The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) hosted the 2018 Colorado Transportation Matters Summit on Friday, Sept. 28, at the Hyatt Regency-Convention Center in downtown Denver.

The Colorado Transportation Summit is the largest gathering of the transportation sector in the state of Colorado. For five years, CDOT has gathered the business community, local governments, and transportation-related interests together under one roof to underscore the importance of a healthy and dynamic transportation system for Colorado.

At the 2018 Summit, we showcased the power of partnerships among industry, local officials, technologists, advocacy groups and others to increase awareness of the challenges we face and—more importantly—drive solutions and innovations to address how we effectively move people, goods and services. When we work WITH each other, WITH focus, WITH a vision, we can save lives and make people’s lives better.



9:30-11 a.m.

Registration & Vendor Displays

11 a.m.

Open doors to lunch

11:15 a.m.


Michael Lewis, Executive Director, Colorado Department of Transportation
11:45 a.m.

Power of Partnerships Introductory Remarks

Kim Day, CEO, Denver International Airport

Bill Van Meter, Assistant General Manager, Planning, Regional Transportation District

Mizraim Cordero, Vice President of Government Affairs, Denver Metro Chamber of Commerce

Christian Reece, Executive Director, Club 20

Don Hunt, former CDOT Executive Director, Mobility Choice Initiative Executive Director

12:30 p.m.

Keynote lunch

Transportation done right can bring back life to our cities and state. Ford is accelerating mobility services by focusing on all layers of the transportation system—vehicles, infrastructure, connectivity and digital services—to alleviate the transportation drag on cities and help people move more freely. With goals of 100 percent connectivity of new vehicles in the United States by 2019, Ford is testing and accelerating mobility in Colorado to reach tomorrow's transportation future today.

Don Butler, Executive Director, Connected Vehicle and Services, Ford Motor Company

1:10 p.m.

Closing remarks

Sessions repeat and attendees can attend two of three. (See session descriptions below.)

1:45-2:45 p.m. Breakout Session One
3:15-4:15 p.m. Breakout Session Two
4:15-6:30 p.m.

Networking Reception


More than one-third of Colorado's economy relies on freight. One in six jobs relies on freight. In partnership with local and state government, industry and freight leaders in Colorado and around the country are leading how we maximize the use of our infrastructure, unleashing new innovations in sustainability and literally how trucks move.

Jenyce Houg, Colorado Freight Advisory Council Chair
Jake Killgore, Transportation Logistics Manager, Miller Coors
Shawn Martini, VP Advocacy, Colorado Farm Bureau
Adam Healy, External Affairs Manager, Peloton

Moderated by Greg Fulton, Colorado Motor Carriers Association

Today cities, regions and transportation agencies are adapting transportation environments to maximize how we move. New projects are reshaping our safety, connectivity and how our economies grow. Our cities are serving as incubators for new, evolving technology. These partnerships, both urban and rural, are shaping the Colorado of the 21st century.

Ron Papsdorf, Director of Transportation Planning and Operations, Denver Regional Council of Governments
Art Riddile, Mayor, City of New Castle
Dean Brookie, Mayor, City of Durango
Ryan Trujillo, Innovation & Sustainability Manager, City of Colorado Springs

Moderated by Jake Rishavy, Colorado Smart City Alliance

What will the new map of Colorado transportation look like? Investment, paired with purpose, will reshape our state—whether new roads, new transit, or new digital and broadband infrastructure.

Herman Stockinger, Deputy Director, Colorado Department of Transportation
Ann Rajewski, Executive Director, Colorado Association of Transit Agencies
Ryan Rice, Director of Mobility Operations, Colorado Department of Transportation
Brian Shepard, Chief Operating Officer, Colorado Broadband Office

Moderated by Tony Milo, Executive Director, Colorado Contractors Association