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December 1, 2008

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2009 BMBG Meeting to be Held in Florida

Sharon Greene, the new chair of APTA’s Business Member Board of Governors (BMBG), has announced that the first business member meeting of 2009 will be held January 14 – 16, 2009 in Orlando, FL.

”This is an important meeting not only for the board members, but for all interested APTA business members to attend,” Greene noted. “We will be talking about the impact of the presidential election on the transit industry and the prospects for getting the new authorization bill that we are all looking forward to. And, we will also focus on the issues and activities that APTA’s business members want to see advanced by APTA during the next two years.”

A panel session on the capital programs being undertaken by key transit systems in the state will be a highlight of the business member meeting which will be held at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress hotel in Orlando. ”Hearing first hand from the public sector CEOs about the projects their agencies are undertaking, their priorities and the challenges they face is always important information for APTA’s private sector members. This meeting also gives us a chance to learn about what the private sector can do to help the agencies advance their agendas,” Greene said.

CEOs who have confirmed participation in the session include Linda Watson, CEO,  LYNX in Orlando, David Armijo, CEO, HART in Tampa, and Joe Giuletti, executive director, South Florida Regional Transit Authority.  ”We are delighted that these GMs will make the time to share information with our private sector members on the important projects and issues that face transit operators in Florida. We look forward to learning from them.”

Committees that will meet on January 14 include the business member government affairs, procurement, programs, business development, member outreach and liaison and small business committees. All meetings are open to any interested APTA business member.

The January business member meeting provides an opportunity for business members to discuss how APTA can better serve their interests and to identify ways that the public and private sectors of our industry can make it a better place to do business, Greene said. “And it’s a great place to do private sector networking!”

Hotel reservations at the Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress must be made by December 9.   Registration and hotel information is available at www.apta.com/about/committees/business/.

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