborate with leaders from across America on solutions to potential transportation financing problems.  He has also been appointed to a special joint legislative study committee to examine Tennessee’s transportation financing system.  Both at the state and national levels, Senator Norris works diligently to find solutions to large-scale transportation funding and planning issues.

“I am glad that the University of Memphis and its partners have been forward-thinking in their approaches to such issues as transportation infrastructure problems during natural disasters or terrorist attacks,” said Norris of the conference.  He added, “I am honored that they consider me a partner with them on these matters and will do all I can
to aid their efforts and present my perspective on the state’s role in such scenarios.”

Senator Norris, an attorney with the firm of Adams and Reese, PLLC, represents the West TN Counties of Shelby, Tipton, Lauderdale, and Dyer.

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