Capital Metro is proud to announce that our CEO and President Linda Watson will represent Central Texas and the agency on a national stage Wednesday, May 13, participating on an esteemed panel: Economic Competitiveness: Transit’s High-Value in the Knowledge Economy.
Watson will discuss how transit investments, in both technology and infrastructure, improve our nation’s competiveness. She will also highlight recent investments in transit to meet Greater Austin’s rapid growth, as well as the continued need for investment in technology and the system to meet the demands of its riders, including Millennials and the tech-savvy riders who continue to make Austin their new home.
Austin’s unique mix of Millennials and the technology sector is important for two reasons: (1) the growing number of Millennials’ desire to ditch their cars and use transit is creating more demand, and (2) located in one the world’s hottest tech cities, Capital Metro can look for ways to tap into the talent that comes with those jobs to stay on the edge of technology.
The panel is sponsored by the American Public Transit Association (APTA) and the Environmental and Energy Study Institute as part of Infrastructure Week, a yearly event that brings together thousands of stakeholders across industries to highlight the importance of investing and modernizing our country’s infrastructure system, and how that investment directly affects our nation’s overall economy.
While in Washington, D.C., Watson will be meeting with a wide variety of infrastructure leaders and decision makers, including elected officials, from around the country. Through these meetings, Watson will discuss and share new ideas around infrastructure problems that other cities have faced, and how the problems were solved.