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70th Anniversary Event

70 Anniversary Event

See photographs on Picasa here for Road Gang 70 Anniversary.

The Road Gang
"Washington's Transportation Fraternity"

The Road Gang 70th Anniversary Luncheon
Thursday – September 20, 2012




Rodney E. Slater

Partner, Patton Boggs, LLP



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Rodney Slater former U.S. Secretary of Transportation Rodney E. Slater helps clients integrate their interests in the overall vision for the transportation system of the 21st Century—a vision he set as transportation secretary to promote a safer, more efficient, environmentally sound and sustainable worldwide transportation infrastructure. Mr. Slater’s bipartisan and inclusive approach to problem solving has earned him tremendous respect and admiration on both sides of the aisle, enabling him to have one of the best relationships with the White House, Congress, and business, labor and political leaders worldwide in the history of the Department of Transportation (DOT). His work at DOT forever altered America’s and the world’s appreciation of transportation as more than just concrete, asphalt and steel. Mr. Slater brings the same strategic, results-oriented and collaborative approach to his public policy practice.


As secretary of transportation under President Bill Clinton, Mr. Slater passed several historic legislative initiatives over his tenure, including the Transportation Equity Act for the 21st Century (TEA-21), which guaranteed a record $200 billion in surface transportation investment though 2003, and the Wendell H. Ford Aviation Investment Reform Act for the 21st Century (AIR-21), which provides a record $46 billion to improve the safety and security of the nation’s aviation system. Under his leadership, the federal transportation budget doubled and in the department’s "best in government" strategic and performance plans, the scope and definition of transportation was expanded to include a focus on safety, mobility and access, economic development and trade, the environment and national security.


Previous to his tenure as transportation secretary, Mr. Slater served as administrator of the Federal Highway Administration, where—as the agency’s first African-American Administrator in its century-long history—he oversaw the development of an innovative financing program that resulted in hundreds of transportation projects being completed two to three years ahead of schedule with greater cost efficiencies. Over that time, the federal transportation budget increased an unprecedented 104 percent. Additionally, the department’s FY2001 budget of nearly $60 billion is the largest ever.


Time: Mixing period at 12 noon; Lunch at 12:30 PM; Speaker at 1:00 PM


Location: Pier 7 Restaurant, Channel Inn, 650 Water St. SW., Washington, DC 20024-2422


Phone: (800) 368-5668 or (202) 554-2400 Fax: (202) 863-1164. Free parking in hotel garage; parking tickets will be stamped at meeting. http://www.channelinn.com/ 


Cost: Lunch is $35; Check made out to Road Gang or cash, PAYABLE AT DOOR

RSVP:  If you plan to attend the 70th Road Gang Anniversary luncheon, please send an email to:  Connie Yew at roadgangchair@verizon.net by Monday, September 17th and indicate your meal preference from the choices below:

Menu:  Filet Mignon ~ Crab Imperial ~ Seafood Platter ~ Fruit Platter




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Connie Yew

Chair, The Road Gang